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Mike Vick creates a stir at Sixers game

Michael Vick

Despite his stellar play, the Eagles seem to be concerned about giving quarterback Mike Vick a huge signing bonus that, under the current labor deal, couldn’t be recovered in the event that something happens in the offseason that makes him ineligible to play football in 2011 or beyond.  After all, it will be the first offseason in which Vick once again enjoys superstar status since 2007.

And superstar status he will enjoy in the offseason, since he’s already enjoying superstar status during the 2010 season.

Vick got a glimpse of it when he showed up at Friday night’s NBA game between the Lakers and 76ers.

This whole place went bananas,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said, according to the Associated Press, regarding the reaction to Vick’s arrival.

The sellout crowd, only the second of the year for the 76ers, chanted “MVP!” as Vick reportedly “slapped hands” with fans and waved to the crowd.

“You would have thought the president walked in or something,” said Matt Barnes of the Lakers.

The unabashed Vick praise comes the very same week in which former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was booed at a Washington Wizards game against the Lakers.  (It ended up being only the second-worst moment of McNabb’s week.)

We think it’s great that Vick has taken his game to new heights.  But this will serve only to increase the potential for the return of the sense of entitlement that helped Vick become the guy who thought the rules didn’t apply to him.

“Everywhere I go, all around the world, people still support Mike Vick,” he said roughly a month after the dogfighting operation was found on his rural Virginia property, “so regardless of what I go through people gonna love me, man.”

Though he is now saying all the right things (most recently during a Friday morning interview on ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning), it will be his actions and not his words that matter most once the games end and he’s left to his own devices from January (or maybe February) through April (or maybe May, June, July, or August).

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  1. theshocker98 says: Dec 18, 2010 4:33 AM

    Vick went to I think the best place possible. Andy Reid know’s how to coach QB’s, and they have top tier receiver’s and a great RB. I don’t think he would have performed this well with these players in Atlanta, he seems to have matured and now looks to throw a lot more than take off and run. And with him scrambling around and taking that much time gives these receiver’s time to get open, no DB can cover for that long of time. And if he needs to run he is still able too, plus it looks like just a flick of the wrist and the ball is 50 ids down field, but it’s a lot more accurate now. I think the Eagle’s are going to have to pay him before they are really ready to, I am not saying he will get in trouble with the law again, but to make sure he is as diligent with watching film and preparing the way he should be, instead of falling back into his lazy ways and relying on his athletic ability like he said he had done in Atlanta. But I think it’s safe to say that if he had not gotten into trouble in Atlanta he wouldn’t be the QB he is today. I do feel sorry for Kevin Kolb, this was supposed to be his team and he hasn’t played badly, but with Vick’s emergence they will probably now be able to trade Kolb for a couple of 1st round picks similar to what the Bear’s gave for Cutler. The move for Vick could fuel a Pats similar dynasty for the Eagle’s.

  2. macjacmccoy says: Dec 18, 2010 4:50 AM

    Its hilarious how you can turn a positive story of Philly fans supporting Vick into such a negative story about how supporting Vick will turn him back into a criminal or something.

    The guys a star get over it. We care what are athletes do on the field. Everyone could say they wouldnt root for a guy if hes on your team but thats false. Everyone defends there team and there players and could care less what they do off the field as long as it doesnt effect what they do on the field. The ones that say they wouldnt or dont are hypocrites.

    The only reason we even care about these guys is bc they play sports. So stop acting like anything else matters bc it doesnt. Just worry about what they do on the field. Cuz I dont see you people out there protesting other dog fighters or criminals who arent athletes so dont act like you really give a damn. You just dont want him in the NFL bc it will make it harder for the criminals that play on your favorite team to win.

  3. okiny says: Dec 18, 2010 5:44 AM

    macjacmccoy says:
    The only reason we even care about these guys is bc they play sports. So stop acting like anything else matters bc it doesnt. Just worry about what they do on the field. Cuz I dont see you people out there protesting other dog fighters or criminals who arent athletes so dont act like you really give a damn.
    ————
    Very well said. Not to mention there are a lot of people in the press who protest Vick vehemently, but barely write a blurb in the press when (for example) some scumbag gets arrested for domestic assault. Jim Brown punches women in the face all the time and all you hear about him is his greatness on the field. Wassupwitdat?

  4. cup1981 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:54 AM

    “they will probably now be able to trade Kolb for a couple of 1st round picks similar to what the Bear’s gave for Cutler.”

    Sorry to call you out here, but Kolb is worth a 2nd or 3rd round pick at best. Cutler was, and still is, a proven QB. Kolb has yet to play even a full season combined over the last 4 seasons. I think he has played above average when he got the chance, but he will not get a couple of 1st rounders.

    “The move for Vick could fuel a Pats similar dynasty for the Eagle’s.”

    The guy did nothing with the Falcons, absolutely nothing. He will do the same with the Eagles. He is playing out of his mind right now, yes, but this is not the Vick we will see as his career continues. He will get back to his old ways of barely throwing more TDs than INTs. Teams will again learn how to scheme against him like they did in the past. This is simply a fluke year… Remember, even Kordell Stewart had one “out of his mind” year…

    Plus, he WILL wind up in trouble again. Hell he was caught hanging out at a party where one of the people he is not allowed to be near was at, so I see him repeating his intelligent moves.

  5. rickytan80 says: Dec 18, 2010 6:31 AM

    Woof woof. Go buy another porsche for your girl with more debt and complain about being broke. Then go out and win me a fantasy ring!

  6. sjoyner56 says: Dec 18, 2010 7:59 AM

    Rock star treatment for Micheal,he has played very well and playing with the eagles has helped. Micheal himself with a lot of work has made himself one of the top QB’S in the NFL and its been so much fun to watch.As for Keven Kolb don’t feel too bad he will be a starter for some NFL team and ALL of us in Philly wish him only the best,he deserves it and i will root for him where ever he goes.

  7. peterson28 says: Dec 18, 2010 8:05 AM

    shocker98, your crazy if you think the Eagles are getting multiple 1st round picks let alone any. Cutler had already proved himself in the league when the Bears pulled the trigger on that trade. Kolb has showed flashes of being a decent QB but hasn’t showed any consistency (not his fault I know with being behind McNabb and now Vick). A first round pick would just be too risky in my opinion with how deep this draft in. Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, and Ryan Mallet are all more talented then him and all have the potential to be stars in this league. I don’t see it in Kolb and if he gets the boot over Vick neither did Reid idc what anyone says.

  8. steelbreeze676 says: Dec 18, 2010 8:16 AM

    He should make a surprise appearance at the Eukanuba Dog Show…

  9. moochzilla says: Dec 18, 2010 8:28 AM

    Why is this a surprise. You play well, you get cheered. You play poorly, you get booed.

    That’s the way it goes in Philadelphia (believe it or not) and every other city.

  10. nokoolaidcowboy says: Dec 18, 2010 8:57 AM

    Yeah, Reid is great at helping youngsters get their lives together, his two sons can attest to that.

    And he’ll help Vick excercise self control in the off season, Reid is a strict vegan.

  11. chucknoll says: Dec 18, 2010 9:01 AM

    I havent heard vick complain about bein broke

  12. thesmartest1 says: Dec 18, 2010 9:03 AM

    The Eagles will act like they’re worried about the labor deal and trade Vick for a couple firsts. Kolb is locked up next year and they’ll shore up the line and make another run with him.

  13. connie73 says: Dec 18, 2010 9:53 AM

    I have no problem with Vick. He admits to everything he did wrong. He paid his debt.
    He is always out there he is not hiding. He answers ever question the media asks. He talks to young children all the time. So if Vick was losing games I would still feel the same way.
    He knows he screwed up and admits.

    Now for the real idiot in this league who everyone wants to cheer for makes no admission that he did anything wrong.
    Because he thinks he did nothing wrong.
    God-ell says he has changed what has he done.
    This man does not even show his face.
    Christmas time all the playes are doing good deeds where is he. His PR people are afraid someone will punch him in the mouth.
    I’m waiting for my chance to heckle him.

  14. juancorsair says: Dec 18, 2010 9:54 AM

    macjacmccoy says:

    Everyone could say they wouldnt root for a guy if hes on your team but thats false. Everyone defends there team and there players and could care less what they do off the field as long as it doesnt effect what they do on the field. The ones that say they wouldnt or dont are hypocrites.

    So, if I prefer to see a sociopathic nutcase languish in prison rather then getting praise from the ghetto folk on the gridiron playing for my team, I am a “hypocrite”? Care to elaborate what can be deemed hypocritical about that? As it stands, I don’t think you understand the meaning of the word.

    BTW: As a Packers fan, I can safely say that I would much prefer Rodgers under center over Vick. Rodgers has far more potential, talent and upside than Vick has ever demonstrated in his overrated career.

  15. abninf says: Dec 18, 2010 9:55 AM

    The guy hasn’t won anything yet. A few good games this season. Wow. If it wasn’t for football he would be a career criminal. The Vick-worship shows how little society values morals. And superbowl rings. Of course the New Black Panthers With Billy Clubs At Voting Centers Philly would love him.

  16. kennyfukinpowers says: Dec 18, 2010 9:57 AM

    Shocker98….what are you smoking? Kolb will not bring a single first round pick in a trade, much less multiple first round picks. Comparing a Beagle franchise that has never won a Superbowl to the Pats?? Let’s see if you can even win the NFC East this year.

  17. scorpiodsu says: Dec 18, 2010 9:59 AM

    Sjoyner what the bell has kolb done to deserve any allegiance? I’ll answer that, nothing.

  18. jdcheesewright says: Dec 18, 2010 10:29 AM

    This story is not about turning a positive into a negative, it’s about character, specifically Michael Vick’s character. The guy killed dogs without regret (until he was caught and punished–funny how that works), and all the touchdowns in the world aren’t going to make that go away. Vick is a scumbag who can throw a ball in the air very well, for which he is highly compensated. He deserves neither respect or admiration. Or a signing bonus. If he thinks he’s entitled to anything at this point, then nothing’s truly changed about him.

  19. theshocker98 says: Dec 18, 2010 11:15 AM

    cup1981 & peterson28 you guys need to read up on your Pro Football Talk info. The Browns were calling about Kolb at the end of September, with McCoy playing well they may not still be interested. But if I were the Cardinal’s I would gladly trade for Kolb than draft a QB, he is still young and has had the time to learn. Look at most quality QB’s they get the chance to sit and learn before getting thrown in, granted there have been a few exceptions to the rule recently, but generally sitting a couple of years helps out, look at Aaron Rodgers. And you can’t tell me a team like the Dolphins are going to get as good as QB as him if they use their 1st round pick on one, plus he is ready to go, you won’t have to go through the growing pains of a rookie QB. Matt Cassel even got a top 2nd round pick and he isn’t as good as Kolb. An older McNabb even got a second round pick, so unless the Eagles are unsure of Vick, Kolb will be gone for some picks that can sure up the O-line or the D. I would look at the Schaub trade as pretty much the same deal and they flip flopped 1st round picks and got two 2nd rounders, and trading for Kolb would be about the same as that.

  20. zuppadaditka says: Dec 18, 2010 11:28 AM

    Couldn’t have said it better jdcheesewright.

    “The move for Vick could fuel a Pats similar dynasty for the Eagle’s.”

    First of all Michael Vick is not AT ALL comparable to Tom Brady. The Eagles are a good team, but do not have what it takes to even consider talking about a dynasty team like the Patriots! Why do Eagles fans constantly live in fantasy land??? Mike Vick had 1 record setting game this season, two games later he got shut down. Wake up!! It’s one thing to have high hopes and be optimistic for your team, but don’t be ridiculous.

  21. krow101 says: Dec 18, 2010 11:39 AM

    Philadelphia… the town where a psychotic torturer of helpless pets is idolized. Tells you something.

  22. The Ghost of Mike Vick's dog says: Dec 18, 2010 11:46 AM

    Just don’t let him near you with a car battery and a set of jumper cables.

  23. phillyfan4ever says: Dec 18, 2010 11:59 AM

    The guys a star, leading probowl voter with the ability to take the spotlight away from Kobe.

  24. connie73 says: Dec 18, 2010 12:03 PM

    Are you telling me if raper ben does not wear your teams jersey you want him living next door to you You are all sick He is the lowest form of a man I have ever seen

  25. scoob766 says: Dec 18, 2010 12:39 PM

    @cup1981- Vick did absolutely nothing for the Falcons? Are you serious, NFC championship game, playoff runs? Don’t let your personal hate of Vick cloud what he has done.

    He has had good seasons and WINNING seasons as a Falcon. Perhaps this year is a once in a career season for him, the fact is he can lead teams to victory. As far as D Mcnabb did too, only difference is he might win the big one.

  26. rickah8888 says: Dec 18, 2010 1:03 PM

    Mike Vick is an NFL superstar: Fact! Not debatable!

    Mike Vick did the crime, then did his time: Fact!

    Mike Vick is doing & saying all the “right” things: Fact!

    Mike Vick will get a large contract next year, along with endorsement deals: Highly Probable!

    Mike Vick will continue to do & say all the “right” things: $1million question!

    If he does, end of story…happily ever after yadda yadda yadda.

    If he does not, well I suppose all bets are off.

    Fyi, I’m an Eagles fan and really hope the latter does not occur.

  27. nationalmediacansuckit says: Dec 18, 2010 1:14 PM

    I’m glad Vick is playing well. It just sucks that he’s playing for the Eagles. I’ve never seen a fan base that talk soooo much, but have never won a SB. Those fans don’t deserve the great playing of Vick. Bunch of Pricks.

  28. eaglelover1 says: Dec 18, 2010 1:40 PM

    @zuppadaditka

    Who stopped Vick? The giants? 258 yards and a rushing TD with 2 dropped TD’s passes.

    The Bears? 333 yards 2 passing TD’s and 2 dropped TD’s.

    The Texans? i wont even print those stats.

    The cowboys? 270 yards 2 passing TD’s and one Rushing TD.

    Don’t let the hate confuse you. And stop listening to those so called experts and watch for a change it’s not like you don’t get to see the game the Eagles are the Highest rated team in the league right now because of Vick.

  29. rcali says: Dec 18, 2010 1:47 PM

    He’ll be fine this off season as long as he doesn’t have another birthday.

  30. deucedavenport says: Dec 18, 2010 2:06 PM

    For the tard who said Cassel isn’t as good as Kolb…Cassel led the 2008 Pats to a 11-5 record. Kolb has 6 starts under his belt. Check the numbers and stop being a homer. Get a clue fool.

  31. dantemania says: Dec 18, 2010 2:23 PM

    Anybody who things kolb will draw two first round picks is nuts he started what 3 games cutler had three years of tape not 3 games damn fool maybe a second if someones desperate a first

  32. theshocker98 says: Dec 18, 2010 2:50 PM

    @deucedavenport

    I could have led the 2008 Pats to a 11-5 record, they were loaded, Moss, Welker, and 16-0 the year before. Look what Cassel did last year, sure he’s improved this year but I’m not sold yet.

  33. tenntuxx says: Dec 18, 2010 3:12 PM

    Cracks me up how people are so hypocritical and sit on their soap boxes and judge. Here’s a man that did wrong, paid his debt to society and continues to live a positive image and yet people like the writer of this blog continue to only see what he did…as if they never did a wrong thing in their life.

    What Vick DID was wrong and everyone is so focused on that they can’t even see all he does now and they take what he says as untruth or with a different motive. Being a product of your environment doesn’t excuse the wrong, and hopefully you learn how wrong that is, and I think Vick HAS learned. For those who hate on him…were YOU there to see how he grew up???

    And if you can’t understand being a product of your environment, think of things you did growing up that were okay to you but as you grew up you learned that it was wrong…but yet and still…you did it and didn’t have a problem with it.

    Now get off your soapbox…stop trying to destroy the man…your ignorance is sickening!

  34. bleedgreen4life says: Dec 18, 2010 8:50 PM

    you vick haters are pathetic. get over it already.

  35. bleedgreen4life says: Dec 18, 2010 8:55 PM

    you guys are jealous of the mans success and are mad because he is getting all this attention. And no im not just sayin it cuz im an eaglea fan.

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