Vick, Fujita, Strahan, others keep summer intriguing
Posted: Monday August 13, 2007 7:57AM; Updated: Friday August 17, 2007 9:02AM
Ten names interest me this morning.
Michael Vick, Roger Goodell, Eric Holder, Brian Brohm, Scott Fujita, Javon Walker, Michael Strahan, Larry Johnson, JaMarcus Russell and Vince Young.
I have no interest whatsoever in Pacman Jones and that baseball player of some repute who hit a ball over a fence on the West Coast the other night. I will be paying little attention to either of them -- particularly Pacman, until the day he comes to his senses and begins behaving like a regular human being.
Here goes with my 10 newsy names of the morning:
Nos. 1-3. Vick is rumored to have been suspended for the year by commissioner Goodell, who awaits a fact-finding report from former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder as to whether Vick violated the league's Personal Conduct Policy.
Yahoo! reported Sunday night that the commissioner will likely suspend Vick for the season "this week or next.''
Though I don't doubt the suspension will come, I believe strongly this is not a decision the commissioner has made yet. As I said on NBC on Sunday night, when Goodell hired Holder, he committed to waiting for Holder's report -- which, I'm told, is at least a week from being completed. Two things, though, would seem to point to a lengthy suspension eventually. Goodell told me if Vick lied to him when he told the commissioner he had no involvement in dogfighting (which Vick said to Goodell in April), that would be a violation of the policy. And if the co-defendant who rolled over on Vick and the other two defendants tells the feds there was dogfighting and gambling on Vick's property, that would be another bad strike against the idle quarterback.
Goodell hates dogfighting. Who doesn't? But he might hate the gambling allegations almost as much. Particularly if Vick was gambling with low-lifes and/or organized-crime figures who could someday come back to him and threaten him with any number of scenarios, none of which would be good for Vick or the NFL. I agree Vick is probably going to be sent away by the league. I just don't think Goodell, in any way, has made a decision on it, and he won't until he reads Holder's report.
4. "And with the first pick of the 2008 draft, the Atlanta Falcons select ... from the University of Louisville, quarterback Brian Brohm.''
Thank you, commissioner Goodell. Delicious irony, wouldn't it be? The Falcons lose Vick, probably forever, and replace him with the protégé of the coach who tried to fit Vick into his offense, Bobby Petrino. Brohm, who learned under Petrino at Louisville before the coach defected to Atlanta last winter, could be the first selection of the draft next April. And the way things look now, it's not out of the realm of possibility the Falcons could have that pick.
Brohm has the accuracy Petrino strives for (67, 69 and 64 percent in his first three seasons at Louisville) and the ability to keep his mistakes to a minimum (41 touchdowns, 12 interceptions). Anything factual here? Absolutely not. I just wanted to join those who have already suggested the Logical Draft Rumor of the Year.