The Atlanta Falcons quarterback who is facing trial on charges of horrific abuse of dogs
while holding dog fights at his mansion, has one of the world`s greatest bodies, but not, by most accounts, one of the world`s greatest brains.
A reader sent me a link to a Randall Parker Future Pundit item from 2006 that was prescient:
High Testosterone Men More Abusive To Dogs
Another reader noted Peter King`s obituary
in Sports Illustrated
for the brilliant football innovator Bill Walsh, who, more than anybody else, invented the modern pass-crazy NFL offensive style. King quotes Walsh from 1991, which might have some relevance to Vick:
"As a coach, I know I have to start with smart players. It might not have been so important in past years, but today we`re asking players to do so much and to know so many schemes. Without basic intelligence, they simply can`t play. And if they`re not just plain smart, they`re not going to be able to do the things a sophisticated coach is going to ask. With the speed on the field today, their technique and knowledge of what they have to do has to be keen or they`ll get buried. A player like Bill Ring of the 49ers, who wasn`t physically gifted, was a great contributor, despite his lack of speed and size and quickness, because he was a tremendous student of the game."As you`ll see in this book, intelligent players have an infinitely better chance to succeed. On offense, they have to cope more and more with things like the no-huddle and quick snaps. In a few years, who knows? Maybe there won`t be huddles. On defense, they have to cope with different schemes and all the substitution. When I look for players now, even at Stanford, I can rule out a lot of people fast. They have to have above-average intelligence combined with the ability to function under stress ...