Vick's an Eagle - Hide Your Beagle!

Vick's an Eagle - Hide Your Beagle!

... and other insipid rhymes from the loony PETA folks.

So say the PETA protesters outside the Philadelphia Eagles press conference. For some unfathomable reason, PETA representatives were not invited into the building. Who knew?

Michael Vick, professional quarterback and convicted dog abuser, was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles to a 2 year contract. Mr. Vick served his prison sentence and has been released from federal supervision. Rumors in the NFL insist that the Cincinnati Bengals also offered him a contract. Vick may be a convicted felon, but he's no dummy; he spurned the Bengals in favor of a real professional football franchise.

So The government says he's paid his debt, the NFL says he's almost paid his debt. Who elected PETA as judge and arbiter?

Free Speech is a Wonderful Thing

Certainly PETA falls under the free speech umbrella. In their external quest for self-righteous attention, they have every right to trot out hand-written signs and parade past television cameras. Of course, the signs must rhyme, else we might forget them in 5 seconds rather than 10.

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We crave the attention of the Fourth Estate!

Not about dogs, but that isn't really the point, is it?

Hey Hey, Ho Ho
Michael Vick should be on Skid Row!

PETA protectors would prefer to see him living like a wild dog, rather than rebuild his life and possibly have an opportunity to contribute to society. From all accounts, he is expected to work closely with animal welfare and animal rights groups in Philadelphia. Jeffry Lurie, owner of the Eagles, has made it clear that Vick must demonstrate true contrition for his actions rather than simply mouthing apologies.

NFL Commissioner Roger S. Goodell placed additional requirements on Vick's return to football. He plans to revisit the man's temporary reinstatement shortly after the start of the season to determine if full reinstatement is justified. PETA, however, has already passed judgment. By their judgement, Vick should not be permitted to earn a living through his chosen profession.

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Football shoes are made of leather!

It doesn't rhyme, but we won't hear PETA chanting it anyway. The football itself is made from a pig (hence the slang term "pigskin" used to refer the ball) and the players pummel each other wearing shoes made from cows. Yuk. The ratio of dead cows and pigs to tortured dogs is significant. Unfortunately PETA must have NFL Sunday Ticket; they never show up to protest the games, preferring to stay home and munch soy burgers while watching on TV.

Hide your hound when Vick's around

(I made that one up myself)

Vicks in Philadelphia
Hide your Wirehaired Vizsla

(that one too)

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Nicomp -- When I saw the title of this hub I started to get worried that you were on the "other" side. So I'm here to agree with you. Awhile back there was a debate on the Forum as to whether Michael Vick should be allowed back in the NFL. I was surprised how many hubbers felt he should be banned from his profession.

Martha Stewart was convicted of felonies. She served her time and is back making a living doing her Martha Stewart Living thing.

If the NFL sees fit to let Michael Vick back, AND the Eagles require him to do community service related to animals, that's a win/win for everyone!

PETA are a bunch of nutjobs who should get real lives. Am I in favor of mistreating animals? Of course not. But they are extremists and have lost any credibility they might have ever had...


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@Mighty Mom: If I remember correctly, Martha wasn't even sorry! She was accused of lying to federal investigators in order to cover up her inside trading. During the run up to her trial she made some comment along the lines of "It was only 170 thousand dollars." She showed no remorse. At least Vick says he's sorry. :)


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

Concur Do the Crime Do the Time, done deal...


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@Hmrjmr1: it's only football anyway. I wonder if PETA pickets poor working schmucks who are convicted for similar crimes.


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greatAmerican 7 years ago

Now this is really worthy of a response from the greatAmerican, but he needs to think of something appropriate.. Hmmmm, stay tuned I will be right back..


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@greatAmerican : standing by... :)


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Don't get me wrong here. I think dog fighting is a horrible "sport." Raising awareness of it is a positive outcome of the Michael Vick trial.

As I said above, I am a major animal lover. BUT... other sports figures have been involved in public cases involving pretty horrendous behavior toward other PEOPLE. Where's the picketing of their games? Mike Tyson still gets airtime.

Kobe Bryant made his just go away.... The list goes on and on.

Double standard???


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greatAmerican 7 years ago

nicomp, I hate to dissapoint but believe it or not,,

I AM AT A LOSS FOR WORDS!!


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Try Webster's greatAmerican, its full of 'em. Getting them in some semblance of sensible order is my problem.

I agree with most of the above comments. People who are involved with deliberate animal cruelty, are in my mind below contempt and deserve serious punishment.

Vick was discovered, he was made an example of and held up for public condemnation, which, as a public figure he rightly deserved. He received a prison term which will limit his rights for life. He will remain under media attention to ensure that he doesn't step out of line again unobserved. If he does, he's even more stupid than I take him for.

Football players are not noted for their intelligence, or the length of their careers. He's apparently just a dumb ox who's paid effectively and publicly for his cruelty to animals, which for all I know he was raised to consider normal. He now knows better.

Leave him be to get on with earning money the best way he can, entertaining the masses, before age and physical damage force him to retire and disappear back into oblivion.

There are people writing on HubPages at the moment treated as cruelty as pit-bulls in a fight, by the administrators of your healthcare system. Humans are of the animal kingdom. PETA would in this case be far more gainfully occupied trying to save some of them from slow and degrading death.

TOF


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JennaJackson 7 years ago

Vick served his time. Let him play. Maybe this will be a hint to the rest of us that there are lots of convicted felons who have served their time but cannot get a job as a dishwasher. Everyone, not just Michael Vick, deserves a second chance. Money, popularity, name, title, and power should not divide those who get a chance from those we continue to shun.


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Drew Breezzy 7 years ago from somewhere in my mind

@ Jenna Jackson

Well put, I agree


Adam 7 years ago

Go Eagles!


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@greatAmerican: I am stupefied that you are at a loss for words. Surely some words will come to you. Please keep us posted. ;)


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

PETA sucks at poetry ! Go Chargers !


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Sorry Jody, but your comment was a little over the top. Feel free to edit and resubmit. :)

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