Wednesday, August 1, 2007

IN A WORD: JAIL

Yesterday, on the radio in Atlanta, Michael Vick put his "faith in the Man upstairs."

Not a moment too soon.

The day before, one of Vick's co-defendants pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a dogfighting conspiracy he says was financed almost entirely by the Atlanta Falcons quarterback.

As part of a plea agreement, Tony "T" Taylor pledged to fully cooperate with the government in its prosecution of Vick and two other men accused of running an interstate dogfighting enterprise known as "Bad Newz Kennels" on Vick's property in rural Surry County.

"The 'Bad Newz Kennels' operation and gambling monies were almost exclusively funded by Vick," a summary of facts supporting the plea agreement and signed by Taylor states.

The plea deal requires Taylor to testify against Vick and his two remaining co-defendants if called upon to do so. Taylor cannot get a stiffer sentence or face any new charges based on any new information he provides, according to terms of the agreement.
(Yeah, but we bet he can't show his face back in the Bad Newz hood...)

The really bad new(z)s for Vick, like there wasn't plenty already, is that the Fed's conviction rate in dog fighting cases runs at 95%...


REALITY: IT'S WEIRD

Crispin Sartwell (no, we didn't just make that up) wrote an interesting editorial in the Hartford Courant about how conflcted we are over animals called "Petting that dog, Eating that cow."

"...If killing dogs is the equivalent of child pornography, while eating cows is simply a way to put off mowing the lawn, we seem to be conflicted - or reeking with hypocrisy and confusion..."

Things that make you go "Hmmm..."

WRONG...BUT, FUNNY!

You can make the case that this pee wee football team is cheating in this short YouTube clip, but since the parents aren't beating up each other or the kids, it's all good by us.

Funny.
Wrong, but funny.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

NICE LYON! To further signify the carnival-like atmosphere that has overcome the event where a long-running controversy led to the ejection of former race leader Michael Rasmussen and two entire teams, Tour de France organizers decided the winner's trophy should be a stuffed animal. In addition, Contador will get to be the voice of Alex the lion in Madagascar 2.

Next month the Discovery Channel will air a new special titled "What's Up With Alberto's Blood?"

(AFP/Dominique Faget)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

DRUG SCANDAL INCITES INSTANT CHANGE. The French, desperate to make the most recent edition of the Tour De Tricheurs a legitimate event, have begun renaming French landmarks so fans of the sport will become more comfortable with cycling in the "Doping Age." Here, the pack rides up the Champs Elysees avenue towards the Arc de Enduire de Sang (the Arc de Blood Doping) during the 20th and last stage of the 94th Tour de Tricheurs (Cheaters) cycling race, between Marcoussis and Paris, Sunday, July 29, 2007.

Alberto Contador of Spain won his first Tour de Tricheurs on Sunday when it was determined that his blood was clean simply because he doesn't have any.

(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

WHY NOBODY REALLY CARES ABOUT MEN'S TENNIS...Any questions?

Croatia's President Stipe Mesic claps his hands as Spain's Carlos Moya holds a trophy after defeating Romania's Andrei Pavel in the final tennis match of the Croatia Open ATP Tour in Umag, Croatia, Sunday, July 29, 2007.

Nice president. Nice, Croatia, NICE!

(Photo by Darko Banic [cool name]AP Photo)

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