Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dislike for Vick; protection for McNabb; love for Kolb

Eagles backup quarterback Michael Vick has been named the most disliked sports figure for the second year in a row. Meanwhile, the Redskins have taken another step to protect Donovan McNabb.

Dislike for Vick; protection for McNabb; love for Kolb

Michael Vick has been named the most disliked sports figure for the second year in a row. (Laurence Kesterson / Staff Photographer)
Michael Vick has been named the most disliked sports figure for the second year in a row. (Laurence Kesterson / Staff Photographer)

Forbes recently published the results of an E-Poll Market Research survey about the most disliked people in sports.

Who took the top spot?

Eagles backup quarterback Michael Vick.

According to the survey, Vick earned a 69 percent dislikability rating:

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Who is your pick for the most disliked person in sports?
Michael Vick
Jerry Jones
Al Davis
Ben Roethlisberger
Tiger Woods
Terrell Owens
Alex Rodriguez
Allen Iverson
Gilbert Arenas
Mark McGwire

A year removed from his dog-fighting troubles, Vick's image rehab was probably slowed by his sparse playing time in Philadelphia. More time in the public eye could move things along.

Vick had to beat out Al Davis, Ben Roethlisberger, Tiger Woods and Jerry Jones for the top spot. They rounded out the top five.

A couple other sports figures with Philadelphia ties also made the list. Terrell Owens came in at No. 7. And somewhat surprisingly, Allen Iverson was ninth.

It was the second year in a row that Vick topped the list.

PROTECTION FOR MCNABB

The Redskins have acquired offensive tackle Jammal Brown from the Saints. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the compensation is related to the Eagles' trade with the 'Skins for Donovan McNabb.

As you might remember, the Eagles will receive an additional third- or fourth-round pick in 2011, based on several factors. If the Redskins win nine games OR go to the playoffs OR if McNabb makes the Pro Bowl, the Eagles get a third-round pick and the Saints get a fourth-round pick.

If none of those things happen, the Eagles get the fourth-round pick and the Saints get the third-round pick.

Brown is 29 and missed all of last season with injuries. He's a former first-round pick and a two-time Pro Bowler (2006 and 2008). The Redskins also used their first-round pick (No. 4 overall) on a tackle, selecting Trent Williams out of Oklahoma.

The goal is obvious: protect McNabb. Trent Cole and company will have some new guys to battle against this season.

Brown, like McNabb, is in the final year of his contract.

LOVE FOR KOLB FROM COWBOYS FANS?

It's tough to envision a scenario where Eagles fans would root for a Cowboys player.

But the reverse is playing out in Kevin Kolb's hometown of Stephenville, Texas. Kolb held a football camp there and is feeling the love from Cowboys fans even though he's a member of the Eagles.

"I can tell you I'm the biggest die-hard Cowboys fan there is," said Kreg Kimple, a Stephenville coach, per Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. "But for what Kevin does for the community here, I'm pulling for the Eagles for 14 games a year, and I want him to do well in the two games against the Cowboys. I just hope the Cowboys win."

AND FINALLY...

Happy Father's Day to all the great dads out there. Following sports would not be the same without the bonds shared by dads and their kids.


 

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