August 29, 2012 |
IN AN ODD twist, the person who operates Dogs Deserve Better, the sanctuary on the site where Michael Vick once operated a dogfighting ring, faces charges of animal cruelty. And, she claims, she doesn't know why. Tamira Thayne, who founded the shelter in Surry County, Va., sarcastically told the Associated Press she didn't know about the charges - filed Friday - until she read about them in a newspaper. "I know nothing about it," Thayne said. "I just got home from my honeymoon in St. Lucia.
June 29, 2012 |
FOR YEARS, North Philly home girl Kijafa Frink did as the song says. She stood by her man, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. On Saturday, she'll officially nab him. My wedding invite must have gotten lost, but I'll still be rooting from the sidelines for Frink, because she didn't fumble the football. No, she hung on, blocking all the money-grubbing groupies who would have loved to sack her quarterback. It must have been hard, but girlfriend stuck to her playbook — through major adversity both on field and off — and came out victorious.
September 18, 2011
In one of the greatest favorite-son-returns stories in sports, Michael Vick goes back to the Georgia Dome for Sunday Night Football . And if Atlanta were any kind of sports town, the fans would boo him unmercifully. Look what this guy did to that town. The Falcons were sailing along as one of the perennial contending teams in the NFC - a far cry from where they usually flew, which was at a much lower altitude - and Vick decided to get into that dogfighting nonsense.
July 26, 2011 |
HERE IN PHILLY, we think we know everything about Michael Vick. We know the big stuff: The hardscrabble youth in Newport News, Va. The breakout stardom at Virginia Tech. The 2001 draft, in which he became the first African-American quarterback to be taken first overall. The sold-out games in Atlanta. The $130 million contract with the Falcons - the biggest in NFL history. We know the horrible stuff: The five years as a full-blown dogfighter. The 54 dogs rescued from his Bad Newz Kennels.
June 8, 2011
AS YOU MAY HAVE READ, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's former home in rural Virginia is going to the dogs. Literally. A Pennsylvania-based, animal-rights advocacy group called Dogs Deserve Better plans to move onto the 15-acre property in Surry County, Va., formerly owned by No. 7, and convert it into an animal sanctuary. In early July, Tamira Thayne, the group's founder, will take up residence on the second floor of the white-brick, five-bedroom McMansion featuring vaulted ceilings, a chandelier and two whirlpool tubs, leaving the entire first floor as a temporary home for nine rescued dogs.
May 28, 2011 |
NORFOLK, Va. - An animal-rights group has bought Michael Vick's former dogfighting compound in Virginia and plans to turn it into a rehabilitation center for chained and penned dogs. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback pleaded guilty to federal felony charges and served 18 months in prison for running Bad Newz Kennels from the property. He eventually sold it to a developer who had difficulty unloading it following Vick's conviction. Dogs Deserve Better of Tipton, Pa., bought the five-bedroom home for about $600,000.
November 18, 2010
THERE WAS a terrific scene in "Animal House" (arguably the greatest piece of cinematography ever) in which a fraternity pledge is with a date who passes out in bed. As the young man contemplates taking liberties with his guest, an angel appears on one shoulder and counsels him to act morally. On the other, a devil encourages the alternative. The would-be fraternity member is left to weigh their competing advice. I think of that scene whenever I watch Michael Vick and contemplate whether I should root for his success.
October 14, 2010 |
MICHAEL VICK'S still-sore ribs likely will preclude what surely would have been one of the more interesting story lines this fall, maybe even on a par with Donovan McNabb's return to Lincoln Financial Field as a Washington Redskin or a potential Roy Halladay vs. Cliff Lee pitching matchup in the World Series. When the Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon, Kevin Kolb is expected to get the start at quarterback in place of the injured Vick with a local kid, Matt Ryan, taking the snaps for the visitors.
October 1, 2010
THIS SUNDAY, again, I'll do something uncomfortable for me - I won't root for the Eagles, "my team" since the pre-Dick Vermeil days, when they were a skunk at the picnic. I won't root for the Redskins, because they're not my team. But neither are the Eagles with Michael Vick at the controls. When he was signed, I accepted it, but I didn't like it. The deal was, he'd be a backup for a year or two. He wasn't the face of the team. I could put up with that. Now that he's the starter, and possibly the Eagles' future, I can't root for them.
September 22, 2010 |
Early 2001 Michael Vick, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor decide to start an illegal dogfighting operation. Later that year, Purnell Peace joins the venture. 2002-07 Vick and his co-defendants establish "Bad Newz Kennels," host dogfights and participate in fights in other states. April 25, 2007 Police raid Vick's Virginia property and find several neglected pit bulls and evidence of dogfighting. June 7, 2007 Federal investigators raid Vick's property.