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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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Avoid the XFL's Fate


There's no question that the specter of Michael Vick would be just the kind of buzz-worthy attraction any new league would desire. What the UFL has to reconcile is just what kind of league it wants to be, and what it wants to accomplish. Is this going to be the XFL, part two, in which the football side of things is an ancillary factor, hidden behind a series of embarrassments? Or is it going to be what it could and should be, which is a minor league of sorts for the NFL?

Assuming that Roger Goodell keeps Vick out of the NFL for the time being, and assuming that Vick subsequently signs with a UFL team (and I think both assumptions are pretty easy to make), it will actually be a fairly good barometer of the league's intents and principles. If this becomes reality TV, and a straight shot to the lowest common denominator, that's one thing. But if Vick, who has paid his debt to society, is allowed to brave the relatively tame waters of this league as a step forward in a legitimate rehabilitation, the UFL will have served a higher purpose. The UFL's proprietors should take the negative example of the XFL to heart, and avoid going for the simple ending.

By Doug Farrar  |  July 14, 2009; 9:28 AM ET  | Category:  Atlanta Falcons , Crime , Doug Farrar , Michael Vick , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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It's only football dude, we are not talking about a new world order. Don't take this issue to serious or yourself. Vick is not a politician or rocket scientist, he is a football player, who wants to play football in a football league, the league wants to be entertaing and profitable, and give it's customers what they want, how many times should we punish a man for the same offense...Vick playing football changes absolutely NOTHING!

Posted by: billscott4 | July 14, 2009 11:38 PM

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