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I can't wrap my head around this yet. Michael Vick in the City of Brotherly Love. Of all the teams in the league, the Eagles were the last time I'd think Vick would suit up for.

Over the last few weeks, we all speculated. The Raiders, The Cowboys, The Redskins. Those teams made sense, right? Owners enamored with the big name -- no such thing as bad PR?

But the Eagles? The Philadelphia Eagles? A team with a quarterback who spent his career looking over his shoulder (most of the time at nobody) now has the most polarizing backup in the history of the sport.

And the Eagles front office will have to deal with plenty of angry citizens. I just got off the phone with a spokesperson for a local animal rescue organization who told me for Friday's show that they are mobilizing. They are angry. They don't want Vick in this town.

And I'm not sure I blame them. I've been the first to say that Vick deserves a chance to play, I just never thought it'd be in my town. He's paid his debt to society, but that doesn't mean society has to forgive him. And Philadelphia? The toughest sports town in the country? The team who booed their current quarterback when he was drafted, and at some time during every season since?

I'm confounded. If Michael Vick helps the Eagles win the Super Bowl this year, this move will go down as one of the shrewdest the Birds brass has ever made. Anything short of that, and I'm not sure they can survive.

By the sound of it over the last few hours, I'm not sure people want them to anyway.

By Dan Levy  |  August 13, 2009; 11:59 PM ET  | Category:  Atlanta Falcons , Crime , Dan Levy , Michael Vick , NFL , Philadelphia Eagles , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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On August 20th the real story about the Michael Vick case "Bad Newz" will be released, by Kathy Strouse. Vick murdered innocent dogs and everyone will know the truth. Virginia Beach public schools allowed a convicted felon to walk on their football field? A school where gangs are already a problem. Vick and his family have a history with gangs. Wake Up!!!

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 14, 2009 1:48 AM

The old NIMBY thinking returns, only in this case it's in sports.

Michael Vick did serve his time and he does have the right to apply for new jobs. With that said, however, he does not have a right to get those jobs. If this had been in any other field no employer would have even considered him for a position.

I'm glad you're waking up to the fact that these very public jobs can also have negative consequences. As a DC'er, I've always liked Philly and defended it when I've heard my fellow co-horts slam it. However, I can firmly state that Philly is now off my recreation list. You have every right to hire this criminal and I have every right to boycott the city and ensure that my money won't be going to pay for their idiocy.

(Just to preempt the flamers - LFF is a publicly subsidized field, thus giving the Eagles more money to hire Mr. Vick).

No thanks.

Posted by: shawnelmore | August 14, 2009 2:35 AM

if they unleash,(no pun intended)the wildcat iffence in the 6th game of the year with vick..they will be hard to beat..its gonna be the Eagles and the Pats in the superbowl.

Posted by: kristenjohnleblanc | August 14, 2009 8:56 AM

Vicked-up Eagles in the SuperBowl = network suits' worst PR nightmare.

Posted by: salescoach | August 18, 2009 6:41 PM

P.S. The suits would deserve that massive Maalox Moment, but we don't, so I hope the Iggles go 6-0, then 0-10, discrediting Vick forever as a player, removing the final rationale for his continued visibility and ending this shameful saga.

Posted by: salescoach | August 18, 2009 6:44 PM

It "better work" like any other chance a team makes on signing a player -- except in this case, the Eagles have signed a proven talent, not some rookie collegiate hotshot! If Vick plays well, then great! If it turns out that he is not a got match, then Vick's career is certainly not over, and nobody has any business declaring it so! The NFL rejects a player of Vick's ability when America grows a heart and provides government health care to all its citizens, embraces corporate regulation, and redistributes enough of its wealth downward until America becomes the utopia it has characterized itself to be!

Posted by: iphoenix | August 26, 2009 5:34 PM

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