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Philly Equals Good Food, Good Sports, and Mike Vick

If there is anything that gives me a good vibe is the atmosphere and passion of Philadelphia. From the way they support nearly all their sports teams, to the absolutely staggering amount of restaurants. Philly is blue-collar by nature, but people who live there are genuinely  Pennsylvanians.  You got to love the Pennsylvania  hospitality, the openness and the ability to have a small town mentality with a big town cover.

Philly is real, the atmosphere, the down home mantra that nearly everyone displays, the entertainment.  But there is literally nothing like Philadelphia Sports. From the Phillies to Eagles, to the  Flyers,  one thing is sure,  Philly loves its sports.  You could write an entire blog just on Philly sports.  The Big story this year was the redemption of  Michael Vick.  Philly did not embrace Vick at first, but one thing brought the Philly fans on board. Vick starting doing miraculous things on the football field and won games that they would have otherwise lost.

What are you going to do?  Continue be a hater or give  a guy like Mike Vick props for how he rehabilitated himself on the field and off. Philly loves it sports and they roots for underdogs. So goes the story of  how they accepted and embraced Mike Vick.

The Vick  story was the  highlight of the year. The Flyers and Phillies both made  miraculous runs  and the Sixers well, were just the Sixers.  Thanks Philadelphia for being real.

Mike Vick Has Work To Do On His Image

Michael Vick is back in the NFL. To some that in itself is a travesty. To others, they wish him well after he has paid his dues with a 2 year prison term for unseemly and inhumane crimes against animals. No matter where you stand on the issue it is a passionate argument on both sides. Do you reward someone with millions of  dollars after  committing such a despicable act?

The other side of the argument is even prisoners released from prison should be allowed to  make a living for themselves and their families.  Better we let them make a living and perhaps the chance of rehabilitating themselves, verses being a burden to tax payers and perhaps a liability to society in the future.

Make no mistake, Vick made a huge mistake and  his moral compass was bankrupt. But this man given his crime, appears to be remorseful and only time will tell.  Can we forgive? We should. No one is society is  perfect, all of us has fallen short of the  road to excellent values.  No living human being can say they have not made a mistake, perhaps not on the level of a Michael Vick, but nevertheless we are not perfect.

The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to go out of the limb and offer Vick a contract. Plenty of people are questioning why? It is understandable. The  Philadelphia Eagles have showed more courage in giving Vick a chance than many NFL teams.  He is without question, a tremendous football player and his talent is unquestioned. Many teams probably thought long and hard about signing Vick, but shied away from the  backlash the the Eagles coach and  ownership are sure to receive from animal rights group,  fans,  and average people who have pets of their own.  It is a slippery slope and a road less traveled for all concerned.

So it is up to Vick to prove himself; he has a lot of work to do, but that comes with the territory when you make mistakes, you must pay for them,  sometimes for a lifetime.  I wish Vick well in his quest to rehabilitate himself, there is a lot on the line for him, the Eagles, the NFL, and the many people who have stood in support of Michael Vick; Tony Dungy, Donovan McNabb and others.

This situation will play out for years to come. It up to Vick to remake himself and it want be easy.

Phillies Win It All

The Philadelphia Phillies took home the world championship trophy tonight winning its first championship since 1980. Twenty-five years to be exact. It was a wacky series that resumed tonight after a rain delay on Monday. The Phillies took home the championship for a city starved from championship glory.

For the first time, the championship came before a national television audience before 11 PM. Which meant that the series had someone of a prime time audience. So the city of Philadelphia can be proud of a winner and with it full slates of sports teams, the Eagles, Flyers, Sixers and Phillies, the city where Philly steaks are king, can be proud that they now have a winner.

Charlie Manual guided the Phillies to its second World Series title.