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« on: Jul 31, 2009 at 17:24 »

Just got a text message from the bro-in-law (and yes, he's sober...he hasn't made it to the downtown bars yet).

Supposedly, a private driver is claiming that he dropped Michael Vick off at the Steelers offices this afternoon.

Anyone heard anything about this?  Prolly just an average Joe getting a rumor started, but interesting nonetheless.
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 31, 2009 at 17:57 »

Mike Vick is the new Elvis.  He's been spotted in every NFL team's closest airport, or choking down a dog at some street vendor's... err, hot dog, I mean... or whatever.

I would put the odds of Vick as a Steeler above those of Finny as a Steeler, but just barely.  And if I weren't a fuckin' head on a pillow, maybe I'd have the edge.
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 31, 2009 at 18:02 »

Wexell said

"espn reported Vick at airport? Hilarious! Not a shred of truth. Stake my rep on it."

Next it'll be a real-estate agent's cleaning lady who overheard a phone conversation with an apartment-searching Vick.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 31, 2009 at 18:33 »

Vick was here, helping me put my new grill together today. Then he suggested I change an O-ring while I had my DE pool filter apart. All the while, playing with Guinness.
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 31, 2009 at 20:25 »

Tifwiw, the media asked Tomlin today if he spoke to Michael Vick and Tomlin did not exactly deny that he talked to Vick.  While that obviously doesn't mean he will sign with the Steelers, I wouldn't be shocked to learn that he was in Pittsburgh today.

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« Reply #5 on: Jul 31, 2009 at 23:44 »

Wexell said

"espn reported Vick at airport? Hilarious! Not a shred of truth. Stake my rep on it."


Gee, that must mean it's totally false then. Everyone knows Jim Wexell.
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« Reply #6 on: Aug 01, 2009 at 00:25 »

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Could Michael Vick become a Steeler?

Coach Mike Tomlin didn't rule out the possibility today saying only that he would not discuss free agents.

"I'll say this," Tomlin said after the Steelers opened camp with their traditional run test. "We'll be prudent and do our due diligence as far as exploring people that could potentially help us win, guys who can throw, run, catch, block, tackle on a professional level. I'm just focused on the Steelers that are here and not interested in discussing potential free agents."

Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, was recently released from prison after serving almost two years for dog fighting charges. A caller to ESPN radio today claimed he had picked up Vick at Pittsburgh International Ariport in his cab and driven him to the Steelers' practice facility in the South Side.

There isn't any indication that the Steelers met with or worked out Vick today and Tomlin said, "I'm in Latrobe and everybody else in our organization is."

Before Vick's fall from grace, he had been the top running quarterback in the league. Several Steelers veterans said they would have no problem with the team signing Vick and added that he deserves a second chance because he has paid his debt to society.

"We'd welcome him with open arms," inside linebacker James Farrior said.


http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/viewfromthepressbox/

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« Reply #7 on: Aug 01, 2009 at 11:23 »

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http://blog.theredzone.org/ViewItem.asp?Entry=2279
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« Reply #8 on: Aug 01, 2009 at 12:25 »



Beauty.

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« Reply #9 on: Aug 01, 2009 at 22:43 »

Rumor shot itself down:

"Editor's note: It looks like I should stick to covering the Miami Dolphins and stop worrying about other teams in the division. Mike Reiss, the most respected reporter in the New England area, is reporting that Vick was not in New England and will not be in New England. If Reiss reports it, I'll take it as gospel. I'll now attempt to get down to the bottom of the inaccuracy of my sources. My sincere apologies for any waves I caused as a result of this report"

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/rollout/2009/07/source-vick-currently-working-out-for-patriots.html
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« Reply #10 on: Aug 02, 2009 at 06:43 »

I'll now attempt to get down to the bottom of the inaccuracy of my sources. My sincere apologies for any waves I caused as a result of this report"


And also, thank you to all of those hundreds of thousands who clicked the link.


I think we should start a "Vick to Browns, will start ahead of Beardy Quinn" story.  Hell, someone will buy it.  Just say the source is a respected member of the Browns Staph Management team. Staph, herpes... what's the difference?
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« Reply #11 on: Aug 02, 2009 at 09:10 »

When these Vick to Pittsburgh rumors started, Florio listed 10 reasons he deemed it feasible on PFT, and reason number 9 was that the Steelers weren't necessarily committed to Ben long-term.

 :huh:

Are people supposed to take that site seriously?
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« Reply #12 on: Aug 03, 2009 at 10:41 »

Are you saying Greg Lloyd had herpes??

I'm offended.




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« Reply #13 on: Aug 03, 2009 at 11:49 »

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I think we should start a "Vick to Browns, will start ahead of Beardy Quinn" story.  Hell, someone will buy it.  Just say the source is a respected member of the Browns Staph Management team. Staph, herpes... what's the difference?

I like it, Penso!

Now I know what I can do this afternoon instead of focusing on, you know, actual work.
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« Reply #14 on: Aug 04, 2009 at 08:07 »

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I think we should start a "Vick to Browns, will start ahead of Beardy Quinn" story.  Hell, someone will buy it.  Just say the source is a respected member of the Browns Staph Management team. Staph, herpes... what's the difference?

I like it, Penso!

Now I know what I can do this afternoon instead of focusing on, you know, actual work.

What better way to rehab your reputation than to go make nice with the dog pound...?

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« Reply #15 on: Aug 11, 2009 at 23:11 »

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It's not so much what Mike Tomlin said but rather what the Steelers coach didn't say on the subject of Michael Vick.

Tomlin reiterated Tuesday that the Steelers are doing their "due diligence" on all free agents, and that includes the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback who served nearly two years in prison for his part in running an illegal dog-fighting ring.

In short, Tomlin didn't rule out the Steelers having interest in Vick despite being given a second chance to do so since training camp start.

"If people are capable of helping us win, we're going to have a level of interest in those guys," Tomlin said yesterday at a news conference at St. Vincent. "I'm never going to discuss free agents individually. I don't think that's appropriate. I think that that conversation could be endless. We do our due diligence on guys that have a professional skill level and of course (Vick) is one of them."

The Steelers appear to be set at quarterback, with starter Ben Roethlisberger and reserves Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon.

But the Steelers know how quickly the situation could change because of an injury.

A little more than a year ago, Batch broke his collarbone in the preseason opener and the Steelers were forced to scramble for a replacement with Dixon not ready to become the No. 2 quarterback.

They signed veteran Byron Leftwich, and he gave the Steelers a solid backup behind Roethlisberger.

Vick, 29, has not played in the NFL since 2006 because of his legal problems. The three-time Pro Bowler was recently reinstated to the NFL on a contingent basis by commissioner Roger Goodell, and the Washington Post has reported that at least five teams are interested in signing him.

While erratic as a passer in the six seasons he played for Atlanta, Vick was the top running quarterback in the league and perhaps of all time.

"I hope whatever team he goes to we don't have to play them, because he's a problem," Steelers free safety Ryan Clark said, "and I think whatever team that gets him would be lucky to have him."

The Steelers have been linked to Vick for multiple reasons.

He and Tomlin hail from the Tidewater region in Virginia, and former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy has been serving as an adviser to Vick.

Dungy gave Tomlin his first NFL coaching job, and he has ties to the Steelers as both a player and a coach. Joel Segal, Vick's agent, did not respond to an e-mail asking if the Steelers are interested in Vick.

Said Tomlin, "If I start commenting on Michael Vick, then I'll be commenting on Plaxico Burress and everybody else that turns up on the (waiver) wire."

Clark echoed a sentiment that a lot of Steelers voiced when they reported to camp July 31 and were asked about Vick.

Vick, Clark said, has paid his debt to society and "without question" deserves a second chance.

"He seems very sincere in his apology. He seems sincere in wanting to change, so you definitely want something good to happen for him," Clark said. "I think people so often forget about their faults. I think people tend to judge on the things they don't do very quickly and very swiftly, and I think it's unfair and it's sad."

The Steelers have been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Vick because of the stability of their organization.

"I think he would fit well here, not just because of what he can do on the field but personality wise," Clark said. "With the leaders we have, we welcome anyone that wants to be a part of what we want to do and comes in with the right attitude."


http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_637866.html
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« Reply #16 on: Aug 12, 2009 at 10:04 »

Funny, a non-story about a non-comment.
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« Reply #17 on: Aug 12, 2009 at 11:22 »

The Jeff George signing is imminent, based on this article.
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« Reply #18 on: Aug 12, 2009 at 11:32 »

Someone on the Official Steeler message board said that KDKA said that there were five teams that were still in the running. The Steelers, Carolina, Buffalo, Baltimore, and Green Bay. Then someone I know who is usually the first person to be cynical said it was down to three teams and the Steelers are one of them.

This can't be happenning. I'm serious, I will pack up all my Steeler stuff, and there's a shitload of it in my house, and ship it to Mr. Rooney if he signs Vick. This would ruin football for me.
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« Reply #19 on: Aug 12, 2009 at 11:35 »

Someone on the Official Steeler message board said that KDKA said that there were five teams that were still in the running. The Steelers, Carolina, Buffalo, Baltimore, and Green Bay. Then someone I know who is usually the first person to be cynical said it was down to three teams and the Steelers are one of them.

This can't be happenning. I'm serious, I will pack up all my Steeler stuff, and there's a shitload of it in my house, and ship it to Mr. Rooney if he signs Vick. This would ruin football for me.

According to the rumor site, Chris "Mort! Mort! Mort!" Mortensen reports it's most likely the Ravens.

Trying to figure out what will happen based on the abundance of rumor is like trying to figure out what someone ate that morning by catching their farts in a butterfly net.*


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« Reply #20 on: Aug 12, 2009 at 14:54 »

I'm serious, I will pack up all my Steeler stuff, and there's a shitload of it in my house, and ship it to Mr. Rooney if he signs Vick. This would ruin football for me.

really?   :huh:

They've made some disagreeable choices in the past but I would find it hard to have these words leave my lips...btw, I'm not for it, I think he's highly overrated.  Minimally exciting sometimes but definitely not someone I'd pine for to wear the colors.
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« Reply #21 on: Aug 12, 2009 at 16:02 »

I'm serious, I will pack up all my Steeler stuff, and there's a shitload of it in my house, and ship it to Mr. Rooney if he signs Vick. This would ruin football for me.

really?   :huh:

They've made some disagreeable choices in the past but I would find it hard to have these words leave my lips...btw, I'm not for it, I think he's highly overrated.  Minimally exciting sometimes but definitely not someone I'd pine for to wear the colors.


Absolutely. And I'm not trying to convince anyone to do the same. I'm not gonna judge anyone. If you want to keep watching the and rooting for the Steelers, I'm coll with it. I'm not gonna grab a sign and picket the stadium or anything. I would just root for another team. We all have our limits.
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« Reply #22 on: Aug 12, 2009 at 16:19 »

I just can't see the Steelers signing Vick.  I've got no problem if they do, as Vick has done his time and I'm gonna let the guy move on with his profession. 

He's two years out of football, the Steelers have a good young QB in Dixon, and I don't think there is much cap room (extension needed for Jeff Reed). 
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« Reply #23 on: Aug 12, 2009 at 16:42 »

Collier actually made a good point in his chat today, and for once it wasn't surrounded by 7 paragraphs of flub. He said he thinks that because of Tomlin's and the Steeler's ties to Dungy, they weren't going to come out and flat say "no fucking way" so they threw a bone out there to kind of help out the situation. Also, Vick is from Tomlin's hometown. I sure they want to look like good guys and make it seem like they are trying to get a rehabilitating individual back on his feet.

There's no fucking way they sign Vick.
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« Reply #24 on: Aug 12, 2009 at 21:24 »

I sure they want to look like good guys and make it seem like they are trying to get a rehabilitating individual back on his feet.
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