When Barbaro the horse was hospitalized and then died, and there were a lot of human supporters and then human mourners, the sports blogosphere was generally cynical, snarky, irreverent, and a bit iconoclastic.
"Just a horse," was the rallying cry as the horse and anybody who cared about him at all got mocked incessantly.
Now, Michael Vick is accused of making dogs fight each other to death.
Is the general tone of the blogosphere something akin to "Just a dog"? No, generally, the sports blogosphere has both mocked and vilified Vick. Rather than dismissing the charges with the same "Just an animal" tone that Barbaro was dismissed, sports bloggers used the opportunity to make fun of Vick. It gave sports bloggers a chance to be cynical, snarky, irreverent, and a bit iconoclastic at the expense of Vick.
Why are we not supposed to care about Barbaro because it's "just a horse," but we're supposed to think Michael Vick is a bad person because of the way he treats dogs?
So are there principles in the sports blogosphere? Or are you all just looking for a chance to mock anything?