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Would Michael Vick Have Better Chance of Success in the South?

RICHMOND, VA - DECEMBER 10:  Animals rights activist Julia Novak and her dog Frankie wait outside a sentencing hearing for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in federal court December 10, 2007 in Richmond, Virginia. Vick and three associates pleaded guilty to charges related to their roles running an interstate dogfighting ring.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
Dayne DurantiCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2009

This all started over an article that suggested Michael Vick may play for the New York Jets.

Jets fans were in an uproar.

"We just got Mark Sanchez, etc."

It got really interesting when the social side of things got involved.

It was basically said that New York is too liberal of a market for an ex-con dogfighter. It was said the New York market had too much advertising and media power for a person like Michael Vick to survive.

I had never thought of it that way. I feel that it is completely true.

So, it was suggested that Vick would be better suited in a Southern market like Carolina or New Orleans, because dogfighting is more accepted.

Wow. Really?

I am unfortunately a Yankee.

I was born, and have lived in New England my whole life.

I have spent a lot of time travelling the South, and let me tell you, there is nothing better.

The slow pace, friendly faces, culture, and cuisine. The climate and geography, there is no place in the world that I would rather be than south of the Mason Dixon.

I have tried for years to get my wife to move south. I think the greatest gift I could give my two young sons is the chance to be young, southern gentlemen.

Although I am not a southerner (yet), I was kind of dumbfounded by this statement.

Is dogfighting more accepted in the South?

There, I said it.

What do you think?

Do you think Michael Vick would have an easier transition back into the NFL if he was to play for a southern team? 

 

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