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Georgia Sheriff Requests 4-Hour Break From Crime

All in the name of Super Bowl LI

(Newser) - A Georgia sheriff's office would really appreciate it if the population it serves could manage to refrain from criminal activity during Sunday night's Super Bowl. In a cheeky Facebook post , the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office explains "we all want to witness history here in Georgia this... More »

Gambler Uses Phone App to Bet $1.1M on Falcons

Patriots are favored by 3 points in the game

(Newser) - It's one thing to pull for the underdog. It's another to bet $1.1 million that they'll cover the spread in the year's biggest NFL game. Sportsbook operator CG Technology took that bet from an unnamed customer Friday, someone who thinks the Atlanta Falcons will either... More »

So Who's Going to Win the Super Bowl?

The experts are giving the edge to the New England Patriots

(Newser) - A lot of people don't know this, but there'll be an NFL football game played tomorrow amidst all the exciting Super Bowl commercials. It's true! Super Bowl LI is a showdown between the New England Patriots, who are seemingly here every other year and only lost two... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Falcons Move to Trade Vick

Imprisoned QB's contract extends until 2013

(Newser) - The Falcons are looking to trade Michael Vick, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. His contract runs through 2013 and includes a base salary of $9 million, sweetened with a $6.43 million 2009 bonus. But with Vick in prison on dogfighting charges and rookie Matt Ryan having led the team to... More »

Beware of Man: Michael Vick Bound for Halfway House

Dogfighting QB prepares to leave prison

(Newser) - Disgraced NFL quarterback Michael Vick could be out of prison and in a Virginia halfway house as soon as next week, the Daily Press of Newport News reports. Vick, who is serving 23 months on dogfighting charges in the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., could be sprung "any day,... More »

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