The man of the hour, or perhaps the upcoming Eagles season, was absent.
But Michael Vick's crimes involving animal cruelty and dogfighting prompted a meeting yesterday at the NovaCare Center in South Philadelphia between Eagles management and a host of local and national animal-advocacy groups.
Participants of the meeting, attended by about 50 people representing the team and 20-plus groups, offered few specifics afterward of what had been discussed. Eagles representatives included team president Joe Banner and its vice president of communications, Pamela Browner-Crawley.
The sit-down's tone was described, alternatively, as "tough" "direct" and "animated" by some of the attendees, many of whom spoke with the media last night when they emerged. Everyone agreed the dialogue among the parties would continue.