Vick’s “never lost to Dallas” boast is #fakenews


As the NFL draft becomes a Super Bowl-style, city-to-city road show, trolling the fans of the host team has quickly become a tradition. Former Falcons and Eagles (and Jets and Steelers) quarterback Michael Vick tried to get in on the act Friday night, while announcing Atlanta’s second-round pick at the Cowboys’ home stadium.

“For the record, I never lost to Dallas,” Vick said.

For the record, he did.

Vick faced Dallas six times as a starter, winning four times and losing twice. The first loss came in a prime-time game on a Saturday night in Atlanta. Vick played well, completing 28 of 38 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns (one interception), along with 56 yards rushing. But the Cowboys outscored the Falcons, 38-28.

In 2012, the Cowboys won another game Vick started for the Eagles, even though he exited early with an injury after completing six of nine passes.

So, yes, Vick lost to the Cowboys. But proclaiming, “I never lost more than 33 percent of my starts against Dallas” wouldn’t have sounded nearly as good from the podium on Friday night.


18 responses to “Vick’s “never lost to Dallas” boast is #fakenews

  1. Not news and not fake because it was a joke done to play the villain on draft night, which seems to be the new thing to do to take the edge of a boring event. God forbid these guys have a little fun.

  2. Or maybe he meant “I never lost IN Dallas” since the Falcons loss was in Atlanta and the Eagles loss was in Philadelphia.

  3. Dallas anointing themselves “America’s Team” is the biggest example of fake news. Maybe someone should call them on that instead of worrying about a throwaway comment on draft day.

  4. Actually folks in the 1970s NFL Films asked Art Rooney if the Steelers could be dubbed America’s Team for a documentary. Art Rooney declined saying that the Steelers were Pittsburgh’s Team. NFL Films then went to Dallas who accepted the nickname.

  5. For all you historians, they didn’t anoint themselves, television did…

    The term “America’s Team” is a nickname that refers to the National Football League (NFL)’s Dallas Cowboys. The nickname originated with the team’s 1978 highlight film, where the narrator (John Facenda) opens with the following introduction: … They are the Dallas Cowboys, “America’s Team.”

  6. While I hate to state this fact, but it is true. America’s Team is also based on popularity of the team/brand. 1. Cowboys 2. Steelers 3. Packers 4. Patriots 5. Giants 6. Bears

  7. For parts of the country that don’t have a team, at least a plurality of those fans are Cowboy fans. I don’t have any evidence of this, but I would bet it’s true. The reason for that is the brilliant way Dallas marketed themselves as “America’s Team.” I give credit to Dallas for marketing their team as America’s Team. That’s gold medal, top of the line marketing right there. BRILLIANT. I hate that I think this because I hate them being a Birds fan. But I can give credit where credit is due.

  8. redlikethepig says:

    Dallas anointing themselves “America’s Team” is the biggest example of fake news.

    NFL Films anointed them that.

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