Who Said Michael Vick Wouldn't Get a Warm Reception in Oakland?

Ramone BrownSenior Writer IOctober 19, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with teammate Michael Vick #7 and JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders at the end of an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 18, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Yes that is right this picture was taken in Oakland, not the city of brotherly love. Just miles away from San Francisco and Berkley and all their avid protesting hippie liberals.

Despite expectations of dog lovers being in full force to protest Vick and an article entitled "Vick won't get a warm welcome in Oakland " reports suggested their numbers were less than 25. And Vick was only heckled by the crowd once. After being tackled for a four yard loss the crowd taunted him by imitating dog barks. But what do you expect he plays for the opposing team.

With his arrival in Oakland, Vick received what I would call a very warm welcome from numerous Raiders including JaMarcus Russell who admitted to being a huge Vick fan and fully supporting his return. And Tom Cable: Who coached on the Atlanta coaching staff while Vick was there.

A highlight for Sundays pre-game festivities was supposed to be Donavan McNabb seeking out Russell and showing him his support, yet it was over-shadowed by Michael Vick.

Before the game many Raiders showed their support for Vick sharing words and hugs with the fleet footed once convicted QB. Raider line-backer Kirk Morrison even gave give a mid play hug to end a reverse short of the line of scrimmage.

The Michael Vick hug fest in Oakland was downright creepy. I really hope my Raiders got the whole hugging thing out of their system. I want my team to be seen as tough, not the sensitive hugging type.

If opposing players who are about to go to battle can show support to Vick, why can't the protesters?