Posted 05/16/2007 at 04:43 PM
--This Michael Vick pit-bull scandal is growing legs by the day. Last week, SI.com’s Don Banks wrote a column about how Falcons owner Arthur Blank has coddled and enabled Vick through his entire career. He quoted sources that implied Vick was not only aware of dogfighting on his property in Virginia, but was behind it all.
Then on Sunday, Fox Sports Radio’s Chris Landry reported that former Falcon Ray Buchannan told him that “Vick was into dog fighting.” On Monday, Buchannan told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he never made those statements to Landry.
Then on Tuesday, AJC columnist Terrence Moore ripped Blank and the organization for the way it has allowed Vick to behave throughout his career, dubbing the team’s facility as a “zoo.”
And today, you guessed it. Vick was front and center on the AJC’s sports page, as the Surry County (VA.) Attorney General discussed a looming meeting with the sheriff’s department to decide whether or not charges will be filed. Dogfighting is a felony in Virginia.
One thing is for certain: We haven’t heard the last about this on-going investigation, one that hung over the Flowery Branch facility during Atlanta’s mandatory three-day mini-camp this past weekend.
--The more I think about it, the more I’m baffled as to why more teams weren’t willing to trade a fourth-round pick for Randy Moss. Seriously, let’s think about it.
For starters, let’s get one thing straight. Moss is a jerk, but he’s nowhere close to as big a jerk as a Terrell Owens. On a scale of 1-10, Moss is about an 8.5-9 on the jerk scale, whereas T.O. is a 15!
What’s the worst-case scenario for New England? If Moss comes to training camp and acts like a jerk and seems to be resistant to the team concept, then you cut him and all you’re out of is a fourth-round pick.
What’s the best-case scenario? The best-case scenario is…wow! Moss, when on his A-Game, is one of the league’s premier receivers because of his height, speed and uncanny knack for catching deep balls in traffic.
Bill Belichick won’t allow the outspoken former Viking to poison the Patriots’ locker room and Moss might – just might – help Tom Brady and Belichick get a fourth Super Bowl ring.
--When I was driving home from lunch a few days ago, I listened to Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann have a spirited discussion about the top 10 QBs in the NFL. Basically, the conversation was based on whether or not Vick and/or Brett Favre – two QBs in the news this past weekend – were in that upper echelon.
Both signal callers are in my top 10 (rankings based strictly on who I’d want as my QB this coming season, not based on past results and the anticipation of future results):
1-Tom Brady (New England)
2-Peyton Manning (Indianapolis)
3-Drew Brees (New Orleans)
4-Carson Palmer (Cincinnati)
5-Michael Vick (Atlanta)
6-Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia)
7-Brett Favre (Green Bay)
8-Philip Rivers (San Diego)
9-Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle)
10-Marc Bulger (St. Louis)