Retriever Needed

Ruff An odd post, really, on A.J. Daulerio's Philadelphia Magazine blog today.

A.J., whose hipster view of sports buffoonery in Deadspin has been a regular read for me, describes an unannounced visit from a NFL security man, who was sniffing out whether A.J. actually knew anything that could tie Eagles players to dogfighting.

Only, as A.J. writes, he didn't know anything. He was pursuing a rumor that got shot down by all he contacted, so he wrote nothing. "Story over."

Until this morning's visit from the football man, which gave A.J. an opportunity to spill what he knew, or didn't know. In the process, A.J. dropped the name of a beloved former Eagle who's allegedly been the subject of such rumors on another blog.

I would not like to be that beloved ex-Eagle right now. If there's no truth to the rumor, them's fightin' words.

The post will get read, given that it caught the attention of Jim Romenesko at the Poynter Institute, a regular watering hole for journos avoiding work. (That's how I found it.)

A.J.'s post attracted some good comments, but none better than the first responder, who wrote:

My only question is, can the dogs catch a punt?

Posted 09/12/2007 09:52:52 AM

I had dinner with a couple of my older neighbors on Sunday night, and the conversation turned to dog fighting. One older guy in his 80s had seen dog fights all over Philadelphia in the 60s and 70s--had bet on them himself--and described them in vivid detail with some measure of excitement. It was interesting to see a perspective from a generation before Americans' love of dogs strictly as pets became almost universal.

Posted 09/13/2007 12:03:38 PM

I can't believe I'm reading this. You are both callous to the point of inhuman. I'm sure old Romans spoke with excitement about the Gladiator fights but as a society we decided that bloodsports and gore were uncivilized and barbaric.

Posted 09/14/2007 11:52:20 AM

I'm not defending the old guy's former proclivities. I think dogfighting is repulsive, but it's worth thinking about why people might have different attitudes about it. As for our society deciding that "bloodsports and gore [are] uncivilized and barbaric" I think you and I might live in different societies. In my society a lot of people love boxing, ultimate fighting, wrestling, violent video games, violent movies and television, and, well, footage from the war in Iraq.

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