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Video of Michael Vick’s Apology

I have to say, I was quite moved by Michael Vick’s speech today. He apologized to Goodell, Blank, his teammates, and the fans. I’ll let you judge it for yourself, with much thanks to Awful Announcing for the video.

Really, I think he knocked it out of the park, and it seems like he will be doing some soul searching. I bet he still can’t believe that the dog fighting led him to this much public embarrassment. Again, I completely bought the speech, and really appreciated the fact that it was straight from the heart, seemingly un-rehearsed. And thank goodness it was his speech — not that of a public relations firm.

Who’s Worse: Vick, or $$ Hungry Dad?

Alright, we can all pretty much agree that what Michael Vick is alleged to have done is pretty bad. But if anyone would stick up for him, you would at least figure it would be his family, right? Wrong. Vick’s dad, who’s been described as an estranged father, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Vick’s been involved in dog fighting for a long time and is responsible for the entire operation. Before we go on bashing Vick once again, let’s examine the motives for the Dad to speak out.

[Michael] Boddie said he is speaking out because he’s been hurt by his son and wife’s failure over the years to correct what he considers inaccurate media reports that Vick grew up without his father present.

Boddie, 45, lives in a Duluth apartment that his son has paid the rent on for the last three years. Vick, who has a $130 million contract with the Falcons, also gives him a couple of hundred dollars every week or two, the father said.

Boddie wanted more. Two years ago, he said, he asked Vick for $1 million, spread out over 12 years, enough to keep him comfortable for the rest of his life. Vick declined, the father said. In recent weeks, Boddie asked Vick, through an assistant, for $700,000 to live on.

[Boddie] said he’s not perfect. He said he hasn’t worked since 2003, went through drug rehab in 2004 paid for by his son, was sometimes high or drunk around his children when they were young, has gotten in trouble for drinking and driving and had his driver’s license revoked.

Snitching on your own son? That’s pretty low. This guy sounds every bit as shady as his kid. I’m not saying we should just disregard the man’s word — I figure there has to be some truth to what he says — but come on, he’s a pretty sick character too. Doesn’t sound to me like this guy’s words would carry much weight in a courtroom once you unveil his motives.

(photo courtesy Curtis Compton / AJC)

Cross the CFL Off Michael Vick’s List

Ricky Williams CFLFor quite some time, the answer to the Michael Vick problem — and many others — was the CFL. It has been home to Ricky Williams, Lawrence Phillips, and many more NFLers who found themselves in trouble with the league. Alas, that is no longer the case.

While CFL commissioner Mark Cohon declined to comment on the Vick situation, a league spokesman pointed out yesterday that a league rule, instituted last spring, does not allow a team to sign a player under suspension in another league.

Criticism over last year’s signing by the Argonauts of running back Ricky Williams, who was under suspension by the NFL for drug use, led the league’s board of governors to pass a bylaw that prohibits an NFL player who is currently under contract or is serving a suspension from signing a CFL contract.

So what will it be then? The Arena League? Or better yet, maybe Mark Cuban should get cracking on the UFL idea. Could you just imagine? With the first pick of the 2010 first ever UFL Draft, Cuban’s Conquerors select Michael Vick, Quarterback, Virginia Tech. Now that would be tremendous.

(MDS at FanHouse is on the same page as me)

All Michael Vick News on LBS:
Ookie Forgets to Buckle Up
Meet Ookie Vick!, Vick Indicted
Back When Vick Was Cool
Say Goodnight to Vick’s Pitbulls
Michael Vick’s Water Bottle

Ookie Forgets to Buckle Up

Click it or TicketI had heard rumors about this report all throughout the weekend on the radio, but never actually saw anything written. I guess seatbelt tickets are no longer a big deal when you’re facing a federal indictment. As Michael David Smith at FanHouse points out, Ookie never bothered to learn the mantra:

Vick, meanwhile, was fined $25 for not wearing a seat belt when a car he was riding in was pulled over in Isle of Wight County Thursday, police said. Virginia State Police Sgt D.S. Carr says a trooper pulled Vick’s car because the window tint was too dark.

As MDS points out, having the tint up at this point is probably a wise move for Vick. But not wearing a seatbelt? Come on bro, get your head into the game. With all your legal problems you still can’t remember to buckle up? That’s terrible. Matt Leinart speeding on the highway thinks Ookie should wear a seatbelt.

Deion Sanders, A Regular Dickens

Yes, Neon Deion, Prime Time, not only is he a multi-sport star, but he’s also a writer. Didn’t you know? He wrote an op-ed for the Southwest Florida News-Press, as Michael David Smith points out at both FanHouse and Pro Football Talk. His topic of course, was Michael Vick. And Prime Time had some interesting opinions.

Why are we indicting him? Was he the ringleader? Is he the big fish? Or is there someone else? The fights allegedly occurred at a property that he purchased for a family member. They apparently found carcasses on the property, but I must ask you again, is he the ringleader?

I believe Vick had a passion for dogfighting. I know many athletes who share his passion. The allure is the intensity and the challenge of a dog fighting to the death. It’s like ultimate fighting, but the dog doesn’t tap out when he knows he can’t win.

Yeah. So let’s see. Deion doesn’t think Vick should be targeted because he’s not the biggest dog fighting personality out there. And Deion also straight up thinks Vick has a passion for dog fighting. But it doesn’t end there — Deion knows many athletes who are into dog fighting! So how many NFLers are into dog fighting? How prevalent is this? And does Deion realize how much he’s burying Vick and his fellow NFLers here? Oh, and not to forget, that’s fantastic logic by Deion. Vick’s not the ring leader, so why bother with him. He might not be the No. 1 mastermind, but he’s brought more attention to what’s a horrible crime going on in the country. Through Vick, many more people will be caught. Got it Deion?

All Michael Vick News on LBS:
Meet Ookie Vick!, Vick Indicted
Back When Vick Was Cool
Say Goodnight to Vick’s Pitbulls
Michael Vick on His Image
Michael Vick’s Water Bottle
Michael Vick on LBS

Back When Michael Vick Was Cool

Seems like everyone — including myself — has had their share of fun with Michael Vick. I really didn’t want to overdo the story, so I’ll just leave it at this. Remember when Vick was the greatest thing to ever hit a gridiron? When he was single-handedly winning games at VaTech and getting traded on draft day for LT? When Michael Vick was no less than a God? Remember back when Michael Vick was the shiznit, and Nike created one of the coolest commercials of all-time? I do:

That commercial was, is, and will always be awesome. Oh, back in the day, when Michael Vick was actually cool. Now, he’s just a useless and hopeless parasite infecting the league. It’s a sad story my friends.

When P-Funk, Q, T, and Ookie Meet

So yeah, Michael Vick was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday afternoon. I guess that comes as a shock to some people. Sure, nobody would try this hard on a case if it weren’t Michael Vick, but funny thing is, it is Michael Vick. And no matter how you slice it, dog fighting ain’t cool. Unless of course, you’re making it fun — which is what Vick is doing. The actual indictment, which is posted at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and at The Smoking Gun (thanks to The HCIC for passing it along) has details on the code names used by the indicted parties.

Now, this might not come as any shock to you. If you followed the Michael Vick herpes case, you knew the woman alleging the claims said Michael Vick used an alias of Ron Mexico. Now, the latest

defendants, PURNELL A. PEACE, also known as “P-Funk” and “Funk,” QUANIS L. PHILLIPS, also know as “Q,” TONY TAYLOR, also known as “T,” and MICHAEL VICK, also known as “Ookie,”

Ookie, now that’s a great code name. Because of course, it sounds nothing like “hokie,” right? Bad news for Ookie, P-Funk, Q, and T, they screwed.