The Atlanta Falcons Release Michael Vick

Posted in Blogroll on June 12th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

We all saw this coming. Michael Vick has been released by the Falcons. There are many many fans who will miss the thrills he gave them during his time under center in the ATL. This gives Mike a chance to sign with any team in the league. Personally, I would like to see him go to San Franciso. Coach Mike would make sure Mike does everything he’s supposed to do and will also ensure everything stays in house. Whoever picks up Vick will have to deal with constant media and Peta pressure.

There is going to be a bevy of press reporting this over the weekend and into next week. Most pundits you hear and read will say he’s old, he’s not a quarterback, he’s a running back, a wide receiver or a kick returner.

BS.

This is how I see it:

Right now, he’s one of the best athletes in the league with one of the strongest arms as well. After Goodell decides if he’s gonna suspend Mike or not, I would sign him to an incentive based contract, give him all the support I could and let him show what he can do.

He’s paid his debt to society when he served jail time for dog fighting.

Mike was contrite before entering Leavenworth and humbled himself before the world.

Time to move on.

He’ll have a huge chip on his shoulder to prove to the world he’s not a wildcat quarterback. It’s ridiculous to think there are 30 better quarterbacks in the NFL.

He’s not a running back. He’s a quarterback.

Get over it. Stop thinking it. Doesn’t matter what the pundits say.

He never really had a shot at seriously competing for a Super Bowl in Atlanta despite taking the Falcons to the NFC Championship. Hopefully he’ll go to a team where there are receivers in place so he can show the world just how talented he still is.

Watch and listen how teams hype up their qb’s so their collective fan base are ultimately against signing Mike.

Mike if you or any of your people read this, I want to interview you.

NBA Finals Game 4: The Lakers Put the Magic in the Kobe Clutch and Defeat Orlando 99-91

Posted in Blogroll on June 12th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NBA TV Notes added at the very bottom.

“If you wanna crown them, then crown their ass! But they are who we thought they were and we let em off the hook!”

Denny Green must have been in the building because the Orlando Magic gave this game away and now trail the Los Angles Lakers 3-1 in the best of seven NBA Finals.

The Magic just didn’t want it enough. This is soul rock soul. You can’t fold! Kobe takes no prisoners. Dwight? Not so sure. The spin move and pass for the Gasol dunk was as pretty a play as you’ll see in sports.

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Friday Fire: Do We Care Too Much About Sports?

Posted in Blogroll on June 12th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Full disclosure, I got this from my sister who is torn up over the Yankees dropping yet another game to the hated Red Sox. Thinking about it last night at work and seeing many NBA fans down in the dumps on the numerous social networks after the Magic loss, the question must be asked:

Do we care too much about sports?

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Donovan McNabb Gets Raise to Play 2 More Years in Philly

Posted in Blogroll on June 12th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

You can say this is expected or not expected and be right either way. How will it all play out is the big question. Months after leading the Eagles back from the murky depths of the Skuykill River and into the NFC Championship game, Donovan McNabb was rewarded with a 2 yr./24.5 million dollar contract (5.3 million dollar raise). The deal was restructured from his previous contract and depending on his play, could (and should) be extended. He’s the best quarterback the Eagles have ever had and the Eagles have been one of the best teams in the NFL during his tenure. His play speaks for itself and he’s led the Eagles to five (1-4) NFC Championship games despite sub par talent on the offensive side of the ball.

He was scheduled to make 9.2 million this year and 10 the next. There’s also another 1 million in incentives in the new deal.

You would think a player of his caliber would be a lot more celebrated in a town he’s led to the playoffs 7 of his 11 years, but hey, it’s Philly.

They can’t get right.

His 29,320 passing yards and 194 touchdown passes are franchise bests. He also is third active in wins and has the best touchdown to interception ratio in NFL history.

With the addition of LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin through the draft to add crucial depth to the backfield and receiver corps and also Jason Peters and Leonard Weaver via free agency, the Eagles should contend for the NFC title. Balance is the key for the Eagles offense and it might all come down to Maclin. Don’t wanna put pressure on the young fella that he can’t handle, but if he approaches anything close to what DeSean Jackson put up last season, the Eagles will be scary.

Donovan will be expected to provide more leadership after Eagles legend Brian Dawkins was allowed to sign with Denver. This was definitely an emotional offseason as a result.

Frankly, I’m shocked. In a town where McNabb is considered an also ran outside of the Lincoln Financial Field faithful, a McNabb trade is something that probably would have occured in years past.

There is the Westbrook foot injury concern, but hopefully Brian will come back full strength in a season that is huge for the Philadelphia Eagles organization.