Just saw the UFL draft list: Mike, stay away

Sorry. But the "U" just stands for unacceptable.

The "U" is for unacceptable.

According to the United Football League’s website, the proposed new league’s mission statement is: “To fulfill the unmet needs of football fans in major markets currently underserved by professional football by providing a high quality traditional football league comprised of world class professional football players.”

I’m still trying to figure out how there are “unmet needs” in New York and San Francisco. But let’s put that aside for a minute.

After looking at the league’s first “draft” list, I’ve decided: If Michael Vick plays in this thing, he’s crazy.

The UFL’s four teams — New York, San Francisco, Orlando, Las Vegas — had their first draft. You can tell a lot about a football league by the quarterbacks. Here are the six who were drafted: Brooks Bollinger (Orlando), C.J. Bacher (New York), Brian Johnson (New York), Shane Boyd (San Francisco), Brett Dietz (San Francisco) and Liam O’Hagan (San Francisco).

Google should become the league’ title sponsor. Nobody’s going to be able to figure out a team’s roster without it.

It wasn't easy finding a "safe" photo of Ms. Walcott. But you're free to Google.

Trust me. It wasn't easy finding a "safe" photo of Ms. Walcott.

San Francisco fans were considered among those with “unmet needs” — I guess because the franchise has won five Super Bowls and they’ve been treated in the past to Joe Montana and Steve Young. Now San Francisco has a team with quarterbacks from Hanover (Dietz) and Harvard (O’Hagan). That must be some sort of record.

Las Vegas didn’t draft a quarterback. But it did draft defensive back Adam Archuletta, who is engaged to a former Playboy Playmate, Jennifer Walcott.

I’m not sure where Walcott fits into the offense. (Feel free to craft your own juvenille joke. I can’t get away with any of mine). But it doesn’t really matter because the team is based in Las Vegas. So at least one franchise has figured out its audience.

I understand the league is a start-up. I understand that other players will be added later. (There are rumors that somebody is getting J.P. Losman! The good news: We don’t need to Google Losman. We already know he stinks.)

But this is the kind of league that gets players run over and maimed – and for no glory, no money and with nobody watching. I don’t even want to know about the health insurance.

This isn’t the place for a former and potentially future NFL star to rehab his career.

For Vick, the UFL would equal desperation.

For Vick, the UFL would equal desperation.

There have been reports that Vick might sign with the Orlando franchise. But that would come off as extreme desperation. It would be like watching an actor trying to make a comeback on a Ronco commercial, selling Vegematics.

Vick  wasn’t eligible for the UFL draft — wow, they have rules? — because he is under house arrest for another month.

Some unsolicited advice for Vick: after house arrest, stay in the house.

He would be better off working out on his own and quietly trying to repair his life and his image, out of the public spotlight, at least as much as possible.

For what it’s worth

So far I’ve found only two players with local ties in the UFL draft list: former Georgia tight end Jermaine Wiggins (Orlando), who played with five NFL teams in seven years, and former Georgia Southern defensive end Damon Suggs (San Francisco), who was not drafted by an NFL team.

43 comments Add your comment

MattyB

June 22nd, 2009
8:16 am

This is absolutely good advice…..which is exactly why Vick will most likely not heed it. He ain’t the brightest star in the sky and, as I believe you’ve correctly pointed out in the past, his “advisers” don’t shine much brighter. Dude is going to jump at the first dollar sign he sees, guarantee it.

Mac

June 22nd, 2009
8:27 am

Unmet needs in the Bay Area = 49ers and Raiders.

Notty Dred

June 22nd, 2009
8:30 am

Stop being a Vick HATER!!! Football is a game. It may be in Vicks best interest to forget football altogether. If he does decide to play it will be great and he will redeem himself in grand fashion. Death to Haters. I love y’all tho! 8-)

Aubrey

June 22nd, 2009
8:31 am

A player cannot get into game shape working out at home, especially after a long layoff such as Vick has experienced. Even though the competition may not be very good and assuming Vick still has most of the skills previouly exhibited what harm can it do him to show NFL teams that he is still capable of playing, to get back into playing shape, and to make more money than is possible a $10.00 per hour laborer. It seems to me that his only risks are getting hurt or showing that he has lost some of his athleticism which is a more than reasonable exchange for potentially attracting NFL attention.

Mac

June 22nd, 2009
8:32 am

Four teams? What a “league,” that is. This will be worse than the CFL’s U.S. experiment and the XFL combined.

David

June 22nd, 2009
8:34 am

Vick has no other choice but to play for the UFL. The NFL is not going to let him play for at least a year.

Football Fan

June 22nd, 2009
8:37 am

Why are you writing about Vick? Who cares?

Gumbo

June 22nd, 2009
8:40 am

I bet Ms. Walcott would be good in the “spread” offense.

Zoomie

June 22nd, 2009
8:42 am

I agree with you, Jeff. MV needs to pull himself together, put together a good PR and management team, and get an NFL gig. Especially at the start-up stage, I don’t see where the UFL will help Mike very much. Lately, some strong, sensible NFL leaders have made themselves available to MV to help him get his life back on track; he needs to take advantage of this. The UFL may seem like an easy stepping stone to get back into football, but I hope he sticks it out, goes to work to lobby Goodell to reinstate him, and gets back into the NFL. I think it will be a better pay-off in the long run.

DHD

June 22nd, 2009
8:47 am

Another article about Vick. Do you have a contract that says you must write one article per day about Vick? It is amazing!!!! The man crush on Vick continues.

The Dogfighter Returns

June 22nd, 2009
8:50 am

$4 million. that’s the reason. no one is complaining about beckham earning $25 million playing in the minor leagues. Any competition is better than what he has faced in the last two seasons.

why is vick still a topic? you guys really know how to milk this guy for cash. let it go. find another topic. douche bag.

bulldog

June 22nd, 2009
8:51 am

I tell you what you all love to keep kicking a man when he down!!! He will be okay just watch!

Todd

June 22nd, 2009
9:27 am

A player who is injuried for almost two years is not scrutinized for loosing his edge to complete; why si Mike Vick. None of you are scouts, just arm chair watchers, probably like me, no reeal football talent and the only knowledge you have is from John Maden comments on MNF :)

If Mike Vick gets into a camp, hye will show if he has it or not. Obviously he should get into some teams camp. Al of you are probably insane for still tryign to keep him down. WHy not get on Dante Stallworth’s case, since the only reason he is suspended is to justify Mike Vick being suspended.

midnite

June 22nd, 2009
9:39 am

Mike Vick has had two years and done NOTHING to repair his “image”. He is a habitual liar, just ask Arthur Blank and Roger Goodell. Besides he is too fat and out of shape to play flag football much less any type of pro ball. Once a liar, always a liar. It is no suprise that not any NFL teams are jumping to sign the immature liar.

mitch

June 22nd, 2009
9:41 am

Dear Mr. JS–the way I see it is Vick should get on as, say, Assistant to the President for Compliance in the UHL. That way, Goodell might get a clear view of the new Vick really fast. Also, he might consider catching on as a referee in the new league. Or, how ’bout as a sheep shephard in Wyoming. Under the big sky and in the clean, cool air. What a sight that would be! Your pal, Mitch

BugKiller

June 22nd, 2009
9:51 am

Jeff,

I know it’s your job to be fun, sarcastic, and irreverent, but come on now. Some simple investigation would lead you to find out that the UFL Draft was a preliminary to finding out which QBs the four teams are going to use. That announcements comes next month.

So yes, Loss-Man will be a QB for someone, probably Las Vegas and QB guru Fassel (the guy who took Kerry Collins off the junk pile and AA Meetings and to a Super Bowl).

What you’re missing out is that the UFL is going to try an create a viable MINOR LEAGUE for the NFL, in the ways the CFL never could.

How would a guy like Chipper fair if he went down to Gwinnett for 3 monhts?

How would a guy like Al Horford do against NBA D-Leaguers?

How would Ilya do in the IHL?

Come on Jeff, if Vick is suspended for a year (which he will be, because The Commish don’t play around), then the UFL is the BEST place for him to go.

Convicted FELONS can’t play in Canada. Remember, Ricky was never a felon, he was smart enough to only get misdemeanor possession arrests.

The UFL is a place where Mike Vick can go for three months and DOMINATE. Do the Mike Vick thing. Get back to the weekly grind of practices. Get back to being with the guys. Get back to dealing with coaches, not correction offices.

Look, I don’t like Mike Vick. A part of me hopes he never plays another down in football. I feel the same way about Stallworth. Playing in the NFL is a privledge, not a right. If the NFL banned him for life, he could still go make money somewhere else. They’re not preventing him from making a living as so many of his apologists claim. A lot of why I don’t like Vick is because I don’t believe for a moment that he feels remorse for what he’s done, just that he feels sorry he got caught.

If he felt remorse, he’d present an un-ridiculous plan in bankruptcy court where he doesn’t get to keep all of his cars and HOUSES. You know, maybe a plan where he keeps ONE house and TWO cars? You know, pay of his debts?

But Mike Vick remains as arrogant and as entitled as the day he walked out of ThugTech, where Frank Beamer strokes egos and creates monsters.

Nope… if Vick wants to do the best thing for himself, playing in the UFL is it. So, of course, he won’t do that. Because he’s once again surrounded himself with a posse and with hangers-on and with handlers. And they’re all saying the same thing: You’re too good for them. You’re the best. The NFL will take you back. You’re gonna make millions in no time.

Mike Vick hasn’t learned a darn thing in the two years he’s been away from football.

FalconsFan

June 22nd, 2009
9:55 am

Jeff,
Wouldn’t a more interesting article be on if Vick has actually set one foot on the job site that’s paying him $10/hr? I have yet to see or hear anything about Vick actually going to work and isn’t that part of his house arrest guidelines?

Supes

June 22nd, 2009
9:58 am

Enough about this guy who isn’t even a member of the Falcons anymore.

Who cares what he does. He is not ATL’s problem anymore.

Boo Boo

June 22nd, 2009
10:08 am

Sitting in the airport yesterday, I overheard the CNN televisions replaying some sound bite of Sean Hannity announcing, “Folks, journalism in America is dead.” I laughed under my breath.

Jeff, you just made Sean Hannity a prophet.

JSS

June 22nd, 2009
10:08 am

Going to make this quick, once again you continue to prove our point… Michael Vick is NOT your concern as of his release from 1. the Federal Penal system, 2. his release contractual release from the Atlanta Falcons (coughing at the insinuation I’m making here about the Flowery Branch Falcons) Football Team, and 3. You said quote: “Goodbye, Michael Vick. Finally. I’m all for his return – somewhere else. I’m all for him rehabilitating his image and his life and reviving his career – somewhere else. He has served his time. He has thought about where he went wrong and where he needs to go from here. Now comes the really hard part: Doing things correctly.”

OK, I’m going to speak to you directly, either be a man and accept the fact the you proposed to us this as your truth; or else the fact that it is something different and you can not and will not stop!!! You don’t have to wait until July 20th at 10:30AM to end the madness.

JSS

June 22nd, 2009
10:26 am

Another quick point, what is it about you and another man’s fiance or wife? You keep mentioning this wife of yours; but we are always subjected to your quasi porn tour… I’ll quote him again, Howling Wolf the great blues man said it best: “Grown men do, little boys wish!” If you don’t respect us, at least respect your wife… The strippers of Atlanta will thank you… And that’s not name calling, that’s fact…

Quiz Master

June 22nd, 2009
10:27 am

Which of the following will Mike Vick’s next uniform be?

A.) The Dallas Cowboyz

B.) The Red, White and Black…. of THE VARSITY

C.) Prison Orange

D.) Home Depot Orange

E.) A member of “The Village People”

Hawkdawg

June 22nd, 2009
10:44 am

Are they going to have real football or is it going to another XFL or arena type game?

The Grinch

June 22nd, 2009
10:47 am

“It might be in his best interests to forget football altogether…” What, so he can get to work solving the human genome? Please, let the man play football somewhere. There are enough VT thugs already selling crack or making pizzas.

Greg

June 22nd, 2009
10:49 am

Jeff, how could you miss the point here? Vick would probably cringe to have to play in this new league. But he’s got a judge over-seeing his plan to get out of huge debts. He simply has to take the best contract—i.e. the most money—he can get. Nothing else trumps that right now. I hope he gets re-instated, and that an NFL team signs him; but if not he has little choice to take what he can get.

eastbound and down

June 22nd, 2009
11:06 am

he should take the money and run

Jeff Schultz

June 22nd, 2009
11:28 am

Matty B: thanks

Mac: doesn’t mean 49ers and Raiders fans are going to scramble to UFL game.

Notty dred: You talking to me? Where’s the hatin’ in this blog?

Aubrey: those are 2 pretty significant risks you mentioned, don’t you think, especially since the NFL is eventually where he’ll make his money/career?

Gumbo: Oy.

DHD: Yes, I confess the man crush right here, right now.

Todd: This might be the dumbest sentence I’ve ever read: “Why not get on Dante Stallworth’s case, since the only reason he is suspended is to justify Mike Vick being suspended.” What does that mean?

Bugkiller: They players drafted are the team’s properties. Right now, they are the only players in the league whose rights are owned. That’s it.

FalconsFan: I would like to know more about Vick/construction job, with ya there.

Big Mike: I’ve deleted some of your comments that are profane and race-baiting. Clean it up.

clyde

June 22nd, 2009
12:16 pm

Vick needs to avoid the UFL and he also needs to avoid going back to prison,if that’s possible.Hope not.

DC from Conyers

June 22nd, 2009
12:27 pm

I’m in total agreement with Football Fan!!!!!!!! Tired about hearing about MV . He does not play for ATL. He does not live in the Atl. He did not go to school in Ga. What’s up let it go.

E43

June 22nd, 2009
12:29 pm

i dont think this is good advice because this Vick owes millions of dollars to people. unless he can find a team that will take him in the NFL then he should play in this new league right now im pretty sure that if vick cannot find away to pay up then he would have to relinquish his house. who knows, maybe the only reason he still has that house is to have a place to complete his house arrest…

Famuan

June 22nd, 2009
12:32 pm

Good grief Schultz, Vick will be paid $3 or $3 million dollars to play 6 games against weaker talent as practice – and you think that’s a bad idea? Are you really that insane?? By the UFL commissioner’s own admission, its just a stepping stone…one that pays 7 figures and you’re saying stay away? Are you really that stupid?? He’ll be back in the NFL right after that….but noooooo, the great and mighty writer at the AJC says don’t do it…Schultz, you need to stay off the drugs or get better ones.

Sports Marketing Analyst

June 22nd, 2009
12:36 pm

From the onset of the new Falcons marketing campaign, “SCREAMERS WANTED,” it was abundantly clear that Michael Vick no longer fit in with the organization’s needs.

This is primarily because of many of Mr. Vick’s prison boyfriends testified that MV7 is definitely a whimpering moaner, not a screamer.

Onward and Upward, Falcons!

Dr Soul

June 22nd, 2009
12:39 pm

Vick needs to follow through with his sentence until ‘house arrest’ is over and proceed to rebuild his ENTIRE life.. then, he should meet with the NFL and work to build a confidence in his ability to outgrow the person he was ‘in the past’ and start showing through actions that he is a better man first, then find entry back into the NFL… I personally think that too many people want to write him off too fast.. as someone earlier mentioned indirectly, he does need some good support around him and needs to ignore all of the ‘naysayers’; many who it seems are very ignorant of the problems related with some of the pitfalls of the path that Vick has walked in his early life. Not to excuse him entirely, but ‘role modeling or lack of it’ plays heavily in his misdirections and he does have the potential to rebuild. Only the NFL can make it possible, no amateur stops on the way….

sharon

June 22nd, 2009
12:44 pm

Lol Famuan; I agree with DHD

Famuan

June 22nd, 2009
12:47 pm

I bet Bernie Kosar is wishing he could play in the UFL….heck, he probably wishing he could cheer for the UFL at this point.

Pop

June 22nd, 2009
12:55 pm

Mike Vick would be a FOOL not to play in the UFL….he could make 3 times the salary he would make in the NFL. His FIRST priority is his family and paying off his debts…do you think he gives a d@mn about what you mountain dwellers think?

Jeff, if it wasn’t for Mike Vick you wouldn’t have a career. If you haters are so happy he’s gone, why do you talk about him EVERY WEEK??

Nurse Betty

June 22nd, 2009
12:59 pm

Do you pilgrims(that includes you Jeffrey) have a pic of Mike Vick over your beds??

EddieKang

June 22nd, 2009
1:04 pm

For all of you idiots speaking on the bankruptcy part of it all, why aren’t you outraged and going after GM the same way? And to the fellow who wrote this blog, he won’t stop slipping them in because guess what people racism between black and white will always sell.

Vick Supporter

June 22nd, 2009
1:10 pm

Mr Schultz

No offense, but it seems like the caucasians will always look at The Incomporable Mike Vick with racial eyes. I could understand if Vick got off like Stallworth did, but Vick has DOUBLE paid the price. I still can’t believe that you people still hate Vick and crucify him more that Stallworth….Stallworth killed a person, and no one is saying a peep or protesting anything. Its a shame that caucasians value a dog over a human being.

The Great Mike Vick Has Returned.
Vick 09

Queen of Titletown USA

June 22nd, 2009
1:12 pm

If Mike Vick does go to the UFL, every last one of you knuckle draggers will be watching!! MV7 sold out every stadium he played in…you haters will be watching, hoping that he fails.

And you want us to believe that this “hate” is ALL about PITBULLS?? LOL

Vick Supporter

June 22nd, 2009
1:30 pm

I can’t wait until Vick gets back to playing football again……..that way I won’t be forced to watch the weak as… Falcons.

The Dogfighter Returns

June 22nd, 2009
1:32 pm

The UFL thanks you for the free publicity.

Jeff Schultz

June 22nd, 2009
1:34 pm

JSS — I was in my car and hadn’t read comments for a couple of hours. Just now deleted the comments you referenced. Regardless of what you may think of me, trust me when I tell you I have no double-standard when it comes to racial comments. Fact is, the only two people who’ve been banned from commenting with their IP addresses both bordered on white supremists.

TO THE REST OF YOU: I’m closing commenting. The reason should be obvious.