Vick vs. Vino: A study in contrasts
Today, both of these stories broke. Vino is busted for blood doping, while Vick is indicted for hosting a vicious dog fighting ring. Vino transfused someone elses blood into his body, while Vick participated in the sadistic and systematic torturing and killing of dogs purely for amusement purposes. I certainly don't think these are like issues, but I think you understand where I'm going.
For Vino, it's pure and TOTAL disgrace. For Vino, it's the loss of a year's worth of wages. For Vino, it's being fired, and the entire team (read: sponsor) will most likely leave the sport. For Vino, he will forever live a life of disgrace for cheating in a bike race.
For Vick, there's a slightly different story. Has he been fired from the Atlanta Falcons? No, in fact they are still paying him and want him to report to camp. Did the NFL or the Falcons do ANYTHING? Well, the Falcons did consider a 4 game suspension, but have now backed down from even that tiny little slap on the wrist.
I'm not stating that Vick will necessarily walk clean (although my money is on that very thing), but consider the different attitudes in sport for just one second. It's startling. Perhaps the most ironic part of this story is that given the total lack of doping controls in the NFL, you know Vick is doping also. I can't imagine that he has any moral problem with doping given the above. Great stuff. :(