From the Archive: August 17, 2007
[Michael Vick and dogfighting]
In the old days, the difference between royalty and subjects was that only the latter were subject to the law. And because royalty was above the law, there was nothing to say 'no' to a royal whim. Athletes and celebrities are treated like royalty, surrounded with fawners and flatterers, and of course that gives them the impression that they too are free to act on any royal whims. That dog beating is such a whim, though, seems like a new one.
I was just watching Shakespeare’s 'Richard 2' today, and when Richard denounces those who left him to support Henry, Richard calls them dogs, for they will be loyal to anybody.
Ok, I just googled the line. Richard II says: "Dogs, easily won to fawn on any man!"
Merriam Webster defines 'fawn' as
1 : to show affection -- used especially of a dog
2 : to court favor by a cringing or flattering manner
So it all comes together. Dogs and such.
Also, ever since ESPN incorporated the blog, Rob Neyer doesn't do real research anymore. He just quotes newspaper articles and writes 2 sentences of commentary. He has stopped going for it, even on fourth and short.