Northern Idaho Bar Won't Show Eagles Games Because of Vick
There are few sports figures that can bring out the hate like Michael Vick. Back in his Virginia Tech days, he was a kid with legs like Hermes, sprinting around the field like his defenders had decided to shove sand in their sneakers.
Years later, he's a man known mostly as "that dog fighter guy" that is back on our radar, thank goodness, for sports reasons. The problem is, this ain't "Men in Black" and people don't forget. That is why one man in Northern Idaho won't be showing any Eagles games, thank you very much, and won't even serve products that sponsor the Eagles.
Yep, it's a sports bar that will televise 31 teams and serve a few less cold ones.
Steve Coffman, who owns Slates Prime Time Grill and Sports Bar in Sandpoint, said he is boycotting the Eagles and its corporate sponsors -- including the makers of both Coors and Miller beer -- until the team releases Vick, according to the Bonner County Daily Bee.
"I've just about had it," he told the newspaper. "When you look at some of these sports players and what they do and what they get away with ... and we as consumers just seem to turn a blind eye every time this goes on. I think I've just reached a point where I said, 'I've had enough of this.'"
See, America. It's a place where some people take freedom of everything a tad too far, but you get these types of stories that make you proud we live in a place you can do what you want, as long as it's within reason. Coffman owns an establishment, doesn't agree with the current NFL situation, and has decided that even if it hurts business (Coors beer is his top selling brew, which is reason to be worried in the first place), he won't let a back-up quarterback be spewed across his television screen.
Don't like it? Go to another bar. Think it's a bad policy? Tough luck, we can refuse service to anyone.
Coffman hopes other bars across the country will follow his example, and I'm sure some will. No matter your love or hatred for Mr. Vick over the coming months, I think we can all agree that his return to the NFL will make the sport that much more interesting.
If nothing else, it'll make drinking a Bud Light Lime in one Northern Idaho bar all the more acceptable.
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His address is: Steve Coffman, Slate's Prime Time Grill and Sports Bar, 477272 Highway 95, Ponderay, Idaho 83852