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Michael Vick & the UFL: A Good Mix?

How would signing Michael Vick affect the upstart league and the beleaguered QB?

Posted by Emil Steiner on July 14, 2009 8:21 AM
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jimarush: Jealousy and envy is what America is directing at Michael Vick. Most of the people hating on Vick do not own dogs. The ones that do own dogs...

QualicBoy: If Vick plays they will have to change the league to the UFLFFFCST. UNITED FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOR FORMERLY FREEDOM CHALLENGED STREET THUGS. Fo...

Timothea1: Ok. Let me get this straight. Mike Vick finances dog fighting and should go to jail forever. Donte Stallworth pleads guilty to DUI mansla...

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Casiliovithch Author Profile Page :

Pffff. The chump should still be in jail!

jondercik1 Author Profile Page :

He should still be in jail. I still do not understand why Virginia is not prosecuting him. If he plays I will not be watching.

SCtoDC Author Profile Page :

@CASILIOVITCH and JONDERCIK1
What part of "he has served his time" don't you two morons understand? What is Va gonna prosecute the man for he plead guilty to everything that people of your kind irrational thinking wanted him to. Get REAL! What do you clowns want from the man? He's already plead guilty served his time, and community service paid back part of his salary,filed for bankrupcy etc..etc..when is enough, enough. Let's look into some of your pasts and see what we can come up with. LOL! Oh and JONDERCIK1, who cares because you won't be watching if he plays. GOOD that will be one less bitchass that real sports fans will have to worry about commenting because you won't be watching. I'm out!

SCtoDC Author Profile Page :

@CASILIOVITCH and JONDERCIK1
What part of "he has served his time" don't you two morons understand? What is Va gonna prosecute the man for he plead guilty to everything that people of your kind irrational thinking wanted him to. Get REAL! What do you clowns want from the man? He's already plead guilty served his time, and community service paid back part of his salary,filed for bankrupcy etc..etc..when is enough, enough. Let's look into some of your pasts and see what we can come up with. LOL! Oh and JONDERCIK1, who cares because you won't be watching if he plays. GOOD that will be one less bitchass that real sports fans will have to worry about commenting because you won't be watching. I'm out!

CDW112 Author Profile Page :

It is just amazing to me that that dogs lives are more valued than human life!! I love dogs and animals but he has served his time and he did not drive while intoxicated and kill someone and only serve - what 30 days in jail!! Come on humans let's put life in perspective!!

peepers1 Author Profile Page :

If Vick is allowed back in the NFL, I'll be heading out. The man has no conscience and has no business being a role model for our children - toss him back in jail
where he belongs!

bhowell89 Author Profile Page :

All you people who think Vick should still be in jail need to get a life. The PETA people need to get a life too!!! Most of you need psychological treatment and that's no joke!!!

Bob22003 Author Profile Page :

Michael Vick isn't worth caring about. There are plenty of current and former NFL players who spend a great deal of their time contributing to good causes and who aren't dog killers or thugs. Write about them, not about a jerk like Michael Vick.

ksobserver1 Author Profile Page :

Simple question. What the hell is the UFL and who cares?

wonkguy Author Profile Page :

If my Cleveland Browns had any desire to win, they'd sign him. The NFL is a violent sport marketed with beer & sexy cheer leaders. The rates of substance abuse and domestic violence for players AND coaches astonishing. The notion that Michael Vick shouldn't be in the NFL is just a total joke. Put him on a short leash, but it is ridiculous that there could be football on sundays and one of the most talented players in the country isn't going to be playing. He's exciting and he can win football games. For crying out loud, the franchise in this city is called the REDSKINS, the baseball team in Cleveland is the INDIANS w/ the most ridiculous characature as a mascot you could ever imagine. But Michael Vick has offended our sensibilities so much that he never gets to play again...anywhere?

sperrico Author Profile Page :

In less than one year SadisticVick will be involved in a domestic abuse charge.

sperrico Author Profile Page :

In less than one year SadisticVick will be involved in a domestic abuse charge.

Cathy3 Author Profile Page :

I find it interesting that the most uncivil, illiterate comments posted are by the Michael Vick defenders. Rather than make convincing arguments in defense of Vick, they simply insult those who criticize him, which is typical of lazy, ignorant thinkers -- when they can't address a point on its substance, they take the easy way out and attack the person who made it.

madstamina Author Profile Page :

There are players in the NFL who have killed people! Why are we discussing a person who paid for dogs that friends/relatives fought and killed. The Feds only went after Vick because he was the big fish. He was not present during the majority of the dog fights and killings. But he financed the operation, so he should have been punished.

madstamina Author Profile Page :

The Feds have unlimited resources...VA doesn't. They can't pursue crimes against property (dogs) too many human crimes drugs, prostitution, murder. First offenders never serve time for property crimes. He can play in the league, we encourage people to earn a living, so that they don’t become dependent upon the taxpayer.

Leathnm Author Profile Page :

He has done his time. Let him go back to playing the game he loves. PETA has gotten absolutely ridiculous. At the Veterinarian conference in Seattle a short time ago, they even tried to stop the time honored tradition of tossing fish. Good grief! Tourists come from all over the world to the Pike Place Market just to see this. The fish are already dead. PETA needs to find some realistic issues to complain about.

topwriter Author Profile Page :

If anybody still cares about this (hesitates) ... man ... I suggest they read more and get out of the house. There are plenty of other real athletes of much better moral and ethical composition worth your time and attention. Let the UFL have him, I'm willing to bet within 2 years he'll be arrested again.

billscott4 Author Profile Page :

The NFL is a job, plain and simple. Most of the negative comments about Vick derive from jealousy, prejudice, envy or ignorance of the circumstances. Thankfully none of our comments on this post matter. Vick will play somewhere and the world wont end. My problem with the "animal lovers" is they choose which animals deserve that love. They don't want to protect cows, chickens, shrimps, bats, pigs,lambs,deers..you get the picture, A crime was committed a man served his time, Donte Stallworth killed a man and got 30 days, protest that!

6thsense79 Author Profile Page :

I will never understand some people. Vick has more than serve his time. As already been stated first time offenders for animal cruelty rarely get the amount of jail time Vick received. Again as already been stated Vick has served his time and paid a HUGE financial penalty. Yet there are those on here that want more. When does it end?

adam907 Author Profile Page :

I certainly am in no way condoning Vick's actions but let's keep things in perspective. In Alaska where I live many people race dogs in the form of dog sled racing. The racers breed scores of dogs in the hope of getting a few good racers. Many times the unwanted dogs are destroyed. Dogs are sometimes shot and at times drowned. No one says anything to these breeders, no one goes to jail. Dogs in AK are treated like beasts of burden, chained to their houses and only let off to pull a sled. Of course these aren't pets but working dogs. So to see Michael Vick serve jail time and possibly have his career ruined seems a bit disproportionate. I feel he has paid his dues and should be allowed to continue his football career.

VerdeBon1 Author Profile Page :

Michael Vick has paid his dues.What more do you want? I am sure that the people who want his head must walk in his shoes to understand enough is enough.

iphoenix Author Profile Page :

Since when did all of you Powers That Be decide that Michael Vick's return to the NFL -- where as a proven premiere performer he surely belongs -- is out of the question? Your question about whether or not Vick is a good "match" for the UFL not only begs the real question at hand (that is will Vick be allowed to play in the NFL again), but it exposes a profound arrogance and dismissiveness, disrespect, disregard, and malevolence which reeks of racism.

You folks hate it that Blacks dominate professional sports in the first place. Should your opinions matter at all? (Now there's a whale of an example of begging the question to match this article's title!)

Nobody gave a damn about PETA before it became at once so easy and convenient to shed a tear over exploited animals. Shall we assume, then, that you will call upon not just the NFL, but all sports to cease the use of "animal by-products" in sports equipment? Or will you just insist that the ol' pigskin be referred to by its proper name, the ol' cowskin?

Oh, and since the average NFL fan is so warm and fuzzy, why don't you take the initiative to demonstrate this "fact" by setting up cameras to record how many fans booing the sight of Vick on-field are doing so while picking tailgate hamburger and hotdog meat, and any number of other now-available "gourmet non-vegetarian fare" from their hypocritical teeth. Teeth, which when their team's defense is on the field, will be snarling for some quarterback's [Vick's?] blood...literally!

DanielSanDiego Author Profile Page :

Lenient treatment for professional athletes? Michael Vick has probably paid much, much more dearly for his offense because he is black and a big time professional athlete. He engaged in dogfighting - do you want to execute him, lock him up forever? Yes, he abused animals, in a "sport" that has quite a long, if now deservedly discredited history. He didn't assault anyone, he didn't molest anyone, he didn't steal the public's money, he didn't start a war under false pretenses. He paid the price for his actions - let them man get up and start his life over, stop kicking him while he is down.

nymarlyn Author Profile Page :

Vick should do more time in jail and when released ... donate 20% of his salary to PETA

Rubiconski Author Profile Page :

Michael Vick is a degenerate psychopathic animal torturer. The lowest of the low. Not the kind of thing you "do your time" and get over. That is WHO HE IS!! No one knew. Now EVERYBODY knows!

Any league would be crazy to go anywhere near him.

NOT a role model for our kids or worthy of representing America IN ANY WAY!!

Period!

Enjoy the gutter, Vick.

rcagle343 Author Profile Page :

None of us would be talking about a dog's life being valued more than a human's if Vick hadn't knowingly bankrolled an illegal gambling operation and then failed to confess to it upfront when he had the chance. As I've told my sons countless times, you won't need to whine about fairness if you don't put yourself in a position where it becomes an issue.

ano1again Author Profile Page :

Michael Vick is a degenerate psychopathic animal torturer. The lowest of the low. Not the kind of thing you "do your time" and get over. That is WHO HE IS!! No one knew. Now EVERYBODY knows!

Any league would be crazy to go anywhere near him.

NOT a role model for our kids or worthy of representing America IN ANY WAY!!

Period!

Enjoy the gutter, Vick

you dang skippy partner,and,while you're
at it fry me up a burger,uh,one from a non-tortured,ethically,treated,murdered cow.

Sutter Author Profile Page :

Prosecuting Vick did not mean that dog lives are more important than people's lives. More to the point, going easy on animal cruely actuall increases, not decreases, danger to people. It is long proven taht those who have abused animals often move on to abusing people, especially women and children (mainly sick men looking for power over the "weak"). To welcome Vick back because he is a sports celebrity would send a horrible message. He made his choices as an adult. If he had been a child abuser or molester, he'd have to register to life and would be stigmatized for life-- no chance of a comeback. And we certanly wouldn't let off a child molester because the person is a celebrity, right?

BiGREID13 Author Profile Page :

if he wasnt in the NFL he prolly wouldn't have gotten caught and this wouldn't have even been such a big deal..get over it it was some dogs..i love dogs as much as the next person but i did not see Vick breaking into my house to take my dog and use him so all you people out there get over it..or you should start going on the street and getting every stray dog you see and take it in..ever heard of dog pounds? yea they like a lot more dogs then vick has/ever will!

linda26 Author Profile Page :


ONLY in sports would they accept a dog killer and pay him a large salary to return.
No other profession (law, education, business) would even consider an interview with him let alone...a job.
When will we as good citizens say enough is enough...

patcee618 Author Profile Page :

NO! NO! NO! Any team that signs this man is as low as he is and I hope their fans make the team, owners and league pay dearly for making such a horrible choice. Hopefully the stands will be empty. Fools like Vick are cowards that have to pick on those that don't have choices. Whats next ...... Mark my words, this is a sick, demented man that needs to be watched and scrutinized at all times. Please, please don't award this man with a contract. There are so many others out there that are just as good and deserve a chance. Before you make this decision look at the whole picture, not just how far he can throw a football.

gemini13us Author Profile Page :

Enough already, Michael Vick has paid his debt to society. It is time for him to do his job and play football in the NFL. Justice has been served. Let the man get on with his life. Let thee without sin cast the first stone. No one should be allowed to stop this man from returning to the job that he truly excelled at and loved.

jondercik1 Author Profile Page :

Why should he be allowed to return to a job that will pay him many times more than my salary? If I was convicted of a crime much less severe than his there would be no way I would be allowed to return. Am I jealous, probably. But then again he had more money than god and could afford to do basically anything legal he wanted to for fun, but he CHOSE to break the law. Instead of being as cruel as he was he could have gone and bought 10 Bentley's and crashed em just for the hell of it.
I hope he was someone's "special" friend in prison and forced to bend over 24/7.

Jungman7 Author Profile Page :

You pay your debt to society and re-enter. What he did was horrible, but in our system, he paied his debt.

Commander2 Author Profile Page :

The only use/purpose vick has on this planet is to dispute the theory that God placed us here. He is living proof that humans evolved from apes or some other lower life form. His sole purpose is he looks/acts and is the missing link. He truly s/b be euthanized.

alex35332 Author Profile Page :

I don't care much about Vick, if he can help a new minor real-football league like the UFL replace the AFL Awful Football League, I will tune in on VS's to see it. If this is the hoop he has to jump through to get back in the NFL, do it. Ricky Williams had to go to the CFL for a little pot, so they better make Vick go sit out a year.

ggreenbaum Author Profile Page :

Goodell seems to be under the mistaken impression that he's Kenesaw Mountain Landis, an arbitrary ruler of the sport. Vick served his time, he's as free, notwithstanding post release obligations, as the next guy. He should apply for reinstatement quickly, and sign with a CFL team so he's in shape and playing, with an "out" clause if he's signed by the NFL. If Goodell doesn't act on the request quickly, or turns it down, Vick should sue.

jahree1 Author Profile Page :

I'm soo tired of people on Vicks Back, I don't see us Talking about Dante Stallworth who Actually killed a person (could have been you) and still gets a slap on the wrist, and this man did a year in jail which I'm sure none of you desk Jockeys could understand. If it was Tom Brady, or Tony Homo, or another white player you would be looking for soo many excuses because after all you people kill animals for sport, it's called Hunting you hypocrytical idiots.

eyemsam Author Profile Page :

So all this talk about M. Vick, and his problems (did his time and it's a done deal)so tell me, do we hold a certain Senators feet to the same fire/standard as he grills a supreme court nominee, all the while his history of bigotry and racism is well documented. Is the life of a dog any greater value than the accomplishments, and contributions of a fellow human being?

szwheelock Author Profile Page :

Bringing up the UFL pretty much answers the whiners about poor Mikey's ability to make a living. Forget the dang dogs: he ran a gambling enterprise, which should disqualify him from the NFL for life; but if he can find work elsewhere where they don't have those rules, more power to him. This suggests that he can, so what's the beef? You want to watch him, go to a UFL game.

martin6 Author Profile Page :

How many professions will allow a felon (convicted of bankrolling an organized crime ring for five years and brutally killing defenseless animals) a second chance?

jimarush Author Profile Page :

Jealousy and envy is what America is directing at Michael Vick. Most of the people hating on Vick do not own dogs. The ones that do own dogs are probably are abusing them when it comes to walking and feeding them. The ones that treat their dogs OK probably treat them better then they treat their wives and children.

Thank goodness Michael Vick could care less about opinions. Hopefully a NFL team with good sense will hire him. I wonder how many - dog lovers - would be cheering Vick if he was on their team.

QualicBoy Author Profile Page :

If Vick plays they will have to change the league to the UFLFFFCST.
UNITED FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOR FORMERLY FREEDOM CHALLENGED STREET THUGS.

For all you Dummycrats out there freedom challenged means, prison, frikin big house, 8x8 crib, that's where he feels most at home.

Timothea1 Author Profile Page :

Ok. Let me get this straight. Mike Vick finances dog fighting and should go to jail forever. Donte Stallworth pleads guilty to DUI manslaughter, gets 30-days and we havent heard much about that at all. It is ashame animals rights are championed more that human rights. Personally, I would rather have Vick working and paying taxes.

 
 
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