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The Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback Michael Vick, making his return to the NFL official.

Vick signed a one-year contract with an option, at the team's discretion, for a second season. The deal reportedly could be worth as much as $6.8 million, including $1.6 million for this season and $5.2 million for next season if the Eagles exercise their option. Vick is to back up starting quarterback Donovan McNabb.

The Eagles confirmed the signing and scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. Friday at their training complex in South Philadelphia. Vick is to participate in the team's practice Saturday.

"This is America," Eagles Coach Andy Reid said at a news conference Thursday night. "We can make mistakes and the situation is, there's a chance for him to prove he's doing the right things and I think the fans will be excited for him as long as he continues to do what he's doing. He's been so proactive in this, speaking all over the country and working with the Humane Society and so on. I think that part of it, the people will see.... And then the football part of it, the fans know him as a football player."

Vick has made it back to the NFL after missing the last two seasons while serving his federal sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation in Virginia.

Under the terms of his recently announced conditional reinstatement by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Vick is eligible to practice with the Eagles immediately and play in their final two preseason games. Goodell is to rule by Week 6 of the season on Vick's eligibility to play in regular season games.

"I'm a believer that as long as people go through the right process, they deserve a second chance," said Reid, speaking late Thursday after the Eagles' preseason opener against the New England Patriots. "Michael has done that. I did a tremendous amount of homework on this. I followed his progress. He's got some great people in his corner. He has proven that he's on the right track."

McNabb is close to Vick. He once hosted Vick on a college recruiting visit to Syracuse. Vick ended up attending Virginia Tech, but the two remained friendly.

"I pretty much lobbied to get him here because I believe everybody deserves a second chance," McNabb said during his postgame news conference. "... I think he deserves it, and I look forward to him joining us in the next couple days.... Nobody is perfect, myself included.... He's served his time. He's expressed his remorse... and he's moved on."

Reid said he'd spoken to Vick and to Vick's adviser, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy. Vick also met with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, according to Reid.

"He's in a good place," Reid said of Vick. "I've seen people close to me that have had second chances that have taken advantage of those. It's very important that people give them opportunities to prove that they can change, and so we're doing that with Michael. I'm very excited on the other side of that to have, also, a good football player. You're talking about one of the top quarterbacks in the league when he was playing.... He comes into a good, stable unit here. I think Donovan's a huge factor in that. Donovan, he and Michael are very close."

Reid said the well publicized string of legal troubles experienced by his two sons made him more sensitive to Vick's situation.

"I've kind of followed Michael's situation very close, with the things my boys went through," Reid said. "They were right around the same time. I've had a chance to kind of follow that. So I know the things that Michael's gone through, and on the other side of that, the things that can happen there, the changes that can be made.

"... I felt like he had learned some valuable life lessons here. He seems very focused and he wants to get his career back on track. He wants to prove to people on the other side of that, the human side of that, the outside football side of that, that he's chosen to right it and he's going to do the right things. And he's been doing that."

Reid said he's aware that some of the franchise's followers will be angered by the move.

"I understand that," Reid said. "Listen, I understand. I understand how that works. But there's enough of them that will [understand]. And then it's up to Michael to prove that that change has taken place. And I think he's there. That's what he wants to do. He knows not everybody is gonna have that trust in him or that belief in him. But, you know, I think he'll go out and he'll prove that to people."

It's clear that developments will be scrutinized closely. After the signing, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals issued a written statement from its president and chief executive officer, Ed Sayres, saying: "Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Philadelphia Eagles have granted Michael Vick a second chance, and the ASPCA expects Mr. Vick to express remorse for his actions, as well as display more compassion and sound judgment this time around than he did during his previous tenure with the NFL. We hope that Mr. Vick uses his stature for the betterment of the community and the advancement of the issue of animal cruelty."

Vick made an appearance this week in Chicago in connection with an anti-dogfighting program by the Humane Society. According to Reid, representatives of the Humane Society are to be present, along with Vick and Dungy, at Friday's news conference in Philadelphia.

According to the Associated Press, Vick said in a televised interview scheduled to air Sunday that he feels "some tremendous hurt behind what happened."

Vick, interviewed for "60 Minutes" on CBS by veteran sportscaster James Brown, said he "should have took the initiative to stop it all.... I didn't--I didn't step up. I wasn't [a] leader."

According to the AP account of the interview, Vick said he cried at night in his prison cell and when asked by Brown if he was more concerned about his NFL career or the dogs he injured, Vick said: "Football don't even matter."

Lurie had said last week at the team's training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., that he believed Vick deserved another chance in the NFL. But Lurie had given no indication then that such an opportunity would come with the Eagles, saying only that the situation had to play itself out.

The Eagles pursued Vick relatively quietly and only in recent days were they included in the speculation about the teams possibly interested in Vick.

Reid said the move makes sense from a football perspective.

The Eagles also have quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and A.J. Feeley. Kolb is sidelined by a knee injury, although the injury is not considered serious.

"We feel very good about it," Reid said. "There won't be a quarterback controversy. That's not how it's gonna go down here. We've got to make sure he gets back in football shape. He's been out of this thing for a couple years. It's important that he does get himself in football shape.

"... I'm gonna bring him in and try to let him kind of get back in the swing of things, and see how he's doing physically. I didn't work him out. It looks like he's in good shape. [But] I also know when you're away from football a while, there's a difference between being in shape and being in football shape. We'll just get him back in the swing, and I'll think of something."

The club has been to five NFC championship games in 10 seasons with Reid as its coach and has reached one Super Bowl during that time, but has not won a Super Bowl title with Reid and McNabb. The Eagles spent the offseason retooling for a possible Super Bowl push this season, saying their goodbyes to veterans like safety Brian Dawkins and left tackle Tra Thomas while adding offensive linemen Jason Peters and Stacy Andrews and selecting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in the first round of the NFL draft.

Now Vick becomes part of that Super Bowl push, giving Reid a possible alternative to McNabb to run a version of the "Wildcat" offense that became popular among many NFL teams last season. There was a furor when Reid benched McNabb for the second half of a game in Baltimore last season in favor of Kolb. Reid quickly reinstalled McNabb as the starter, but now the dynamic becomes even more intriguing with Vick in the fold.

"Donovan's still our quarterback," Reid said. "But there are some things that you can do [with Vick], spreading people out, using different personnel groups, that can make it pretty exciting. He is a pretty good athlete.... I think he helps you as a football player."

McNabb said late Thursday: "I'm the quarterback of this team."

He added, however, that he would have no problem stepping aside for Vick for a few plays per game.

McNabb also dismissed the potential for controversy by signing Vick, saying he was accustomed to such things after the two seasons he spent with former Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens.

"This is no different, really, than bringing T.O. here," McNabb said. "T.O. had baggage."

The Eagles' lone triumph in an NFC title game under Reid came over the Atlanta Falcons, with Vick then as their quarterback.

Vick became a free agent when the Falcons released him in the offseason.

There once was a question whether any NFL team would be willing to face the public relations ramification that would accompany signing Vick. No team publicly acknowledged its pursuit of Vick. But people close to the situation had said this week that at least five teams were interested. Dungy said he'd spoken to a number of NFL coaches about Vick, and predicted that Vick would sign with a team this week.

Reid said the Eagles faced competition for Vick but did not provide specifics.

Vick, 29, is eligible to play for the Eagles in an Aug. 27 preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles close the preseason on Sept. 3 against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium.

The Eagles play at Oakland on Oct. 18 in Week 6 of the regular season. They face the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field eight days later in a Monday night game.

The Eagles also are scheduled to play at Atlanta on Dec. 6 in what could be Vick's on-field return to that city.

By Mark Maske  |  August 13, 2009; 8:41 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , Eagles , League Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I don't understand why everyone keeps agreeing that what he did was a mistake? The only mistake he made was getting caught! Everything he done to each and every dog was "intentional" He didn't have a dog on his shoulders and accidently dropped it, he held it by it's back legs and BEAT it against the ground repeatidly until it was dead! How was that a "MISTAKE" He knowingly held a dog's head underwater until it drowned...how was that a "MISTAKE" He knowingly accepted money from spectators and participants of dogfights, bred sold and bought dogs for the purpose of killing them for financial gain and entertainment...how was that a "MISTAKE" I personally think the UFC should sign Vick and give him a taste of his own medicine! And he better hope he doesn't lose or else... I am joining a nationwide boycott of ALL the corporate sponsors of the eagles after this one. They should change their jersey color to red to represent the bloddshed, misery, torture, and death they now represent!!!

Posted by: buddiesinc4 | August 15, 2009 9:31 AM

I cannot tell if Michael Vick is being truly sincere by offering to help the Humane Society or if he just did and said the right things so that he could get back into the NFL and make millions of dollars.

What I think that is important to remember is that playing football in the NFL is not a right that Vick is entitled to, it is a privilege that should have to be earned and deserved. Michael Vick in my very strong opinion has forfeited any opportunity of being able to play in the NFL again because of his criminal and inhumane behavior to animals!

Just because Vick paid his debt to society in prison, that does NOT automatically mean that he should be rewarded for his inhumane behavior with a contract in the NFL that is worth millions of dollars which he could never get outside of playing in the NFL. He should still be working hourly jobs right now as far as I am concerned!

If Michael Vick is truly sincere, then he would help the Humane Society out of conviction expecting nothing in return because it is something that he really wants to do. With Vick being allowed to play in the NFL again, there will always be some doubt that he is just using the Humane Society as a photo-op so he can make a lot more money in the NFL than he can by doing anything else right now!

Michael Vick is very lucky that he did not serve much more time in prison for the horrible and inhumane crimes against life that he is guilty of. If I was able to pass judgment on Michael Vick, then he would think that Guantánamo Bay was a hotel resort in a very short period of time after I got through with him!

I will never watch the Philadelphia Eagles ever again even if they are in the Superbowl and I will definitely boycott any products that the Philadelphia Eagles advertise along with their sponsors. I also hope that every Philadelphia Eagles game is so swarmed with protesters that the media pays more attention to the protesters than they do to the actual football game!

My decision is absolutely firm and it will never change under any circumstances!

Mitch Dworkin

Posted by: MitchDworkin | August 15, 2009 8:27 AM

Mikey Vick is a felon.

His real name is Elbert Woods.

The guy attached a car battery to a dog's nut sack and then slammed its head against the ground when it didn't die. 



Show these idiots that you fans at least have the smarts to NOT give this evil monster a nice paycheck after what he did

Let the stadium be EMPTY - only scum will show up


Posted by: Rubiconski | August 14, 2009 10:37 PM

I'm glad he was given a second chance. There are plenty of people who have committed far more horrific crimes. Some of the comments on here are saying how evil he is but slandering him does not make you all any better...just let it go. If you dont like him then change the channel. Stop trying to be the judge because we cannot judge each other.....ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE US!!!

Posted by: neemakhaliah | August 14, 2009 3:20 PM

Michael Vick's crimes are deplorable. Professional athletes have always been role models for our nation's children. Hiring Mr. Vick sends a powerful message to kids. Yes, he has completed his sentence and is now in need of employment. But I don't believe that he should be hired back into any position that includes being a role model for children. Kids deserve and really need so much more from us adults than that.
My husband and I are joining the nationwide boycott of Eagles corporate sponsors. The team's hiring decision affects the sponsors' good name too: they are now sponsoring this decision. If anyone would like to join the boycott, they can call and ask the sponsors to either withdraw their sponsorship
or put pressure on the Eagles to rectify this situation, and we can let the sponsors know that we will boycott their products until then.

The names of the corporate sponsors can be found on the Eagles' website: www.philadelphiaeagles.com.
On the menu bar at the top of the page, point to or click on "Team." The link for the sponsors is at the bottom of the drop menu, and also on the left hand side of the Team page itself. Below are a few of them, and their contact numbers. Everyone I spoke with was helpful and very interested in the public's reactions to the Vick hire, and they will pass your comments forward to management.

Pepsi - 800-433-2652
Rite Aid - 717-761-2633
Dunkin Donuts - 800-839-5339
Snapple - 800-696-5891
7-Eleven - 800-255-0711
TastyKake - 215-221-8500
Miller Lite - 800-645-5376
Best Buy - 888-237-8289
Budweiser - 800-342-5283
ReMax - 303-770-5531

Posted by: jdVA | August 14, 2009 3:00 PM

I think everyone just needs to relax step back and take in the situation. He did his time for the crime he commited people knew he was going to be signed why hate something you have absolutely no control over. He did cruel things to animals but what is done is done he went to the courts he pleaded guilty lost and donated money served jail time. let him be honestly hating him wont change a thing just make u feel a certain way. But i bet he will continuing living his life maybe you should do the same.

Posted by: javon_leonardo | August 14, 2009 10:47 AM

You've got to be kidding. Michael Vick tortured and murdered animals. This is the thing serial killers are made of. You think a few months in jail and he is rehabilitated? He won't even take responsibility for his actions. He blames it on his friends.

I believe in forgiveness and second chances but I'm also not an idiot and I know Michael Vick's heart has not changed. Society is so messed up to allow this man to return to a life of privilege and fame. The almighty American dollar can get you anything these days. Even forgiveness it seems.

Posted by: tammib3 | August 14, 2009 10:20 AM

I'm not a "defender" of Michael Vick, as some posters here might call me. His actions were, and are, indefensible. He deserves severe punishment, and he has been, and is being, punished severely. He has spent months in prison. He has lost tens of millions of dollars in fines, attorney fees, court costs, signing bonus that he has had to return to the Atlanta Falcons, and lost opportunity costs. He has lost two years of an already-short NFL career. He has permanently lost the civil rights that this society denies to convicted felons. He has been punished enough.

To those of you who seem to think that Vick should be punished in perpetuity for his actions, I hope that if any of you fall short, in ways big or small, of proper standards of behavior, you receive more forgiveness than you are willing to grant to Vick.

Posted by: rbpalmer | August 14, 2009 9:56 AM

There are some real crazies on here defending Michael Vick. Do you not realize what this man has done? It's not just about "dog fighting". This man personally tortured and brutally murdered animals who's only wrong doing was to not win fights. He drown them in 5 gallon buckets of water. He hung them. He wet them down and electrocuted them. Someone who is capable of these actions doesn't have a soul. That is pure evil in it's truest form.

As for the person who mentioned PETA being whackos I have to agree with that. They wanted to have all the dogs saved from Michael Vicks fighting community euthanized. PETA is about money and publicity, not about animal protection and I wouldn't want them anywhere near my dog.

I think the Vick supporters need to take a good hard look at what really took place here. It wasn't a matter of just letting some dogs fight. It was the height of human cruelty.

Posted by: tammib3 | August 14, 2009 7:43 AM

Vick deserves a second chance to redeem himself, but not in football.

Posted by: hamishdad | August 14, 2009 7:33 AM

Defenders of Vick - nope, he doesn't deserve another chance for his horrible actions, nope, he didn't pay his dues, nope, people with morals will never support him. So many have pointed out others in the league that have committed crimes - I don't know about any other poster here, but I've never defended their behavior or the fact they were allowed to play again. You defenders think he's so great - become an eagle fan. Not to mention, the language used by defenders is less than juvenile, less than civil. That speaks volumes, doesn't it. Go on defenders, go look long and hard in the mirror and congratulate yourself for being so superior.

Posted by: MILW | August 14, 2009 6:55 AM

WOW! I'd feel much safer on the streets with Vick being out of jail AND if some of the Vick haters were put behind bars. Some of the Vick haters really need some psychological help.

Posted by: charley42 | August 14, 2009 6:30 AM

VICK THE LOW LIFE THUG IS GOING TO PLAY FOOTBALL AGAIN?
WTF!!!!!!!!!!
I HOPE HE IS INJURED ON THE FIRST DAY, AND DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Posted by: hatevick | August 14, 2009 2:37 AM

Ok so now he should get the death sentence YOU PEOPLE ARE THE LUNATICS that think a human should die after after dogfighting.A HUMANS SOUL IS PRICELESS COMPARED TO A DOGS______LIFE

Posted by: RAWSDAWG | August 14, 2009 1:58 AM

I don't frigging care that Michael Vick is a rich Afro-American football hero. What I do care about is that this sick freak is also a dog-killer.

Black or white, it doesn't matter, he funded a dog-killing empire.

He should pay with his professional life.

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 14, 2009 1:27 AM

I grew up around dog fighting in Tx as a kid til this day people still do it they love their dogs its like a boxing relationship ,well UFC.People dont see it as a murderous competition.Its a way to gamble and make $$$ on the side.Anyways yes he was doing it for sport but he did his time now its time move foward and forgive people. I had many pet dogs growning up i cried when they all died but I AM HUMAN FIRST AND I LOVE ALL HUMANS I AM AFRICAN DESCENT BUT IT DOESNT MAKE ME BE ON VICKS SIDE."I just know what its like to be where he's from"

Posted by: RAWSDAWG | August 14, 2009 12:36 AM

Oh great, a fundamentalist lunatic with the user ID "RAWSDAWG". Is that some ancient word for "one God", Mr Piety?

Posted by: met_Dave_on_5th_Ave | August 14, 2009 12:23 AM

Yo, Rawsdawg: 10,000 years ago your ancestors were killing and eating people, genius! Ever heard of progress and role models? If you are over the age of 30, you remember a better time of role models. They were never saints; it is football. But this is the ghetto-izing of sports. Draw a line somewhere, unless you're for things like ultimate fighting high school competition.

Posted by: met_Dave_on_5th_Ave | August 14, 2009 12:21 AM

You know whats weird,people would hurt a human that dont even know.Before they would kill an animal,but they eat animal hmmmm...I feel sorry for mankind for we are in a time of reckoning with our spirits let him be judged with guilt when he returns home to heaven.ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE!!!

Posted by: RAWSDAWG | August 14, 2009 12:20 AM

INFO UPDATE;Vick did not kill the dogs his so called snitch friends did ok.Plus people are soooo... concerned about animals all of a sudden YOUR ANCESTORS 10,000 YEARS AGO USED TO EAT DOGS JUST LIKE WE EAT COWS TODAY.People choose to have dogs as pets.Just like horses and still people eat them this very day.So you cant go around saying "I HATE VICK I HATE VICK" when in fact its been going on for years and it will continue so you can't do anything about it.Oh yeah you cant justify that killing humans and killing animals are the same cause the HUMAN SPIRIT IS MORE VALUABLE THAN THE ANIMAL SPIRIT.THE ANIMAL SPIRIT INCARNATES FOR THE PURPOSE OF INSTINCT.THE HUMAN SPIRIT INCARNATES FOR GROWTH OF CONSCIOUSNESS.So its ok for you to care about animals but you should care about your own kind first... :)

Posted by: RAWSDAWG | August 14, 2009 12:11 AM

I see him on the street, I am going to put 3 rounds into his effing head and wait for the cops.

DIRT BATH FOR VICK!!

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 14, 2009 12:03 AM

Too many celebrities are getting away with murder, and bad behavior, and especially sports figures are role models for kids. Letting Vick play is like saying what he did was okay. I hope the Eagles can cut their losses and dump this loser before he even starts in a game.

Posted by: character_counts | August 13, 2009 11:57 PM

Baseball & Football are full of drug users, wife beaters & drunks & they're allowed to play. Ask anyone who lives in the South, dog fighting has & still is very popular. Some people consider it a sport. Pitt Bulls are bred to fight, like race horses are bred to race. It's the dogs nature to fight other dogs. Vick's been in prison ( how many NY Yankees have been in jail for drug use ) If it was Joe Smith having a dog fight the cop would have opened a beer and watched it. BUT Michael Vick is a popular name plus he has money, so some cop made himself a hero to all the Poodle owners. The Eagles know what they're getting, a drug free football player ... How many teams can say that ? I wish Michael Vick the best

Posted by: wasaUFO | August 13, 2009 11:53 PM

wow.. i never read a page filled with such hate.... Are most of you mad cause he killed dogs? Or cause a once rich black man has a chance to get rich again??? I LOVE DOGS.. I would KILL FOR MY DOGS...But the guy served a year and some change in jail..... WHat would you have liked him to do?? Serve 20 years??? WTF... My cousin was killed for wearing a jacket he got for xmas... I DIDNT SEE ANY OF YOU PROTESTING OR ETC OUT THERE?? You know why? Cause he was a young black man... Lets enjoy the NFL SEASON.. and Let the man live... You dont got to root for him to win... But why root for him to fail??? Thats the perfect definition of a HATER!

Posted by: cocodc1 | August 13, 2009 11:42 PM

You gotta be F'n kidding me.

This guy is souless. He funded and maybe participate in a premeditated act of killing , drowning, breaking the teeth of dogs that didn't preform for him. They looked at him lovingly and trusted him. Abusing a helpless defenseless animal is without soul.

The Eagles will pay for there "greed" in thinking this will eventually blow over. This guy never even showed any remorse at all.

"F" the Eagles and "F" the NFL.

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 11:38 PM

Now they can be truly known as the “Filth-a-delphia Eagles” for signing that hoodrat thug.

What a shame. Going to a NFL game is just not safe for the family.

The NFL is now known as the NTL - National Thug League.

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 11:34 PM

Compassion. Yes. Compassion for animals. Compassion for people, including Vick and all people without exceptions. I'm not naive. Raise the overall compassion level and there are less people expressing their pain by causing pain to others.

Posted by: shoe1 | August 13, 2009 11:32 PM

Is Jeff Laurie that out of touch that he can't see what he is asking his fans to root for? Can't wait to take the family to the game and have them root for the guy who tortured animals in his spare time...

WHY DOES HE DESERVE ANOTHER CHANCE?

My eyes fill up when I think of the way those animals were treated. Dogs love their owners unconditionally.....this is a sad day for Philadelphia.

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 11:31 PM

The Eagles deserve kudos for sticking up to the nuts at PETA.

Reading these nut job comments on here is pretty amusing. They aren't saying a peep about Donte Stallworth only getting a 1 year suspension today from the NFL. Guess it's okay to kill people, just not animals.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 13, 2009 11:31 PM

Hey maybe he can find a crib in North or West Philly with a large sound proof basement and get back in the dog fighting biz. He'd have a pretty successful business in those neighborhoods to supplement that one year contract.

Maybe he can get Ray Emery from the Flyers to room with him too.

It's not just dog lovers who should care. Any human being worth anything cannot sit idly by and accept this. A deal with the devil.

Best of luck Lurie and Reid. Hope you get what you deserve from him.

This just proves that the Eagles are the most embarrassing sports team in the USA and really shows how pathetic their management is.

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 11:27 PM

The guy did jail time, then he gets to leave. That's how it works. If he can still do his job, he gets to do his job. What's not fair about that? If he keeps it together, he's a model of redemption. If not, yup, Eagles are big, losing joke.
Big gamble. Eagles haven't won the bowl, but 10 playoffs in 10 years beats the crap out of most other teams.

Posted by: shoe1 | August 13, 2009 11:23 PM

Drag Vick out back and shoot him in the head when he loses games.

What on earth were the Eagles thinking?

To all you Vick supporters: You have no conscience or integrity. You are disgusting scum just as he is.

Pit bulls who are taught to fight are vicious. Brought up in a loving family they are sweet lovable pets.

This is an embarrassment; a pathetic move by an organization that has again proved it has NO standards at all...

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 11:23 PM

"The more things change, the more things stay the same!" my grandfather used to say racial progress in America, and reading the comments about this article validates his opinion that America as we know it today will always be a racist nation! The election of Obama cannot and does not negate the kind of hate -- subtle and overt -- expressed by the red-eyed, red-necked, red devils spitting flaming venom here! We know you supremecists never really went away after the Civil Rights Movement: You just stopped acting like the brazen, aggressive snakes that you really are and became the even more dreaded snakes in the nice, innocent-looking grass.

But anyway....Thank you. Thank you for hissing and spitting loud enough to remind the world that you're not extinct, and to validate the need for those courageous -- and sometimes flamboyant -- figures who know how to deal with venomous snakes.

Thank you, Reverend Jackson, for calling out the NFL owners on Michael Vick and pressing the issue of talent and ability (athletic meritocracy) being the key issues in playing professional sports, not some vague concept of "privilege" or a willingness to abjectly don the chains of servitude on the NFL plantation. The condescending, arrogant, demonically racist comments posted here validate your response and efforts demanding White America live up to its Constitution, its word of law, and its high sense of moral superiority past, present, and future.

May you continue to follow in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, your mentor, in trying neither to undermine peace nor to corrupt our national identity by pandering to the worst and most destructive in our human, mortal souls. Keep pressing America to not rest on its laurels as if it is already utopia, but to continue striving to live up to its claim of being the best and the greatest nation in the history of the world.

Posted by: iphoenix | August 13, 2009 11:20 PM

Good for Michael Vick. He paid his debt – now hopefully he can redeem himself, and speak against cruelty to animals while the rest of us speak against cruelty to people, which often arouses less fury.

Posted by: elwyn | August 13, 2009 11:20 PM

See what they do to dogs in other countries, follow this link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_meat#By_region

Posted by: info22 | August 13, 2009 11:19 PM

Get in the ring, maggot. We will tear you limb from limb.

To all you supporting this loser--not hard to see why you'll never get out of the ghetto.

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 11:16 PM

He paid his dues. He was hammered, and he did his time without whining about it.

Nobody can say this guy skated by.

He deserves a shot.

Posted by: Frediano_B | August 13, 2009 11:13 PM

HEY, "THE LAW" TELL THAT TO ALL THE REAL THUGS IN THE NFL WHO HAVE ASSAULTED AND RAPED AND KILLED PERSONS-PERSONS!, THEN YOUR POLEMIC MIGHT HAVE SOME MERIT, OTHERWISE, YOU'RE JUST AN IDIOT!

Posted by: arrabbiato | August 13, 2009 11:12 PM

Ghetto thugs are murdering defenseless dogs all over the country in celebration!

They've been waiting for a thumbs up!

The Eagles office is full of M-O-R-O-N-S!

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 11:11 PM

TO HELL WITH THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES!!!

MICHAEL VICK IS A MONSTER AND ALL YOU VICK LOVERS ARE AS MENTALLY IMBALANCED AS THIS SICK POS.

HOW COULD ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND HIRE THIS SERIAL KILLER???

HAHAHAHAHA LAST LAUGH IS ON THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES!! THEY WILL SEE THE DECLINE IN MERCHANDISING SALES AND VIEWERSHIP.

Big Mistake PHILADELPHIA!!

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 11:08 PM

Really, the NFL has done a disservice to itself. Playing in the NFL is a privilege. Getting payed for playing a game is a dream for most folks. The correct message is not being sent.

Posted by: thelaw1 | August 13, 2009 11:04 PM

How many paralysis-causing spinal injuries and deaths in football at all levels per year? How many Parkinson's-inducing blows to the head in MMA? Vick? He is undoubtedly a troubled kinda guy there, but worse than football itself and MMA? Yeah, the guy is seriously cruel, but we're talking about intentionally physically damaging sports here. Is it that much worse because the dogs were defenseless?

Posted by: shoe1 | August 13, 2009 11:03 PM

LIKE I SAID LILLYWHITEBREAD VICK HATERS, WHEN YOU QUIT EATING DEAD ANIMAL MEAT FROM ANIMALS WHO WERE INHUMANELY ELECTROCUTED, AND THEN HALF DEAD, ARE ELECTROCUTED AGAIN TO KILL THEM SO YOU CAN BUY THEIR SANITARY MEAT ALL NICELY WRAPPED IN A GROCERY STORE, THEN YOU'LL HAVE SOME CREDIBILITY-OTHERWISE, SHUT THE EFF UP ABOUT VICK, HYPOCRITES!

Posted by: arrabbiato | August 13, 2009 11:01 PM

Michael Vick is a ghetto THUG DOG KILLER POS!!!

He will NEVER pay his debt to society for abusing innocent animals.

I am sick, sick, sick over this.

Boycott the Eagles and any sponsers that support this dog torturer.

There is no justice. It's all about money.

What a sick society we live in. God help us all!!

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 11:00 PM

If he was white, he would have been crucified! Now that's a real stupid comment as it would be equally if I stated ‘if he were white maybe he wouldn't have been investigated! I surely would err by saying that and fall into a stupid race game; despite some obvious historical facts on the stats. People it's a 'game'

In the scheme of things 'to torture dogs is pretty bad', it’s not the worst of our human crimes but bad. Again why glorify an NFL contract and millions of dollars; so what, (envious) these guys are not gods and neither is their $$$, there's more to these pathetic moralist hide behind comments and it's truly sad... do people have mirrors at all! So much dishonesty.

Posted by: aypub | August 13, 2009 11:00 PM

I want a Michael Vick's jersey right away. What is his new number? I'll buy one for my friend, one for PETA and one for the road. Tell me how many people have lost their jobs for non work related issues? How many of those criticizing Vick have gotten DUIs, beat your significant ones, raped, stolen, lied, cheated and still kept your jobs? I bet you there are thousands. Vick does not need you, you need him in order to vent your frustration and your own failures. Vick is getting his life back, get yours. Oh by the way, what happens to those dogs that land in those shelters and no one adopts them?

Posted by: info22 | August 13, 2009 10:58 PM

C'mon folks, the man served 2 years in prison, 2 years,over some dogs, its not even people we're talking about dogs, i guess he should have got life. Who cares. Have some balls and just say you don't like black people, no but you all won't say that, freakin' cowards. If this was a white player you know the tone of this disscussion would be different. Now i know some of you out there really love your pets and truly are outraged, but there is a large contingent of you all that are standing behind the dog fighting as a platform to spew your typical good ol' boy racist hate, stand up and say what really mean you gutless, spineless, yellow-bellied, confederate flag huggin' fudge-packers. PHILLY SPORTS FOR LIFE, OUT!!!!!

Posted by: cooperbj411 | August 13, 2009 10:58 PM

BOYCOTT BOYCOTT BOYCOTT !!

LET THE DOGS OUT ( PITBULLS) AND LET THEM EAT HIM ALIVE WHILE EVERYBODY WATCHES .

DEBARK VIC, SO NOBODY HEARS HIS SCREAMS LIKE THE POOR DEFENSELESS PITS HAD TO ENDURE HIS ABUSE.

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 10:57 PM

ARRABBIATO - first of all, take your caps off you loser, shows how pathetic and insecure you are if you have to shout. Secondly, please stop this whitebread crap...I thought we were supposed to be in a post-racial society...clearly not from your angry posts...if any race did these horrible deeds to dogs I would be equally as pissed. Animal abuse is color-blind in my opinion. This anger is directed toward a sick individual that bread and abused innocent animals to fight against each other for his entertainment. I also think cockfighting, etc, is despicable. Again, it is not the breed, it is the way they are brought up, starved, and taught to fight, which Vick did, that goes into dogfighting. It was pre-meditated and despicible, and he should be put away forever. As for meat-eating that is a competely and totally separate argument - meat processers are subject to regulations by the FDA and inspected regularly, and has no point in this argument. Dogfighting is an illegal "sport" put on by degenerates like Vick. There is a reason it's illegal - it's cruel and inhumane. Don't worry, Vick will get his boos and protests if he ever actually gets on the field, which I hope he never does.

Posted by: hilmerdm | August 13, 2009 10:57 PM

I hear folks in Philly have a lot Pit Bulls with lipstick that want to give MV a big old wet one.

Posted by: ski2day9 | August 13, 2009 10:56 PM

WHEN YOU QUIT EATING DEAD ANIMAL MEAT FROM ANIMALS WHO WERE INHUMANELY ELECTROCUTED, AND THEN HALF DEAD, ARE ELECTROCUTED AGAIN TO KILL THEM SO YOU CAN BUY THEIR SANITARY MEAT ALL NICELY WRAPPED IN A GROCERY STORE, THEN YOU'LL HAVE SOME CREDIBILITY-OTHERWISE, SHUT THE EFF UP ABOUT VICK, HYPOCRITES!

Posted by: arrabbiato | August 13, 2009 10:54 PM

Here is a cut/paste from the rules governing the posting of comments on WaPo.
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You agree not to submit inappropriate content that:

* is obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit
* contains or advocates illegal or violent acts
* degrades others on the basis of gender, race, class, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual preference, disability, or other classification
* is predatory, hateful, or intended to intimidate or harass
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The fact that numerous posters have broken many of these "rules" and their posts have been allowed to remain on the board is further evidence why the Washington Post is not long for this world.

The Vick signing is a legitimate news story deserving of intelligent and passionate discussion.

This board, however, has been allowed to disintegrate into a shouting match among neanderthals.

I'm gone, and I'm not coming back.

Posted by: dgloo | August 13, 2009 10:53 PM

This was a very good move by the Eagles. Philly's going to be scary this year:
http://allthingsandeverything.blogspot.com/

Posted by: scottgower1 | August 13, 2009 10:53 PM

He is scum. The Eagles are scum. Jeffrey Lurie is scum. Andy Reid is scum. They are all scum.

And if you still root for the Eagles after this, you are scum. Scum, scum, scum.

They released Brian Dawkins so they could sign this pile of scum. Scum.

I heard Andy Reid is going to treat him like he was his own son.

So he will be back in prison in three weeks.

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 10:52 PM

He didnt just kill the dogs, he shot them, hit them with hammers and hooked them up to jumper cables.

Watch what happens to the eagles when players don't want to be around him, watch the dissention and watch the eagles miss the playoffs. No class

This signing is a huge mistake and the Eagles will regret it!

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 10:51 PM

Vick is so sick...and the Eagles are just plain pathetic. Maybe they deserve each other.

Posted by: JCM-51 | August 13, 2009 10:50 PM

Micheal Vick....

The guy who electrocuted dogs... lied straight faced....

Cant play QB.... cant read a defense to save his life....

I want to vomit.....

This has DISASTER written all over it...

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 10:48 PM

"ForwardThinking" - dare to dream!

Posted by: GM18901 | August 13, 2009 10:45 PM

I am now an Eagles fan for life! I had a lot of respect for them anyway but I will be buying plane tickets and Philly items.

Go Eagles you ROCK!

*By the way I am a responible pet owner as well!

Posted by: ForwardThinking | August 13, 2009 10:43 PM

B-E-A-G-L-E-S!!!!!

Boycott on. Sorry Eagles, ya effed up.

Anyone who can support the Eagles after this has blood all over their hands.

Is winning more important than morality?

Does Andy Reid even have any integrity at all?

Vick elecrocuted dogs by strapping batteries to their genitals.

He now represents ALL Eagles fans!

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 13, 2009 10:41 PM

and as much as I dislike the Eagles...You won't see PETA out there at Eagles games. they will get beat down!!! Eagles fans are nuts!! PETA will be down the street, around the corner, down the block, around the corner, in the park, next to the police station if they wanna protest.

otherwise...they will get beat down!! philly fans are crazy!

hail to the skins!

Posted by: TampaBayareaRedskinsfan | August 13, 2009 10:40 PM

NO I'M NOT "KIDDING" A-HOLE! HE WAS CONVICTED OF RUNNING AN ILLEGAL GAMBLING ENTERPRISE WITH VICIOUS KILLER PIT BULLS-YOU KNOW, THE KIND OF LEGAL GAMBLING ENTERPRISE THEY RUN ALL OVER THE WORLD- BULLFIGHTING? COCKFIGHTING? DOGFIGHTING? HE HAS STATED UNDER OATH TO THE COURT THAT HE NEVER ENGAGED IN KILLING OF ANIMALS-SO THAT'S RIGHT, HE DIDN'T TORTURE, NOR WAS HE CONVICTED OF TORTURING ANY ANIMALS THAT WERE KILLED.

AND HOW ABOUT THE FACT THAT YOU EAT ANIMALS EVERY DAY THAT WERE KILLED INHUMANELY IN A SLAUGHTERHOUSE, HUH?

WHOAAA! WHAT IS ARRABBIATO SAYING HERE? THAT YOU'RE NO BETTER THAN MICHAEL VICK, IN FACT A HELL OF A LOT WORSE, YOU THINK THAT COW MEAT YOU EAT EVERY DAY ALL SANITARY AND WRAPPED UP AT THE GROCERY STORE, DIDN'T COME FROM A COW WHO WAS KILLED IN A HORRIFIC WAY IN ONE OF THOSE ANIMAL SLAUGHTERHOUSES? -WHAT FREAKING HYPOCRISY! WHEN YOU DON'T EAT ANIMALS, COME BACK, AND GET ALL WHITEBREAD INDIGNANT ON ME, OKAY A-HOLES? OTHERWISE, I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT, AND I DONT EAT ANIMALS, BY THE WAY!

BUT I SURE AS HELL DON'T CARE ABOUT KILLER PIT BULLS EITHER!-THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO THEM IS TO PUT THEM IN A CAGE AND LET THEM DESTROY EACH OTHER-OR OTHERWISE TO BAN THEM ENTIRELY AND THEN DESTROY THE BREED SO INNOCENT PEOPLE AND DOGS WILL NO LONGER BE HORRIFICALLY MAIMED AND KILLED BY THEM, AS HAPPENED THIS PAST MONDAY IN LEESBURG VIRGINIA, NUMNUTS!

BUT I GUESS IT'S OKAY THAT THE PIT BULLS KILLED A 20 YEAR OLD AND A PUG IN LEESBURG-BUT THE POOR PIT BULLS WHO ATTACKED WITHOUT PROVOCATION SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN DESTROYED, RIGHT, YOU DUMB TWITS?

Posted by: arrabbiato | August 13, 2009 10:39 PM

To all these bible quating so called christians whatever happened to forgiveness and love for your fellow man? He has done his time and like everybody else he deserves a second chance. I believe somewhere in the Bible there is something about lifting your brother up and not keeping a man down. So if you are really a christian like you claim to be you probably could adhetre to this principle.

Posted by: jjohnblack53 | August 13, 2009 10:38 PM

arriabato...you are a fool. lets kill off all dogs you dont agree with. anyways, to get back on the issue...i think Vick should have a chance to earn the respect of his position again. And people, please do NOT compare FOOTBALL to doctors, lawyers, etc..there is NO comparison. its totally different. its not like Vick is a lawyer playing football. he is a football player and thats what he does.

He deserves the chance to succeed. thats it. if he messes that up, BAN HIM!! But I dont believe that a person who has done his time should get the axe simply because we dont agree with it.

Let him prove himself. If he messes up...F him...ban him. If he succeeds...praise him for readjusting his life.

its a wait and see process....

Posted by: TampaBayareaRedskinsfan | August 13, 2009 10:33 PM

This is truly disgusting! The man is a truly horrendous person, and despite serving time in jail, he gets rewarded with a lucrative contract with the NFL. How low on earth can the NFL and society in general go?! Makes me want to vomit! If he was white, he would have been crucified!

Posted by: lynney62 | August 13, 2009 10:33 PM

You all need to get a grip. Stallworth will be playing again in a year - and he killed a HUMAN BEING.

Posted by: BrentwoodGuy | August 13, 2009 10:32 PM

Big deal......The Eagles get a mediocre NFL quarterback....look at the guy's career stats.....he's o.k, but nothing great.......also, so what about the dog fighting?....he served his time...this is the NFL man...a significant percentage of players have committed felonies, Im willing to bet. People still waste their time and money to go yell and scream while they run around the field, dancing like idiots....So, again.....Big Deal.....leave the guy alone

Posted by: msg8568 | August 13, 2009 10:30 PM

Shame on the Eagles!! Any team that is desperate enough to sign such a vile, despicable individual are L-O-S-E-R-S - and that's the Eagles alright - always have been, always will be. Any slack-jawed, knuckle draggin' neanderthal that continues to support such an organization simply hasn't evolved.

Posted by: GM18901 | August 13, 2009 10:26 PM

Can we all agree that ARRABBIATO is a complete and total fool. Someone applauding the sick, cruel torture and abuse of dogs? Yes, there are bad pit bulls out there, and yes, they were BREAD that way by bastards like Vick, and taught to fight. I have mixed breed 1/2 pit rescue that is the sweetest dog in the world. I've also seen many pure bread pits that are total sweeties. It's the breeding and treatment that makes them into monsters, and totally to blame on the owner. You are a complete idiot ARRABBIATO for actually implying that you advocate this abuse. You are a pathetic human being.

Posted by: hilmerdm | August 13, 2009 10:26 PM

UNBELIEVABLE. With all the talent out there they go & sign on this loser....????? An earlier poster has it right. Must have gotten him CHEAP. Here's hoping he gets torn apart by the fans.

Posted by: h2bh93 | August 13, 2009 10:24 PM

arrabbia - hey, boy, turn your caps off. You are shouting and it is not only annoying and rude, it takes away from anything valid you might have to say because people just don't bother reading capitalized postings.

Posted by: 10emlet | August 13, 2009 10:23 PM

ARRABBIATO? I know Philly is short on heroes but I think you could probably find someone to praise who is a little more praise worthy. Maybe adopt Baltimore's Phelps or is he too lily-white? By the way, what is with that pole up the a** of our half-lily-white President? Can you do something about that? What arrogance on that white boy...

Posted by: met_Dave_on_5th_Ave | August 13, 2009 10:23 PM

Oh you'd lose your job if you did what Vick did (lawyer, doctor, etc) well there are thousands more that you wouldn't. Take that big boys game off the pedestal. But maybe the tax payers should just support anyone we don't want to work!

As for the role model peddler ...it's not ball player's fault that we emphasize a game over education and other virtuous vocations. They are role models for sure ... because we have glorified athletic ability while sitting on the couch. Grab me some mo pop-corn baby and walk the dog, please.

Posted by: aypub | August 13, 2009 10:22 PM

Those of you comparing a football player to a doctor. That's the problem. It is not medicine, its football. Its not nearly as important. As soon as our society realizes this, we will stop coddling these athletes through their youth, creating monsters and thugs in many cases. Not all cases, but many cases.

Posted by: cchaffin1 | August 13, 2009 10:22 PM

OOOOH! THOSE OH SO WHITE WHITE WHITEBREAD LILY-WHITE KILLER PIT BULL LOVERS ARE BACK-GO TO HELL!
Arrabbia

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You my friend are racist and a knucklehead and don't help the situation whatsoever.

Posted by: rphilli721 | August 13, 2009 10:22 PM

As much as I dislike T.O....one question...has he ever been in trouble with the law? the answer is NO!! and I am NO T.O. lover. I hate T.O. but I have to say...he is a cancer for a team but he and C. OchoCinco don't get in trouble with the law. They just a holes on and off the field. just put that into perspective. Vick doesnt deserve a chance...he should get a chance to redeem himself. if he does it, fine. If he does not, ban him. I am rooting for him but not while he is with the Pidgeons. Go skins!

Posted by: TampaBayareaRedskinsfan | August 13, 2009 10:21 PM

Yep - he's about in the same league as O.J.Simpson - a good football player who likes to hurt, maim, and kill living creatures. The guy's a bum and I hope he's booed out of every stadium he sets his murderous boot in.

Posted by: 10emlet | August 13, 2009 10:20 PM

This man killed dogs who did not perform. He killed dogs who could not talk and tell him their problems. This man killed dogs who were not supposed to be used in death sport.

He gets a second chance over the dead bodies of innocent, defenseless animals who had no choice of survival in front of a ruthless murderer.

What is this NFL? Is it a sport?

Posted by: csekhar | August 13, 2009 10:17 PM

arrabbiato ....DID YOU REALLY SAY HE DIDNT TORTURE THOSE DOGS? R U KIDDING ME???????

Posted by: moviebuff67 | August 13, 2009 10:13 PM

They should let him use a football made of "dog skin" instead of "pig skin" so he will feel right at home !

Posted by: georgespalding | August 13, 2009 10:12 PM

They should let him use a football made of "dog skin" instead of "pig skin" so he will feel right at home !

Posted by: georgespalding | August 13, 2009 10:11 PM

how can you reinstate a person into a position with such greats as joe namath, joe montana, steve young, dan marino, john elway, brett farve... seriously, football and quarterback especially is about role models and leadership, not sure about you, but i wouldnt want my kids looking up to this guy for insperation and wanting to be just like him when they grow up

Posted by: guitarjp04 | August 13, 2009 10:10 PM

Woof, woof! Go Redskins. Go Giants. Go Cowboys. Woof!!!!!!

Posted by: bury | August 13, 2009 10:09 PM

OH NO, HERE WE GO AGAIN, THE WHITEBREADS WHO CAN'T COMPREHEND PEOPLE WELL ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND WHAT A "THUG" IS -A THUG IS ALLAN IVERSON, A THUG IS THAT MURDERER WHO PLAYS FOR THE RAVENS-MICHAEL VICK IS NOT A THUG-HE DOES NOT TORTURE ANIMALS, AND IN FACT HAS HORSES AND PET DOGS-HE IS AN ANIMAL LOVER-HE HAS STATED THAT TO THE COURT, AND I BELIEVE HIM ABSOLUTELY, AS CONTRADICTORY AS THAT MIGHT SEEM TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE INSIGHT OF A FLEA.

MICHAEL VICK IS A GOOD MAN. AND A GOOD MAN GETS A SECOND CHANCE WHEN HE HAS MESSED UP. THE NFL COMMISH WOULD NOT HAVE SUPPORTED HIS RETURN IF HE DIDN'T ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE THAT MICHAEL VICK WAS A GOOD PERSON AND DESERVED TO PLAY IN THE NFL.

THE COMMISSIONER IS A MAN OF INSIGHT.


AND ALL THE VICK HATERS-ALL THE SANCTIMONIOUS LILY-WHITE A-HOLES WITH CORNCOBS STUCK UP THEIR A SSES POSTING HERE, WHO LIVE LIFE WITH BLINDERS ON-GO ON WITH YOUR LITTLE BOYCOTTS-I CAN ABSOLUTE GARANDAMTEE YOU IT WONT MATTER ONE DAMN. NOT ONE DAMN-SO GO ON HOLLERING IN THE WIND.

Posted by: arrabbiato | August 13, 2009 10:09 PM

If a lawyer did this he/she would be disbarred. If a doctor did this they would never work in that field again. If I did that I would never be allowed back at my job. The man slammed multiple dogs on the ground. Electricuiting them slowly killing them as they foamed at the mouth. He shot them multiple times playing around laughing instead of a one ... Read Moreshot death. Not to mention he used them to fight other dogs as entertainment. I am sorry but you have to be an evil souless person to have the ability to do that. Also, any football player that beats his wife would also be punished. As he should be. Vick should be treated just like every other criminal. Now he gets to make hundreds of thousands of dollars. But it's ok. Plently of dog lovers playing in the NFL. I cannot wait to see Vick get his butt handed to him. He never could take a hit. Which is why he had to pick on dog's like a big puss. Which is all he is. Now a proven evil person will make a lot of money again while most other people would lose their jobs. What will he do with that money? More evil things. NO he did not do his time in my opinion. You can "protect" your city all you want. Legal protestors will be there. They should be. A sad day for the NFL and for the Eagles. Very sad day. This is why the Eagles will never win a Super Bowl. You figured they would have learned from T.O. but nope. Stupid. I cannot wait to see Vick on the ground grabbing his knee when that dog loving DE takes him out. I will stand up and cheer for that day.

Posted by: Mike4169 | August 13, 2009 10:04 PM

Michael Vick has talent, but is not qualified to be a role model, which is a significant part of professional sports. Vick needs to spend more time in the 'wilderness'.
Hiring Vick is not a lesson in redemption, but a cynical lesson that money talks.
Philadelphia fans will be the final arbitor. The fans will deliver their verdict with boos and derision....

Posted by: goldendome | August 13, 2009 9:58 PM

The guy paid his time and all. But it is sort of like putting a white collar thief back in a bank after he "served his time" and deserves a 2nd chance.

No, many felons do not get 2nd chances.

The NFL may take that chance, but it would be their right to refuse, much as many white collar felons never work in a field requiring high trust and safeguarding other people's money again.

Vick as part of a wider problem of gifted black athletes who are part of the thug culture and life who have tarnished the image of the NFL (and brand value of it to owners).

So maybe he will get "compassion". But I suspect the reserves of compassion within the NFL owners, media, and corporate advertisers are running low...perhaps Plexico Burris will find that out..or Tyrell Owens...or the latest cornerback whose buddies stab a dealer over 5K worth of coke.

I know personally that my once avid interest in the NFL has sharply waned. I'll watch a few college games, some HS games...but not the pros any longer. But I have gone back to NBA games since they have worked out much of their late 90s image problems.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | August 13, 2009 9:57 PM

Pit Bulls are awesome dogs!! never ever been around a more loving and loyal dog. Anyways...to get more on topic...whats goin on with the Skins game??? last i checked the Skins were down? it's kinda hard being a DC transplant in Tampa Bay. Can't watch the games! How is the O-Line looking? Rhinehart? How is it looking with everyone else?

Posted by: TampaBayareaRedskinsfan | August 13, 2009 9:55 PM

Instead of "Who let the dogs out?" the chant will be "Don't let your dogs out!"

Posted by: DCResident10 | August 13, 2009 9:55 PM

I can recommend one reason for watching a televised game with this critter (and similar ones) playing in it: to take note of the sponsors and boycott them. That's where the real leverage is. And don't just abstain from the products, e-mail said sponsors and tell them why you're doing it.

Posted by: beowulf3 | August 13, 2009 9:55 PM

When i read comments like:

'No way is this guy rehabilitated, simply by throwing him in jail.'

I have to wonder what people want M Vick to do. An occupation is just that. You can turn the dial if you don't like the tune. The NFL is not sacred ... no more than the players and their sacrifices and our $ have made it ... why because this society worships gladiators. M Vick went to jail for his misdeeds and yes they were horrible ...a lot less than killing for alleged WMD didn't exist but ...then again that wasn't a game.

PS: I hope he doesn’t contaminate the choir while you cheer their knocking each other silly.

Posted by: aypub | August 13, 2009 9:54 PM

HEY PIT BULL LOVERS-GO TO HELL, WITH MY COMPLIMENTS-OR BETTER YET, TAKE ALL THE PIT BULLS WHO HAVE MAULED AND KILLED TOO MANY HUMANS TO COUNT-YOU A-HOLES MAKING EXCUSES FOR THIS KILLER BREED-YOU MEAN TO TELL ME IF A COCKER SPANIEL ISNT RAISED RIGHT THAT'S IT'S GOING TO ATTACK AND KILL A HUMAN? I DONT THINK SO!

THERE ARE REASONS THAT THERE ARE ZONING RESTRICTIONS ABOUT THIS LETHAL INSTRUMENTALITY KNOWN AS A KILLER PIT BULL-KILL THEM ALL OFF, AND YOU DON'T HAVE THIS PROBLEM!

AGAIN, THANK YOU MICHAEL VICK, FOR PUTTING THEM IN A CAGE AND LETTING THEM RIP THEMSELVES APART! THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT A PIT BULL DESERVES-DESTRUCTION!

Posted by: arrabbiato | August 13, 2009 9:54 PM

No Eagle football for our group..not now, not tomorrow, not this Fall, not ever, nada.

Posted by: ltk01 | August 13, 2009 9:54 PM

Without even acknowledging the ignorant comments about dog fighting and cruelty to animals not being a big deal, I have to remind people of what else it means. Cruelty to animals has been consistently shown to be an indicator of violent tendencies towards all living beings, including people. Has everyone forgotten the infamous Vick knee stomp? In addition, he has failed to show a fraction of the shame or remorse he should. He has not stepped up to go and actively campaign for animal rights, he clearly does not care and has not learned. The man is dangerous, sick, and perverse - and has no business in the NFL, or in any position to admired and adored by young people.

Posted by: thriftstorejedi | August 13, 2009 9:53 PM

Vick: one more reason to despise and pity Philly.

Posted by: met_Dave_on_5th_Ave | August 13, 2009 9:53 PM

Pitiful. At least it's not too far away to go to protest.

Posted by: sarahabc | August 13, 2009 9:51 PM

I LOVE IT!!! The Eagles are OK, but I can't wait to buy my Michael Vick Jersey. Anytime the justice system sentences a man to more than a year in jail for a connection to dog fighting, while a drunk who mowed down a pedestrian gets 24 days...something is horribly wrong. All of you alleged "dog lovers" who feigned such "outrage" finally get what's coming to you. Michael Vicks gets to earn a living after serving his debt to society. If he succeeds ... more power to him.

Posted by: kweenbee | August 13, 2009 9:50 PM

I hope he's dismembered on the field. (And the opposing teams WILL have that extra fight in them thanks to Vick!)

Posted by: DCResident10 | August 13, 2009 9:49 PM

Vick will be disappointed when he shows up. He thought there's be "Beagles" there. Sorry Michael, they said "Eagles."

Posted by: hithere2 | August 13, 2009 9:49 PM

YES, HISROC, YOU'RE QUITE RIGHT THAT MICHAEL VICK WILL FIT IN BRILLIANTLY WITH THE EAGLES-AND THAT LILYWHITEBREAD SANCTIMONIOUS ATTITUDE OF YOURS, WITH THAT CORNCOB-STUCK- UP-YOUR- A $$ MENTALITY OF YOURS, WILL JUST HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT, RIGHT? HA HA HA HA!

ALL THE VICK HATERS WILL BE DROWNED OUT BY THE LOVE THAT VICK WILL GET WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL SPUR HIM ON TO A SUCCESSFUL FOOTBALL SEASON, GET HIS CONFIDENCE BACK, AND ALL, AND I MEAN ALL, WILL BE FORGIVEN!

REMEMBER: THE POWER OF REDEMPTION IS GREATER THAN THE POWER OF HATE-BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT THE LILYWHITEBREAD CROWD HAS YET TO LEARN!

Posted by: arrabbiato | August 13, 2009 9:47 PM

I LOVE IT!!! The Eagles are OK, but I can't wait to buy my Michael Vick Jersey. Anytime the justice system sentences a man to more than a year in jail for a connection to dog fighting, while a drunk who mowed down a pedestrian gets 24 days...something is horribly wrong. All of you alleged "dog lovers" who feigned such "outrage" finally get what's coming to you. Michael Vicks gets to earn a living after serving his debt to society. If he succeeds ... more power to him.

Posted by: kweenbee | August 13, 2009 9:47 PM

bendan2000 I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HOW FAT YOU ARE. I WEIGH 96 POUNDS SOAKING WET. THIS IS A FORUM FOR ANYONE TO POST THEIR FEELINGS. FREEDOM OF SPEACH. DONT BE A MORON AND ATTACK SOMEONE FOR THEIR PASSION AND OPINION. ANYONE THAT WOULD HURT ANY ANIMAL IS A SCUMBAG AND ANYONE WHO CONDONES IT IS A SCUMBAG LIKE YOU

Posted by: moviebuff67 | August 13, 2009 9:46 PM

haha...dude...do you have to write in all caps to make your point. I will AGREE that certain owners train their dogs to attack. BUT, most owners don't. Are you a Nazi or something? Kill off anything you don't like?? or what? DOGS ARE A REFLECTION OF THEIR OWNER!!! If you train a dog to kill...he will do it. If you train a dog to love...he will do it. YOU..obviously dont have a dog. just chill, man. But, its funny..you are going to be mad...but guess what...Vick has a job again..which he should have an opportunity to have. football is his job..

Posted by: TampaBayareaRedskinsfan | August 13, 2009 9:46 PM

Are they going to rename Lincoln Field "The New Roman Coliseum"? Would now be more than appropriate and especially fitting for the blood thirsty Philly fans.

Vick/Philly...match made in Hades. By the way, will he be moving into North or West Philly?

Posted by: met_Dave_on_5th_Ave | August 13, 2009 9:46 PM

LADIES AND GENTLEMAN....WELCOME TO THE NEWEST SPORTS CURSE......THE VICK CURSE.....PROTESETS....DISTRACTIONS ..BOYCOTTS.....RUTHLESS HECKLING BY FANS AND RIVALS......AND NOT A SUPERBOWL IN SIGHT......YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE WITH MICHAEL VICK.....PREDICTION:NO SUPERBOWL FOR 100 YEARS.......ENJOY VICK DOUCHEBAGS!!! BETTER YOUR TEAM THAN MINE.

Posted by: b1819383 | August 13, 2009 9:44 PM

The Town with Brotherly LOVE! Good for Vick

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | August 13, 2009 9:42 PM

mike vick can go to hell along with anyone who supports him, especially arrabbiato for thinkin that pitbulls are vicious and cruel, not the breed its the owner, just like bad kids that rule the streets its the parents that failed them, and mike vick failed these dogs and turned them into beasts. pitbulls along with many of the bully breed dogs are amazing loving compasionate dogs that do no harm, but then again im not an egotistical maniac of a football player that has nothing better to do then sit around a kill dogs and turn them into destroyers, f the eagles, f mike vick, f arrabbiato, and all other haters of pitbulls and folks that love mike vick

Posted by: guitarjp04 | August 13, 2009 9:42 PM

Very appropriate for the "City of Brotherly Love."

He has paid for his crime. Let the anger go. With him in the public eye we will remember his crime and the price he paid. That should be a good deterrent.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | August 13, 2009 9:42 PM

To the idiot above who says that all pitbulls should be extinct. You're a d-bag. It's not the breed, it's the owners.

Don't be a breedist.

Posted by: Choo | August 13, 2009 9:41 PM

Im glad that the Eagles picked up Vick!!! He deserves a chance to play!!! He did 2 years in jail for dog fighting. I have seen people get probation for murder and rape!!! Where is the justice in that? How ridiculous!!!! If you want to boycott them, fine, but please, shut up about it. Dont protest at games, its not the time or place for that. After all, im sure you guys have made many mistakes before. You just havent been caught!!

Either way.....HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!!

Posted by: redskinslover | August 13, 2009 9:41 PM

TO MR. ASPCA-AKA "IDIOT" LIKE I SAID BELOW THE WHOLE D AMN BREED NEEDS TO BE PUT DOWN-OR DIDN'T YOU READ WHAT JUST HAPPENED IN LEESBURG? I GUESS NOT, THEY'RE JUST A FRIENDLY BREED, LIKE A PUG OR A COCKER SPANIEL! WHAT BS! GET OUT OF HERE-YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IN HADES YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!

TO REPEAT:

AND VICK HATERS-TAKE NOTE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN LEESBURG, VA. ON MONDAY. A 20 YEAR OLD AND A POOR LITTLE PUG MAULED TO DEATH-BY 2 PIT BULLS-THEY PUT THEM TO DEATH ON WEDNESDAY AT THE REQUEST OF THE OWNER OF THE PIT BULLS.
YOU SEE? MICHAEL VICK DID US A FAVOR BY PUTTING THOSE LETHAL KILLER PIT BULLS IN A CAGE AND LETTING THEM FIGHT IT OUT TO THE DEATH-AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED THE WHOLE D AMN BREED SHOULD BE PUT DOWN-THEY ARE KILLERS, QUITE ON THEIR OWN-THAT A 20 YEAR OLD HAD TO DIE TRYING TO SAVE HIS PUG IS UNTHINKABLE-THANK YOU VICK-FOR LETTING THE PIT BULLS KILL EACH OTHER OFF!

Posted by: arrabbiato | August 13, 2009 9:40 PM

MVICK is not worthy of wearing an NFL jersey, whether it be the Eagles or any other NFL team. He is an animal torturer, an animal killer and all has been proven through confession after discovery of the crime. None of this was volunteered until after his "friends" turned on him to save their own hides. Is that remorse on his part, or is that just PR? Just because a pervert serves time for a crime, that pervert is and always will be a pervert of the first degree. You can't dress him up in a green jersey and change that label. He will ALWAYS BE AN INHUMANE PERVERT! Go EAGLES! Damn the PERVERT! Unfortunately, the pattern that often follows animal torture is human oriented.

Posted by: barbwiretoo | August 13, 2009 9:39 PM

Isn't it interesting that the Vick defenders here tend to either type in ALL CAPS, swear at and insult anyone who doesn't agree them, or both?

Kind of reminds you of every Philly bozo you have ever encountered, doesn't it?

Vick will fit right in with the Eagles and their 'fans.'

Posted by: hisroc | August 13, 2009 9:38 PM

As a card carrying member of the ASPCA and Humance Society...anyone who thinks Pit bulls are dangerous simply because of their breed is plain stupid. Sorry but its true. A dog is as good as you raise it. I could raise a chiwowa (sorry can't spell it) to be a bully. i have 4 pits and they all love everyone. Dogs are a reflection of their owners...simply put

Posted by: TampaBayareaRedskinsfan | August 13, 2009 9:37 PM

Agreed the sanctimonious crap regarding Vick is getting old. People who commit far more heinous crimes against fellow humans are forgiven or given 2nd chances far faster than this guy. Ridiculous! Show me someone who has spent more time in jail for dogfighting. Show me someone who lost $100 million for dogfighting. The man has paid his dues to society and then some. Unless he does something else that shows he is still a lost person, leave him alone and let him earn his living while he still can. I never liked Vick from the get go, but the witch hunt he now faces makes me want to root for him.

Posted by: rphilli721 | August 13, 2009 9:36 PM

OOOOH! THOSE OH SO WHITE WHITE WHITEBREAD LILY-WHITE KILLER PIT BULL LOVERS ARE BACK-GO TO HELL! I JUST WANT TO SEE SOME OF YOUR LILY-WHITE ARSES IN PHILLY TRYING TO DISRUPT THE LOVE FOR MICHAEL VICK-OOOOOH! YOU DON'T KNOW PHILLY DO YOU? HAHAHAHA! GO RIGHT AHEAD AND SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN-BUT DON'T BE SURPRISED IF SOMEONE DOESN'T SIC A KILLER PIT BULL ON YOUR ARSES! HA HA HA HA!

Posted by: arrabbiato | August 13, 2009 9:35 PM

This is the not-so Rev Mel Schlopton. Ah em upp-alled at awl this hatin' on Brother Vick...please stop (so, whez ma money?)

Posted by: met_Dave_on_5th_Ave | August 13, 2009 9:34 PM

Vick screwed up, paid his debt, will make a great backup QB, he will be fine given the chance to again prove himself, turn the page!! BUT GIVE THE GREAT MAN IN BASEBALL FROM CINCINNATI THE SAME RESPECT AND CHANCE TO BE A HALL OF FAMER!!

Posted by: hurlbertammo | August 13, 2009 9:34 PM

all of you Vick haters can go crawl into a hole!!! hahaha..i laugh at you.. The Iggles will still draw massive crowds and nothing will change...haha. i love it being a Skins fan. I own pit bulls but I guess its better that white, old, non-ethnic, too smart for me arm-chair, wanna be talent evaluaters wanna judge a person based on what limited news fed knowledge they have people posting on a website then actually knowing what YOU are actually talking about. Lets go Skins! f the iggles! lets go and talk about football! not some felon who did his time and is trying to make a livin. dont compare your job to a nfl job...its a NON comparison. seriously!

Posted by: TampaBayareaRedskinsfan | August 13, 2009 9:32 PM

Good job Philadelphia Eagles. I hope your season sucks and I hope nothing but misery dogs your team.

Posted by: MILW | August 13, 2009 9:29 PM

Just one more reason to despise the Eagles and their pathetic drunken, mindless followers.

Posted by: hisroc | August 13, 2009 9:28 PM

YEAH YEAH YEAH-YOU GO MICHAEL VICK! WE HAD A FEELING A DEAL WAS NEAR! YOU CAN EVEN PLAY IN THE EAGLES PRESEASON OPENERS! GOOD ON YOU! WE'LL BE ROOTING FOR YOU, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE REDSKINS FANS!

AND VICK HATERS-TAKE NOTE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN LEESBURG, VA. ON MONDAY. A 20 YEAR OLD AND A POOR LITTLE PUG MAULED TO DEATH-BY 2 PIT BULLS-THEY PUT THEM TO DEATH ON WEDNESDAY AT THE REQUEST OF THE OWNER OF THE PIT BULLS.

YOU SEE? MICHAEL VICK DID US A FAVOR BY PUTTING THOSE LETHAL KILLER PIT BULLS IN A CAGE AND LETTING THEM FIGHT IT OUT TO THE DEATH-AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED THE WHOLE D AMN BREED SHOULD BE PUT DOWN-THEY ARE KILLERS, QUITE ON THEIR OWN-THAT A 20 YEAR OLD HAD TO DIE TRYING TO SAVE HIS PUG IS UNTHINKABLE-THANK YOU VICK-FOR LETTING THE PIT BULLS KILL EACH OTHER OFF!

Posted by: arrabbiato | August 13, 2009 9:26 PM

I am glad Vick has an opportunity to play again. The crime has been paid for and he deserves an opportunity to earn a living.

Posted by: sjowers | August 13, 2009 9:24 PM

Leave it to Philadelphia, PA. The City of Brotherly Love, and Sisterly Affection, to SHOW THE WORLD what REDEMPTION IS ALL ABOUT!!

Now, I want to warn you Anti-Vick HATERS about something: The Philadelphia Police will protect this City with EVERY OUNCE OF MUSCLE THEY CAN MUSTER, and we FANS are right with THEM!! IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS, WHO Michael Vick Signs with!! He has the blessings of the NFL owners, Commishonier, The NFLPA, and the City of Philadelphia!! Now, if you want to demonstrate, YOU'D BE WISE TO COME CORRECT, OR COME NOT AT ALL!!

IF YOU COME INCORRECTLY, AND ATTEMPT TO START SOME TRASH, IT WILL NOT WORK IN YOUR FAVOR, and THE DOGS YOU LOVE, WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HELP YOU!! THINK OVER YOUR DECISION VERY CAREFULLY!!! WE WILL NOT HAVE OUTSIDERS TRASH OUR CITY!!!!

DON'T START NONE, WON'T BE NONE!!!

Posted by: sirjazz2002 | August 13, 2009 9:24 PM

I am a Skins fan and a pit bull owner...as much as I hate the Weeagles....i hope M. Vick can better himself. He has been adjudicated and has done his time. He needs to prove himself but not at the expense of wackos!! PETA = wackos! If the humane society, who by the way endorses this, can accept him...so can I. Let's see if a man can re-adjust his life and make it work. Don't judge..because after all...only god can judge...not any of you arm chair quarterbacks!!!!!

Posted by: TampaBayareaRedskinsfan | August 13, 2009 9:23 PM

Vick is a despicable scumbag.

F**k the Eagles, the Phillies, Flyers, and Ron Jaworski.

Posted by: mdpilot | August 13, 2009 9:22 PM

MOVIEBUFF67, he already did his time in jail, you stupid fat jack@ss

Posted by: bendan2000 | August 13, 2009 9:22 PM

geez, listen to tall this manufactured anger at Vick. get a friggin grip.

Posted by: SadieV | August 13, 2009 9:20 PM

Philly...makes sense. I lived in Philly for about 8 years and what a crazy, pathetic town, as far as the fans go. They were booing the Phillies late in the season last year. I know that nearly zero Eagles fans will have a problem with this. In fact, they will go into over-drive to defend Vick, even if it means breaking your face. Probably the ugliest people on the East Coast, inside and out, together with the hillbillies from DE and South Jersey--the only thing worse than Jersey is South Jersey. Sorry Philly, I would say clean up your act but I know you don't care.

Posted by: met_Dave_on_5th_Ave | August 13, 2009 9:20 PM

Great move by the Eagles. Teams are setup to win. Vick has a chance to make them a better team with depth. If he didn't have the horrible crime and conviction under his belt, he would be a top 5 free agent in the league. He does gross me out with his sadistic treatment of animals and herpes, however I want my team in the Superbowl. That means bringing in the best football talent possible. [Just to confirm - I'm a Packer Fan. Wish we weren't so lily white in GB. Our backups are suspect]

Posted by: badfan1 | August 13, 2009 9:19 PM

to Stejay1 ...how can you have an animal and claim to do anything for he or she and post that crap..thats exactly what you posted crap

Posted by: moviebuff67 | August 13, 2009 9:19 PM

I'm with you on the Eagles boycott. This guy is a sociopath. I read some detailed information on the manner in which he personally tortured and killed dogs that wouldn't fight. Makes my skin crawl. No way is this guy rehabilitated, simply by throwing him in jail.

Posted by: Musicman3 | August 13, 2009 9:19 PM

the guy is the biggest scumbag. he needs to be put in a pit with 10 rotties and let them have at him. i would love 2 minutes with him and my rottweiler in a room. the scumbag. typical of the eagles. he should be in jail end of story

Posted by: moviebuff67 | August 13, 2009 9:16 PM

I can't believe that the Eagles would sign Vick. I will forever boycott the Eagles and any sponsers of the team. That (Idon't evern know what to call him) doesn't deserve to play in the NFL. The man is a convicted felon and now we're telling our kids to use him as a role model. Shame on the Eagles and shame on the NFL.

Posted by: rusty8 | August 13, 2009 9:15 PM

ha ha

Posted by: b1819383 | August 13, 2009 9:15 PM

OK. Here we go. The "animal lovers" start to beat the drums with talk of boycotts.

I'm a dog owner and would jump in front of a train to save mine. And I dearly believe it's time to let this sleeping dog of an issue lie.

MV has been personally, professionally and financially destroyed. And at this stage, any uproar anchors my view that the only people making more money off of Michael Vick than the lawyers... Are the the animal rights groups that are using this episode to promote themselves, rile up members and potential members, and knock down membership fees by the millions.

Maybe MADD should take a page out of your playbook!

Posted by: Stejay1 | August 13, 2009 9:13 PM

I think King Cranky nailed it. McNabb always gets hurt and if ZVick can lead them to 9 wins out of 12 games like Farve did for the Jets they will be thrilled. Just not sure he will learn the system and be that good. Everybody knew he had to go to a great organized AND winning team. There are only (3) right now, Philly, NE, and Pittsburgh. Any one would have been great fit.

Posted by: madstamina | August 13, 2009 9:10 PM

I was an Eagles fan.

Posted by: loudountaxrevolt | August 13, 2009 9:09 PM

Let's be clear about Vick's crime. He paid to watch innocent animals go through fear and pain while being dismembered alive, all for his pleasure. He did this repeatedly and he did it with full understanding that it was illegal. It is true that he "paid" for his crime - but the dogs didn't have that choice. This is a far greater perversion than carrying a gun to a nightclub, or having sex with some NFL groupie. All of those are choices people can make, but the dogs didn't have a choice. They were tortured to death, all because this sicko got off watching it.

I'm a Redskins season ticket holder. Look for me when they play the Eagles. I'll be holding signs about Vick - as I'm sure will many others.

If there is any karmic justice in the world, this guy is in for some horrendous pain and suffering. It won't be what he put those dogs through, but he is less than a dog.

Posted by: hill_marty | August 13, 2009 9:08 PM

I would be disgusted if I lived in Philly but that has nothing to do with Vick. It's a league full of nasty people but you draw the line with Michael Vick? All hail Steve McNair! Stallworth got 30 days for killing a person but where were you and your friends in Philly? What a load! The sanctimonious anti-Michael Vickers are a tired lot - boycott the games and shut up or focus on something that actually matters.

Posted by: mjwies11 | August 13, 2009 9:03 PM

of course the team from philly signs him. i mean, have you ever had to deal with philly fans of any sport? they are uncouth in every sense of the word. this is not surprising.

Posted by: tumbleweedhips | August 13, 2009 9:02 PM

Vick's been punished a lot, and IMO about the right amount. Hopefully he will "work" as an example and dogfighting will become less common.

Posted by: angrydoug1 | August 13, 2009 8:59 PM

Stupid move by the Eagles, as every away game they play, it will be hard for the networks to drown out the taunts of "dog killer" & "Lassie butcher".

But who knows, maybe this move will work out for Philadelphia as well as the Jets hiring of Brett Favre.

Posted by: kingcranky | August 13, 2009 8:58 PM

Time to begin the Eagles boycott. I've already talked to two friends in Philly who are disgusted.

Posted by: Hillman1 | August 13, 2009 8:56 PM

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