The Odessey Begins

So last week our Saturn blew its engine and we need to get a new car. Honeybun was still in Las Cruces, NM with my in-laws helping her sister with our new nephew. Of course she has our Envoy there. I’ve been without a car for a week now. Thankfully Honeybun found a great deal on a new Hyundai Elantra down there (she’s a great deal maker).

So this morning I’m taking a Greyhound bus down to Las Cruces and Honeybun and I will drive both vehicles back on Friday. I’ll see if I can blog a bit by cell-phone with a few pics to document my trials and tribulations. I believe Dante designated a 14-hour bus ride as the third circle of hell…

Kicked off Vick

Today, college star Marcus Vick was kicked off the Virginia Tech football team he led to the Gator Bowl this past season. The time cited his repeated legal (i.e. criminal) problems and his unsportmanslike conduct during the Gator Bowl when he stomped on an opposing player’s calf.

This story quickly follows the news the another former college star Maurice Clarett has been arrested for armed robbery.

I find stories like this fascinating. Marcus Vick is a young man who is following in his older brother’s footsteps – seemingly on a guaranteed track to a lucrative NFL contract. Yet he is self destructing similar to Terrell Owens. Maurice Clarett was a hot prospect who also seemed assured of a profitable NFL contract yet couldn’t keep himself out of trouble.

They have the ability, their failings can only be the result of flaws in their character. Shakespeare could have written plays about these guys.