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Anti-Gay Bill Could Cost Atlanta a Super Bowl

NFL warns it will look at local, state laws to make sure they're non-discriminatory

(Newser) - The Atlanta Falcons have a new stadium under construction and hopes of landing future Super Bowls, but if Georgia House Bill 757 is signed into law, the Georgia capital may never nab the big game, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The so-called "Religious Freedom Bill," which would give religious... More »

Rob Ford's Latest Transgression: Seat Stealer

And he ate chicken wings in it...

(Newser) - Another week, another Rob Ford dust-up : The embattled Toronto mayor attended a Buffalo Bills-Atlanta Falcons game at Toronto's Rogers Centre last night, where he showed up after kickoff then promptly stole Matt Mays' seat, according to none other than Matt Mays. The musician tells the National Post that he... More »

Guy Exonerated in Rape Case Gets 2nd Shot at NFL Dream

Brian Banks signed by Atlanta Falcons

(Newser) - Brian Banks was a 16-year-old top college football prospect back in 2002, but the linebacker's dreams of someday playing with the NFL were dashed when a classmate falsely accused him of rape. He was sent to prison for five years, but finally had his name cleared last year after... More »

49ers, Ravens Go to Super Bowl

San Francisco overcomes 17-point deficit to beat Atlanta Falcons 28-24

(Newser) - After last night's wins, the 49ers and Ravens are headed to the Super Bowl. And this year's will be filled with firsts—and one significant last. The Harbaughs, San Francisco's Jim and Baltimore's John, will be the first pair of brothers to coach against each other... More »

Falcons Fan Stabbed in Ruckus Outside Stadium

Man in stable condition, allegedly argued with 3 49ers fans

(Newser) - An Atlanta Falcons fan has been hospitalized after being stabbed after last night's home loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The attack followed an argument with a man and two women rooting for the 49ers, witnesses tell Fox 5 . One of the three cut the throat of the victim,... More »

Cops Bust Falcons' Turner Driving 97mph, Hand Him DUI

Maybe he celebrated MNF win too hard?

(Newser) - First, Michael Turner ran all over Peyton Manning's Broncos .* Then, he ran all over the speed limit. The running back found himself in jail this morning, after cops pulled him over a little after 4am, going 97mph in a 65 zone, TMZ reports. The 30-year-old was then booked... More »

Giants Rout Falcons, 24-2

New York's defense stifles hapless Atlanta in wild-card game

(Newser) - Even Eli Manning's feet are dangerous. Manning punctuated his best pro season today by throwing for three touchdowns and scrambling for a 14-yard gain that woke up New York's offense. He sparked the Giants to a 24-2 rout of the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC wild-card game, his... More »

Green Bay Routs Atlanta; Steelers Beat Ravens

Both move on to their conference championship games

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers are moving on in the NFL playoffs:
  • The Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens 31-24 despite trailing 21-7 at halftime. As bad as Pittsburgh was in the first half, the Ravens were worse in the second. Pittsburgh scored three times on three Baltimore turnovers,
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BET's Michael Vick Project a Little Too Redemptive

Redemption is there in spades, but little talk of horrid crime

(Newser) - Critics agree BET's The Michael Vick Project is conveniently focused more on the NFL star's comeback than on the horrid crime that laid him low in the first place. Still, some find the 8-episode "quasi-documentary" appealing:
  • Vick presents himself as reformed, Robert Lloyd writes in the Los Angeles Times
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Vick Vows He 'Won't Disappoint'

QB: 'I'm glad to have a second chance'

(Newser) - Michael Vick says he “won’t disappoint” as a player for of the Eagles, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. “I’m glad to have an opportunity at a second chance,” said the convicted felon and newly signed quarterback. He said at a press conference today he had... More »

Vick Signs With Eagles

(Newser) - Michael Vick is back in the NFL. The recently released dog-fighter signed a surprise two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, reports ESPN. Vick—who claims debt of about $4 million—will get $1.6 million the first year with the possibility of $5.2 million the second. He can immediately... More »

Feds Spring Vick; Appeal to NFL Up Next

(Newser) - Michael Vick’s 23-month federal dogfighting sentence ended today, paving the way for the disgraced football player to finagle a return to the NFL, the AP reports. Two prison officials appeared at Vick’s house today, likely to remove the electronic ankle monitor he’s sported for the past two... More »

Vick's New Gig: Counselor at Boys & Girls Club

Former quarterback trades in construction work for something more familiar

(Newser) - Michael Vick has begun working at a Virginia summer camp after leaving his job as a construction worker, the Virginian-Pilot reports. The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback is finishing up two months of house arrest after his conviction for abetting dogfighting; he’s required to work a job. Vick began yesterday... More »

Falcons Release Vick

(Newser) - Michael Vick may yet fling a football again in the NFL, but it won't be for the Atlanta Falcons. The team today released its former quarterback, who is close to completing his federal sentence for dogfighting, reports the Journal-Constitution. The Falcons had hoped to trade Vick—who is still awaiting... More »

Vick Sprung From Prison

Final 2 months of sentence will be home confinement

(Newser) - Michael Vick has left a Kansas prison and is on his way back to Virginia, where he'll be confined to his home for 2 months, one of the suspended NFL star's lawyers says. Vick left the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth overnight, ostensibly for a home he owns in Hampton. The... More »

Arena Football Team Rescinds Offer to Vick

Owner disapproves of publicity stunt

(Newser) - The owner of an arena football team has rescinded an offer to Michael Vick, the Albany Times Union reports. "Can you imagine him playing for $200 a week?” asked the owner of the Albany Firebirds. The Af2 team generated plenty of buzz when it announced the offer, but owner... More »

Judge Rejects Vick's Bankruptcy Plan

(Newser) - A judge rejected Michael Vick's plan to emerge from bankruptcy today, telling the suspended NFL star to rethink how he'll pay back creditors. Vick, who is serving a 23-month prison sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting operation, had outlined a plan based on the goal of returning to the NFL.... More »

Vick Regrets 'Heinous' Dogfights

Disgraced QB testifies to being fleeced by financial advisers

(Newser) - Michael Vick showed contrition in bankruptcy court today for the dogfighting that landed him in federal prison, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. “I committed a heinous act,” said the suspended NFL quarterback, moved from a Kansas prison to appear at the Virginia hearing. “It was very irresponsible.”... More »

Vick's New Job: Construction Worker

(Newser) - Lawyers for Michael Vick say the incarcerated football player “is going to turn a new leaf,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. In bankruptcy court in Virginia today, one of Vick’s attorneys said the convicted dogfighter has a $10-an-hour construction job lined up for him when he gets out... More »

Vick Leaves Prison ... for Bankruptcy Court

Judge orders him to pay for transport

(Newser) - Michael Vick is out of jail, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports—though he’s in transit from Kansas to Virginia, where he’s to appear next week at a bankruptcy hearing. To add insult to injury, a judge ordered the NFL star to foot the $3,600 it costs to transport... More »

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