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Old 02-16-2007, 09:11 AM   #1
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Default Falcons Owner says Vick is a 'very fine person'

Looks like Arthur Black is another guy who values dollar signs over integrity.

Even though, Mike has been given a free pass on this episode, I think it will be lodged firmly in the memory of Falcons fans.

My guess is that when things start going wrong for Atlanta at the critical point of the season, and Vick disappears they will probably turn on him.

The highlighted paragraph shows what happens when you try and talk and your subconscious 'morals' hijack the deal.

ATLANTA -- Arthur Blank is looking for new revenue -- and possibly a new stadium -- for the Atlanta Falcons.

Not a new starting quarterback.

February marks the five-year anniversary of Blank's purchase of the team.

"There have been a lot of ups and downs along the way, but we've had a lot of fun," Blank told the Atlanta Press Club.

Blank fired coach Jim Mora after the Falcons failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season and hired Bobby Petrino as the new coach. But the biggest offseason news was quarterback Michael Vick's water bottle encounter with Miami airport security last month.

Vick was cleared of allegations the water bottle he attempted to take through the airport was laced with marijuana. Though Miami police moved quickly in announcing the results of lab tests, several days of public suspicion did not help Vick's public standing.

Vick has not been available for interviews and the Falcons have been mostly quiet on the matter after an initial public reprimand from general manager Rich McKay, who said the quarterback "let a lot of people down."

Blank stood up for Vick on Thursday.

"He is our quarterback," Blank said in an interview session following his speech. "We're proud of Michael. He's obviously a great player and he's a very fine person. The incident in Miami was unfortunate, but as we found out it was a water bottle. It might have been a trick water bottle, but it was a water bottle and it was filled with water and that's what it was filled with."

Blank said Vick is "enthused and excited about operating under new coaching and a new scheme."

They've been great for a while now, three Super Bowls' worth of great. But only this season have the New England Patriots become The Show, the must-see team of stars, pretty boys and reformed bad boys. Suddenly, the Patriots are not simply great; they're compelling, fascinating, appearing to be almighty and a touch lawless.
The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.

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