If I ever go to prison, I want to serve my time here

May 21, 2009

A security guard wearing a shirt with the word Support and a photo of suspended NFL player Michael Vick moves traffic cones in front of Vicks home in Hampton, Va., Thursday, May 21, 2009. Vick was released from prison early Wednesday and arrived home Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A security guard wearing a shirt with the word "Support" and a photo of suspended NFL player Michael Vick moves traffic cones in front of Vick's home in Hampton, Va., Thursday, May 21, 2009. Vick was released from prison early Wednesday and arrived home Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Michael Vick was released this morning to begin a period of home confinement, and his personal and NFL futures are still quite uncertain.

In spite of this uncertainty as to whether Vick will ever be allowed to play a down in the NFL again, the last few days have been a whirlwind of speculation as to which teams might take a chance at sponsoring his redemption.

John Clayton provided some insight, noting four teams that could be possibilities: the St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots. Of these, the Niners and Rams can likely be crossed off. In February, Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported that a 49ers team spokesman said, “The 49ers are not interested in Michael Vick,” responding to rumors at the time linking the team to Vick. Yesterday, Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Rams would not be making a play for Plaxico Burress, indicating that the new Steve Spagnuolo regime was one based on Faith, Character, Core Values and Team. If a player who accidentally shot himself is considered unfit for such a team, then certainly a player who’s been incarcerated for financing a dogfighting ring will also be unfit.

On his Twitter feed, Peter King nominated three teams: the Pats, Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints, and provided a reason for each of the teams to take a shot with Vick. For the Saints, King noted a “Desperation to win, plus ultimate team guy in [Drew] Brees, who wouldn’t be worried Vick is there to take his job. Vick: Wildcat guy.” As for the Raiders’ interest, King simply stated “[Raiders owner] Al [Davis] likes toys.” King gave a qualification for his Patriots pick, saying “Only if [Patriots owner] Robert Kraft (and wife Myra) would approve, which I have grave doubts about. But [coach Bill] Belichick would figure a way to use him well.”

Appearing on ESPN on Wednesday, Chris Mortensen added the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns to the mix, in addition to including the Saints and Pats as possible landing spots for No. 7.

With speculation running rampant, it seems like just about any team could be linked to Vick. Here’s one more that could make sense: the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are currently attached to the Brett Favre BicepGate saga, but there could be a spot for a player like Vick on the roster regardless of how that perennial drama plays out. Moreover, in the days when teams were bluntly telling the media that they had no interest in Vick, Vikings coach Brad Childress would neither confirm nor deny the team’s interest in Vick to The Associated Press.

In the end, it’s going to take a bold owner and a bold coach to weather the violent storm that will land upon any franchise that makes a deal to bring Vick back into the fold. Americans love a great story of redemption, but Americans also love their family pets.

I had a couple of dogs growing up and I loved them, but it was a superficial love that is not the same that I have for people that I love.  What Vick did was wrong, but it is clearly something that you can recover from.

The fact that Goodell is even trying to measure your intent and how apologetic Mike Vick is ridiculous. Time served is all he needs to know and the “legal system” has already meted out its punishment.

Reinstate Mike Vick! If you need precedent to look at, use Packers Paul Pornung and Lions Alex Karras as your stare decisis rationale.

Karras and Hornung suspended for gambling (April 17, 1963)
Paul Hornung, the Green Bay Packers running back who had scored an NFL record 176 points in 1960 and been named MVP in 1961, and Alex Karras, the Detroit Lions All-Pro defensive tackle, were suspended by Pete Rozelle for betting on NFL games and associating with gamblers. Hornung, said Rozelle, had bet up to $500 on NFL games, and Karras, he said, had placed at least a half dozen $50-$100 bets.

Both players sat out for a full season, before being reinstated. Five other Detroit players were fined for betting on the 1962 championship game. Hornung apologized. “I made a terrible mistake,” he said. “I am truly sorry.” Still, he was later inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Vick didn’t bet ON THE GAME or attempted to change the outcome. (Not that Paul and Alex attempted to change the outcomes either, just to be VERY CLEAR) Worse crimes have been committed and they got to play (Mr. Little, I am looking directly at YOU) so stick with what you do best, attempting to legislate fun out of the game and worrying about the dress code.

Plus,  he has to deal with fans like this…

monkeysarefunny (5/21/2009 at 6:22 AM)
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This just in…Michael Vick took his first crap after leaving jail!! Who cares?? This guy didn’t do anything the first time he was in the league. He ran around and choked when the playoffs rolled around if he even made it. Now he is older and he is going to be the second coming of Tom Brady or Peyton Manning?? Come on…this guy is a clown.

RELAX… You hate Vick. It’s okay. He probably beat your favorite team, or denied the QB that you root for a place at the PRO BOWL. (Three times) Did Nothing? You mean like guide his team to the NFC Championship game? Or when he broke the Lambeau Weather Curse and the Brett Favre mystique? I guess that means you missed when he set the rushing QB record, or had over 1k rushing from the QB position.

Yeah, he wasn’t that good, so they gave him the richest contract ever for a QB. The NFL is filled with talent evaluators, how did they miss you and all your astute observations?

Welcome home, Mike.  You have a lot of work ahead of you

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