Vick to the Vikes? If the Vikes have any sense, absolutely

The Minnesota Vikings were willing to wait all summer on a 39-year-old prima donna who has nothing left. So yeah, they could do worse than a 29-year-old who has a point to prove. Yeah, I’m thinking Michael Dwayne Vick would look just dandy in purple.

The Vikings have no quarterback unless you count Tarvaris Jackson, which even the Vikings don’t. If they had a quarterback, they wouldn’t have prostrated themselves before the latest whims of Brett Favre. Michael Vick needs a job and is free to look for NFL work. (Perhaps you’d heard something about this.) So if you’re the Vikes, here’s what you do:

You tell your fans, “We know Vick comes with more baggage than Louis Vuitton, but we’ve got no choice. We’ve got a decent team that’s lacking at the most important position. We know some of you might have some reservations about his character, but would you rather us hire the nearest Eagle scout and do a Detroit? (Meaning: Go 0-16?) Or would you want us to take a chance on a guy who we absolutely know will want to play, as opposed to the fossil who just strung us along who never knows what the heck he wants?

“Would you? Thought you might.”

I’m thinking the notion of Michael Vick and Adrian Peterson in the same backfield might influence a few Viking backers to choose forgiveness over PETA-like lifelong wrath. (Shoot, I wouldn’t mind seeing that tandem myself.) I’m thinking folks in the Land of 10,000 Lakes recall what happened when last Mr. Vick played in the Twin Cities. And in case they’d forgotten … well, here you go.

199 comments Add your comment

Baby Ruth

July 29th, 2009
7:07 am

The indignation about Vick being back in the NFL will last about as long as it takes him to score his first spectacular TD. If he has a big year, virtually all will be forgiven. It’s the nature of professional sport in America.

MightyQuinn

July 29th, 2009
7:09 am

I got 7:12 in the pool for first use of “thug” on today’s blog!

jeffrey d

July 29th, 2009
7:12 am

Once again Mark’s got a blog up before I even leave for work. Thank you good sir.

thug

MR.GOODBAR

July 29th, 2009
7:29 am

HA 2ND FOR THUG, BUT VICK ISNT WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT.
GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE- YOU DUMMIES

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

July 29th, 2009
7:47 am

Mark you are dead on. Minn. is the perfect team. It is a run first team with no legitimate QB and a desperate coach because he will be on the hot seat if he doesn’t win this year. It is the perfect storm.

rob

July 29th, 2009
7:51 am

Vick to the vikings would be a good look for both. Vick needs to get on the field and start doing the things that made him special to begin with so people will barely remember what he did a la Kobe, Ray Lewis. On a related note PETA are a bunch of idiots, you got what you wanted, he was severely punished for what he did, leave him alone.

honest_abe

July 29th, 2009
7:51 am

why not? he’s just about as bad as tavaris when it comes to throwing the ball and he WAS faster…. so i agree.. nice fit.

bigeasy830

July 29th, 2009
7:55 am

Mark, do you ever sleep.

Butthead66

July 29th, 2009
8:01 am

The vikings will win more games with Sage then Vick, how was Vick during his last year with Atlanta? The Viking fans won’t take to getting flipped off like he did to the atlanta fans!

Sherry

July 29th, 2009
8:08 am

Does the word forgiveness mean anything in anyones vocabulary? I am tired of people judging Vick and if they look around, I’m sure there’s something in their closet that needs to be cleaned including those people who work for PETA. Let Vick play!!!!

athensdawg

July 29th, 2009
8:10 am

cant wait for all the “redemption” stories to come out once MV gets back to the NFL. All will be forgotten….the ESPN watching zombies will have a tear in their eyes for the misunderstood “comeback kid.” Makes you want to puke.

Somewhere, Art Schlister and Pete Rose are wishing they could have been born a lot later…………

TD Jakes

July 29th, 2009
8:13 am

Vick to the Vikings?!? Don’t they already have enough STDs and felons?

How about Vick to Satan instead?

That animal-raping monster is a subhuman piece of garbage and he should burn the eternal flames of Hell instead of becoming a millionaire all over again!

Deborah Jackson

July 29th, 2009
8:13 am

How can we not forgive Michael Vick when he has paid his debt to society. We pray and ask God to forgive us for our sins and here we are not being able to forgive us each other.If God gives us chances over and over again.Michael Vick deserve another chance also.

Peadawg

July 29th, 2009
8:14 am

Yet another useless Vick article/blog from the AJC.

LizDawg

July 29th, 2009
8:16 am

I hate PETA and dread their protests irrespective of who Vick ends up playing with. Vikings or Raiders (assuming Russell continues to fail) seem to be best fits.

Also dread the ESPN ticker & around-the-clock updates.

Mark Bradley

July 29th, 2009
8:19 am

If Vick does make good on his return, that would be a pretty fair comeback tale, would it not?

Deborah Jackson

July 29th, 2009
8:20 am

TD Jakes impersonator If you were a true christain those words would not have come out of your mouth.You needs Prayer and I for one will be praying for you and all the other cold hearted people who don’t take THE WORD OF GOD serious.

Lane Kiffin

July 29th, 2009
8:20 am

I’ll take him!

Kyd302

July 29th, 2009
8:21 am

Does anyone remember Vick in the NCAA he was a run an gun qb with a perfectly good arm but lets face it when you play for the falcons your going to get a bad rep this isnt the 90’s when Jamal Anderson carried the team Falcons are just as bad a team as the lions and lets face it they sucked Vick would be GR8 for the Vikes or heres an idea PULL JOHN ELWAY out of retirement and SAGE SUCKS

Bill E. Goat

July 29th, 2009
8:24 am

Imagine Vick, Peterson AND Percy Harvin all in the same backfield at once…..From a pure football standpoint that would be SICK!

All I'm Saying Is...

July 29th, 2009
8:30 am

Given that they play on turf in a domed stadium, already have AP on the team and therefore an offensive line that knows how to block, given the troubles of TJ as a starter, and the fact that they considered the decrepit Favre, it certainly makes sense for the Vikings to consider MV. I don’t know if their coach has the mental toughness and the will to withstand the criticism that will explode to the surface at the first opportunity if he goes that route (especially given the football players behaving badly incident they had on that infamous birthday “booze/stripper” cruise a few years back). The hardest thing with deciding to go this route is the reality that with AP, all Minnesota needs is a quarterback who won’t hurt you with turnovers — something MV struggled with for awhile in terms of fumbles and interceptions. Think Trent Dilfer with the Ravens in 2000. Dilfer was basically awful so that minimized what he was expected to do—mainly hand off to Jamal Lewis and occasionally throw the ball to Shannon Sharpe. (You saw the same thing last year with the Ravens and their rookie QB by the way.). So all in all, MV is a risk that Minnesota doesn’t need to take.

The best hope for MV is someone brings him on board to run their Wildcat formation and he should hope and pray that a strong minded coach/GM with a track record to withstand criticism about the veracity of his decision making decides to bring MV on board with the best candidates being either Belichick [sp.] in NE (burned by Wildcat last year) or Parcells (his coach already uses Wildcat in Miami) as clearly both have the track record and the Super Bowls to do it no matter what anyone else things (and with Tony Dungy working with MV, they may both have a comfort level to try it).

NCFalconFan

July 29th, 2009
8:30 am

Bradley, will the protest be as bad as we invision? He is working with the Humane Society and I believe the ASPCA (not sure if the acronym is correct) sent out a release that they hope he make enough of his second chance. The only group to be concerned about is PETA and they have lost a lot of credibilty with a lot of people the brain scan and calling out the President for killing a fly. Seriously for all of those who say they will “boycott” the NFL if Vick returns is absurb. Can anyone stay away from this game?

FALCONS SORRY

July 29th, 2009
8:31 am

ALL HATERS! YOU ALL JUST WISH YOU HAD VICK ON YOUR TEAM! MIKE VICK WILL BE A SUCCESS NO MATTER WHERE HE PLAYS! MINNESOTA! TAMPA BAY! CAROLINA! SAN FRAN! IT DONT MATTER! VICK WILL BE TRUE TO HIS WORD AND HE WILL REDEEM HIMSELF! MIKE VICK IT IS TIME TO SHOCK THE WORLD AND REWRITE THE GREATEST COMEBACK STORY OF ALL TIME! VICK IS A FOOTBALL LEGEND AND NOT ALL THE HATERS IN THE WORLD AND BACK STABBERS LIKE AUTHUR BLANK CAN HOLD HIM BACK FROM RECLAIMING HIS THRONE AS THE GREATEST PLAYER TO EVER STEP ON THE FIELD! HIS GREAT NAME ALONE SELLS OUT STADIUMS! LOOK FOR MIKE TO THE BE THE HEAD LINER IN MIAMI IN JANUARY! TIME TO TAKE BACK WHAT BELONG TO YOU MIKE!

Chris

July 29th, 2009
8:35 am

The Vikes already have a RB who masquerades as a QB, is inaccurate, and fumbles when hit.

Vick is a great name, to be sure. Mike Vick’s Dog Training. Should do well. Right next door to the Joseph Stalin School of Diplomacy.

All World

July 29th, 2009
8:36 am

Why don’t Vick haters criticize white people that kill animals like their favorite team owner that was killing defenseless animals on a safari in Africa when Vick went down? Could this lifelong hate be racially motivated? Perhaps the devilish hatred is a klan conspiracy!

falconsfainga

July 29th, 2009
8:43 am

Falcons sorry this is just for you!!!!

Backstabbers- Blank in particular: you are truly an idiot Falcons sorry for making that statement…the man lied to him on multiple occasions and just because he chooses to move on he is a backstabber…. that is the problem with people today… you are truly a hummer in more ways than one…

THE MAN COMMITTED A FELONY!!! DOES THAT NOT REGISTER BETWEEN YOUR EARS…

Yes the man was and is a heck of an athlete and believe it or not I hope he is able to play again- given an opportunity to succeed…

Later

joyce

July 29th, 2009
8:43 am

The dogs that michael vick killed did not get a second chance WHY SHOULD HE.?

Ms. Lewinsky

July 29th, 2009
8:44 am

RE: “Why don’t Vick haters criticize white people that kill animals like their favorite team owner that was killing defenseless animals on a safari in Africa when Vick went down?” – All World @ 8:36am

Dear “All World” – You cannot pin Vick’s lifestyle choices on Mr. Blank. Vick was already doing that with other men well before the FBI raided his home.

falconsfainga

July 29th, 2009
8:48 am

All world your comments show ignorance as well… and I don’t even hunt and never have… give it a rest… THE MAN COMMITTED A FELONY!!! I am so tired of people coining Vick Haters this and that- act like a decent human being, don’t use drugs, speak proper English and stay out of trouble and you would be amazed at the support one would have…

I hope he is given an opportunity to play again!!!

Amos

July 29th, 2009
8:50 am

@ Deborah Jackson

Deborah, are you one of the “mothers” of Vick’s illegitimate demon spawn?

Don’t worry, Deborah. You, Vick, Tupac, Al Davis and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will all get to spend eternity together for your hypocrisy and mocking of True Believers as well as Falcons Fans.

If you think it really burns now after what Vick gave you, just wait until you get your eternal “reward.”

Mark Bradley

July 29th, 2009
8:51 am

I don’t think the protests will be all that bad, NC. I mean, it’s not as if the man got off without paying a price.

And BigEasy, I do sleep. But not much last night, I’m afraid. And now I’m off to eight hours of brainstorming at Cox Corporate HQ.

midnite

July 29th, 2009
8:52 am

All World-You sound like an ignorant racist full of hate yourself. You can’t mask that racial hatred. You and Mike Vick have had the same opportunities as anyone else. Get a life, that way of thinking is why you will never amount to anything.

Phil McCrotch

July 29th, 2009
8:53 am

All World- because it’s legal dumbass. Good god, have you not figured out yet he committed a federal crime? He didn’t go to jail for killing dogs. How many f-ing times do some of you idiots have to have that explained?? Hey, but way to go on keeping the racial divide alive.

BK

July 29th, 2009
8:56 am

The really pathetic aspect of this story is that a gang of Wall Street “executives” has just extorted $24 TRILLION from the US Treasury & helped themselves to multi-million-dollar “bonuses”, paid for with OUR TAX DOLLARS, & you dumb F**Ks think that Michael Vick is the thug. Yes, VIrginia, the dumbing down of American education is real.

David

July 29th, 2009
8:56 am

He needs to go to the UFL and play for Orlando.

Atl Hawk

July 29th, 2009
8:58 am

Good for Vick, We will call them ‘The Minnesota Vickings’ Do your thing wherever you go Vick!!!!!!!!!!!! Dont worry about the people trying to write your story, thats means you will have plenty of endings and they will have none. And if you want to fight dogs again just hang em after your done. Isnt that what whaite people did after slaves were no more good. I dont think they will have a problem with you hangiing them, it was in their nature.

Robert

July 29th, 2009
8:58 am

Mark has learned that if he wants an exciting blog with lots of back and forth, just mention Mike Vick. Good article with a tad of humor.

GeeMack

July 29th, 2009
8:59 am

Mark,

Why have an imitation (T. Jackson) when you can get the real thing (M. Vick) I can’t wait to see a play breakdown and #MV7 take off for a 1st down.

Robert

July 29th, 2009
8:59 am

Lizdawg, finally a Georgia fan I can agree with on something.

Mr. Obvious

July 29th, 2009
9:00 am

Vick was too stupid to learn the Falcons playbook, no matter how much they “dumbed it down,” simplified it and scapegoated intelligent offensive coordinators for his benefit.

True Falcons FOOTBALL Fans, not the Vick Worshippers who flocked to the Dome just to see and be seen, would rather lose *WITHOUT* Vick than win *WITH* him.

“DEBORAH JACKSON” sounds like she is needing Vick to get back making his million$ so she can get her child support payments from him and possibly become eligible for the next season of “Real Housewives of the ATL.”

Paul A

July 29th, 2009
9:02 am

Sure …. Mike Vick did his time fair and square.

Let the guy play ball. I think he’d do well in Minnesota.

I’m gonna make a fortune selling Mike Vick (Vikings) doggie chew toys !!!!

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

July 29th, 2009
9:08 am

lighten up Amos.

JoeJoe1313

July 29th, 2009
9:11 am

I just cant get the image of Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Mike Vick in the same backfield. WOW. Vick has paid his dues. Good Luck Mike Vick!!!!

CoastalDawg

July 29th, 2009
9:13 am

It’s not up to any of us as to whether or not a team is willing to withstand the likes of PETA and others in signing Michael Vick. Only time will tell if his “remorse” is real. Surely he has been humbled but I can say that most Falcons fans are not sorry to see him gone, not glad because he got himself into trouble, but it just wasn’t happening in Atlanta – coaching and playing did not equal wins. Matthew Ryan has given the Falcons a new start, the Falcons have released Vick so if another team (surprisingly the Cowboys don’t want him but then they are married to Tony Romo and don’t want an ugly divorce) wants him, so be it. Michael Vick proved that if you hang around with dogs, you get fleas and that cost him pretty much everything to this point.

John

July 29th, 2009
9:13 am

I don’t understand the point of not playing the first 6 games. He should be either back ot not back.

CARTERSVILLE DAWG

July 29th, 2009
9:15 am

Hey FALCONS SORRY… What makes Vick a football legend?

Rickster

July 29th, 2009
9:16 am

I just hope the Vikings offer Vick contract with a nominal base salary and HUGE bonuses to be paid on performance & behavioral milestones.

Chris

July 29th, 2009
9:18 am

Anyone else draw the connection with the diehard Vick supporters to the diehard Josh Smith supporters (and the rest of the so-called ‘Highlight Factory)? Not the illegal activites, but the entertainment aspect over being an actual player and winner. This town seems to want more entertainment out of their sports, yet whine when they don’t win. You can’t always have both.

Elvisinthehouse

July 29th, 2009
9:18 am

Perfect way to tell that bradley and most whites who comment is full of hatred,is when you have a player(mv7)who don’t even play for the falcons is the major topic.Why? because you have 53 other players on falcons roster.Im not a racist,i love blacks,mexicans,ect…But i definately know enough is enough.For some one to keep undigging a hole(mv7 paid for what he has done and moved on and AJC have not)to get hatred racist comments is uncalled for.

Dawg Foot

July 29th, 2009
9:24 am

NOOOOOO!!!!! Vick does not belong in the NFL. Anyone who can spend $28M and have debt should be working in McDonald’s.