Michael Vick’s Birthday Party: Cake and Bullets Not a Good Mix

Birthdays are a time for celebration. They indicate that you are another year older and wiser … unless your name is Michael Vick. Vick celebrated his 30th birthday by hosting a party late Thursday night at a club in Virgina Beach. The party was “all white” attire themed and the invitation included the names of some high-profile athletes who were supposed to be in attendance, such as Allen Iverson and DeAngelo Hall.

Apparently when the club was closing for the night Vick either threatened to or did shove cake in someone’s face which resulted in one of Vick’s co-defendants from his 2007 dog fighting case, Quanis Phillips, ending up being shot.  The injury wasn’t life threatening but this could bring a whole new mess of trouble for Vick. Here’s why:

1. Under court order, Vick isn’t supposed to be in the presence of his co-defendants.

2. Being anywhere around a firearm is not exactly following the terms of his probation.

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Michael Vick Offered $1 Million to Pose in Playgirl for PETA

If you asked me about stories I never thought I’d be writing, this would probably rank up there with Tim Tebow impregnating a Filipino woman during one of his missions. A spokesman for Playgirl told Life & Style magazine that they’re trying to get Michael Vick to pose in Playgirl. Here’s the report via Digital Spy and the LA Times:

“I sent the request to Michael Vick on Wednesday. But we haven’t heard back yet. I figured he paid back society for dogfighting, but what about the animals?

“This way he could donate a large sum to PETA and all he’d have to do is pose for the magazine! It’s kind of a win-win situation.”

Maybe Vick will offer them his upper half and tell Playgirl to photoshop in Greg Oden’s bottom half. You know what? This would be for a good cause so maybe Vick could use his celebrity status for the right reason. Tell me chicks wouldn’t dig it. Especially if he told them his name was Mike Honcho instead of Ron Mexico. I think this could work.

Michael Vick Signs 2-Year Deal with Eagles

Word has finally come down that Michael Vick signed a two-year deal with the Eagles on Thursday evening, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. This comes as a surprise because not many people figured the Eagles would be interested in Vick and the buzz on Thursday was that the Bills were interested in signing him. The news came out while the Eagles were playing the Patriots in their first pre-season game so Donovan McNabb was on the field and likely didn’t even know about it.

At this point, you have to figure McNabb will be scratching his head over the deal. McNabb got somewhat bent out of shape when the team drafted Kevin Kolb in the first-round a few years ago and he was pissed when he was benched last year against the Ravens. I really don’t think they signed Vick with the intention of playing him over McNabb, however. I’m guessing they need some depth and figure Vick can be a weapon at some point in some sort of option/wildcat type formation. And with Kolb sustaining a knee injury recently, Vick could be No. 2 on the depth chart by the team he’s cleared to play in games.

Michael Vick Appears in Video with Young Jeezy Promoting TM-103 Album

You were waiting for some footage of Michael Vick since he’s been released from prison? Waiting to hear what he’s been up to aside from visiting strip clubs with Allen Iverson and meeting with low income youths? Well now we know the answer … he’s appearing in videos along with rapper Young Jeezy who’s promoting his upcoming album, TM-103.

Wait, so they have to slap on a warning for explicit lyrics on his CD but not on that video? Someone has to ‘splain me that one. Way to make a good impression on the commish there, Vick.

(via PFT)

Jesse Jackson Now Doubling as an NFL Scout/Agent for Michael Vick

Let’s waste no time … we’re going straight to the Duke:

“I want to make it an issue. I want teams to explain why they have a quarterback who has less skills but is playing or at least is on the taxi squad, and a guy with more skills can’t get into training camp.”

That’s what Jesse Jackson said recently, suggesting that the NFL owners might be colluding against Michael Vick. I would find it hard to believe that collusion’s the problem here. Let’s consider a few things before we acknowledge that Jackson may be suggesting some form of racism: Nike marketed Vick more than almost any other athlete in the country and paid him well as a sponsor. Vick was the highest paid player in the league before he got locked up because of his own wrongdoing. Doesn’t sound like a league with an anti-Vick agenda to me (until Vick screwed things up on his own).

Furthermore, how does Jackson know that Vick’s more skilled than every other quarterback who’s trying to find a spot as a quarterback in the league? Before he even went away to prison, people (including myself) didn’t find him to be all that effective of a quarterback anyway. What makes you think he’d be such an asset even after not playing for two entire seasons?? He’s never matched the hype that he’s received and being a good quarterback is much more than just running fast or throwing far. If that were all it takes then J.P. Losman and Kyle Boller would have made it.

Lastly, when it comes to Michael Vick, it’s not about how much more skilled he is than the next guy, it’s about what other issues he brings to the table. He’s a distraction, not dedicated, and he’ll bring a ton of negative publicity to the team that signs him. It’s the same reason why adding T.O. or Pacman Jones isn’t as simple as saying “he’s better than the next guy.” For a guy who’s value was questionable before prison, there’s no way the benefits of bringing him in would outweigh the costs at this point. And if Vick’s dying so much to show his skills, then he should prove it in the UFL where they’re willing to take him. But my bad, it must be collusion working against him.

Michael Vick’s Suspension Should be Lifted by Roger Goodell

Usually I take a pretty hard-line stance when it comes to disciplining athletes for off-field issues, especially when it’s something that involves hurting other people such as driving drunk or using steroids. Michael Vick’s case is pretty unique because there’s no precedent for bankrolling an illegal and brutal dog fighting operation. On one hand, you could make an argument that dog fighting isn’t much different from people and athletes who enjoy cock fighting, and that even horse racing can be considered inhumane. On the other hand, Vick was a megastar in the league, and rather than concentrate on his quarterbacking skills, he completely headed up a disgusting organization and participated firsthand in some heinous activities.

I could give Michael Vick a pass and say the guy had way too much money on his hands and got caught up in the wrong group, almost like hazing in a fraternity. I won’t do that, but I’ll say that the guy definitely served his time and was punished much more than other criminals in the league. The guy’s losing about two years of his life and should get another shot in this league — only if a team wants to take him. Problem is Vick wasn’t more than an average quarterback before going to prison — he was all sizzle and no steak. The guy was so well-marketed and such a creation of hype that he sold jerseys and packed stadiums and highlight reels. Now? Who’s going to be bold enough to buy a Mike Vick jersey? Tough question.

What sucks for Vick is that there are plenty of guys in the league who have done far worse. Take Leonard Little and Jared Allen for example, both guys have multiple DUIs and Little’s repeat offense came after he killed someone while driving drunk. Pacman Jones inciting strip club shootings and Chris Henry getting arrested 40 times since being drafted are both worse than what Vick did. Thing is Vick’s popularity, stardom, and hype is all coming back to bite him four-fold because now he’s the most notorious of all NFL criminals. It’s almost like the same way he got extra pub on the field for stuff he didn’t deserve he’s now getting excess negative backlash. Guys like Henry, Pacman, Allen, and Little should be out of the NFL faster than Vick should be. No matter how you slice it, they’re all scum and impossible to root for unless they’re helping your team win. But Vick wasn’t that good too begin with, so who would even bother with him?

Michael Vick’s Pit Bulls to Star in Reality TV Show

Michael Vick DogA few days ago I passed along the news that some of Vick’s pit bulls had been rescued and were up for adoption. (I’m still interested in putting together an LBS fundraiser to snag one as the site’s official mascot, fyi). Anyway, pressing along, apparently these dogs are heading to Hollywood for the big time, as WSBTV reports:

Pit bulls that once belonged to Michael Vick will be featured in a reality show this summer about an animal sanctuary.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 22 of Vick’s dogs are now at Dogtown. The National Geographic Channel began a series about Dogtown, an animal sanctuary in Utah, in January.

In an episode airing this summer will focus on four of the toughest cases and the staff’s efforts to resocialize the aggressive pit bulls, according to the National Geographic Channel.

My goodness, people actually watch this stuff? Now, I wouldn’t mind watching a show to see Vick adjusting to life in prison — that would be tight. You know, footage of him getting Bubba’d in the shower with soap suds seeping down … never mind. But a reality show about the dogs trying to resocialize? That’s incredible. Who would’ve guessed that these dogs would be playing on Sundays on TV before their owner was!