This just in…Michael Vick has found Jesus.
As I type this entry, Michael Vick is apologizing to the nation at a live press conference, having pled guilty to dogfighting charges that seem all but certain to put an abrupt end to his once-promising playing career. While the maximum sentence possible for Vick’s heinous crimes is 5 years in prison, it seems like he’s facing a 12-18 month sentence instead. We will find out for sure though come sentencing time on December 10th.
Assuming for a moment that Vick gets the bare minimum of a 12-month prison sentence, he would be likely finish his sentence come the end of 2008 which means he is missing the next two NFL seasons. Factor in the high possibility that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (who has really laid down the hammer on misbehaving players in just one year on the job) will impose a season-long suspension of his own once Vick is done serving his time and that means Vick would be out for the 2009 season as well. So best case scenario for Vick is being back for the 2010 NFL season…as starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.
On an even brighter note: Alberto Gonzales has finally stepped down as Attorney General…his good name was merely “dragged through the mud for political reasons” according to George W himself. You mean the same “political reasons” that led to him firing those U.S. Attorneys last year? You mean the same “political reasons” that led to his authorization of Big Brother-like wiretapping? His resignation was wayyyyyyyyyy overdue along with Karl Rove’s. Current Homeland Security General Michael Chertoff is rumored to be Gonzales’ replacement, hopefully someone reminds him that managing the Attorney General position is not the same as managing FEMA’s response to Hurricane Katrina.