I deliberately held off writing a blog about Michael Vick -- or even twittering -- last night when he signed with the Eagles.
Partly because the circus came to town here Wednesday, and I was tired of it already. But also because my wife saw me talking about it on television, and said I looked frustrated and upset.
I was, but it had nothing to do with Vick. The part that saddened and angered me was that journalism went as bad as he ever did. A lot of smart reporters, guys worth respecting, went on the airwaves and Internet and spread falsehoods, ones that could have been avoided by making one phone call to a 704 area code. Despite what sources close to you heard, there was never a chance that he was coming here, none. He was not spotted at Price's Chicken Coop with Jerry Richardson (or with Bigfoot or Bill Cowher for that matter), and won't be unless he picks up lunch for Donovan McNabb when they land here in September.
Even as they protested, you could tell it was hollow. John Fox wanted to say no, but his true nature took over. I believe in second chances, but sometimes people are what they are, and Fox isn't a straight answer-giver.
My bigger complaint is that I'm not sure Vick's going to be worth the hassle to his new team. Say what you want about his skills, but he's not a quarterback. Players who played under some of his old coaches say those coaches complained about being handcuffed, about stripping down the playbook to the minimum to allow for his freelancing and spotty arm. He's never completed 57 percent of his passes. His career passer rating of 75.7 is 10 points worse than Jake Delhomme's 85.7 here.
He's also 29, closing in on the age when running backs' legs start to go.
Now all the Eagles have to do is remake their playbook to accommodate him, pacify a quarterback who suffers from easily bruised feelings, throw away two weeks of camp and hold back a fan base that frankly can't decide whether they want to riot out of happiness or anger.
But the riot's coming, there's no doubt about that.
And that's what makes a lot of folks glad Vick's not at their place today.