Michael Vick is not alone in the world. He has some friends in the world willing to stand up for him on this whole dog fighting mess. No, not friends like those "friends" who snitched him out to Sports Illustrated. Not even "friends" like former teammate Ray Buchanan who backtracked on statements that Vick has long been involved in dog fighting.
No, finally, Michael Vick has enlisted some real friends in support of him. Because Arthur Blank was getting lonely.
Clinton Portis says:
"I don't know if he was fighting dogs or not, but it's his property, it's his dog. If that's what he wants to do, do it. I think people should mind their business.
I know a lot of back roads that got a dog fight if you want to go see it. But they're not bothering those people because those people are not big names. I'm sure there's some police got some dogs that are fighting them, some judges got dogs and everything else."
Tommy Reamon, Michael Vick's high school coach, says:
"He is hurting and hoping that this process will take care of itself as soon as possible.
If I can quote one thing that is so powerful about Michael Vick today, is that he is making those immediate changes in his life and his environment. He is doing it at this present time, as we speak.
He is doing those things that we all know need to be done. However, the fascination of the media continues and nobody sees him making these changes. He's doing what he has to do and God bless him.
But he's hurting.
He will be cleared on this mess. There's no question."
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer says:
"The thing about Michael is that he is a good person with a good heart. I think he understands he needs to make good decisions and be concerned with who is around him, because who's around him gets connected to him. I think he understands that now."
So, eff you Congressman Tom Lantos and your witch hunt against Vick. Do you know how much gas is? Aren't there some missing soldiers you need to find? Michael Vick should not be a congressional priority. That said, I'm sorry he ruined your fantasy football team and that he's generally disappointed you in becoming the "next best thing."
(I must confess that I write in fear of the Pacifist Viking. He appears sometimes to chide me with his cute bunny avatar to make me feel bad about not being as devoted of an animal lover as he is. I assure you, PV, my pet is in no danger!)