Tuesday, December 10, 2013
So Far, So Good
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Sun., 11/24/13 - 12:57 PM
Right now the total body of work says it is Shady.
If the Birds finish strong and make the playoffs, the only way that could have occurred would be Foles having continued his ridiculous All-Pro level of play for 5 more games. At that point, yeah, make him the MVP.
Sun., 11/24/13 - 12:54 PM
"...but they very likely will turn in a large improvement over 4 wins"
Now there's a gutsy prediction considering they already have -- having 50% more wins than last year's "let's quit on Andy" fiasco!
Best bet is 8-8 and, if the Pokes lose today, the last game will be for the playoff spot!
Michael Vick: Nick Foles will be a franchise QB
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Wed., 11/13/13 - 16:48 PM
But since this is about Vick -- ya gotta hand it to the guy. I cannot look into his soul, but on the surface he has turned from a pretty selfish and sleazy guy into a respected leader on this team. A real solid guy -- family, team and community. And, that may be one of the problems even if he is sincerely trying not to let it be one. His teammates look up to him, and it seems that has Kelly a bit cowed. Foles has already proven that he is good enough that he should be given a sustained look as the starter, even with the expected young QB ups and downs. That way you really learn what you've got without overreacting to any single game. Problem is, every down performance from Foles just puts huge pressure on Chip to reinstate Vick -- which is a dead-end beyond 2013.
Vick needs to go, but I suspect that the teams who have established starters who play in the Vick style would love to have this guy -- he won't be a "distraction" for RGIII, Kaepernick or Wilson. Rather, he is the ultimate insurance policy -- a mature and talented guy who can jump in without skipping a beat. And let's face it, that style does get you killed in the NFL -- so having 2 guys who can do it on a high level is a real bonus.
Eagles' Cooper silences critics for a day
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Mon., 11/04/13 - 13:52 PM
Hey Nugget -- define a real quarterback...
Could it be someone who is near a 100 QB rating in the first 9 games of his career?
MV was a real NFL QB, but a career of mediocre passing and great running suggests he was not playoff or Super Bowl quality.
I sure would hate to see the Birds give up on Foles too early. Right now, a betting person would say that a Bird in the hand is worth two in the Bush Leagues. No guarantees for sure, but right now logic suggests the Eagles' best shot at a REAL QB is Foles...give him a chance and draft accordingly
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Foles puts Dallas disappointment way behind him
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Mon., 11/04/13 - 13:07 PM
Response to Will.
While I agree it is insane to draw a conclusion after one game, we have seen enough of MV and NF to draw one easy conclusion -- MV is NOT the answer based on a large body of work, some of which is obsolete now that he is starting to break down physically. At this stage, MV is, clearly, the perfect backup for a team committed to what he brings. Can you imagine how much SF, Washington, or Seattle would like to have him in the wings given the high likelihood their guys cannot play that style unscathed for 16 games? Foles has a career passer rating approaching 100 with 9 games under his belt. You would have to be insane not to give the guy another 7 games to see where he winds up after 16 games (coincidentally, a full season). Anything over 90 rating for his career at that point and you draft for defensive needs while committing to this guy for a year. Anything else is chasing unicorns, frankly.
Mon., 11/04/13 - 12:56 PM
I would not release Vick -- he is talented, his teammates respect him (think Cooper would still be on the roster if Vick did not defuse that situation?) and you really would get nothing for him. Great insurance for what might well be a playoff year in a bad division. The fans deserve that.
But Chip needs to make it very clear that, given where the Birds are, Foles has earned the starter's job for the rest of the year, period. 2.5 bad quarters with an injured groin does not offset the obvious -- a 127 QB rating, 13 TD's and no int's, etc. Just think of the value of 7 more games trying to figure out if you can go with Foles next year and draft for other needs, or go ahead and get the best young QB you can.
I think MV will be a good teammate under these circumstances. He knows by being a good soldier he'll assure himself of a decent contract with somebody. He's not done yet, but should be with the Birds -- AFTER the season.
Chip: Foles took test, meeting with doctors
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Mon., 10/28/13 - 17:37 PM
They tried Vince once, Johnny. There is a reason nobody else wants the guy -- and it is not because he is any good...
Name the dumbest quarterback you can. That guy is Einstein next to VY...
Mon., 10/28/13 - 14:47 PM
It's amazing to me how little room for error Foles has with most Philly fans. The body of work thus far has been pretty good -- certainly well above average for a rookie on an injury-shredded team and a second year guy in an unsure situation. He laid a horrible egg against Dallas, but how many great quarterbacks could be shown to be perfect in their second year? (Sorry, I am too lazy to do the research). At least they got a chance. If Foles is the real deal, I feel it will not be with the Birds, because of this infatuation with the RGIII-type skill set (hmm, injured again Sunday?). If he is not, what really is lost by spending a year to find out?
Very easy to predict (as many did) that Vick, while game and clearly a reformed guy, still would not be the answer. And yet, the whole thing gets started because his moments of transcendent brilliance dazzle even presumably objective head coaches. And so it goes...
A chance for Eagles' Foles to score points with Kelly
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Fri., 10/18/13 - 11:27 AM
If the Birds win Sunday, and Foles makes DJAX, Shady, and the rest of the offensive guys look good, you are more likely to lose the locker room by throwing Vick back in. Winning will come first for these guys, with having the opportunity to enhance THEIR status a very close second. Against what is apparently a very good TB defense, Foles did just that...
Seems like the offensive guys like and respect both of them, however, so not the main issue. Fixing the Swiss-cheese defense is...
Foles has earned another start
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Mon., 10/14/13 - 12:20 PM
Hey Vinny -- site won't let me respond directly to this comment:
"LOL Foles inherited a 2 score lead against a WINLESS Giants team. Just like he just beat a WINLESS Bucs team. The two teams that Foles played his 6 quarters of football against are a combined 0-11.
He didn't have to face 6-0 Kansas City and the #1 defense in the entire NFL."
What Foles DID do is play even with Vick last year, as a rookie, on an even more decimated offense. What he also did was play better, against what had been a very highly rated defense, than any other quarterback this year (including two "bums" named Brady and Brees, ya know, the guys who put on such a great show last night and will BOTH be 1st ballot HOFers!!!)
I think Chip will stick with the easy choice, i.e. Vick -- but let's not forget Vick has been a coach-killer for over a decade now. This won't change. Spectacular physical ability, a "warrior" mentality on game day, and newfound maturity and responsibility. But, he will blow winnable games with bad decisions and turnovers. "Human Highlight Reels" don't win Superbowls, nor do they maximize annual wins on weaker teams.
Keeping Vick was a big mistake -- understandable, but a mistake nonetheless.
PSU alum Santorum calls Paterno question 'ridiculous'
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Mon., 03/19/12 - 16:20 PM
I think Santorum would have been well served to simply answer "NO." Not that an illogical hack like Bunch or those who think like him get it, but there is a huge difference between the legislative priorities of the President and the mistake of an insular coach in bucking a horrible event up the line and then not following through. So, it was a ridiculous question but Santorum's getting his panties in an uproar over it suggests he is as unready for primetime as Bunch is....
Lin vs. Iverson: First Four Starts
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Tue., 02/14/12 - 10:09 AM
Zen's conclusion may well be correct, but his analysis stinks. Lin can and has created his own shots AND facilitated others. He's no Jodie Meeks. The "athletically unspectacular" code words apply to plenty of HOF'ers (Larry Bird, anyone) so that too is bogus.
However, to be fair, there will be a book on him and the pressure will increase exponentially with his notoriety. He cannot continue his current spectacular play indefinitely. The only question is will he settle at good NBA player or strong sub? Those who enjoy underdog stories, humility, and team play certainly hope for the former...
Tue., 02/14/12 - 09:40 AM
You have obviously not watched Lin play.
Oh, and the most important stats -- Lin went 4-0 (with bad teammates) and had 33 assists. AI went 1-3 (with equally bad teammates) and had only 14 assists. Story of his career...
Bob Ford: Sitting out another Super Bowl, Reid talks just tinkering
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Thu., 02/02/12 - 13:26 PM
Hey negative posters stating the obvious and superficial: the next time you lose 4 bets in a row (and you will) it is not because you are stupid -- it's just bad luck (unless, of course, you lose 20 bets in a row, then you really are stupid).
The point is, at least Lurie and Reid have routinely put the Eagles in position to make those bets (getting in the playoffs for the dense) -- something the Swamp Fox, Ryan, Kotite, and Rhodes hardly ever did, and something even the sainted Vermeil only did 6 of 15 NFL coaching years). Unfortunately, the Reid regime lost these "bets" more often than not (no Superbowl win, Fat Andy is an idiot, blah, blah, blah). Odds are he will get in the playoffs again in 2012 -- the talent and track record are in his favor. Also, given that 12 teams get into the playoffs, odds are he won't win a Superbowl, again. And, odds are most of those coaching geniuses we love to compare favorably to Andy won't win one in 2013 either.
I too have "Reid fatigue," what with the game day dopeyness, the press conference inanity, etc. I too kinda want him, Marty and Juan gone. Problem is, based on the Eagles' history (and, more importantly, that of any sports franchise) the odds are the next regime will be worse season in and season out.
Clearly, Reid is no idiot, just a guy who, warts and all, is likely the best head coach the Birds have ever had, or ever will.
It's not kool-aid, just common sense. There are a number of posters here against whom I'd love to make complex parlay bets. I could retire young...
'Disappointed' Lidge says goodbye to Philly
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Thu., 01/26/12 - 17:42 PM
Class guy, but his high-wire act could give even the casual fan (like me) ulcers.
After his injuries, what really was left -- 88 MPH fastball? 82 MPH slider? Below average control? No pickoff move at all?
I really hope he makes a miraculous comeback, but I think we've seen the last of Mr. Lidge as a successful MLB pitcher.
Pa. pension: Above average not enough; deficit rising
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Thu., 01/26/12 - 17:24 PM
Bad Joe -- very few of these "moguls" you are so jealous of were bailed out by taxpayers. Why should I complain about benefits in the private sector? I am not forced at gunpoint to pay for it.
I get that public workers are not at fault because their union reps negotiated sweetheart deals with their political cronies -- but, just like those who receive stolen goods must return them even if obtained "honestly," so too must we figure out how to reduce an unsustainable pension obligation (and don't tell me "tax the rich" -- they'll all move to somewhere where they won't get squeezed -- and who could blame them?)
And stop bellyaching about the layoffs -- if you can't compete, get educated and learn something that is in demand, like I did when I got the boot. Nobody owes you a job -- you have to earn the right to work every day.
This "average American" did not get "fleeced." What's wrong with you that you did?
Apple's harsh Chinese factories: Are we to blame?
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Thu., 01/26/12 - 17:14 PM
Hate to tell all you bleeding hearts, but the folks working in these factories, as distasteful as it is to our sensitivities, all went there becasue their lives, and the lives of their families, are actually better!
Want to blame something? Blame 60 years of communist rule which left the Chinese economy back in the early 1800's, when working conditions like this were commonplace.
Now sit back and watch as the children of these workers, and more so their grandchildren, get to live wonderful lives built on their parents' hard work as education and competition for the best workers forces companies to compensate their workers much better every year.
Injury bug starting to hit Sixers
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Tue., 01/17/12 - 17:00 PM
Hit the "send" button a bit early there, eh, Bob?
John Smallwood: Sixers' hot start matters in the long run
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Mon., 01/16/12 - 10:52 AM
For all the "superstar" talk, the Sixers have been wise to market DC as their "superstar." This may well offset much of the home-cooking and star player bias built into NBA officiating. Knicks game was a great example. Sixers played tough and physical in the Garden, harrassed Melo into 9/24 -- he really had quite an inefficient game -- and probably would have won easily if they had any legs under their shots. An objective observer would conclude there was no officiating bias against the Sixers in that game. I think the refs' respect for DC had a lot to do with that -- and may well continue to do so.
Lets see how the year materializes, but nothing would give this long-time fan greater joy than to see this talented Sixers team, loaded with near-stars but no superstars, and very well coached, achieve what they earn through their play on the floor.
If by some good fortune they could parley this into a great playoff run, which would shut up the usually correct, but insufferably arrogant and repetitive JonKap, then it would be a very good spring indeed!
Mike Check: Why Vick has struggled
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Thu., 12/15/11 - 18:10 PM
LOL -- are you really a white guy trying to make blacks looks stupid and paranoid? Sadly, you may be succeeding...
Thu., 12/15/11 - 18:09 PM
eldiablows is either a racist nutcase, or a white troll trying to make black guys look bad. Either way I don't know whether to hate him or pity him. Pity, I guess; it's less self-destructive...
Vick update; trying times for Eagles' defense
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Thu., 11/17/11 - 19:23 PM
Well said, jtj06. I am very impressed with the 10-12-hour day types who manage to maintain focus over that unnaturally long workday for weeks on end and achieve great things. Most of us can't even pull that off. But I totally believe that is the human limit -- whether physical or mental work. I have over many working years observed so many 12-16 hour types whose "stamina" makes them legends in their own minds, and often gets them noticed by the higher-ups. But, invariably, their brains are fried and their work output is just terrible. And, their performance in interpersonal situations is often laughably detached from understanding what is going on around them. Eventually, they all fail badly and flame out spectacularly.
Reid and JC are perfect examples of this syndrome most every Sunday.
Inside the Phillies: Slot for Phillies closer could be wide open
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Sun., 10/23/11 - 19:23 PM
Good post. I do think Hamels will come back fine becasue those chips must have been pretty minor given how well he pitched right thru the end.
I'd consider trading him to get a good bat, though. 2-1/2 aces should be enough...
McNabb's work ethic questioned
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Sun., 10/23/11 - 18:53 PM
Sorry, bigjay -- DameB was just pointing our something McNabb has pulled time after time before. Can't give #5 a pass just because he had a few good years -- he still was overrated and, in his last couple years, poor.
Kolb got passes mostly because #5 had passed his prime and fans were desperate for something better. Well, it turned out to be #7, although his flaws are starting to show as well, enough to make him a good 2nd tier QB, but not a Brady, Manning, Rogers or Brees. Still, much more effective and a better leader than recent McNabb.
Sun., 10/23/11 - 18:43 PM
Ther is NOTHING slothful about AR. Bullheaded, slow-thinking on Sundays, too arrogant to know he cannot be GM and head coach wrapped into one? Yes -- but think how bad he'd be were he not a workaholic....
Phillies season ends with 1-0 loss to Cardinals
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Sat., 10/08/11 - 00:29 AM
Objectively, the Phils probably had about a 70% shot going into this series, and the way it played out on the field, they would have won 7 of 10 times. Why? The 4 aces. Most times the way this series plays out, either Lee does NOT lay an egg in game 2, or Ibanez' shot last night is 15 feet further right and 2 or 3 runs are in. Deliver 3 dominant pitching performances in 5 games (and that's what this staff did, and will do for the next 3 years) and you will win 7 of 10.
Too bad they've got flaws, but every team does, and this year their rotten hitting really only cost them game 5 -- the "wild card" was the very rare burp by Lee that cost game 2.
Some times you gotta credit the other guys, too. The Cards were hot coming in, and they played well even though Pujols and Berkman were not huge.
Warts and all, next season should be another great run for the Phils, they'll be heavy favorites in the playoffs again, and maybe fortune will smile on them and us, the long-suffering fans.
Cole could miss month with calf strain
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Mon., 10/03/11 - 13:23 PM
Actually there is bc3030. Cows, pigs and chickens are slaughtered with some semblance of humane treatment. They are not drowned, slammed by their paws into the ground, have electric probes shoved up their anuses, etc. Nor are they made to tear each other to shreds for the amusement and betting pleasure of their owners until they can no longer perform adequately.
Vick has paid his dues and should be allowed to pursue the rest of his life, but people who cannot get over his past, due to an emotional affection for their pets, should not be called illogical when the behavioral traits he displayed were borderline sociopathic -- which, like it or not, does not apply to meat-eaters nor the farmers who raise the livestock.
J-Roll: I want to pay higher taxes
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Tue., 09/20/11 - 12:19 PM
It is not a lie, Murrayman, when you include the modifier "Federal Income." This is an important distinction. Liberals like you include things like Social Security -- but that is really not a tax because the money you put in creates an (admittedly unfunded) annuity which you take out on retirement. Exclude that, and yes the "rich" you so jealously and greedily despise are pretty much already funding all the programs, many bloated and inefficient, which you expect as a right of birth regardless of you personal efforts. Even granting you Social Security, however, in the VAST majority of cases Pressident Obama flat-out lied about the amount AND percent of taxes paid.
I am not "rich" and I have no poor "minions." Unlike you, however, I understand that when you punish success and reward sloth, which when you boil it down is the liberal philosophy, then you get less success and more sloth.
So, as someone who would like a healthy economy and access to more jobs, then the liberals' cynical appeal to greed and jealousy, class warfare if you will, actually hurts me much more than the very affluent, who can afford the higher taxes and are really not impacted by the lousy economy which results.
Tue., 09/20/11 - 12:06 PM
Fan -- it IS a poll in which the majority are just voting themselves a share of someone else's money at ZERO pain to themselves.
When nearly 50% of Americans pay NO Federal Income Taxes, there's a philosophy of greed in America -- and it's not the "rich" (while many are "greedy" I'd surmise most are ambitious -- a significantly different motivation).
It all starts with cutting wasteful spending and giveaways (including corporate welfare, not that you and I would agree what that is). I agree revenues should be raised (somewhat), but the worst way is to increase marginal rates. Far better to get rid of some prized deductions and exemptions, and cut back a bit on the EITC. Of course, that would mean the middle and welfare classes would have to chip in a bit as well, but at least then maybe they would actually begin to question the profligate spending that defines Federal and State governments in the USA today.
Tue., 09/20/11 - 11:46 AM
So now Bunch is quoting JRoll as an expert on economics and taxation?
They're both wrong, of course, but that never stopped a liberal who felt guilty about their good fortune before...
Oh, and JRoll -- how about giving some of your excess directly to your struggling friends and relatives? Much more effective, no corrupt bureaucrats in the middle, and better for the economy.
Tue., 09/20/11 - 11:37 AM
David -- it is not a fact. Nearly 50% of Americans, mostly the poor, pay NO Federal Income Taxes. How in your "new math" is that a higher percent than the rich pay?
Look, President Obama lied about this, about as blatant a lie as he could tell, and you swallowed it hook, line and sinker.
Vance Worley likely headed to the bullpen in Phillies' postseason
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Mon., 09/12/11 - 23:01 PM
You could do worse than Worley as #4 starter. Like, for example, Oswalt. I hope I'm wrong and the guy's next 2 starts show he has earned the right to be the 4th starter, but right now starting Oswalt in a playoff game looks to be the equivalent of Fregosi's bullheaded allegiance to Wild Thing when he was clearly shot in the '93 WS.
Blind loyalty to your "guys" loses more games than it wins...
Inside the Phillies: Proud father of Phillies' Mayberry: 'I knew he had it in him'
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Sun., 08/28/11 - 11:17 AM
Too many posters are way ahead of their headlights here. Love the way JM Jr. is playing but let's give him some time before concluding he's got it all figured out.
I hope he does make it, though, because he really fields his position well. After watching Raul be "workmanlike" at best, and Dom show iffy tracking instincts, to be able to throw Pence, Vic and JM Jr. into the outfield really gives you confidence.
Herremans to RT, Mathis to LG for Eagles
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Sat., 08/27/11 - 21:27 PM
Hey Giganti --
Balancing budgets and espousing freedom = small brain?
If you are as good a judge of football talent as you are of brains I suspect you couldn't beat Temple coaching Oklahoma's personnel...
Hi, I'm Delonte, I'll be glad to assist you
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Tue., 08/23/11 - 17:42 PM
So now Mr. Kap is a comedy expert as well?
The Eskin of this site, with about as much humor and originality.
Ibanez, Howard both sidelined
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Tue., 08/23/11 - 17:40 PM
Howard's injury might explain his recent poor games. Hard to hit major league (heck, little league) pitching with a bad push-off ankle/heel.
I hope P Even was just pointing out the obvious and is as happy as I am that Pence, and not Brown, is in the lineup and on the field. Talk about delivering on the hype!
Phillies power past Rockies, 4-3, in 10 innings
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Tue., 08/02/11 - 13:43 PM
Emergence of JMJ and acquisition of Pence gives Charlie a great opportunity to fix his biggest flaw -- keeping his regulars fresh. JMJ probably should get 2 starts per week the rest of the year, which will keep him sharp and probably improve the lineup. How? (1) Raul's next funk, start JMJ against a tough lefty; (2) do the same when Howard starts to press (he looked pretty bad last night); (3) let's sit Shane once every 14 games or so so he can observe and clear the cobwebs; (4) probably can give Pence a blow every 2 weeks as well.
Other benefit -- imagine Howard, Shane or Pence lurking as a pinch hitter in the games JMJ would start for them?
Everybody wins and Phils are stronger in October.
With Pence, Ruben gets it right for Phils
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Mon., 08/01/11 - 13:21 PM
Well said BEM. Ya know, people on here who thought the Phils had very little shot at the WS pre-Pence, and are a lock to win it all with Pence, would get fleeced big-time in AC or Vegas. Eskin is the worst of all at this bold proclamation nonsense.
Phils were the best team in baseball before the deal, with maybe a 25% chance of winning it all, and are a bit better now, with maybe a 35% chance of winning it all (I have not checked latest odds). I think they are a lead-pipe cinch to make the playoffs, but at that point 7 other teams, playing relatively short series, will have something to say about it.
Addition of Pence is move for present and future
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Fri., 07/29/11 - 22:30 PM
BEMiller is going to be so upset.
Pence is going to be a lot of fun to watch 162 games/year for the next few years, and we won't have to wonder "what if" about Brown once he polishes those rough edges with the Pigs.
Is it Pence day?
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Fri., 07/29/11 - 22:23 PM
Tell me about Ichiro and Pete Rose and then maybe I'll buy your story oh wise one...
Brown's career (what, 200 AB's?) is too short to mean anything statistically.
Oh, and it looks like we're "stuck" with Pence! I hope they have the sense to send Brown down to AAA to work on the rest of his game. The Phils will be looking pretty good with both of them bookending Vic next year and Mayberry as the 4th OF.
Fri., 07/29/11 - 17:52 PM
Quoting BABIP is perhaps the most ignorant use of a stat I can imagine. By definition, the author is stating EVERYBODY batting above .300, who is not a slugger, is either lucky or NEVER strikes out. Obviously Ichiro was lucky 10 straight years!
It ain't luck -- it's LINE DRIVES...
Vince Young to land tomorrow
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Fri., 07/29/11 - 13:46 PM
While nobody can duplicate what Vick brings to the table and what AR will build around for this year, you do need a backup who can be reasonably close. You do not need a washed-up stiff with a good head, decent arm, and no legs.
VY is a GREAT signing for that very reason. When Vick goes down (and he will, let's hope not a season-ender), assuming VY is trainable, as I think he will be, the guy will do very well in relief.
I was a Kolb fan for the "decent fit" reason, and he is certainly much better prepared at this point, but VY is possibly higher upside. So now the Birds have DRC, a second rounder, AND probably a real good backup to Vick.
You Reid-haters will most likely eat crow on this one as the past couple days allowed the Birds to improve significantly this year and future without really giving up anything.
Plaxico continues Eagles campaign
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Mon., 07/11/11 - 12:47 PM
But it's OK to insult overweight people, eh?
Inside the Phillies: At the break, a look back
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Mon., 07/11/11 - 11:59 AM
Hey Grammar Genius --
It's "awfully" young not "awful" young.
People in glass houses and all that......
Sticking to content, you are correct. It will be interesting to see when/if the Braves do eclipse the Phils over the next two years or so -- or will Rube pull more rabbits out of his hat?
Phillies fall to A's, 4-1
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Sun., 06/26/11 - 09:36 AM
Look in the mirror!
It is the most demeaning form of racist pandering to deflect legitimate criticism by claiming it is racism. Are you not watching how poorly Rollins is approaching his AB's? His cavalier attitude when he screws up (more and more this year, even in the field)? It does not bother you when Howard does not tighten up his swing with 2 strikes? You really think Rauuuuul is still a major league hitter? You don't get it that people here actually like Mayberry's effort, or Chooch's masterful handling of the pitchers?
Robinson has been dead for years and so are the racists who harrassed him. You, unfortunately, are the poster child for reverse racism.
Phillies best in the majors, and can be even better
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Mon., 06/13/11 - 14:07 PM
They are beating pretty good teams as well and will continue to do so. Let's face it, the very best teams should go about .500 against each other -- just common logic. The Phils would, however, dominate if J-Roll could morph into a proper lead off hitter since he is no longer capable of being Henderson-lite.
I was at the game yesterday, and just to be obnoxious, when he strode to the plate for his 2nd thru 4th AB's I commented loud enough for all around to hear: "here comes the Human Pop-up." 2 of 3 times he made a prophet out of me. It actually earned me a cheap laugh in the 8th.
I told my wife after the 3-run HR he hit a few nights ago: "this will screw him up for another month."
Mon., 06/13/11 - 13:29 PM
Good point -- the guy makes what, $12MM to attend to his responsibilities? I like him, and family comes first, but if you want to feed your family -- show up for work. We've all been there and balanced our family responsibilities with those who pay our salaries. I think he did not balance this one. He did not need to miss a start (unless he was hurt even then, in which case let him stay home to oversee things as long as he does his rehab).
Mon., 06/13/11 - 11:38 AM
Hey Buck -- you are so correct about j-j-j and his ilk.
I wonder if he and others on the "sub .500" rant are even aware that the only reason the Mets are a sub .500 team is BECAUSE the Phils are +3 against them? Or that Washington is -3 against the Phils but only -3 against the whole rest of their schedule? These are not great teams but the evidence is they are not the dregs of baseball like Houston and the Cubbies.
Fact is, the Phils are the best team in the NL's best division. And the NL is .500 in the limited interleague play so far. I think people are living in the past when they point to the old "NL Least" Division, or the NL is a significantly inferior league. Simply untrue; just lazy thinking.
Sure the Phillies could be better, and sure they have weaknesses (like every team in MLB, just different ones). BFD -- it is not "drinking kool-aid" to enjoy them for what they are. Rooting for the old all-stars to snap out of it (like yesterday) is just part of the fun. That right-handed bat simply will not materialize, there's 29 other teams (well maybe only 12 or so) who are competing as well to land the best talent and will have something to say about it.
BTW, don't bet your house on the Phils winning the WS -- once you get in the playoffs, most series are not much more determinable than coin tosses. The Phils already have enough talent to do it, and the odds would be better if they had that right-handed bat witout giving up any major pieces, but winning 3 series in a row is statistically more unlikely than not, even for juggernauts like the 1927 Yanks.
What does prospective buyer see in Sixers?
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Mon., 06/13/11 - 12:04 PM
You don't know if it is horrible investment until you know what he's paying and what he plans to do with it.
And, if it is a bad investment, then the guy is buying a toy so it's not a bad investment (in his universe) by definition!
Might be great to have an enthusiastic super-wealthy owner. I am not a Snider-hater but once Croce left a lot of the fun-factor flittered away. Now just a stupid mascot, bad loud music, and a mid-level team. Without DC I think they'd be zero fun to root for.
Will new Sixers owners succeed where others have failed?
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Wed., 06/08/11 - 10:12 AM
Ewbray is the one who nailed it, not Quixote. Nothing remotely cowardly, or insulting to the self-professed "most knowledgeable fans in sports," in Hoffman's article. Pointing to the E. Jordan fiasco, and a few bad calls (at the speed the game moves, there's always bad calls -- and BTW DALLAS won last night, plenty of missed calls both ways, it happens) is not "analysis" Quixote -- looking at 50 years of history and drawing sound conclusions is.
If the Sixers were the only hoops in Philly, they'd sell more. If they were a 50-win team for a few years, they would still be the 4th pro sport option in Philly (maybe the 5th if the Union catches kids' interest along with the Sons of Ben) but they'd routinely draw 18K or so.
No reason for panic or change from Phillies
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Wed., 05/25/11 - 10:50 AM
Great column, Bill.
The old "marathon-not-a-sprint" cliche is too easily forgotten by impatient ADHD-addled "fans."
It is particularly important now that pretty much everybody is back to take a nice long look and see what we have. Mayberry looks pretty confident, very strong in the field, and may settle into a .260 hitter with some pop. Brown is making fair contact and looks a bit better in the field -- do not give up on him too soon. We'll finally get a long look at Worley, who had no command last night and gave up 3 runs on bloops and walks -- but kept the Phils in it in a situation where I believe KK and/or the Round Mound who gets pound(ed) would have totally collapsed. Raul is showing once again he is streaky but still decent.
Point is, trading valuable chips for marginal improvements (that right-handed miracle bat had better hit .300 to make a material difference, and what do you give up?) would be stupid right now -- but may be advisable (if possible) around the deadline.
Relax, have a beer, and enjoy the 4-1/2 aces.
Hopefully Utley can add stabilizer to predictable pitching
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Mon., 05/23/11 - 12:28 PM
Bentlip says it well.
Panic moves are likely to cause more damage to this team than to improve things. It is not naive to think that Victorino and Utley improve the team BA about .010 (or an extra hit every two games. Not much, but that's a run here and there which can take a bit of pressure of the rest of the crew. Chuck will move to something close to the platoon both corner outfielders model unless Mayberry and or Brown get very hot, which I doubt. That platoon will also produce another hit every two games vs. the last month.
With this pitching staff, that alone gets you into the playoffs where anything can happen. If only Rollins would totally change his plate approach for the good of the team, and Howard would channel Polly when he has two strikes on him (instead of the 5 HR's and 150 K's he now produces with two strikes). They are physically capable of doing that, and the team would be close to awesome if they did, but I think the improvement scenario stops before the Rollins/Howard brain transplants I wish for...
Two months before trade season, the Phillies' biggest need
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Wed., 05/18/11 - 14:39 PM
At this point, the only right-handed hitting outfielder they could get for Ibanez would be Greg Luzinski. Seriously, you don't think the other GM's don't see what we're seeing????
Ex-Phillie Dykstra arrested on federal fraud charges
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Fri., 04/15/11 - 16:59 PM
If half the stories about this guy are true, it's about time.
Watch out who you stomp on on the way up, Lenny, 'cause they'll chop you to shreds on the way down...
Werth says boos won't break lasting Philly bond
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Mon., 04/11/11 - 11:32 AM
I have maintained since the day the deal was announced that Werth will regret it. Yes, over the length of the contract he will accumulate $$20 million more after-tax than he would otherwise have had if he stayed in Philly. BUT, had he stayed he still would have earned much more than he'll ever spend, playing with a team that fit his skills and personality well, in front of an enthusiastic fan base more likely to forgive his RISP and bouts of surliness.
He will find being the centerpiece of a mediocre team, under huge pressure playing for blah fans, will be a singularly unhappy experience. I cannot think of anybody in their right minds who would trade $75 million and happiness for $120 million and misery.
This is not going to end well for Jayson or the Nats...
Haynesworth, Nick Cole and Kolb
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Thu., 03/03/11 - 17:59 PM
Hey Ray -- I've got a scenario where I win $10M in the lottery. Same likelihood...
Thu., 03/03/11 - 17:58 PM
Get enough for Kolb and of course he should go. I would then seek a backup QB out there who plays "Vick style" (obviously not so well or he'd not be a backup). This way, the Eagles can build an offense best matched to Vick's talents, that can continue to be used at least somewhat effectively when he goes down, because he will -- let's hope not a season-ender.
Vick: "Happy to be an Eagle" after franchise tag; Akers' agent "disappointed"
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Tue., 02/15/11 - 15:57 PM
Hey tachyeon -- ya think maybe because the article is not about farm animals, deer, lions, wars, starvation or whales? Neither of us knows Challenger's opinion on these things, nor should we care -- this article was about Mike Vick, the second most hated athlete in America.
I root for the Eagles, and since Vick did his time, paid his dues, and is their QB I can hold my nose and root for him too. Arguably the most exciting player in football.
It's just always been more fun to root for class acts like BWest, Dr. J, the current crop of Phillies, etc. With all respect, do you put this guy on the same level?
"Did his time like a man?" Yep, that sure makes him somebody people should look up to. They tell me Al Capone did his time like a man as well.
Oh, and the white sheet comment? When all else fails and logic doesn't work, throw out that race card. Brilliant.
Vick named comeback player of the year
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Mon., 02/07/11 - 12:52 PM
Then where did the "e" come from?
No pretending here, bub...
Sun., 02/06/11 - 13:03 PM
Name one (probably you can, BFD)
BTW, accept vs except is not a typo.
Sat., 02/05/11 - 22:54 PM
There ya go again hoodlum. If you go by that handle do you really think anyone will take you seriously when you criticize folks sickened by MV7's long-term pattern of criminal and cruel behavior?
Bringing up a white guy who has had his share of bad behavior does not excuse MV7! Don't you get that?
I think most folks with any class would not want to hang out with either one of them.
Watching them lead a football team is another matter, however.
Sad but true -- that sort of talent does deliver unearned privileges...
Sat., 02/05/11 - 22:49 PM
Usually thugs and convicted felons are synonyms. White or black.
Should not be racial. Too bad Vick's defenders resort to such a bankrupt argument.
To be fair, sticking to sports, the guy is phenomenal, but I know too many sincere and honorable people who cannot watch the Birds anymore because some crimes, even when the felon serves their time, just cannot be forgotten (and forgiveness is not ours to give unless we were personally aggrieved).
As for me, I'm just in it for the show so I'll watch and cheer -- but don't criticize those who may be white and have heartfelt reasons for their disgust (and don't think they love Big Ben, Ty Cobb, John Rocker, or whatever white thug you want to list and assume whites love either).
Sat., 02/05/11 - 22:40 PM
It's "accept," studio.
I love the racial stereotyping you promote.
What great insight do you have about suburban whites?
How about poeople who think someone who committed the heinous acts theat Vick did would NEVER be accepted in civilized society except (proper usage) for the fact he can run like the wind and chuck a football 60 yards on the line?
If blacks as a class (and I am accepting your stereotype -- it is not mine) look up to this guy, then blacks have a problem. He may someday be someone worthy of admiration, and he appears to be turning his life around, but let's give him 5 more years in football and 10 years out of the game before we elevate him to "admired" status.
I'd like to think folks, white or black, accept that the guy is legally OK to earn his living as a pro athlete, while forming their own opinions on his character or lack thereof by his current and future behavior.
I hope the guy has turned it around, and it has nothing to do with his color.
I think he is fun to watch, and it has nothing to do with his color.
I think he has lived much of his life as an overprivleged thug, and it has nothing to do with his color.
I have no right, nor duty, to forgive him, and it has nothing to do with his color.
Whether I like him, hate him, or find him an interesting curiosity, is my right as a free man and has nothing to do with his color.
Report: Fitzgerald urges Cardinals to pursue Kolb
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Mon., 02/07/11 - 12:50 PM
You can't trade a guy without a contract, but what about the franchise tag?
I would like the Birds to get something for one of them if the haul is big enough. My gut says Vick has actually peaked and might be a bit more overvalued right now, but I don't think he can be traded, making it a moot point.
Anybody have the facts?
Stan Hochman: One nickname for Phillies' aces rises to top
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Tue., 12/21/10 - 11:20 AM
Was Jackson showboating or not?
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Tue., 12/21/10 - 11:16 AM
His history...reminds me of that dope for the Cowboys who was showboating after a long fumble return and lost the ball at the one yard line.
It has already happened twice to DJax and odds are it will happen again. Smart is not always IQ, but does involve learning from your mistakes.
Oh, and I REALLY hope I am wrong because the Birds have the 2 most exciting players in the NFL today, and Jackson is one of them...
Tue., 12/21/10 - 11:06 AM
remember when Bwest calmly knelt on the 1-yd line to ice a game for the Birds? Now that's smart and last I looked he's no white guy.
Eventually, the "me-me-me" stuff will cost Djax, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, his team. Happened twice already and it seems he's too narcissistic to learn. It's a shame because he is a Hall of Fame talent if injuries or stupidity don't cut his career short.
Ashley Fox: My vote is Vick for MVP
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Mon., 12/20/10 - 12:35 PM
Racists??? I would bet a month's salary there are more racists who blindly defend MV than there are racists who despise him for has past actions.
Without a doubt a changed man??? I and most Eagles fans believe you are right, but if you have NO doubts you are very naive...
Mon., 12/20/10 - 12:28 PM
They both deserve it this year. If Brady slips up in a game or two and Vick's numbers pass his (small chance) Vick might get it. My gut would go with Brady at this point because I think the Eagles don't suffer as much with Kolb than the Pats with their backup. Remember, when Kolb played without the Wildcat distraction he did pretty well. I bet if Vick got pulled for 10 offensive plays per game his rhythm would be disrupted. So it's a good thing that the idea of Kolb as a Wildcat is laughable, because the oh so clever AR would be tempted to do something like that and probably mess Vick up.
Vick: Giants 'didn't show great sportsmanship'
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Mon., 12/20/10 - 11:50 AM
I'll stand up -- but, AR made the right choice to play Vick over KK. MV is playing MUCH better than he ever showed before in his career -- I think he should have the lead for MVP after what he did in the 4th Q yesterday. I guess AR is also a front-runner...
It's nice to know that if MV gets splattered some week (and I will not be a bit surprised if it happens) that the Birds have a very capable backup. This week's events in DC proved once again AR knows QBs. My guess is AR would not have done what he did last year unless he knew KK to be a very good QB. The guy has some records of his own, you know...
Mon., 12/20/10 - 11:42 AM
But you gotta admit -- he was pretty sharp during the press conference to bring up the idea that he was being sure to run the clock down to zero, which is high football IQ if true. I wonder whether there would have been a few seconds left for a Giants miracle had he run the ball straight in???
Mon., 12/20/10 - 11:36 AM
Stop with the false comparisons:
1. Stallworth truly made a MISTAKE - and a bad one, but the facts show that his BAC was .12, barely above the limit; the guy he ran over was largely at fault for darting right in front of him; and Stallworth immediately stopped, tried to help the guy, etc. He did not run away or try to hide his actions. Now, engaging in a long-term PATTERN of sociopathic and cruel behavior to dogs is something that NEVER should be minimized by the word "mistake."
2. The "price" Vick paid could not be more irrelevant. Give me time and I could list 50 criminal sociopaths who "paid the price." Their crimes were not against me, so forgiveness is not mine to give, and their behavior was so disgusting I will never like them.
2. What does choosing between saving a dog and a kid have to do with anything? Do you think those who have not forgiven Vick would choose to save a dog over a kid? Ridiculous.
So, let's hope MV has truly become the reformed leader and solid citizen it seems, but let's also see where he is 5-10 years from now. It is a story still being written. And when I see a comment on here that really "exposes" someone like JPCase as a hypocrite, I'll be the first to admit it. Right now, Case makes me pause before going crazy with praise over Vick's MVP season. Probably a good thing.
DeSean Jackson scoffs at critics, says he's an entertainer
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Fri., 12/17/10 - 12:20 PM
C'mon, shmu -- the touchdown stuck it to the 'boys. The rest was just self-promotion. I happen to agree the penalty was "borderline" given what goes on with celebrations; technically it probably should not have been called. But, I think what the refs are looking for is the taunting aspect. Think about it.
Fri., 12/17/10 - 11:53 AM
Jackson's an entertainer for sure. Any clown can fall into the endzone to show up a defender he just beat, but Jackson is among only a very few in the NFL who could have made that play in the first place. Now THAT's entertainment.
He would have been on Sports Center without the antics.
Most fans, black or white, love to watch the great plays. The other crud you can see for free in any playground, regardless of the color of the 6 year-olds teasing each other.
Eagles' insistence on second year in Vick's deal made all the difference
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Fri., 12/17/10 - 12:10 PM
Hate to tell you Kevmack but it IS a referendum because the column brings up what needs to happen going forward with Vick's contract. Any team who signs Vick longer term for big bucks (i.e. huge signing bonus) is taking a huge risk, because he won't come cheap. It might be a good one if he has truly reformed (looks like it) and can stay healthy, because he is showing uniquely great talent and true leadership. But recividism in people who display sociopathic behavior is pretty high, and the guy runs into brick walls on a weekly basis, so let's not kid ourselves here.
Oh, and judging is what we fans do, with our cheers, boos, ticket and gear purchases, etc. And, we're gonna keep on doing it. Sorta like you do by judging folks who may not be so "forgiving" as you...
McNabb benched; Eagles trade implications
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Fri., 12/17/10 - 11:40 AM
He may be arrogant, annoying and uncommunicative, but year in and year out Reid makes way more good decisions than bad. One more example of dumping a very good player just past his prime, and actually getting something in return. I am 99% certain that had Kolb played all year, he'd have outplayed #5. I am 100% certain that Vick has been an off-the-charts improvement...
DeSean on the field, Says Critics Don't Matter
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Thu., 12/16/10 - 18:12 PM
You could not be more wrong. I, like most passionate Eagles fans, love watching football, especially when played by great talents who love the game. If I want to watch a bunch of showboating and prancing, which any dope, even me, can do, I can always tune in pro wrestling. I don't care if any of them are role models, but football, perhaps more than any other sport, really requires a cohesive team. DJax's inability to control himself, even when called out by his likely MVP QB, is just plain dumb.
Thu., 12/16/10 - 18:06 PM
Nah -- his talent and work ethic make him potentially great. His tendency toward me-first attitude (dissing Vick, who clearly had established himself as the leader on the field and in the locker room, is a glaring example) could keep him from achieving his ultimate potential.
Bob Ford: Jackson's antic a cause célèbre
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Tue., 12/14/10 - 13:06 PM
Hey Panthro --
Big Red definitely cared, as did the kid's quarterback. I guess that makes them racists too. In my experience, those making the "racist" argument often need to look in the mirror.
Nothing racist about disliking a "me, me" attitude vs. a team-first approach.
Great play, and the celebration was really not that bad -- but not necessary and close enough to be against the rules that it got called. Just a pattern of unnecessary showboating that the Birds (and thus Birds' fans) would be better off without.
Tue., 12/14/10 - 12:57 PM
Vick and Big Red got it right when they reamed him privately and glossed over it publicly. His "celebration" was far from the worst thing that ever happened but Jackson's great plays will get him on Sports Center without the silliness -- and in the long run he'll be less apt to get hurt. You can bet he's more likely than a less flamboyant guy like Maclin or McCoy to tempt some linebacker or d-back to end his season (or career) in exchange for 15 yards and a fine. And at 165 lbs he is more prone to getting broken in half.
Keep it to the sidelines with the Big Red chest bumps and we'll all be a lot happier. I suspect he will tone it down a bit. Just a gut feeling tells me Vick has his ear.
Paul Domowitch: Between the tackles: D-Jax catches fire in this meeting with Cowboys
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Mon., 12/13/10 - 15:31 PM
I loved Vick's comments about Djax's showboating. Subtle but on point.
It's getting so hard to hate Vick -- the guy shows every week what real leadership is, and he seems to have buried the old "thug" attitude deep below a layer of pride and purpose.
If the little rocket listens to his QB he can be a superstar AND earn unquestioned respect instead of the "he's great, but..." that will always follow TO around. Let's hope...
Vick says his body's holding up to beating
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Thu., 12/02/10 - 18:56 PM
TBear -- you nailed it.
The Vick apologists, who typically argue against the haters with insults (based on ZERO knowledge about the posters), and who often ascribe racial motives to the haters (typically BS and a ridiculous argument) really reinforce a lot of people's distaste for Vick. At the same time, it is really fascinating to watch how well Vick is handling his 2nd chance. As disgusted as I was with his behavior (which many studies show is HIGHLY correlated with psycopathic tendencies) he really seems to have turned around. Stand-up guy, well spoken, doing all the right things. Yes, he has plenty of incentive to do the right stuff, but I don't think he could fake it with his teammates, and in public, for even a few months.
So, let's all hope it's real, because this guy has been unbelieveable (even the last 2 "bad" games were pretty darned good). If it's not, and you would have to be a blind fool to think there is a 100% chance he is really reformed, then it will surely come out and the "haters" will have been proven correct. But, if the reform is real and deep, then let's enjoy the redemption and be thankful we got the best view...
And haters, please cut the racial BS. My wife is the most non-racist woman on the planet, but she cannot forgive Vick and won't. Her love for animals is not PETA-like, but it is deep. I get it. You don't. Get over it because NOBODY should be forced to support someone who displayed that sort of calloused behavior -- but, she understands my "open" mind so perhaps the haters should consider that as well.
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