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I am bitterly disappointed in the appointment of Michael Vick to the Philadelphia Eagles, as he would have fit in much more smoothly with the Bengals, bringing the roster one man closer to an all-convict team.

However, I trust that my splendid The Readers in the Philadelphia area may be counted upon to boo Vick to Kingdom Come at the appropriate time, i.e. while running out on the field, as he warms up, while in the huddle, just before recieving the snap, while in the pocket, as he is being sacked, and just after throwing a touchdown.  (Favorite Super-Awesome World of Sports Quote regarding Philly fans:  "People in Philadelpha would boo Jesus Christ for dropping the cross on Good Friday.")

didn't say it, just retyped it at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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“People in Philadelpha would boo Jesus Christ for dropping the cross on Good Friday.”

Not being too sports savvy (if it's not the Green Bay Packers or Brewers, I don't pay attention), I asked my husband about the fans in Philly as summed up in the quote above.

His response: "Ooooh, yeah, they would."

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpraybrethren

Jim had ESPN on and they glazed over the whole issue with a "while he was gone during his 2 year layoff" - yes, like he was let go during slow times. No people he raised dogs to fight!
That means he has a bad heart, period.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Dear Readers,

As one of the above mentioned Philadelphia Fans, we are a unique group. Yes we booed and threw snowballs, with rocks inside at Santa, we also have court in the lower landing of the stadium during Eagles games b/c the amount of fights and drunk and disorderlies warrented moving an entire courtroom to the games. (How's that for quick justice)

The Michael Vick thing is being hotly debated around here. Even we, have standards. I personally can't wait for the first game he plays in. I think that will be the true telling of weather or not our fans will forgive his past and accept him as a player or just throw things at the sideline until most of the stadium in on the lower level waiting for thier turn with the judge.

Also, the Michael Vick thing came right on the heels of a Chicago fan throwing something at Shane Victorino while the Phillies were playing in Chicago. This already had us riled up so emotions were already running high.

On the other hand, what a great country where a convict can get out of jail and go into a new job that pays 1.6 mil a year. If only all convicts had that opportunity.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelle Belle

My feeling is that the NFL is a PRIVILEGE not a RIGHT. No felons should be allowed to play. I know that includes members of my beloved Ravens, but so be it.
Think of how many young guys would jump at the chance to be in the NFL??
That doesn't even touch on the fact that I think Vick is a heartless, soulless dreg of society.
I do dog rescue and fundraisers for my group - Wheatens In Need. To say that his actions have hit a nerve with us would be an understatement.
Did you know that he could have gotten an "acceptance of responsibility" credit and shortened his sentence??? He did not get that credit.
He's sorry he got CAUGHT not that he is a cruel person.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I would like to respectfully disagree with Kris regarding employment with the NFL. Employment with any organization anywhere, in any capacity, is neither a right nor a privilege. The Eagles, as a private business, have the right to hire, or not hire, anyone they chose.

Vick has already forefitted a number of rights, including, but not limited to, the right to vote and bear arms. Should he also forefit the chance to earn a living in the only profession that he knows? Being a professional anything - athlete, engineer, teacher, you name it - is, at the end of the day, a job.

While he did commit numerous heinious acts of cruelty, I am not comfortable judging the entire extent of his character, that is above my pay grade.

August 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric Kalgren

Not to diminish what crimes Michael Vick committed, but it's likely that he'll face more heat reentering the league than Cleveland wide receiver Donté Stallworth will when he comes back next year, and all he did was drive drunk and kill a man. Call me crazy, but that speaks to misplaced priorities.

Also, supposedly current Eagles QB Donovan McNabb is a huge dog-lover, and he lobbied his coach and organization to get Vick over the course of a month. If he can find it in his heart to accept him, so should you.

Nope, sorry. Not welcoming him. Because this is not about dogs. I don't think ANY person convicted should be in professional or Olympic sports-- college, too. There shouldn't be a law against it, but in my ideal world, owners insist on a morality clause. Don't like it? There's a college senior down the line who probably would. I don't like the feeling of being ashamed of my hometown team, and I would be ashamed of these Bengals if they were 19-0.

August 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

Standing ovation.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHCP
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