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Animal-rights advocates converge on Ed Block Courage Awards

As feared once Eagles named quarterback Mike Vick their Ed Block Courage Award winner, animal-rights advocates have gathered at the hall where the banquet will be conducted tonight, according to Jill Rosen of the Baltimore Sun.

Per the report, roughly 100 protesters have assembled, with signs displaying slogans like “No awards for dog killers” and “Cowards abuse animals.”

“People have the right to voice their opinion,” Ed Block Courage Award Foundation spokesman Paul Mittermeier told Rosen.

The banquet recognizes each of the 32 winners, as determined by a player vote.

Vick supposedly was the unanimous choice of his teammates.  Our guess is that he scored a majority (or a plurality), and then a second vote was conducted aimed at creating the illusion of unity.  In our view, running back Brian Westbrook is far more deserving.  Also, it would have been appropriate to consider giving the award posthumously to former Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.

We also don’t rule out a not-so-subtle effort by coach Andy Reid or others to politick for Vick, in the hopes of polishing Vick up in advance of a trade.  (Yes, we are cynical bastards, so don’t bother sending an e-mail pointing that out.)

The incident should prompt the folks who run the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation to changes the rules for selecting recipients, possibly by working with the teams to come up with a list of acceptable finalists before the election is conduct.

Of course, that could rob Ben Roethlisberger of a perfect opportunity to pick up some chicks next March.  Allegedly.
 

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  1. KingJoe! says: Mar 9, 2010 7:30 PM

    Hey how about they converge on a homeless shelter and feed a few of them or help them get a job. You know maybe care about people at least as much as they do animals.

  2. SonOfNOLA says: Mar 9, 2010 7:30 PM

    They seriously need to get a life. Their protesting won’t do anything but waste taxpayers’ money. Vick has shown reform and has clearly moved on.
    Where are the woman-rights advocates towards Big Ben?? Oh, I forgot that animals are more important than some human.
    PETA puts down thousands of animals everyday, but yet people don’t realize that or try to ignore it!!

  3. Ralph Gre Nader says: Mar 9, 2010 7:32 PM

    I don’t care how good the cause is….If you’re standing outside in the cold with a homemade sign, you’re a moron.

  4. ttommytom says: Mar 9, 2010 7:33 PM

    Vick will always be a PERP. St Louis is a baseball town. Have fun in East St Louis you moron.

  5. oyoy84 says: Mar 9, 2010 7:34 PM

    Pennsylvania’s full of scumbags

  6. pedey01 says: Mar 9, 2010 7:42 PM

    Wow what a joke! The award has lost all meaning. Who gets the award next year, Pacman Jones? Maybe former 1st round bust Charles Rogers gets out of prison and returns to the NFL to take a run at it…

  7. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 9, 2010 7:45 PM

    “Vick supposedly was the unanimous choice of his teammates. Our guess is that he scored a majority (or a plurality), and then a second vote was conducted aimed at creating the illusion of unity.”
    “Our” guess is Andy Reid “strongly suggested” that everybody vote for Vick. It’s all about rehabbing Vick’s image in the name of getting a better draft pick out of him, nothing more. They basically wiped scumbag Vick’s dirty ass with this previously respected and honorable award.

  8. CanadianVikingFan says: Mar 9, 2010 7:48 PM

    Of course, that could rob Ben Roethlisberger of a perfect opportunity to pick up some chicks next March. Allegedly.
    ——————————————-
    By pick up you mean rape.

  9. irishgary says: Mar 9, 2010 7:50 PM

    If it was unanimous or even if a majority voted for this Moron, that is one very dumb bunch of players so forget about a super bowl with that group.

  10. HarrisonHits says: Mar 9, 2010 7:50 PM

    Very sad that some of you view people exercising their right to free speech is viewed as something you find more contemptible than the disgusting behavior Vick engaged in.
    You need to educate yourselves. There is a direct tie between animal cruelty and violence crime against humans. If you engage in the first you are far more likely to engage in the second. Especially crimes such as rape, spousal abuse and serial murder.
    Shame on you.

  11. ninerfan says: Mar 9, 2010 7:52 PM

    “In our view, running back Brian Westbrook is far more deserving. Also, it would have been appropriate to consider giving the award posthumously to former Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.”
    This. Vick is a POS.

  12. Opie says: Mar 9, 2010 7:54 PM

    @ Florio says: “Our guess is that he scored a majority (or a plurality), and then a second vote was conducted aimed at creating the illusion of unity.”
    “We also don’t rule out a not-so-subtle effort by coach Andy Reid or others to politick for Vick, in the hopes of polishing Vick up in advance of a trade. (Yes, we are cynical bastards, so don’t bother sending an e-mail pointing that out.)”————–
    That’s not exactly 3rd person, but I’m not sure what it is when you refer to yourself in the “we” person?
    Always trying to be the smarmy one…..when was the last time Mrs. Florio got all “Toby Keith” on you?!? I think she needs to smack that ass one more time……..

  13. lebowski says: Mar 9, 2010 7:55 PM

    SonOfNola, the animals PETA puts down HUMANELY have no chance of survival after being abused by some jackass like Vick. And I seriously doubt they put the dogs down by hanging, drowning, and electrocution. PETA goes way overboard with some of their efforts, but standing up against horrible cruelty to dogs is one of the solid things they do. Women can stand up for themselves, but most of the idiotic ditzes who continue to throw themselves at athletes choose not to.

  14. Tim Couch says says: Mar 9, 2010 7:59 PM

    lol pwned

  15. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 9, 2010 8:19 PM

    The real crime is that there are 31 other guys who have actually contributed positively to their communities or displayed triumph in the face of adversity which allowed them to earn such an award. Vick is indeed a waste of space, and @ Sonofnola… How in the hell does private American citizens exercising their right to free speach cost any taxpayer money? I think our tax dollars are being wasted a lot faster in Washington

  16. karmathaitch says: Mar 9, 2010 8:30 PM

    P.eople E.ating T.asty A.nimals is a great cauze!

  17. Ca_Viking says: Mar 9, 2010 8:36 PM

    Florio right on, “polishing” Vick up for a trade. The only reason the Eagles signed this guy is for the draft pick they will get from the Rams or Raiders or Panthers.

  18. Evolution Prime says: Mar 9, 2010 8:39 PM

    So who wants to stage a BBQ at PETA HQ on the 4th of July this summer? I’ll be there with my snakeskin boots and leather jacket. We’ll be serving up some roast pig, side of beef and stuffed chicken. For those of you rich folks, we will also have some veal. Mmmmmm….tasty!!

  19. DB26 says: Mar 9, 2010 8:51 PM

    WOW, these people are true, true, true pieces of shit. They are seriously beating a dead horse here *Pun specifically intended*

  20. Bigbluefan says: Mar 9, 2010 8:52 PM

    Killing dogs
    Gambling
    Not working hard when he played for Atlanta
    Yes that would be how you spell courage in Filthy
    I hope no one wants him and the egals are on the hook for the 1.5 million
    Egals suck egals suck egals suck
    Can anyone name the only team in the NFC east that has never won a SB?
    Answer Egals

  21. kevo126 says: Mar 9, 2010 8:53 PM

    “Wow what a joke! The award has lost all meaning.”
    pedey01, that is not true at all. his teammates voted for him.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Block_Courage_Award
    defiantly has not lost all meaning.

  22. marley26 says: Mar 9, 2010 8:54 PM

    first of all i love dogs..but peta is a joke..they get a way with way too much and too many ppl listen to what they have to say…he “killed” dogs…dogs arent human beings…they are animals…abortion is ok though right?

  23. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Mar 9, 2010 8:54 PM

    @KingJoe!
    Their thing is animals – the animal rights groups will leave the people support to much more understanding individuals, like yourself.
    @SonOfNOLA
    How do you know that women that support animals rights don’t also advocate for womens rights? – tell ya what, KingJoe wants to help the homeless, you advocate for womens rights, race bating will start here soon, this way we’ll have all bases covered.
    @HarrisonHits & lebowski – Nice work
    and @ninerfan – I couldn’t have said it better – Vick is a POS

  24. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 9, 2010 8:54 PM

    “Also, it would have been appropriate to consider giving the award posthumously to former Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.”
    Nice thought, but coaches aren’t eligible to win the award. The Cowboys wanted to give their award to Joe DeCamillis but were informed that they couldn’t, so they picked Kyle Kosier instead. DeCamillis did, however, become the fourth person to be awarded the NFL’s Special Courage award.

  25. billsfan1 says: Mar 9, 2010 8:58 PM

    i dont approve of what vick did but these people are homo’s…. we should stage some pickets out side of their homes protesting that they protest too much and should get jobs and lives and therefore recieve some a**

  26. frozen says: Mar 9, 2010 8:59 PM

    Vick is right where he belongs with murderers, rapists, abusers, and other well known scumbags. Gotta love what the NFL has become. So much for the courage award. Takes a lot of courage to kill a puppy.

  27. brownsfn says: Mar 9, 2010 9:00 PM

    Vick is a SCUMBAG that doesn’t deserve to play in this league let alone receive an award…

  28. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 9, 2010 9:08 PM

    “PETA puts down thousands of animals everyday, but yet people don’t realize that or try to ignore it!!”
    This is true. So what method do you think they use? Drowning, slamming them into the ground, perhaps electrocution? And why do you figure they put them down? Because they can’t or won’t fight?

  29. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 9, 2010 9:10 PM

    “We’ll be serving up some roast pig, side of beef and stuffed chicken.”
    So you’re saying that Andy Reid, Jason Peters and Shawn Andrews will be there?

  30. Bigbluefan says: Mar 9, 2010 9:14 PM

    Marley the world would be a better place if mama Vick had gone plan B twice and neither of her bastard sons had been born

  31. My Coke Can says: Mar 9, 2010 9:15 PM

    Oh how i wish someone would let loose 2 nasty pitbulls . Nevermind…

  32. Florio-is-a-tool says: Mar 9, 2010 9:16 PM

    The Ed Block courage award immediately became a joke with the inclusion of Vick. It’s unfortunate his name is now tainted and it didn’t have to be this way. Stay classy Philly – y’all ruined it for many many people.

  33. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 9, 2010 9:18 PM

    I love it when people from New Orleans talk about wasting taxpayer money.

  34. Bob Nelson says: Mar 9, 2010 9:29 PM

    Ed Block must have been one heck of a guy to be so honored by Philadelphia morality.

  35. JoeSixPack says: Mar 9, 2010 9:46 PM

    … banquet organizers committed another “faux pas” by selecting a traditional Vietnamese entree’ as the evening’s dinner selection….

  36. Calir says: Mar 9, 2010 9:52 PM

    Wow. This is the best the eagles can do?

  37. famucancer says: Mar 9, 2010 10:24 PM

    Hey haters….how’s all that whining and pouting working out? LOL

  38. SF Saints Fan says: Mar 9, 2010 10:43 PM

    Florio,
    I agree that the Eagles engineered the nomination for the award by Vick in order to enhance his trade value, but I believe this tactic is backfiring. Because of the publicity this nomination has had, Vick and his dog killing and interstate gambling ring background is even more in the forefront now than it would have been if Vick had never been nominated for this award. So much for enhancing his trade value. I fail to see why any NFL team would be interested in Vick this off-season when they were not interested in Vick last off-season. What has Vick done in the last 12 months that makes him a more viable player now than he was one year ago?

  39. Dude17 says: Mar 9, 2010 10:47 PM

    Uh, how is PETA protesting wasting taxpayer money? They have a right to protest, just as Vick has a right to continue to be a POS.

  40. Arizona Buckeye says: Mar 9, 2010 10:56 PM

    F#$% Mike the dog killer Vick. The only award this scumbag deserves is to be thrown into a cage with about 20 angry pit bulls wearing a nice raw meat suit. One of these days, this POS will get what he deserves for the unforgivable torture and inhumane treatment he thrust on these animals. I would love nothing more than to see this worthless waste of human tissue laying on the turf with his legs snapped into pieces.

  41. buckifan4life says: Mar 9, 2010 10:56 PM

    Mike Vick is a POS and a coward. Once he is given up on by those stupid team owners (cuz he can still run fast,… allegedly), there will be a rude awakening for that sense of entitlement, d-bag. He’ll have to live like an average person and his terrible behavior won’t be dismissed so easily.
    Poor dogs…

  42. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 9, 2010 11:01 PM

    So who wants to stage a BBQ at PETA HQ on the 4th of July this summer? I’ll be there with my snakeskin boots and leather jacket. We’ll be serving up some roast pig, side of beef and stuffed chicken. For those of you rich folks, we will also have some veal. Mmmmmm….tasty!!
    ———————–
    Local radio station did this and PETA took it quite well. PETA actually went and got some soy dogs to put on the grill for a taste test.
    Mostly normal people with a few nut jobs, just like any other rights group.

  43. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 9, 2010 11:02 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5oPt4VUOBc

  44. CanadianVikingFan says: Mar 9, 2010 11:29 PM

    That video is actually disgusting. Dog killer or not, that is not in good taste.

  45. Vet735 says: Mar 10, 2010 12:18 AM

    Bunch of bored white people. Dumb crackers.

  46. bigbirdsfan says: Mar 10, 2010 1:29 AM

    I guess if we’re putting Vick in there with murderers and rapists, hunters should go in there too. Hunters kill defenseless deer and rabbits and elk. Just because we are more attached to dogs doesn’t mean they are better than those other animals. So all you people that say he is dispicable for what he’s done, make sure you say it when you look your “trophy” deer on the wall in the face. Disgusting redneck hicks

  47. Evpimp says: Mar 10, 2010 1:58 AM

    Damn People the man did his time! Let it go! A lot of NFL players have done things a lot worse then what Vick did aka kill people….Why don’t you go protest them!

  48. patpatriotagain says: Mar 10, 2010 2:19 AM

    PETA should be fined for cruelty to fur. how many times have they thrown paint on helpless fur coats?

  49. nouseforaname says: Mar 10, 2010 3:29 AM

    Can someone please explain to me how murdering innocent animals is courageous? Maybe Andy Reid told the players that Vick was falsely imprisoned and what he was really trying to do was to save these dogs from being murdered.
    I still don’t understand how people can think that only vegans/vegetarians can hate Vick. How can you come to that conclusion? I adopted 2 cats from an animal shelter a few years ago. I eat meat. Does that mean I’m going to abuse them, fight them, then murder them? Of course not.
    Animal abuse is the same as child abuse in that you are beating/abusing/killing a subservient being that is completely reliant on you for survival. Vick is the scum of the earth.

  50. allday28 says: Mar 10, 2010 3:33 AM

    PETA is annoying as hell, get a real job and stop bitching about what other people do. You sit around and smoke weed all day and feel like you make a difference by whining about animal rights. Your pathetic. I hope Vick gets a huge deal this year and laughs at you pathetic losers.

  51. JollyRoger says: Mar 10, 2010 7:55 AM

    PETA issues aside, Vick gets an award for trying to rehab his destroyed image? Do we reward arsonists for putting out the fires they start?
    He’s done nothing to deserve an award. The only way he can pay off his debts is to play football, and the only way he can play is to rehab his image. His motives are purely financial. “Courage” has nothing to do with it.

  52. My Coke Can says: Mar 10, 2010 7:56 AM

    allday28, You hope he gets a huge deal and laughs at you pathetic losers.
    I bet you are one of those guys when referring to your team you say “we”
    Mike Dick is not going to get a huge deal and will go back to playing 4 snaps a game.

  53. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Mar 10, 2010 8:41 AM

    bigbirdsfan says:
    March 10, 2010 1:29 AM
    I guess if we’re putting Vick in there with murderers and rapists, hunters should go in there too. Hunters kill defenseless deer and rabbits and elk. Just because we are more attached to dogs doesn’t mean they are better than those other animals. So all you people that say he is dispicable for what he’s done, make sure you say it when you look your “trophy” deer on the wall in the face. Disgusting redneck hicks
    ————————————————-
    Hunters aren’t attaching jumper cables to animals balls, they aren’t dousing them with gasoline or kerosene & setting them on fire.
    Hunters & killing for food isn’t the same thing as taking sick animals & slamming them down head first on concrete for fun & entertainment.
    What do the MV supporters not understand about the evil that is involved in acts like this??

  54. nouseforaname says: Mar 10, 2010 9:05 AM

    Exactly JunkYard. I am completely against hunting, but I don’t think that hunters raise a buck, abuse it to make it incredibly violent, then murder it if it loses a fight.

  55. Robj says: Mar 10, 2010 9:26 AM

    For P.E.T.A. to follow Michael Vick around and protest almost three years after he committed his (admittedly heinous, cowardly, and disgusting) crimes seems spiteful.
    I love animals, but this protest is not helping any animal anywhere. It just seems like they don’t have anything better to do.
    EVERYONE deserves a chance to move on, Michael Vick included, but it seems P.E.T.A. wants Vick to serve an eternal sentence.
    Who the hell do they think they are? What gives them the right?

  56. jimicos says: Mar 10, 2010 10:04 AM

    Evpimp says:
    March 10, 2010 1:58 AM
    Damn People the man did his time! Let it go! A lot of NFL players have done things a lot worse then what Vick did aka kill people….Why don’t you go protest them!
    ————————–
    …Um, I’ll take a shot at this one. How about because no one nominated Dante Stallworth, Leonard Little or Rae Carruth for an award based on courage.
    I imagine those guys would also face protests if they tried to accept an award like this. If Vick had an ounce of common sense or decency he would’ve refused to accept the award.

  57. ngine51 says: Mar 10, 2010 10:25 AM

    Some people are so ignorant to the FACTS that it makes the rest of us seem like freaking geniouses. First off Vick didnt make any dog fight, that was his relatives. Second, pit bulls…in case you idiots dont know were created by humans to fight. They are not a true original breed. Last but not least…how many of you idiots that are screaming for Vick’s head would be the first to come to the defense of your own son or daughter after they did something illegal? Dont sit on your butts acting holier than thou, when in fact you would be the first ones pleading with the judge to give your baby just one more chance to make things right. Grow up, make a difference in the world, quit whining because it isnt going to make a difference.

  58. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Mar 10, 2010 11:01 AM

    @Evpimp
    @allday28
    It’s Understood that people kill others. Many people are at executions when murderers & serial killers are put to death. They protest at their trials. Many people protest murderers. But murderers have NOTHING to do with the horrific sadistic cruelty for kicks that MV & his posse did to those animals for fun.
    Why defelect?? Why do people have to “move on”, because others here say so? Anyone that can do that to sick animals for fun doesn’t deserve to be left alone.
    Why is it OK to abuse animals for fun guys? To do the things MV did & then for others to move on??
    No excuse to take a sick & hurt animal & beat it, set it on fire or electrocute it’s balls for fun. What part of that are we missing when we defend MV??

  59. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Mar 10, 2010 11:03 AM

    @ngine51
    Ingorant to the facts??
    Vick was there all the time, by his own admission, now we are blaming his relatives? Since they were bred for figting it’s ok to set them on fire??
    you get educated – then post.

  60. topcide says: Mar 10, 2010 11:04 AM

    bigbirdsfan says:
    March 10, 2010 1:29 AM
    I guess if we’re putting Vick in there with murderers and rapists, hunters should go in there too. Hunters kill defenseless deer and rabbits and elk. Just because we are more attached to dogs doesn’t mean they are better than those other animals. So all you people that say he is dispicable for what he’s done, make sure you say it when you look your “trophy” deer on the wall in the face. Disgusting redneck hicks
    ————————————————
    First of all, I eat everything I kill when I go hunting. I don’t torture deer so they will be more aggressive and fight each other, I don’t require a product called a “rape stand” for hunting, nor does my state have a jumper cable on the balls season.
    Growing up huting gave me an appreciation and deeper sense of understanding of taking an animals life and using it for food that a non hunter can ever grasp. I am a firm beliver that anyone who eats meat should have to gut an animal once in their life so they grasp that the t-bone steak they are eating didn’t just magically appear on styrofoam in the supermarket.
    Not to mention that I know what my deer ate, how it was butchered, and that it wasn’t pumped full of god knows what to make it grow at an freakish rate.
    Also, you obivously have no grasp of the concept of herd management. We have deicmated the habitat that deer and other animals once lived in. Now they have to eat peoples lawns to survive. Ever notice that you see dead deer on the side of the freeeway? Huting is an essential tool to manage and regulate the population.
    This reminds me of at a huge state metropark near my home where the deer were out of control. They were completely stripping the vegitation to the point where the forests could no longer maintain themselves,the deer were beginning to starve, and it was causing similar effects on other animals and throwing the eco-system into a tail sping. So The Department of Natuural Resources started thinning the herd with shapshooters and people got upset. one guy said he liked feeding the deer from his hands, not realizing that you are not suppossed to be able to do that.
    I also live in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, in a state well north of the mason-dixon line, so I would say that calling me a redneck is a pretty big stretch.
    However, since you obiovusly have no grasp of the concepts of the science of nature, calling you ignorant is not much of a stretch at all.

  61. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 10, 2010 11:14 AM

    “Who the hell do they think they are? What gives them the right?”
    It’s called the Bill of Rights.

  62. PurrfctAngel says: Mar 10, 2010 1:56 PM

    Fact – PETA was not there, and in no way represented being there.
    Fact – there was one arrest – a young punk with a baseball bat, using obscenities with the cops that were protecting us at that point – where’s the award for stupid on that one.
    Fact – we were normal people, exercising our right to assembly.
    Fact – there are PLENTY of other needs in the world, as it’s been pointed out. Instead of trashing what we do, get off your couch and go make an improvement in the world.
    Fact – I organized this protest, I eat meat, and I used to be a supporter of Ed Block. I know both sides of it, and started this because I feel Vick did not meet the high quality requirements that Ed Block set out for this award when it was created.
    I’m blessed to live in this country and I chose to protect animals from human abuse as my way to help this world a little bit. If you don’t like my cause, I’m not making you support it. Go get your own.

  63. jtigrrrr says: Mar 10, 2010 2:17 PM

    Vick does not deserve to be in the NFL…his team mates had to be fearful that Vick would retaliate on their pets, if they didnt vote for him, can be the only reason why.
    Eagles are sleazy, trying to get something out of this bad situation…

  64. bigbirdsfan says: Mar 10, 2010 3:30 PM

    Oh so gutting and killing a deer for your own hunger when there is other food out there is ok? What if Michael ate the dogs after he killed them? is that ok. Dumbass rednecks

  65. bigbirdsfan says: Mar 10, 2010 3:32 PM

    “Control the population”?
    The human population is out of control. Should we have sharpshooters wait and shoot the homeless people and elderly people in the world too? Dumbasses

  66. Mumakata says: Mar 10, 2010 9:31 PM

    Vick sucks as a quarterback, sucks as a person. But he did his time, he has paid his price. Leave him alone and let him quietly suck as someones terrible backup. And then let him dissapear into history.

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