Quote of the Day

"They were absolutely numb. They were in a state of shock, and there was a lot of anger almost immediately."

-- ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, on fans' reactions to the Eagles signing Michael Vick at Thursday night's preseason game against the Patriots ("Mike & Mike," ESPN2, 8/14).

Friday August 14, 2009 Vol. 15 — No. 228 Print This Issue

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  • Into The Fire

    Eagles' Signing Of Vick
    Puts Spotlight On Team

    The long-running debate over Michael Vick's new NFL home has come to an end with the Eagles signing the controversial QB to a two-year deal. Most observers express surprise that the typically controversy-free Eagles are taking a chance on Vick, as the team generally has "avoided players with character issues." But coach Andy Reid firmly defends the move, saying people "deserve a second chance," and the N.Y. TIMES' Judy Battista notes the Eagles "provide Vick with a stable organization to insulate him during what is sure to be a tumultuous return." ESPN reporter and longtime Philly resident Sal Paolantonio says there is "a lot of anger" among fans, with a large majority of sports talk radio callers against the move. Paolantonio: "This is literally the most shocking news story to be just dumped in the lap of this city since I've been a reporter here."

  • It's In The Game
    "Madden NFL 10" hits retail Friday amid rave reviews, expected to match sales of '09 edition.

    Split Decision 
    Baseball, softball unsure about next step in Olympic process; were star power and money reasons IOC picked golf and rugby? 

    Roster Maneuvers
    Charles Davis, Trent Green among new faces to join Fox' NFL broadcasting lineup.

    Right On Target 
    Chiefs preseason game to serve as debut for mostly-completed Arrowhead renovations.

    Windy City Intrigue
    "Cutler-mania" continues to sweep Chicago as QB's jersey tops latest sales list.

    Formation Shift 
    Big Ten leading the way as conferences begin to jockey for new bowl game affiliations.

    Golden Goal 
    As EPL season kicks off this weekend, most clubs seeing strong season-ticket sales.

    New & Improved
    Cincinnati tennis facility unveils renovations with joint ATP/WTA event in mind.

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