McNabb vs. Vick: Monday Night Football’s Awkward Massacre
The Eagles brought their new boyfriend, Michael Vick, to their ex-boyfriend, Donavan McNabb’s house last night for a little friendly game of football and things got ugly quick. There was furniture throwing, cussing, pushing, and shoving. All in all, last night’s Monday Night Football matchup between the NFC East foes was just uncomfortable to watch.
Just a few hours after the Washington Redskins inked former Philly QB Donovan McNabb to a five year, $78 million ($40 million guaranteed) extension, the Eagles inked him to a beatdown, at the hands of the resurrected Michael Vick who became the first player in NFL history with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, four passing touchdowns, and two rushing touchdowns in a game. The irony is that Vick, who spent nearly two years in federal prison after a dog-fighting conviction, wouldn’t be an Eagle without the aid of McNabb (talk about being unappreciative).
The Eagles led 35-0 after the first play of the second quarter and never looked back, hanging 59 points on what is supposed to be a stingy defense. Vick completed his first 10 passes and finished 20 for 28 for 333 yards with four touchdowns and ran eight times for 80 yards and two scores, moving past Steve Young and into second place in NFL history for yards rushing by a quarterback. Any metaphor about a whooping is appropriate. The ‘Skins looked helpless and lost; they would have had a better chance reaching out to someone in the stands to come and stop Vick. After a while, if you weren’t an Eagles fan, it wasn’t even entertaining to see a bunch of grown men being embarrassed that way. It was like watching someone fall—it’s funny at first, until you realize the person broke an arm.
While public sentiment on Vick is moving in a positive direction after what was a public-relations nightmare after his signing, one would have to feel some sympathy for McNabb, who has been the consummate professional over his 11 years in the league. When he wins, he loses, when he loses, well, he loses.
To further compound a night of awkward moments, when referencing a pregame fight with Redskins S LaRon Landry, Eagles WR DeSean Jackson said, “The pregame altercation got us going. It had us ready. We came back into the locker room pumped—we were like pit bulls, ready to get out of the cage.” Pitbulls? Really, DeSean? (#straightface)