Of all the people to whine about the Michael Vick signing, the most unlikely is Dan Leone, the former game-day employee who was fired after venting his frustations with the team on his Facebook page. Yet here we are.
You might recall Leone's immortal status message: "Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver. . .Dam Eagles R Retarted!!" That was enough to get him canned, and they've refused to take him back in the months since.
But apparently doggie mass murder isn't as heinous a sin, goes Leone's thinking. He's making the Philly media rounds to plead his case:
I figure, if a guy like that can get a second chance to make millions, why can't I get a second chance? I won't cost them that much to work there.
I deserve a second chance. I didn't commit any crimes or kill any dogs. And I'm left jobless."
Well, not jobless, as Leone is still working as a security guard across the parking lot at the Wachovia Center. But damn it, Flyers victories are bittersweet once you've tasted the Eagles nectar.
But Dan, I'll tell you why Michael Vick received an offer, despite his past transgressions: he's one of the best in the world at what he does. He can put a football between a receiver's numbers at 50 yards. He can escape 300-pound monsters and scramble for a gain.
If Vick's specialty was one that required a high school education, and didn't have thousands of similarly unskilled workers waiting to take his place, then you'd have a case.