Monday, August 24, 2009

Poodle Bitch is Made Uneasy by the Thought of Wearing a "Michael Vick" Jersey

Poodle Bitch does not follow professional football. She has little interest in watching large, probably drug-addled men throwing balls and patting each other on their bottoms. That said, she does know who Michael Vick is. He is a professional football player who ran a dogfighting ring.

He was sentenced to prison, served time, and was released. Recently, he was hired to play the quarterback for a team in Philadelphia. The National Football League, which makes millions of dollars every year, generates even more revenue from the sale of official merchandise, such as the jerseys of favorite players. Adult human sized jerseys will cost the avid fan $79.99.

As Poodle Bitch occasionally says when she is feeling whimsical, That's a lot of bones.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that those sports fans with companion animals can purchase jerseys with Michael Vick's name and number on them.

This is not ironic. This is disturbing.

"Like any other player, [customers] can obtain that name and that jersey if they wish," league spokesman Greg Aiello told the [New York] Daily News. "As far as putting it on the dog product, he's working with humane societies, working to educate others on this issue, so we don't see a problem."

(Poodle Bitch wonders why the Los Angeles Times is relying so heavily upon the work of the New York Daily News.)

The NFL is a business. Poodle Bitch understands this. It exists to make money. It does not care how this money is made. However, Poodle Bitch would like to chastise the "humane societies" that are helping Mr. Vick to "educate others on this issue" (whatever "this" issue is- that dog killing is bad? Poodle Bitch was unaware that humans needed educating on this issue.) for providing cover to the NFL in its quest to obtain even more money.

Of course, if there were no market for this, it would not be sold. To that end, Poodle Bitch would like to know just how many Michael Vick dog jerseys have been sold to people who aren't writing ironic articles for the New York Daily News.

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