Tip-Off for 8/22/12 (featuring Fabulous): Michael Vick, Nick Foles and the “Hope” against hope

(Steven Senne/AP)

Is impatience or a hidden dislike for Vick the reason people want to see Nick Foles starting?

For the second consecutive preseason game, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s night was cut short due to injury. Against the New England Patriots Monday night, Vick sustained a rib contusion and was replaced by rookie quarterback Nick Foles.

In an extended role, Foles was 18 for 28 for 218 yards and two touchdowns. Foles entered camp as the third string quarterback and with his recent play has almost assuredly moved up to #2 on the depth chart.

For those weary of the Michael Vick Experiment, #2 isn’t enough.

(Steven Senne/AP)

                                   **RETRANSMITTED WITH ALTERNATE CROP FBO110**Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) holds his mid-section after getting hit hard by New England Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham (96) during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.  Vick left the game after the play. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Vick has been on the injured list 16 times since 2010

The back page of the Philadelphia Daily News on Tuesday simply read: “In the Nick of Time” after the cute play of words, I knew what the title was all about and considered the source.

If you’re looking to portray anyone of color in a positive light, stay clear of the Philadelphia Daily News. This is a publication that greeted the Michael Vick signing in 2009 with the headline: “Hide Your Dogs”.  The curiosity of what Vick could bring and the public pity party for Kevin Kolb eventually made Donovan McNabb expendable.  After the Kevin Kolb debacle the job was Vick’s to lose and as long as he could stay healthy and the team was winning everything would be cool.

Neither has happened.

The most beloved athlete in Philadelphia has been the backup quarterback. I’ve seen it go down with Randall Cunningham and an aging Jim McMahon held together with bubble gum and tape. Philly fans ignored the fact that Randall’s prime years were wasted among marginal talent and inept coaching. Instead they called for McMahon, drunk with anticipation that he would lead them where Cunningham couldn’t. When McMahon wasn’t good enough it was Bobby Hoying and Ty Detmer.

In the McNabb era, Jeff Garcia was supposedly tougher and understood the offense better than Donovan McNabb according to who you asked. Until Terrell Owens arrived, McNabb was working with career #2 receivers and #1 receivers who had seen better days. When Kolb was drafted, Donovan’s bags were all but packed until Kolb struggled (and continues to) at the NFL level. The acquisition of Michael Vick saved the Eagles from becoming a doormat in the NFC as well as Andy Reid’s job.

Michael Vick’s time in Philly is officially on the clock.

The skepticism that comes to an injury prone player with a big contract is enough to break him. Make that player an African-American quarterback given a second chance to play in the NFL and you can see the wrecking balls lining up.

There’s still a large contingent in Philadelphia that doesn’t care for Michael Vick. The recent play of Nick Foles was a welcome sight that couldn’t come fast enough. Vick’s detractors don’t care about injured All-Pro Jason Peters being replaced with backup Demetrius Bell or a defense looking to gain respectability. They do remember Vick using the word “Dynasty”  in July and now he’s been injured twice in August. Just in time for a young, golden-haired rookie to step in and make things interesting.

Hardened hearts and one track minds are preparing  for Philadelphia’s latest and greatest “Hope”.

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MJD now having second thoughts (Wild Thing Football).

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Throw it in the bag!

14 Responses to “Tip-Off for 8/22/12 (featuring Fabulous): Michael Vick, Nick Foles and the “Hope” against hope”

  1. Modds says:

    Exactly they been sending out invites to the Mike Vick lynching party for a wile now

  2. RBD says:

    Welcome to August, a time for fans to create stories because the real games aren’t here yet.
    The backup QB is always the most popular athlete in any NFL city; that’s not just applicable to Philly.
    if Vick is healthy and productive once the real games start, the issue will die. If he is hurt and/or struggling, it might be reasonable to wonder if he can make it through the season. It might then be reasonable to discuss the backup situation.
    These things tend to work themselves out.

    One question re: caption in above photo, which says Vick has “been on the injured list 16 times since 2010.” By that, do you mean that his name has appeared on the weekly injury report 16 times since 2010? If so, that’s not a big deal. Some teams list virtually every player every week in order to occupy opponents’ time.

  3. Ron Glover says:

    @RBD That’s exactly what it is about the injury report. I know a guy could have a cold and be on the report. Just something I wanted to note.

    And Philadelphia is a different animal, believe me I’ve lived thru it more than once.

  4. Yeah RBD. This is Philly. That issue is always boiling on the surface. Trust us.

  5. publius africanus says:

    Philly takes clamoring for the backup QB to an art form. As for the hidden dislike, I would say what do you mean hidden??! The Philly media and a number of the fans in the City of Brotherly Love(and other NFL cities) have hated Vick since he went to prison. Matter of fact I would submit that some of those folks hated him BEFORE the dogfighting went down.

  6. RBD says:

    OK. I trust your judgment on the City of Brotherly Love.
    In light of the fact that this is the final year of Vick’s guaranteed $$, I suspect the Eagles would like for him to be healthy and prove he’s obviously the best QB option they have. Either that or get hurt and miss the season entirely. The last thing you want is something nebulous.
    Then again, we’ve seen the occasional problems with The Cult of the Backup QB. (See Kolb, Kevin; Cassel, Matt; and That Guy Who Started For The Redskins A Couple of Years Ago Whose Name I Can’t Remember).
    If the Eagles sever ties with Vick, they will do so at their own considerable peril.

  7. Ron Glover says:

    @Publius the hatred became hidden in the 2010 season when Vick took the Birds to the postseason and nearly won the MVP. McNabb was gone and Vick was what the doctor ordered.

  8. Elijah says:

    People haven’t forgiven Vick because he tortured dogs to death. And why should they? Why is TSF writing puff pieces on behalf of a psycho who lacked even the most basic sentient feelings that lie of the root of what we refer to as human decency? Sure, forgive the guy. I have, even though I’m a champion of the mutt. But don’t throw your hands in the air and disingenuously act confused when you discover that people still have it in for this guy. It’s obvious why people hate him. The racism charges are specious reasoning at best. Maybe some of you hate Foles and Kolb because they’re white? Your explanation for the Vick hatred has about as much merit as that.

  9. Miranda says:

    Elijah please…..the people filling up comment sections with their rabid hatred could give less than a damn about dogfighting or Vick’s role in it. If you believe so, then tell me what dogs Cam Newton “tortured” to death or Tavaris Jackson or Vince Young for that matter.

  10. mapoui says:

    its real nice to note your concern for the torture and murder of dogs Elijah…big and human of you…

    hope you have some also for people who suffer the same fate evryday

  11. Oh now he’s “Elijah”…


    Yo…this troll has move lives than Top Cat. Check out how he resurfaces. It’s hilarious. Dude…you have nothing better to do than to troll a site looking to bring people closer and not divide as you falsely accuse us of?

    People have hated Michael Vick since Frank Beamer had him under center. GTFOH with your Todd Akin-esque bull crap.

  12. mattie says:

    Just a note on the links:

    Mark Cuban is a douchebag. (oh wait we knew that already)

  13. Modds says:

    Yah! GTFOH with your racist bs we don’t got time for your kind of no stay strong brothers and sisters!

  14. mattie says:

    I can’t leave it at that. It just rubs me the wrong way when Cuban is whining and crying about a player showing no loyalty when he hasn’t shown ANY loyalty to any player. Dirk is the sole player he showed loyalty too and obviously that is out of absolute necessity. Cuban has let everyone go changing his roster up year after year. And he expects players to be loyal to that? Ridiculous.

    I would have bolted too.

    It hurt his feelings? Really? A billionaire business man suddenly doesn’t understand business now?