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Robert Littal

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Give Vick a Chance

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When the word came down that Michael Vick had renewed his relationship with Nike (what that relationship is, very debatable) it begged the question begged whether this would open the flood gates for other sponsors and major corporations to hop back on the "Vick Express."

If I was an advertiser I would sign Michael Vick right this very moment.

Vick is the hot topic right and I go by the theory "any press is good press unless your name is Terrell Owens" (yeah I actually came up with that). As soon as Vick signs on the dotted line it becomes headline news on Yahoo, Google Search, Washington Post (you like that plug didn't you), Twitter, Facebook etc.

I may be in the minority, but I honestly feel the people who support Michael Vick and who deep down know that he spent way too much time in jail for the crime he committed far outweigh the protesters.

When the Eagles played their first home game there were about fifteen protesters. That is a major fail on their part if they were trying to make a stand.

How popular is Michael Vick? He still has one of the best selling jerseys not just in Philadelphia, but also Atlanta where he hasn't played for in almost three years.

Advertisers are rightfully scared, but they shouldn't be. This is an opportunity that won't last forever because either two things will happen.

1- Michael Vick pulls a Kobe Bryant

What I mean by that is he resurrects his career after a personal embarrassment to the point he will be able to name his price when dealing with corporations. Right now you can get him for a bag of "puppy chow" and he will endorse your product. If you wait too long it will be too late. On top of that he will remember, just like Kobe, who stuck with him and who left him behind.

2- He fades to "Bolivia" with Mike Tyson

Right now Vick is a trendy topic, but at some point Vick is going to have to prove him can play Quarterback in the NFL. That isn't a guarantee and if he fails he basically becomes Daunte Culpepper and you don't see Daunte on many commercials do you?

In my opinion most advertisers will take a wait and see approach, but the ones that are aggressive in the end will be the ones who benefit the most. So if you are reading this Purina, give Vick a call to sell some "chew toys".

By Robert Littal  |  October 2, 2009; 5:42 AM ET  | Category:  Atlanta Falcons , Michael Vick , Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I have never figured out why Michael Vick has been treated as a murderer. He didn't hurt even ONE person, that I've heard of. His contrition seems genuine, when he says it was a horrible thing to do. The truth is, none of us have even a clue what the culture from which Vick came is like. He went home every weekend to fight dogs! That's a cultural thing as well as a bloodthirsty thing. But they weren't people. Give Vick a chance. He maybe actually now WILL become the player who is best at his craft, which he says he should have been doing. Let he who is without sin. . . .

Posted by: wleldred | October 2, 2009 9:51 AM

Michael Vick has shown a lack of moral character and that type of flaw can not be changed. It is well known that individuals who torture and abuse animals go on to torture and abuse people. The only thing I see that Vick is sorry for is that he got caught. He has a long history of bad behavior, and killing innocent aniamls sure didn't help his image. He is a flash in the pan, receiving lots of media attention right now. That will die down, and Vick will remain exiled.

Posted by: sarahsmile | October 2, 2009 11:26 AM

I think every person who supports this scum, asserts he spent too much time in jail should hold their opinion and actually SEE what he supported.

Mr. Littal has shown his ignorance in this matter. There is something inherently wrong with someone who gets pleasure out of throwing their neighbors dogs in a pit of fighting dogs and laughs at it.

What is wrong with you people who support this?

I personally loathe dogs, but I'll be damned if I would associate with people who find this acceptable behavior.

Posted by: JGullible | October 2, 2009 6:38 PM

I only give to animal charities that euthanize unwanted pets.

Why spend thousands rehabilitating an attack dog when the same money can eliminate the misery of so many strays?

Posted by: blasmaic | October 2, 2009 7:01 PM

You know in 12 step recovery programs many a person starts out with a wiz-bang I'm OK now. As time goes on many fall by the wayside with only the serious staying on board. Time is the proof and only time. Tell then Mr. Vick your a Prick in my book. Prove me wrong - with time.

Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937 | October 3, 2009 9:24 AM

He's only sorry he got caught. This was not a one time mistake. His criminality and his criminal operation ran for years. Make no doubt about it, dog fighting on the level that Vick and his gang of thugs took part in is deep deep deep underground. The fights are held in remote locations with the buildings often deep in the woods with total black out and armed guards to keep out anyone not invited. The State of Virginia should be ashamed of the way they handled the case, giving the chosen son a free pass. They only prosecuted him because they had to. The black prosecutor in Suffolk County had hoped the whole thing would go away instead of risking alienating the majority of the people who love the home town thug.

Don't forget this is the same Micheal Vick that flipped off the fans after he was booed. Had a water bottle with a hidden compartment that he tried to take onto an airplane after 9-11. He also gave a woman herpes without any remorse.

The enablers in his life have a lot of blame on their hands. Nike and other companies are guilty of being enablers in this case. Joe Everday citizen convicted of the same crime would not be given their job back and have the public saying how unfairly he was treated. After all he only hurt dogs not people. Let's think about that. He was willing to viciously torture, set up "rape stands", and kill to have winning dogs. All so he could get the thrill of watching dogs tear each other apart until one of the combatents died! Oh yeah, not to mention they bet thousands of dollars on the outcome. He bought a house out in the country and then secretly added out buildings that were painted black with no windows and other things to make them invisible from the public. This was not some small operation.

But Mr. Littal says all is forgiven. No it is not and it should not be. Vick should have faced real charges in Virginia. There where at least animals dead on his property. There were somewhere between 4-8 known killings. He should have faced animal cruetly counts on each not just teh one he faced. He also admitted to dog fights in multiple states. Everyone of those states should have charged him. But go ahead forgive him because he is fast and can run with football.

Posted by: Hornet77 | October 5, 2009 2:31 AM

Vick should be total banned and banished from the sport. That did not happen.

But I, for one, will prohibit my children from supporting any sponsor/product of Michael Vick. He is not one to be paraded in front of our youth as someone to idolize. My donations for animals go to other organizations rather than the Human Society.

They caved...

Posted by: vtcxc | October 5, 2009 9:14 AM

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