Category Archives: Michael Vick

What People are Saying about Vick

SI has compiled a list of quotes by people giving their opinion on the Michael Vick case-

“From the moment you read that indictment, it turns your stomach. There’s obviously a great deal of interest in this. It struck very much an emotional chord. We hear our fans very clearly.”
-Roger Goodell, commissioner

“Now, granted he might have been to a dogfight a time or two, maybe five times, maybe 20 times, may have bet some money, but he’s not the one you’re after. He’s not the one you’re after, he’s just the one whose going to take the fall — publicly.”
-Emmitt Smith, former player

“This sort of behavior is really horrific. This is not the player or the person that I knew the last six years.”
-Arthur Blank, Falcons’ owner

“I think he’s got to figure out and find out if he’s got the right people around him, and I’m sure he’s smart enough to know who is good for him and who’s not.”
-Allen Iverson, NBA

“I just wish they’d put him in jail and be done with it. Just put him in prison and tell the general public, just give them all the details of what they do with those dogs.”
-Greg Biffle, NASCAR

“I don’t know if he was fighting dogs or not. But it’s his property; it’s his dogs. If that’s what he wants to do, do it…. I know a lot of back roads that got a dog fight if you want to go see it. But they’re not bothering those people because those people are not big names. I’m sure there’s some police got some dogs that are fighting them, some judges got dogs and everything else.”
-Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins, doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut

“We’ve had every kind of e-mail you can think of, and they’re not good. They’re not good at all. Obviously this has struck a nerve.”
-Gene Upshaw, NFLPA leader

“Today, we sound a clarion call to all people: Stand up for what is right, and speak out against what is wrong. Dogfighting is unacceptable. Hurting animals for human pleasure or gain is despicable. Cruelty is just plain wrong.”

“Sure, I’d do anything I could to help Mike. I think he’s basically a good person. Unfortunately it just seems like he’s made some bad choices over the years with the company he keeps.”
-Dan Reeves, former coach

“What a dog means to Vick might be a lot different than what he means to you or I. Hold on, don’t start shaking your head just yet. Listen to me. Some people kiss their dogs on the mouth. Some people let their dogs eat from their plate. Some people dress their dogs in suits more expensive than mine, if you can believe that. And some people enjoy proving they have the biggest, toughest dog on the street. You’re probably not going to believe this, but I bet Vick loves the dogs that were the biggest and the baddest. Maybe, he identified with them in some way. You can still choose to condemn him, but I’m trying to take you inside his mind so you can understand where he might be coming from.”
-Deion Sanders, former player, NFLN

“It’s a stupid thing to do, obviously. But these guys get so arrogant, they don’t think about it. You got $30 million, $40 million in the bank, they’re on top of the world, no remorse and no one can stop them.”
-LeRoy Butler, former player

“I take these charges very seriously and look forward to clearing my good name. I respectfully ask all of you to hold your judgment until all of the facts are shown. Above all, I would like to say to my mom I’m sorry for what she has had to go through in this most trying of times. It has caused pain to my family and I apologize to my family.”
-The Big Kahuna himself, Michael Vick, dog fighter extraordinaire


News Roundup

Tedy Bruschi is not, in fact, dead.

The Browns got a nasty surprise in their locker room.

Michael Vick is pleading not guilty. Yeah, good luck with that buddy.

Joe Thomas has been signed.

Lance Briggs signed a one year tender.

Heads will roll in the Pat Tillman case.

Curtis Martin has retired. Probably a HOF-er.

Simeon Rice was released by the Bucs.

Despite what you’d like to think

I’m not dead, and neither is this site. Training camps are getting their groove on, and the pre-season starts next month. There’s not much of an offseason in football, but I take advantage of what there is. Posting should be going into full swing pretty soon.

Meanwhile, he are some things to ponder:

Daunte Culpepper was dropped by the Dolphins when they couldn’t come to a deal with him. This calls into question what value if any he has left. Methinks he’s not going to be much more than a journeyman from here on out, which is a long way from where he was in 2004. No doubt, however, some team that gets thrown into a crisis will pick him up soon, which brings us to…

Mike Vick was indicted by a grand jury on charges of dog fighting. They started working on building his coffin quite a while ago down in Atlanta, but I think with this news coming in, they’ll start working on nailing it shut. There’s little doubt Roger Goodell will suspend him, either now or when the case has completely run it’s course. Goodell’s not afraid of beings strict, even with top players, which brings us to…

Adam Jones practiced with the Titans. This doesn’t indicate in any way that there’s any change in his suspension, but it’s still surprising news.

Football is a year-round sport

As training camps are getting underway, we’re starting to hear reports of the first injuries as players begin to work out those muscles that have been resting since the season ended. Bruschi hurt his wrist, Vick hurt his leg, Bentley’s out for the season, and there are many other such injuries. Some, I’m sure, are just plain old football injuries, and they can’t really be avoided. But how many are from poor offseason conditioning? You hear about these workout warriors that lift weights and excercise several hours a day all year, and you shake your head and think they’re working too hard. But maybe that’s the way to do it. Every year reports flood out of training camps with out of condition players ripping muscles and hurting themselves because they weren’t in good enough condition to practice. It’s already started, but I think more and more in the future players are going to have to start working out all year just to stay healthy enough to play during the season.