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By John Whiting

For those of you who aren't too familiar with the NFL, chances are you have still heard of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.

Vick's superstar status has spread worldwide since he was drafted out of Virginia Tech in 2001, and that's why his fall from grace is all the more painful for football fans.

On Tuesday Vick pleaded guilty for his role in a sickening dogfighting ring which spread across several states in the US.

The charges will see him face jail time, possibly for up to five years behind bars.

And with the worldwide media coverage his case has been getting, you might be wondering - why should I care?

Here's why you should care

I can't think of a much worse scenario for such a high profile player.

The first draft pick in 2001, Vick was the face of the NFL - young and exciting with a great personality, hard-working mentality and freakish athleticism.

The things he can do on the field made people interested in the sport, and his arrival in Atlanta pulled the franchise out of the mire and gave fans something to cheer about.

The biggest reason the 27-year-old was such an instant hit in the NFL was his ability to break the mould of a traditional quarterback.

Vick is in no way a pocket passer, instead he can light up even the best defences with his mobility and quick feet.

He was the Saviour for an entire sport, capturing imaginations around the world.

Kiwi comparison

To put this into perspective, Vick was to the NFL what Dan Carter is to New Zealand rugby.

I can't even stand to imagine what a devastating blow it would be if Carter was ever in similar legal trouble.

Both players are leaders for their teams, and they serve as role models for young kids who look up to their heroes.

But Vick's actions have let down every football fan around the world, especially this sport journalist who is now too ashamed to wear his Atlanta No.7 jersey.

How much damage has Vick done?

A lot.

Not only were his actions criminal, they were sickening, with reports Vick oversaw acquaintances fighting dogs to the death.

His cohorts also killed underperforming animals by shooting, drowning, hanging and slamming them to the ground.

The startling revelations aren't likely to put fans off the sport, but they will tarnish the NFL's reputation.

Not to mention the hurt he has caused his most avid fans that have followed him throughout his career.

The question is, why would a young star with so much talent and success make such a reprehensible mistake?

Well, this may be a problem such a huge competition like the NFL will always have.

With stars earning millions and millions of dollars each year, there are always going to be a select few who let the money take them over.

Will he be back?

It depends how long he is in jail.

The American public are quick to forgive their fallen stars, and love a good comeback story.

If Vick gets around 12 months behind bars, as is expected, he will still be in top physical shape to re-enter the NFL.

Whether any team will want him will be a different story.

For mine, there's no way he can go back to Atlanta, the franchise must completely wash its hands of the star.

But I am positive that at least one team would be prepared to take a punt on him despite his history, I mean look at wide receiver Terrell Owens.

It was widely known what problems Owens had with past teams, but his talent was enough to entice the Dallas Cowboys to sign him after a public spat with the Philadelphia Eagles saw him released.

I hope for the sake of the NFL and its fans worldwide we see Vick back.

He has the chance to atone for his mistakes, and that can only be good for the sport.
Source: ONE Sport

Michael Vick was a great player what happened to him?
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Firefighting teams from across Europe are continuing to battle forest fires raging across southern Greece, which have claimed at least 63 lives.
Several EU countries have sent their own firefighters, backed by planes and helicopters, to help tackle the blazes.

Some 27 villages have been entirely abandoned and many parts of the Peloponnese peninsula are still ablaze.

The Greek opposition has attacked the government's response to the crisis, calling it "totally incompetent".

The EU help is said to be the union's largest offer of emergency assistance to a member state.


Greece battles against devastating forest fires

Rescuers have evacuated villages in the Peloponnese as the fires threatened to engulf them, but there have been no fatalities since Monday, reports say.

"The fires are still out of control. At the moment there is no threat to the villages, but the direction of the wind is impossible to predict," a fire service spokesman told the AFP news agency.

On Monday, terrified residents in Frixa in the western Peloponnese were airlifted to safety by helicopters after being cut off by fire and thick black smoke.

Isolated villages have been cut off in the region, sparking fears that the death toll could rise further.

The government declared a state of emergency over the weekend as new fires, fanned by hot, gusting winds, continued to break out around Greece.

From heaven to hell

The village of Artimeta in the Peloponnese has become known as the "crematorium", says the BBC's Malcolm Brabant who is in the village near the town of Olympia.

Burnt-out wrecks of cars are testament to local people's bid to escape the flames "in a convoy of death".

Just across the road is a fire engine lying on its side, in which three firemen were killed.

I've been coming here for the last 15 years on holiday with my children. It was a paradise here and now it is hell

The ground is charred and the surrounding countryside looks as though a bomb has been dropped on the area, our correspondent adds. No birdsong can be heard.

"I've been coming here for the last 15 years on holiday with my children. It was a paradise here and now it is hell," one woman who escaped the blaze told the BBC.

"The fire travelled faster than us when we tried to escape. In 10 minutes, the fires were all over the village."

In one car, a woman and her four children were burnt alive as they tried to flee the blaze. If she had stayed at home, she would have survived as her house was untouched by fire.

"She was my best friend, she was trying to escape with her children but the fires cut them off," one woman who knew her told the BBC.

"We raised our children together. My little girl Ara asked me today 'why isn't Constandinos with us to play?'. And I told her that they are near God now, in heaven."

Political fallout

Correspondents say the fires are likely to dominate political debate ahead of a general election on 16 September.

The PM said the poll would proceed as planned, but his priority was the victims, not political point-scoring.
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damn,that's one big fire.

The story behind the fame: the highs and lows of Owen Wilson
The American media has been intrigued by claims that the Hollywood actor has been taken to hospital after a suicide attempt. Andrew Gumbel reports on a man whose public acclaim may have hidden intolerable private pressures
Published: 29 August 2007

Anyone wanting to understand the sheer blood-sucking ghoulishness of today's Hollywood star factory could do worse than look at what happened to Owen Wilson - the dishevelled, broken-nosed, 38-year-old luminary of such lowbrow comedies as Wedding Crashers and Zoolander - after he was taken to hospital at the weekend.

The reason for his hospitalisation remains murky, although several media outlets - including, as of last night, the Associated Press, America's news agency of record - seem confident that he tried to commit suicide.

Someone called for an ambulance from his home in Santa Monica around noon on Sunday. No more than 15 minutes later he was admitted to St John's Hospital and thence, after a few hours, to the Cedars-Sinai clinic in Beverly Hills, which specializes in treating celebrities while keeping the paparazzi at bay. His condition was initially listed as serious, then slowly upgraded to good. He remained in hospital last night.
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You should name this CR WORLD NEWS.
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animecrazy86 wrote:

You should name this CR WORLD NEWS.


good idea I'll get a mod to change the name.
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keelo wrote:

damn,that's one big fire.


big forest fire...

^ awww..his suicide didn't succeed.

KEELO!!! no double post ~~ next time edit your post instead..haha
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animecrazy86 wrote:

You should name this CR WORLD NEWS.


kewl
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vick should stay in jail he is retarded
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titan2018 wrote:

vick should stay in jail he is retarded


yeah...I know; but, why would he do that? I mean he's really... really rich.

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titan2018 wrote:

vick should stay in jail he is retarded


yeah...I know; but, why would he do that? I mean he's really... really rich.



Like i said he is a retard but i agree why would you throw away the millions you would make in coming years? well the falcons will suck now lol
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yea the dude is pretty mental
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titan2018 wrote:


keelo wrote:


titan2018 wrote:

vick should stay in jail he is retarded


yeah...I know; but, why would he do that? I mean he's really... really rich.



Like i said he is a retard but i agree why would you throw away the millions you would make in coming years? well the falcons will suck now lol


125 million in 7 years; plus, any endorsements he would have received.
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keelo wrote:


titan2018 wrote:

vick should stay in jail he is retarded


yeah...I know; but, why would he do that? I mean he's really... really rich.

entertainment,

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But I am positive that at least one team would be prepared to take a punt on him despite his history, I mean look at wide receiver Terrell Owens.

It was widely known what problems Owens had with past teams, but his talent was enough to entice the Dallas Cowboys to sign him after a public spat with the Philadelphia Eagles saw him released.




Texas got our trash -cough-

Anywho, yeah that Vick guy was just plain evil...
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keelo wrote:

But I am positive that at least one team would be prepared to take a punt on him despite his history, I mean look at wide receiver Terrell Owens.

It was widely known what problems Owens had with past teams, but his talent was enough to entice the Dallas Cowboys to sign him after a public spat with the Philadelphia Eagles saw him released.




Texas got our trash -cough-

Any who, yeah that Vick guy was just plain evil...


or crazy
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