Bradley’s Buzz: Vick to Orlando? (No, not to the Magic.)

It has been speculated for some time that Michael Vick, of whom you’ve heard, is apt to play in the UFL before he returns to the NFL. The UFL, as you might not know, stands for the United Football League, a start-up that includes all of four teams.

On ESPN.com, Pat Yasinskas speculates that Vick would most likely land in Orlando. (The other three franchises are based in New York/Hartford, Los Angeles/Las Vegas and Sacramento/San Francisco. If this sounds confusing, here’s a fine explanation of the UFL from Ted Fleming on the Tampa Bay Sports Examiner.)

Yasinskas’ reasoning: The UFL operates on a regional basis, and Orlando would get dibs on anyone who has played in the NFC South. Also: Orlando is coached by Jim Haslett, who worked against Vick while coaching the Saints and who worked with Vick’s cousin Aaron Brooks in New Orleans.

In Fleming’s story, Haslett is quoted thusly: “I know Michael personally, playing against him and spending time with him and I think he is a pretty good kid. Obviously, his values were a bit different than mine or yours. To make a long story short, out of the four cities, I think this would be the city that would be the best to accept him and give him that second chance.”

And would Vick be welcome in the UFL? According to Vinny DiTrani on NorthJersey.com, league commissioner Michael Huyghue posed that question on the UFL Web site and 80 percent of respondents “were positive about the prospect.

Would Orlando and the UFL be a good fit for Michael Vick?

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In DiTrani’s story, Huyghue is quoted as saying: “Of course there were some very strong negative reactions from animal-rights people.” Also: “He could come to our league and play six games and get some of that rust off. It could help his entry back into the NFL.” Also: “We don’t want to become known as a renegade league.”

The UFL plans to kick off in October. It will play its six-game regular season on Thursday and Friday nights. Thursday games will be televised on Versus, which is the channel that does the NHL (and which nobody can ever find). Its championship game will be staged Thanksgiving weekend.

And what, you’re asking, is the Orlando team’s nickname? As best I can tell, it doesn’t yet have one. (It will, we know, play its home games in the Citrus Bowl, the winter residence of the Georgia Bulldogs.) And who would be Orlando’s quarterback if Vick doesn’t participate? According to Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel, it could be the legendary Quinn Gray, who’s a former Jacksonville Jaguar backup.

From Peter King of SI.com: “The UFL will have a per-team salary cap of $20 million, with most quarterbacks making between $1 million and $4 million a year.

Questions, as you’d guess, remain. Wouldn’t the Falcons have to release Vick before he could play football in another league? (Absolutely.) Would terms of his probation allow him to move from Virginia to work? (Maybe.) And, should he play in the UFL and play well, would some NFL team be tempted to add him for its stretch drive? (A definite maybe.)

But here, from Clark Judge of CBSsports.com, is Huyghue’s stance on Vick: “To the extent that Michael Vick becomes available, we will look very closely into bringing him into our league — not only because our fan-survey poll was abundantly in favor of allowing him to come back but because we think it might be the right kind of buffer for a player like that to go back to the NFL.”

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Sherman to the sea

June 9th, 2009
12:24 pm

All that info really gets me pumped——NOT

Mark Bradley

June 9th, 2009
12:25 pm

Sorry, Sherman. But that’s the thing about blogs: There’s always another one coming along before you know it.

Bill

June 9th, 2009
12:30 pm

I have no problem finding Versus.On Dish it’s channel 151,between ESPNU (148) and NFL Network (154)

Mark Bradley

June 9th, 2009
12:35 pm

Got no Dish, Bill. Barely have a TV, as you folks never let me forget.

AtlantaBytes

June 9th, 2009
12:37 pm

Wow those were some chippy responses. I actually appreciated that information and agree it is in the spirit of a successful blog effort.

Also, thanks Bill for incredibly literal and not funny. I believe Mark was using a hint of hyperbole here. Even with the channel guide and insightful people like yourself, the majority of us forget where the channel is because we couldn’t care less about the stuff they show on there.

Mike In Valdosta

June 9th, 2009
12:41 pm

Is that the same Michael Huyghue that was in the Jaguars front office?

Orlando will be a perfect fit. They all hate Dawgs

vannmc

June 9th, 2009
12:42 pm

he has done his time; give him a chance to make a living. Go Vick!

Samurai99

June 9th, 2009
12:42 pm

Thanks for a good read. I hope #7 can land on his feet. Orlando would be a good fit, and having his cousin around should be a good thing, right? The UFL will be an exciting experiment in whether football fans are ready for an “alternative”

Pretend Hero

June 9th, 2009
12:44 pm

I hope he plays for them, and that he plays well. I hope he is allowed back into the NFL, and that he plays at a high level for many years. I hope he makes a ton of money, and uses it to do some good, in a way that shows people can change for the better.

I hope he becomes a meaningful part of society and a force for positive change in our country.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 9th, 2009
12:46 pm

Good luck to Vick. I am not a supporter per say nor a hater. He didthe crime, served what our judicial system thought was appropriate and now he deserves the chance to persue football again. I will tune into to any game that involves him just to watch him play (for better or worse). He was an excellent talent and exciting to watch.

Bravosnumbaone

June 9th, 2009
12:48 pm

All these startup leagues fail because there simply isn’t enough talent out there to fill the rosters. The mediocre players, constant busted plays, and generally boring games will doom this league.

Fred

June 9th, 2009
12:49 pm

Wait….so the UFL which has gladly stated it would be willing to be Mike Vick’s stepping stone (per CBS Sports) for a year, and is paying the starting QBs $2 to $5 mil annually, would get a whole lotta publicity to kick off its first year and Mike Vick would get to basically train for pay, get TV exposure while doing it, possibly be in the market where he has the most fans to hype it even more and then go to the NFL in a year or so after playing against lesser talent and looking like his 2nd year at VA Tech……….brilliant, simply brilliant.

Eyes

June 9th, 2009
12:50 pm

I just want him to come back to the NFL! He has that right. I’m tired of everyone saying he does not, get a life!

VICK SUPPORTER 2

June 9th, 2009
12:52 pm

I THINK ART BLANK SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS POSSIBILITY. IF VICK SIGNS WITH ORLANDO, WHICH IS A CAR DRIVE AWAY FROM ATLANTA, ALL THOSE FANS THAT SOLD OUT THE DOME FOR VICK’S WHOLE CAREER, WILL MIGRATE TO ORLANDO AND THE GEORGIA DOME WILL ONCE AGAIN BE EMPTY, EXCEPT FOR MAYBE 2 OR 3 NUMBER 2 JERSEYS.

GO FALCONS!

Vick Fan 4 Life

June 9th, 2009
12:54 pm

That would be a great start for Mike Vick..then he can show the other teams what they’ll be in for if they sign him…I’m sure he still has all his moves and then some. GOOD LUCK 2 U MIKE VICK :)

Mark Bradley

June 9th, 2009
12:55 pm

That is indeed the same Mr. Huyghue.

Vick Fan 4 Life

June 9th, 2009
12:55 pm

GOOD POINT VICK SUPPORTER 2 ;)

wxwax

June 9th, 2009
12:57 pm

Hijack!

I like Versus. In addition to the Tour de France, they have awesome coverage of the IRL — much, much better than ESPN/ABC provided last year. And they have the NHL.

Minor sports? Maybe. But thank goodness they have a full time home in HD.

Vick Fan 4 Life

June 9th, 2009
12:58 pm

It’s still hard 4 me to believe he went to prison over some Dogs; now i do love dogs but my goodness; there are people doing much more bad stuff then dog fighting; which is still going on somewhere behind a shack, in the country, deep in the woods, next to the creek over by the Pecan Tree that blooms every 2 years

Professor

June 9th, 2009
12:59 pm

@ VICK SUPPORTER 2 you took the words from me! I totally agree because I am one of those fans that will drive to see him play instead of watching football at the BoreDOME

mano17

June 9th, 2009
1:00 pm

VICK SUPPORTER U ARE RIGHT ON TIME. I WONT HAVE A PROBLEM TRAVELING TO ORLANDO .

Mike

June 9th, 2009
1:00 pm

Six whole games. Wow. How will manage the grueling schedule.

mano17

June 9th, 2009
1:01 pm

PLEASE PASS THIS INFO AROUND THE WEB WE NEED THIS TO HAPPEN

Joe Biddle

June 9th, 2009
1:02 pm

Mr. Huyghue is also known for being Pacman Jones’ first agent. He and Vick should get along famously.

DJ Sniper

June 9th, 2009
1:04 pm

I swear, animal rights activists are some of the most retarded people in the world. As a dog owner, I definitely don’t condone Vick’s actions, but the nutjobs that belong to PETA and other such organizations are severly out of touch with reality. They would gladly sacrifice the lives of 10 people to save one animal. How ironic is it that PETA wants Vick to undergo a brain scan before returning to the NFL. If anybody needs a brain scan, it’s the members of that organization.

Mark Bradley

June 9th, 2009
1:05 pm

Actually, Joe — and hi there, Joe! — the DiTriani story quotes Huyghue as saying he didn’t think Pacman Jones would be a fit in the UFL.

DJ Sniper

June 9th, 2009
1:07 pm

We must have some more trolls in the house today. I liked Vick while he played here, but I’m a fan of the team first, and I like the direction that the team is going. It kills me that there are still some people out there that would prefer to miss out on the bright future that the Falcons have.

SeasonedBelle

June 9th, 2009
1:07 pm

Glad it may be Orlando. Air fare is cheap. Will protest him being in any limelight. Only an empty, soul-sick sob could do what he did to any living creature. Let him work at Office Depot or Wal-mart, or anywhere out of the public eye.

Jackie

June 9th, 2009
1:08 pm

It’s time to let Michael off the hook. He has paid for his mistake. Put your energy towards people who hurt children and rape women. You all know its not about the dogs. I wish Michael all the luck in the world.

Melo

June 9th, 2009
1:09 pm

The racist NFL owners should let Mike Vick back in the NFL—he went to prison and now they are trying to keep him out of the league! The fans want him back and will pay big money in tickets to see him play. It’s just another example of the rich white people running big businesses trying to keep the black man down in this country!

Munson

June 9th, 2009
1:10 pm

Enjoy your drive to Orlando! More seats in the dome for those of us who actually supported the Falcons as a team and not just one player.

VICK SUPPORTER 2

June 9th, 2009
1:11 pm

THEY BETTER PRAY MIKE TURNER DOESN’T GET HURT, BECAUSE THEY WILL BE IN EVEN WORST SHAPE THAN WHAT “VEGAS” HAS THEM FINISHING 8-8 AT BEST. VICK TOOK THE TEAM TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AND WON 2 PLAYOFF GAMES WITHOUT A TRUE RUNNING BACK.

WITH VICK DUNN, CRUMPLER & DUCKETT LOOKED LIKE PRO BOWLERS, BUT WITHOUT HIM DUNN & DUCKETT LOOKED LIKE COLLEGE PLAYERS. I KNOW FOR A FACT AFTER THE LEAGUE HAS HAD TIME TO REVIEW THAT “FLUKE” SEASON MATT RYAN “LEAF” HAD, HE WILL BE EXPOSED AS THE BUST I PREDICTED FROM THE START.

GO FALCONS!

Mark Bradley

June 9th, 2009
1:11 pm

I know this might be a forlorn hope, but could we try to keep this discussion on topic. Namely, would the UFL be a good re-starting point for Michael Vick?

Me, I don’t see why not.

Najeh Davenpoop

June 9th, 2009
1:11 pm

The UFL season starts in October and ends around Thanksgiving. I’d be willing to bet that if Goodell reinstates Vick on July 20th upon completion of his sentence (a big “if”) an NFL team would express interest in him before that time period.

But if Goodell decides to keep him suspended for a longer period of time, this would be a good option for Vick.

RK

June 9th, 2009
1:12 pm

4-team league? What’s the point?

Vick may have done his time, but I wouldn’t want that soulless monster on my team.

SeasonedBelle

June 9th, 2009
1:12 pm

Melo, seems the black man doesn’t need any help. He seems to do a great job of that all by himself. Just read any newspaper in the country. It’s all there in print.

Cairo

June 9th, 2009
1:14 pm

Thanks Mark for the blog… Don’t let the negative folk keep your from bringing “all” information that is news worthy not matter who it is about. It is time for people to let it go and move on. 7 has done his time like a man so it is time to get over it…

Mark Bradley

June 9th, 2009
1:17 pm

You’re welcome, Cairo.

And Najeh, I believe it was Thomas George of NFL.com who wrote a while back that a league official said he didn’t expect Vick to be on an NFL roster on Opening Day but he did by season’s end. That sounded right to me then, and it still does.

VICK SUPPORTER 2

June 9th, 2009
1:19 pm

VICK WAS DUE TO EARN 9 MILLION FROM THE FALCONS. BASED ON THE FACT THAT HE WILL MAKE 4-5 MILLION IN HIS FIRST SEASON IN THE UFL, THEY ONLY PLAY 6 GAMES, COMPARED TO THE 16-18 GAMES IN THE NFL, THAT EQUATES TO A 15 MILLION DOLLAR SEASON.

NO – I DON’T THINK MV7 NEEDS THE NFL, BUT THE NFL CAN KISS ALL THOSE JERSEY SALES & REVENUE GOOD BYE :)

WELCOME BACK EMPTY DOME :)

GO FALCONS!

Mark Bradley

June 9th, 2009
1:22 pm

It was Thomas George of NFL.com who wrote that. It wound up in a Buzz last month.

Pack Of Smokes

June 9th, 2009
1:23 pm

Bring on the Bulge Baby!!!!!!!!

stevew

June 9th, 2009
1:25 pm

EYES: If we should get a life, then how do we give back life to the dogs he had killed? I understand, you’re a loser so you need some kind of hero. Hell, he could have raped your sister and you would still wear his jersey.

Peaches & Candi

June 9th, 2009
1:25 pm

I think that the man has serviced his time according to the law of the land and should be allowed to get on with his life. It is the same as being on any job where certain steps must be followed and documented before a person can be fired. Each steps has a certain amount of time that it stays on your record and at the end of that time if no other infractions have occurred, it is taken out and tossed. HE DESERVES THAT MUCH, ANOTHER CHANCE FOR VIC! and I will be one of those traveling to Orlando.

mv7

June 9th, 2009
1:31 pm

vick will be the most watch athlete if he plays this year( which he will). there are more people that want to see him play than that dont. some people hated vick anyway not because of football but because he wasnt “mainstream”. he will need to go to a city like atl to be accepted and not be judged by his skin tone but his play on the field.

russell

June 9th, 2009
1:32 pm

There is no way Mike Vick signing with orlando’s Ufl team would affect attendance of the Falcons on Sundays. This is the NFL people, the greatest league in all of sports. Michael Vick cannot read defenses and now he is two or three steps slower. I think the best place for Vick to compete is the lowly UFL or the CFL. At least in those leagues his speed will still mask the fact that he isn’t a complete qb. What a joke. If the Falcons have another successful season and they don’t sell out the dome then arthur blank should move the team from the joke of a city that is Atlanta. They’ve never been a good nfl city.

Fred

June 9th, 2009
1:32 pm

Mark, comments like those from Ed are ignorant and have no place on a supposedly respectable newspaper blog. Don’t you agree?

VICK SUPPORTER 2

June 9th, 2009
1:33 pm

ACTUALLY SICK ANIMAL LOVERS PLACE INJURED ANIMALS IN A HIGHER PRIORITY THAN “HUMAN” CRIMES SUCH AS RAPE. AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED, PIGS, CHICKENS, DOGS ARE ALL THE SAME.

GO FALCONS!

Lazy Dawg

June 9th, 2009
1:33 pm

Vick does deserve a second chance,but 6 games equals 6 games Vick supporter 2.His big payday has come and gone those day’s are over and I think the NFL has an intrest in the UFL and by the way the dome is just fine with Matt at the helm.

The Voice

June 9th, 2009
1:35 pm

Oh Yes let him go to the UFL,,,,,and sloooowwwwllly faaaaadddddeeee aaawwwwaaaaayyyyy

Mark Bradley

June 9th, 2009
1:36 pm

Matt at the helm. Matt Helm. Played by Dean Martin in four amusing movies. Good one, Lazy Dawg.