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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.

How Bad Is Horse Racing Compared to Dogfighting?

I think for the most part, we can all agree that dogfighting is pretty disgusting. But as mjd questioned in one of his first Debriefings, what makes the Preakness and other horse racing events such acceptable forms of entertainment, while dog fighting is considered so deplorable? I think that both can be considered animal abuse. The big difference however is that horses are intended to race each other, not maul each other, while the dogs are encouraged to fight til death. The reason I bring it back up is because of Jonathan Vilma’s comments to Chris Russo on WFAN (Francessa must have been out hehe) via Ben Maller:

When asked if he has a problem with dogfighting, Vilma replied, “To be honest with you, I never looked at it one way or another. What people do is …of course dog fighting is much more extreme, but you can equate it to horse racing. You have animal activists that (condemn) horse racing. They feel horses are being tested brutally, whatever the situation is. I’m not an animal activist. To each his own.”

So he doesn’t outright criticize the involvement. But is it so outrageous what Vilma said? I don’t think so. I think people are wrong if they can’t recognize that there’s something inherently bad about breeding dogs to tear each other’s faces off — which Vilma doesn’t acknowledge. On the other hand, I think its short sided to not see the animal abuse that exists in horse racing, once you strip away the millionaire owners and mint juleps that make it seem justified.

Roy Jones Jr. Supports Cock Fighting

If you are familiar with boxing and Roy Jones Jr., this comes as no surprise. If you are unfamiliar with boxing and Roy Jones Jr., then this is obviously news. Roy Jones Jr. was my favorite boxer during the 90s, along with Prince Naseem Hamed (both have spiraled down a pathetic path since). The whole time this Michael Vick dog fighting stuff has been going on, I kept thinking of Roy and his cocks. I kept thinking that Roy was lucky he was a forgotten figure at this point in his life. Boy was I wrong. I just found out via East Side Boxing that Jones Jr. is shaking off his Antonio Tarver cobwebs and will be fighting again in July (and I have no interest in watching).

This seems like the absolute worst thing for him. He’s lost three of his last four fights, ruining what was once an unblemished record. He has nothing to gain from fighting once again (unless he’s desperate for a meager paycheck). And now, his name will be back in the news, for people like me to remind you that he is involved in cock-fighting (and even rapped about it). And yes, back when he was a significant figure, PETA was after him. But now, as sad as it is to say, he should just disappear and avoid all headlines. What a terrible time to announce he’s stepping back into the ring.

Say Goodnight to Vick’s Pit Bulls

If there’s one thing we’ve all learned … it’s that you don’t mess with a man’s best friend. And you especially don’t mess with said man’s friend when they’ve been through war-like situations together. It is with that in mind, that I’m saddened to say that Michael Vick’s fighting dogs may be euthanized.

“Almost 100 percent” of animals seized in dogfighting investigations are euthanized because they have a level of aggression that makes them dangerous pets and neighbors, said John Goodwin, a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States.

“It’s simply not fair to someone who has a black lab or a Yorkie to have a fighting dog next door because if that dog gets loose, he’s going to … kill that person’s pet,” Goodwin said, making it clear he was speaking in generic terms only.

Wow, this is no joke. 66 dogs were seized, 55 of which were pit bulls. Yeah, somehow I don’t think I want my golden retriever getting into a scuffle with them, capiche? Oh, and for the record, anyone else find it odd that they use a treadmill to train these dogs? OK, good, just checking.

(the gruesome image is for anyone who thinks there’s nothing wrong with dog fighting)

Michael Vick Speaks About His Image

Vick was at a team-sponsored event on Monday night. FOX 5 in Atlanta was there to get the exclusive. They reported that Vick was greeted warmly by the fans. Mike was not surprised by the welcome:

It was a good reaction. They supposed to be positive. They supposed to be cheering for us.

Man, everywhere I go, all around the world, people still support Mike Vick. Regardless of what I go through people gonna love me man. It’s all good. I ain’t worried about that. My job is to win football games.

In the end, will you be exonerated? Man, no comment.

Wait a sec, the fans are supposed to be positive? Supposed to be cheering for the same guy who flipped them the bird last year? Don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions here, Mike. Oh, and for the record, I will bet the house (pun intended) that Vick doesn’t know what “exonerated” means.