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Every Dog Has His Day: Michael Vick and the NFL

Posted on: May 20, 2009 8:58 pm
I'm pretty much indifferent to whether Vick comes back to the NFL or not. Personally, I don't think any team is going to take that big of a chance on him and the media circus that will follow him everywhere he goes. And that doesn't include the throngs of animal rights activists that will *ahem* dog him wherever he goes as well.

I just wish that people would get their facts straight when talking about Vick's crimes. Michael Vick wasn't sent to Federal prison for 23 months for simple dog fighting. He wasn't at the wrong place at the wrong time or a victim of circumstance. He didn't just happen to be at a dog fight when a raid occured. Michael Vick pled guilty to:

From Wikipedia (I hate using Wiki, but it provided this in a clear and understandable context)

"Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture. In addition, he admitted to providing most of the financing for the operation itself, as well as participating directly in several dog fights in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina. He also admitted to sharing in the proceeds from these dog fights. He further admitted that he knew his colleagues killed several dogs who didn't perform well enough. However, while he admitted to providing most of the money for gambling on the fights, he denied placing any side bets on the dogfights."

Basically saying that he not only participated in the dog fighting organization known as Bad Newz Kennels, but in fact bankrolled the entire operation. This wasn't some backwoods Bubbas fighting dogs in a barn somewhere, but a large, complex interstate operation. The fact that it crossed state lines making it a Federal case eclipses most criminal activities by NFL players that are currently active.

The biggest impediment to Vick's return to the NFL is the fact that it was a gambling operation.

"The NFL does not allow its players to be involved in any form of gambling, and even first-time offenders risk being banned for life. However, Goodell did leave open the possibility of reinstating Vick depending on how well he cooperated with federal and state authorities."

 The problem is that Vick didn't cooperate with authorities like he promised to do in his plea agreement and that's one of the reasons he got as stiff a sentence as he did. He even failed a drug test while out on bail and tested positive for marijuana.

I don't know Vick personally so I can't speak for him, but his actions don't bode well for a man that is supposed to be remorseful for what's he done. It seems to me he's only remorseful for getting caught doing it.

Unless Goodell gets a good amount of pressure from teams, players and fans to let Vick return I wouldn't get my hopes up for it at this point. His Federal stint is almost up, but Virginia hasn't had their way with him yet either.

Category: NFL

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2009 8:43 am

Every Dog Has His Day: Michael Vick and the NFL

This just in from the Yahoo Sports rumor mill...........

Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:47 am EDT

Former coach Jim Fassel, now coaching the Las Vegas/Los Angeles franchise in the United Football League, said he would sign quarterback if no franchise in the NFL wants him, according to Newsday.

"I would, simply because people make mistakes," Fassel said. "I mean, the mistake he made was horrific and everyone was taken aback by it obviously, but once he pays his debt to society, he has jail time and he's lost everything. Everybody gets a chance to re-prove themselves. If he will make that commitment he deserves another chance. I believe that whole-heartedly. This league may be very good for him. Maybe he just needs to go to a league and just start playing rather than joining a team and be a back-up and not play and develop. We'll see. I don't know. No decisions have been made by our league or the NFL. No decisions have been made as to where he's going to be. I think, personally, he deserves another chance."


Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2009 4:32 pm

Every Dog Has His Day: Michael Vick and the NFL

Yeah, he didn't have the honor of playing us last year since the Pats weren't on our schedule. This year we'll get to break him in nicely and welcome him to the AFC in proper fashion lol.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2009 2:28 pm

Every Dog Has His Day: Michael Vick and the NFL

Can't wait to welcome Cassel to the 2009 season as he faces our D...

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2009 7:15 pm

Every Dog Has His Day: Michael Vick and the NFL

And how exactly are the Ravens a desparate sorry team?

I'm sorry, but I seem to recall that the Ravens went 11-5 during the regular season last year, as well as winning two playoff games and going to the AFC Championship game. Unfortunately they lost to the Steelers, but then again they aren't Super Champs 6 times for nothing.

How did your Chiefs fair last year? Oh yeah, thats right, they went 2-14 during the regular season and wouldn't you know it, they missed those darn playoffs by just a hair.

But I digress. Now you have your alledged savior Matt "The King" Cassel here to save the day, but dog gone it, wouldn't you know it? Tony Gonzalez left the team for the Falcons so poor Mr. Cassel has no one to throw to. He looked darn good when he had the Patriots offense to catch for him, but now he's on his own.

Go Chiefs? Yeah, maybe you'll actually break .500 this year and won't be also-rans in the AFC West for a change.

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2009 4:52 pm

Every Dog Has His Day: Michael Vick and the NFL

Now Bastyd you know that the Ravens are not SORRY and it will be proven the first game this year when we play your Chiefs in Baltimore , not a good way to start a season off for you guys with a butt wippen ! GO RAVENS !

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2009 6:26 pm

Every Dog Has His Day: Michael Vick and the NFL

     Some desperate, sorry team????  I guess you are referring to the Ravens??


Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2009 6:19 pm

Every Dog Has His Day: Michael Vick and the NFL

To my knowledge there are no owners or even head coaches who have said publicly they would have Michael Vick on there team and i hope it`s stays that way ! I am not saying i think he should be blackballed from the NFL but i would not miss the guy , there are way too many thugs allready playing , do we need one more ? His best chance to play football again i think is in Canada , he would do very well there because of the style that the CFL plays . If he signs with a CFL team and dominate`s some NFL team will want him , some desperate sorry team , that is the only i see Vick getting back in the NFL .

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