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Sunday, September 09, 2007
Sunday Notes

Some thoughts following the New England Patriots demolition of the New York Jets in the Meadowlands (and if Randy Moss--9 catches, 183 yards, 1 touchdown--keeps it up and stays healthy, the Patriots trade for him may go down as the most lopsided trade in NFL history: a 4th round pick for perhaps the best wide receiver in the game):

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Town Hall columnist Jackie Gingrich Cushman, who is writing a book on childhood and faith with her father, former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, examines the possible lessons that children can take from Michael Vick's legal troubles. She interviewed me for her column, and asked me how Vick may be able to find redemption, both for himself and for the public. In her column, she notes how University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has recovered from a troubled past (convicted on second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal trespass) to become a Heisman Trophy candidate this year. As I told Jackie, I agree with her that Vick can still come back:
"If he serves his time without incident, avoids other controversy, and commits to using his football fame for good (such as pledging to donate a meaningful portion of any future football-related income to animal abuse shelters), he would seem to be on the right road to redemption, not only in the eyes of Commissioner Goodell, but also of many Americans." McCann added, "And while we will never forget his role in unspeakably horrific dog abuse, we also, I suspect, recognize that we all make errors and that we can all change and become better persons."
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Marc Edelman, who recently guest blogged here and who runs (a fantasy football dispute resolution service which I wrote about here), has just started a companion blog for, SportsJudge Blog. According to Marc, "SportsJudge Blog serves to provide cutting-edge fantasy-sports advice from our team of experts in the fields of law, finance, mathematics, medicine, and psychology. The underlying purpose of this blog is to apply specialized academic skills into the realm of fantasy-sports analysis. It is my belief that articles of this variety will prove far more useful to fantasy sports contestants than those available through mainstream media." We look forward to reading SportsJudge Blog and to Marc guest blogging again next month.

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Ryan Rodenberg, another guest blogger who recently served as associate general counsel of Octagon, has just started in the Sports Management Ph.D. program at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to pursuing his Ph.D., he is also teaching there and is currently teaching a sports law course for grad students. He has started a blog in conjunction with that course, Sports Law Professor Blog. Congratulations to Ryan on his new position at Indiana and good luck to him in his pursuit of a Ph.D. There aren't too many attorneys with Ph.Ds, and several years from now Ryan will be joining a very distinguished group.


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Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/09/2007 10:51 PM  

I don't know where Ms. Cushman lives, maybe DC? For one thing, maybe she has not noticed, American sport's fans will put up with murder, wife beating, gang shootings--but not DOG FIGHTING.

Next, how on G_D's green earth can she compare a one-time incident of burglary/trespass to 6 YEARS of buying, killing, fighting dogs, gambling, etc.? On top of that, who ever heard of Colt Brennan? I mean he's 24 and still in college. Millions of people had not investment in him. By the time he came into the limelight, he had cleaned up his life.

I'm not sure, maybe she did not read the plea, maybe she has not seen the polls against Vick, maybe she does not follow the NFL, etc.

Vick still has to resolve the issue of gambling. The NFL seems to think he gambled--(Goodell's letter)that may be the reason he will not play again. At any rate, I wish him well and hopes he does what he says he will.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/10/2007 2:36 AM  

I think it's pretty terrible of Cushman to "out" this poor college kid. While I'm not a Hawaii fan,(UCLA for me) she told me something I did not need to know. This poor guy. This incident happened almost FOUR years ago!!Hopefully no one cares what she thinks.

Well, her father has not recovered well, he is still hated by many in his own party!

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Blogger Алексей -- 9/23/2007 2:18 PM  

vick going to start dogfighting again? nah i dont think so

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