I went into this with the intention of reading a 1,000 word screed on Vick, society, the Eagles, Philly fans, and Governor Rendell, but, to my surprise, Steve Hummer (of the Atlanta Constitution Journal, writing for CNN) did an excellent job of encapsulating both sides of the Vick situation.

Perhaps it's a little late to be asking this question, but seeing as though Vick might be facing a month in the national spotlight, it seems as good a time as ever to ask if the country is ready for more Vick. Let this article define the debate.

One long excerpt:

One episode last month struck the manager as telling. A customer came to him irate over how long it had taken the service department to perform a simple oil change. He left dramatically, vowing never to return.

The next day, McMenamin's [Woodbury Nissan Executive Manager] phone rang. It was the same disaffected customer. He had seen the Vick commercial that night. "You gave Michael Vick a second chance, and I'm willing to give your store a second chance" are the words McMenamin remembers.

Sport has always had its gamblers and rogues, its cheats and addicts. In one Super Bowl night in Atlanta, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis became part of a double murder case (he eventually pled to misdemeanor obstruction of justice). The following year, 2001, he was the Super Bowl MVP.

There'd be none of the usual failings for Vick, though. Like his skill set of speed, elusiveness and arm strength, his downfall had to be so out of the norm as to challenge belief. He'd bankroll a dog fighting ring.

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