September 22nd, 2010
12:47 PM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Jim Gorant

With Michael Vick starting for the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, it appears the controversial quarterback’s NFL career has been rehabilitated. Another tale of rehabilitation appears in a book out this week about the 51 pit bulls recovered from Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels.

“The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Recovery and Redemption” is written by Sports Illustrated senior writer Jim Gorant. It chronicles the fate of the 49 remaining dogs. The professional athlete served nearly two years in prison on charges related to the dogfighting ring and mistreatment of the dogs.

Usually animals from illegal dogfighting operations are euthanized, according to Stephen Zawistowski, a psychologist and ASPCA animal behavior specialist who worked on the Vick case. In an interview this week with NPR, he said the $1 million Vick paid in restitution gave the ASPCA a unique opportunity to rehabilitate most of the dogs. In the end, only one was euthanized, while the rest were placed in dog sanctuaries or have been adopted.

Gorant argues that the Vick case may help rehabilitate the reputation of pit bulls as well. "As odd as it may seem, Michael Vick may be the best thing that ever happened to the pit bull,” he told NPR. “He gave the forum to discuss this and make it possible to get the message out there that these dogs are not what they've been made out to be in the headlines, that they really are just sort of dogs."

SI.com: What happened to Vick's dogs?

NPR: The road to recovery for Michael Vick's dogs

Bob Woodward

It’s not your imagination – the renowned Washington Post reporter and associate editor really does publish a book every couple of years containing some sort of bombshell about how a president has handled a crisis. What makes it intriguing is that Woodward does so with the cooperation of each administration he covers, whether the administration really wants him there or not.

Politico’s Mike Allen and John Harris wrote on Tuesday, “Early in President Barack Obama’s term, he and his aides faced a rite of passage familiar to every White House for the past 40 years: What to do about Woodward?”

Clearly the president gave Woodward his time — as did many administration officials. The first glimpse of details from “Obama’s War” made headlines Wednesday in The Washington Post.

When the book hits stores on September 27, readers will find out what an hour-long interview with the young commander in chief revealed about the current U.S. war strategies. The book will also feature standard Woodward elements: Eighteen months of reporting, classified memos, staff portraits, and the always-present inner-circle conflict.

Trying to get around Woodward is futile, Politico suggests. “At times during the reporting, according to administration officials and other sources familiar with the book, Woodward surprised top defense and intelligence officials by coming in for interviews armed with classified maps, in some cases labeled with code names for clandestine operations.”

Woodward has written 16 other books for publisher Simon & Schuster, starting with the legendary “All the President’s Men.”

CNN: Official defends Obama ahead of revelations in Woodward book

soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. Rich Smith

    Do I like pit bulls? No. Do I like Mike Vick? No. Would it bother me if both disappeared? Nope. Case closed.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • PureCandor

      i agree with you on the pitbulls, but Vick is absolutely mesmerizing when he plays football...
      crazy? yes. makes bad plays every now and then? yes. entertaining? hell yes.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lorin

    I used to be afraid of pittbulls until I got to know one. He is the sweetest dog and wouldn't hurt a fly. He is protective of the children in his family. I don't believe every pittbull is bad. It depends on how they were bred and brought up. I hate what Vick did to these poor animals and I wish someone would just throw him in a cage with a bunch of viciuos pittbulls that were brought up wrong and see how he likes it. Animals don't deserve to be treated like the way he treated "his" dogs. I strongly believe there is definitely a place in hell for him. He isn't sorry at all for what he did.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg

      Vick is terrible.

      But pit bulls are always someone's sweet, cuddly, lovable baby who would never hurt a flea, spoiled, pampered, and treated like royalty... until one day they snap and tear apart a kid or an old lady. You hear the stories all the time in the news.

      Golden retrievers don't do that.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. whocares

    I do think that what Vick did is wrong, but again, he didnt hurt anyone, and a lot of people have done a lot of things that they wouldn't be proud for the entire world to see.. everyone has skeletons, everyone makes mistakes, this mistake wasn't as bad as others who have served less if any jail time..

    for the human comparision what about the UFC? so if humans CHOOSE to fight like that, granted not to the death, but still very barbaric.. and the long term effects of these fights have yet to be determined, people applaud, and pay tons of money on PPV buys, tickets to the events, gear.. does it make it ok? whats the difference?

    we train dogs to aide policemen, we train dogs to walk blind people around. is that the DOGS choice? just because they're doing a forced civil service for human gain, what about dog's rights there?

    Horses? Cattle farms? Chickens? come on people, we are a selfish egotistical species that have always maximized every resource we can, living and non for our own benefit..

    September 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • SheWoman

      Your post makes no sense... which begs the question – do you have any sense....

      September 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoggieBag

      SheWoman, I want to punt your dog like in Anchorman. You're annoying.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • SheWoman

      well doggie any time you think your man enough – what an idiot...

      September 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Whocares– yes we train dogs for civil service for humans that is not a life filled with violence, pain and death. The UFC is barberic to see, however, so is boxing and rugby. However, humans have the ability to think critically using a decision making model to make CHOICES for themselves. Those people know fully what dangers or consequences for their sports entail. Dogs do not have a choice in dogfighting–it is fight and kill or be killed. The way these animals are trained to kill is awful. There were laws on book to protect animals before children–in fact that is how the very first child abuse case was prosecuted in our country, as an animal abuse case. Killing and torturing animals is a precurser for serial killers. What happens to these people when the rust of watching dogs rip each other apart doesn't satisfy them anymore or give them a rush? He has served his time, he has moved on–however he really hasn't done that much to prove to me he is truly sorry–I think he is more sorry he was caught. The NFL has a lot of players that shouldn't be allowed to play because of their wrongdoings against society. Fortunatley, not all NFL players are criminals–I want to hear more about the Good Characters that have made their lives into something!

      September 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • whocares

      sorry for the rambling post shewoman, it was just a few random thoughts that i assumed intelligent people would piece together without giving every single detail or having perfect grammar. It's hard to get away with doing this at work while not attending to people, so I apologize for not making sense to you.

      capatilism is a good thing, let those who can make money make money, and those who choose to make posts like these for some sense of accomplishment find inner peace as well.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • whocares

      J– again, as a greedy species we choose what life we want for animals anyways, barbaric or not.. food, travel, entertainment, betting, those animals don't have a choice..

      How do you teach your dog a lesson? time out?

      This argument is like people who claim to be religious and serve some parts of the Bible word for word, but say other parts of the Bible can be interpreted in different ways. people see the world not for what it is, but how we want to see it.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jackybb94

    SUze and Suzanne must be loney, severly overweight jilted woman, that hate men. Girls one month on the treadmill, stop eating everything you see, keep your dogs out of your bed, and get back out there.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • PureCandor

      5 bucks they're the same person.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoggieBag

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. suze and Suzanne probably try to file tax returns for their dogs.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kena

    I BET ALL THESE PEOPLE ON HERE TALKING ABOUT VICK ARE ALL WHITE. NOW LET IT HAD BEEN A WHITE PERSON DO THE SAME THING AS VICK ALL OF YOU WOULD BACK THAT PERSON UP. WHAT ABOUT THESE HUNTERS THAT SHOT ANIMALS AND THEN HANG THEM ON THEIR WALL WHAT IS THAT IS THAT NOT TORTURE THE SAME AS VICK. OH I FORGOT MOST HUNTERS ARE WHITE SO YOU BACK THEM UP.AND WHAT ABOUT MARTHA STEWART ALL THE STUFF SHE DID. I DONT SEE YAW BOTHER MARTHA OR ANYBODY ELSE UNLESS THEIR BLACK.I COULD GO ON BUT I CHOOSE NOT TO. THE MAN HAS DO HIS TIME NOW ITS TIME TO LEAVE HIM ALONE. AND YES IAM BLACK SO THERE FOR I DONT CARE ABOUT ANYBODYS RESPONSE.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      When you use all caps, does that mean that you are shouting?

      September 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ?????

      Easy Kena....this is more about People loving dogs more than people....how ever, you may have a point if you think about what Rothlesburger did, which is way worse.

      September 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC-VA

      I am SICK of black people using the race card to get away with everything... "oh yeah, please don't oppress me"... UGH... I think anyone that mistreat animals should be punished as if they mistreated a person, regardless of a color.. now, I think they were easy on him because he has money... What a shame.... But he'll get what he deserves... just wait and see....

      September 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • lorne

      you sound disturbed.
      are you comparing martha's crime to vick's crime?
      you also sound stupid.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob G.

      To be honest, the race card is somewhat applicable here. Some white people may dismiss an argument whenever race comes up, but that doesn't mean cultural distinctions aren't at play here. Vick came from a culture that promoted this sort of behavior. White southerners back in the day came from a culture that promoted SLAVERY yet I don't believe they were demonized as much as Vick has been. This is not an excuse for his actions, but merely an explanation rationalizing his actions and suggesting that were any of you in the same situation as Vick, you would adopt a similar apathetic view towards dogfighting.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ?????

    It's sad that people are more passionate about dogs than other people. Vick is a better human being than most of you dog lovers.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SheWoman

      and you know what kind of human being he is, how? You two spend a lot of time hanging out? What an idiotic post

      September 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ?????

      @Shewoman. he is a professional athlete. they care about everyone. That was a silly question SheWoman.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • SheWoman

      At least you have a sense of humor. LOL No sense, but a sense of humor... make it take you far in life.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • lorne

      mistreating and murdering INNOCENT animals doesn't make him a better human being than dog lovers.
      people like you are sickos in my book.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      I'm curious...do you know him personally? How can you claim he is a better human than others posting. I would just love to hear where you got your information from. Abuse of animals is a very sick thing. Unlike humans, animals cannot understand what is happening to them. Yes, some people are wishing him worse than he deserves on here, so I don't agree with everything on here. However, animal abuse is very serious and the punishments should be much more harsh for violaters.

      September 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sagebrush Shorty

    He should be euthanized.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Unless you are a vegetarian, you really need to be quiet. Animals at modern day farms have it even worse than Vick's dogs (forced to live in cramped/disgusting spaces, induced to reproduce at an accelerated rate, drugged up, mutilated while still alive, and finally slaughtered). Yet, we as a society continue to eat meat although we do not need to (in fact, almost every scientific study in existence proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that individuals on plant-based diets are much healthier than individuals on meat-based diets). Do you attack your friends, husbands, and sons for perpetuating this destructive cycle?

      September 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mark

    I would suggest the folks bring a doggie bag to the game this weekend and try to hit Vick on down and out.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ACSummers

      LOL – better yet let them boycott the NFL.
      Sell their season tickets on EBay in the name of PETA, footballs, jerseys. Block the NFL ticket cable channel..No more Fantasy Football, no more superbowl parties.

      September 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. A Kim

    great start for Vick this week!
    I thought Kolb deserved more than 2 series before being yanked, but Vick is playing at an unbelievably high level. Seems like his time behind McNabb has done him some good!

    September 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marc

    Kena,
    If you are any color you should do the time for the crime! Sorry dude, I dis agree with your racial card you are using. It does not work with everything and in this instance animals. Go volunteer at the spca!

    September 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RC Johnston

    If I could get away with it I would kill Vick and Everybody involved in animal fighting, and my soul would be clean.
    By the way, Amazon,com sells dog fighting books, videos and T-shirts, god bless our government for allowing that travesty to continue.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mark

    If you beileve Vick is a better human being than anyone, you are wrong. Anyone that did what Vick did has a terrible character flaw and no time in jail is going to get rid of that.

    September 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Johnsonville

    He deserved at least 10 years in the slammer for this. As a dog owner, it makes my heart cry to think of what he did to those dogs. And I could care less how talented he is. Was it from A Bronx Tale? The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. He has wasted his on hate crime.

    September 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Just because you've been socialized to love one particular animal doesn't give you the right to indiscriminately attack others for something their culture obviously did not value as much as white suburbia. Are you a vegetarian? If not, then please don't speak. Animals getting abused and butchered at modern day farms can be just as smart and affectionate as dogs given the chance yet you (probably) promote their slaughter for your enjoyment (eating meat which is by NO MEANS a necessity).

      September 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Tom, your post doesn't make much sense. Are you saying because he is black, his culture doesn't care about animals? I'm not sure what your point was there. Eating meat and promoting cruelty to animals are two different things.

      September 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      TJ, you're assuming way too much...

      Please, please don't ever group dog lovers with animal lovers. The two are by and large mutually exclusive. You've been socialized into loving one specific animal, just like others (and it's not just blacks like you say) have been socialized into believing that fighting animals is no big deal.

      Second, you can try to justify to yourself that dogfighting and eating meat are two drastically different activities, but you'd be kidding yourself. We all know what goes on in today's modern farms. The animals there have it much worse than Vick's dogs. To reiterate, they are forced to live in cramped, unsanitary conditions, drugged up, induced to reproduce at an accelerated rate, mutilated while still alive, and then slaughtered. I suppose the only thing different is that you yourself are not doing all this, but you directly promote these actions for your enjoyment because eating meat is by no means a necessity (so perhaps, it's not akin to dogfighting, but more so operating a dogfighting ring... wait, isn't that what Vick went to jail for?!)

      September 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marco

    I fight earthworms.

    September 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnimalDiscrimination

      I fight Goldfish. So why don't people care? Cause people are weird. Dogs are just ANIMALS!.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim

    I hope none of these dogs were put in to homes with young children or with elderly people. Once they have been subjected to such places I do not believe they can truly be rehabilitated. I have a friend who's elderly grandmother was viciously attacked by a so-called rehabilitated pit bull. She lost her eye and her ears and several fingers and toes. Very sick. It's a shame the Philadelphia Dog Killers picked Vick up!

    September 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
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