Vick simply does not seem to get it

first_imgHey, Badger readers. I’m Aaron Brenner, and I am psyched to have the Thursday column this semester.I’m from Littleton, Colo., infamous for Columbine but famous for LenDale White. I’ll talk more about the latter later this year.Anyway, I pose this first question to you: after a sixth suspension from school, when you leave the principal’s office after being expelled, would you smack his secretary with a spitball on your way out?Well, would you back into the cop’s car after having your license revoked thanks to your seventh speeding ticket in a year?When having the best thing in your life taken away from you for screwing up one too many times, would you do something even dumber merely hours after the fact?No? Then I’m guessing you’re like me in that you also cannot begin to explain the mental wasteland that is Marcus Vick.Low on common sense and high on other things, the former Virginia Tech quarterback was recently removed from his college squad after piling up a rap sheet that makes Dennis Rodman look like an upstanding member of society.Seriously, prior to being yanked from the Hokies, the guy had been busted — and, bear in mind, this is in the last 21 months alone — for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, having sex with a 15-year-old girl, giving alcohol to underage girls, reckless driving, speeding, marijuana possession, flipping off opposing fans and intentionally stomping on a Louisville player in this year’s Gator Bowl.What, no reported DUI? Come on, Marcus, you gotta live a little.What’s more, this kid brother of NFL star quarterback Michael Vick had everything he could ever want. His team garnered much of the Rose Bowl talk in October, he was an outside Heisman shot (particularly for next year, assuming he stuck around), and he likely would have been claimed early on the first day of the NFL Draft, whether this April or the next.However, Vick the Not-So-Quick found a way to screw it all up.Marcus, during Virginia Tech’s 35-24 Gator Bowl victory over the Louisville Cardinals, was caught on tape trying to crush the left calf of defensive end Elvis Dumervil during the game. While Vick says it was an “accident” and “apologized,” the video clearly contradicts his claims — as does Dumervil’s denial of any such apology.As a result of this embarrassing episode, combined with Vick’s aforementioned actions, Hokie coach Frank Beamer had no choice but to release the star quarterback from his program.Sure enough, being a spoiled brat on top of it all, Vick declared his eligibility for this year’s pro draft swiftly, as if to say he didn’t need college ball to succeed at the next level.But here’s the thing. None of this stuff is really what the media has been talking about as of late.Had the story ended here, Vick likely would have been drafted anywhere from the middle of the second round to some of the later rounds. Given his questionable behavior, it’s hard to believe that Vick would have been a first-rounder; however, it is assumed that his talent would make some general manager take a chance on him at some point.But just two days after declaring his wish to enter the professional ranks, Vick very well may have shot down any chance of playing an NFL down.Vick was arrested for threatening three teenagers with a gun at a McDonald’s in Suffolk, Va., on Jan. 9, according to an Associated Press report. The report added that he faces a potential three years in prison and a $7,500 fine if convicted of all three misdemeanor charges.Just two days after making himself available to NFL teams!You know, you’d think the past experiences of jail time, numerous suspensions and fines, drug counseling and tests, a revoked driver’s license and many community service hours would eventually teach this prodigy that breaking the law might not be a good thing after all.Again, this isn’t some washed-up bum who’s got nothing else to live for. This August, if he cleaned himself up and landed a few lucky breaks on an NFL team along the way, he could potentially be taking snaps as a rookie in the greatest sports league in the world.Here’s the saddest part: what this latest offense should tell us is that he may be beyond help.Sure, Terrell Owens never shut up when he played for the Eagles. But since he was effectively booted from that team, we haven’t really heard from him.He’s not conducting any more media/sit-up sessions in his front yard, and he’s not demanding more money. He even let up and stopped crying for his release to another team.T.O., in a small manner, gets it. It seems Vick simply does not.Of course, it’s still possible he could end up on an NFL roster later this spring. He’ll likely go to work as a third-stringer just trying to work his way up to a starter’s position.That will never change. What has changed, though, is any opportunity for Vick to show he can be mature.He had his seventh chance, and he blew it the night of Jan. 9. It would sicken me to see a pro team grant him an eighth.Aaron is a freshman majoring in journalism. Aaron doesn’t know what we are yelling about. Loud noises. He can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Simeone was never out of Champions in the second round

first_img2017-182nd46137one3292. 3Griezmann (7) 2013-142nd54173one521438Diego Costa (19) Atlético on day 21 Pos.Pts.GANDPGFGCDGMax. goal scorer 2014-153rd47fifteentwo443twenty2. 3Griezmann (10) 2019-205th3699322148Morata (7) 2012-132nd47fifteentwo442twenty-onetwenty-oneFalcao (18) 2018-192nd44128one321319Griezmann (10) 2016-174th39eleven643616twentyGriezmann (8) The draw against Leganés has left Simeone in an absolutely unknown situation for him since he is coach of Atlético. This out of the Champions positions (It is 5th), and that has happened in the eight seasons that has begun, but never exceeded the equator of the League. In the previous seven courses, The team completed all the second laps, from start to finish, in the top four. Now, after the 21st day, it’s time to go back.The numbers therefore confirm the sensations: Atleti lives its worst league moment since the Cholo. To compete for the title and, as a lesser evil, to be assured to finish in the top three – was runner-up of the last two leagues – to consider that he will have to sweat to get into Champions, then the Seville and the Getafe they have passed him and the Real society and the Valencia They stalk two points. And on Saturday, the Atleti visits the Bernabéu. 2015-162nd48fifteen3330822Griezmann (11) In the 2016-17 He spent several days of the first round out of Champions (in the 16th it was sixth), but it closed fourth and finished the third League. At no time did he doubt that he would not finish on the podium. In the 2015-16, his worst place was sixth (after 3 games) and day 7 was the last one that closed out of the Champions League. In the 12th he placed second and from there he did not fall until day 37. In the 2014-15, was installed permanently among the first four on day 10 and finished third.In the 2013-14, that ended the trophy in the mattress cabinets, was all season between the first three; The last ten days as leader. And in the 2012-13 he started ninth (draw against Levante), but on the next day he was already fourth and between 3 and 26 it was second. That is, the classification was always looked at with the peace of mind that getting into the Champions League was a challenge that was taken for granted. At that level, Simeone raised Atlético, that being fourth has been taken for granted. Now, in the transition season, he did not doubt that this goal would be achieved, but right now the numbers send him to the Europa League. There are 17 days left, plenty of time, but the team will have to start scoring goals so as not to get into a mess … Alone on 11-12 he was (always) out of the head quartet, but Cholo started competing in January and with the tenth team. Finished fifth, two points from Malaga and the impression that he only lacked some time to complete the assault on the Champions area. Since that, He had no trouble qualifying Year after year for the highest European competition: 3rd, 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd and 2nd.Last year, where there were also some doubts in the fall, the last day the team spent outside the Champions League was the ninth, after drawing at Villarreal’s house. It took a week to return and no longer came out, to advance almost the entire second round in second position. Two years ago, on day 4 I was fifth, but he entered a week later and the Christmas break left second, from where he did not come down.last_img read more

“Mills Jones’ Candidacy Not Affected By Supreme Court Ruling”

first_imgThe Supreme of Court of Liberia’s recent decision to uphold the legality and legitimacy of the Code of Conduct enacted by the Legislature in 2014 has no bearing on the candidacy of presidential hopeful, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, the Citizens Solidarity Council (CSC) has said.The CSC, which is backing the former Central Bank Executive Governor’s quest for the presidency, said “The ruling of the Supreme Court has nothing to do with Dr. Jones’ candidacy for President of Liberia. He was not a party to the suit and in our opinion has no reason to challenge the Code.”The group, through its chairman, James Brooks, however said Dr. Jones will remain a formidable candidate in the forthcoming Presidential and Legislative elections.A fortnight ago, a legal argument and voting process ensued at the Supreme Court among five justices, with three favoring the 2014 National Code of Conduct, with the remaining two going against it.Justices Philip Banks and Jamesetta Wolokollie were those who opposed their colleagues’ decision to accept the Code of Conduct, while Chief Justice Francis Korkpor along with Associate Justices Kabineh Ja’neh and Sie-A- Nyene Youh favored the Act.According to the CSC, Dr. Jones brings a lot to the presidency if elected, saying that as a result, Liberians cannot be denied such a brilliant chance.However, the area of contention with the Code of Conduct is Section 5.1, which requires that “All officials appointed by the President of the Republic of Liberia shall not: (a) Engage in political activities, canvass or contest for elected offices; (b) Use government facilities, equipment or resources in support of parties or political activities; and (c) Serve on a campaign team of any political party, or the campaigns of any independent candidate. Section 5.2 says, “Wherein any person in the category stated in section 5.1 desires to canvass or contest for an elective public position, the following shall apply:“(a ) Any Minister, Deputy Minister, Director-General, Managing Director and Superintendent appointed by the President pursuant to article 56 (a ) of the Constitution and a Managing Director appointed by a Board of Director, who desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post at least two (2) years prior to the date of such public election.“(b) Any other official appointed by the President who holds a tenured position and desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post three (3) years prior to the date of such public election.The contention over the Code of Conduct started on August 5, 2014, when CSC filed at the Civil Law Court a “Declaratory Judgment” seeking a declaration from the court on the unconstitutionality of sections 5.1 and 5.2 of the Code.They argued that the clauses did not only contravene the Constitution, but also infringed on certain fundamental rights of citizens, especially those seeking elective political office.“Nowhere in the law did it say that citizens making up their own mind cannot ask a former official to run in an election. Therefore, whether or not the Code of Conduct is constitutional or unconstitutional has no bearing on Dr. Jones’ decision to be persuaded by the people who petitioned him to continue to proclaim his candidacy to be President of Liberia,” Brooks said.“He (Dr. Jones) is a man with a record of performance. This is the verdict of the Liberian people; the ordinary, poor people who his policies have affected directly. We know the schemers who want to feed the public with false information,” he said, describing them as enemies of progress.“No one should be fooled sixteen years into the 21st Century that they can trample on the rights of the Liberian people,” he stated.He indicated that perhaps, many people don’t fully comprehend the key provisions of the Code of Conduct. “People think, perhaps, that it is only about government officials resigning to participate in elections. There are many provisions that are not being enforced,” he said, making reference to the part that deals with nepotism. The Code defines Nepotism in count 1.3.16 as “when a public official appoints, employs, promotes, or recommends for advancement family members in any agency of Government or branch of Government in which he/she works.”Brooks said by this definition, the sons of the President within the government should have left their positions. “Are they still in their positions because the law does not apply ex post? If that is the case, doesn’t the ex post situation cover the application of the code in all other instances?” he asked.He added that laws are passed to single out individuals. “We say that such individuals must be mindful of the law of unintended consequences. In Liberia, we say, ‘you pull rope, rope pull bush and the entire forest could be cleared.’”Brooks said the Code of Conduct did not say, as it is being reported by some media, that officials of government should resign at a particular time to participate 2 or 3 years before an election. “The specific wordings of the Code in part states that any public official who desires to canvass or contest for an elective public office should resign within 2 or three years. The word “desire” means to want, to wish for, to long for or hope for or to express a wish for.“Those who want to challenge Dr. Jones’ participation in the upcoming elections should go to the Supreme Court; and given the Court’s definition of “standing”, those who object will have to show individually or severally how the participation of a citizen who meets all the criteria required of other citizens would injure those who are bringing the suit,” Brooks said.He said there should be no doubt as to the validity of the candidacy of Dr. Jones for President of Liberia in 2017. “This disinformation campaign is yet another reason by the unscrupulous politicians who love themselves more than they love Liberia,” Brooks concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more