By Jeff Schultz | Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 12:26 PM
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
THE TUESDAY COUNTDOWN
10: I understand completely the Falcons wanting to recoup $22 million in bonuses from Michael Vick. But they probably have a better chance of selling Vick jerseys for full retail than getting all of that back.
9: Going after the money is the right thing for the Falcons, primarily because it can create salary cap space. Itâ€™s right for the league because it sends a message to players who jump the rails in their personal life and mistakenly believe it wonâ€™t hurt them financially. Who knows, the Falcons might even be able to navigate the long and complex process of winning a judgment. But â€¦
8: They only regain the cap space if they actually collect the money from Vick, not merely win a judgment. Those are two different animals. Just ask the Goldmans (and, no, Iâ€™m not comparing Vick to O.J. Simpson, so take your finger off the e-mail button). Vick isnâ€™t about to say, â€œYouâ€™re right. Hereâ€™s my ATM card.â€
7: We know Vick has made a lot of money but we donâ€™t know how many assets he actually has, to what extent theyâ€™re shielded and how much money is actually buried in a hole between two palm trees on a remote island in Fiji. So good luck, Mr. Blank. This wonâ€™t be as easy as, â€œCap space, aisle six.â€
6: Even as a media member, I agree there should be certain rules of etiquette for press conferences. For example, there was the reporter who Monday dipped into the wrong bag of clichÃƒÂ©s when he asked Arthur Blank if he planned to â€œkeep his players on a shorter leash.â€ Ugh.
5: Gotta admit. Iâ€™m so worn out by the perceived racial fallout of the Vick case that I actually liked seeing a picture in ajc.com of three white guys in Vick jerseys holding up a sign that read, â€œI will redeem myself.â€
4: And now for something completely different: Iâ€™ve been collecting a few items from local sports teams for a benefit auction. The Braves last week were nice enough to send me two autographed balls. One by John Smoltz, the other by Bob Wickman. I do believe one has just become a chew toy.
3: It would be nice if at least one of the Falconsâ€™ Virginia Tech products (Vick, DeAngelo Hall, Jimmy Williams) didnâ€™t turn into a punch line. But Hall isnâ€™t helping. Last night he had â€œI Own U 85â€ â€” a reference to Cincinnati receiver Chad Johnson â€” shaved into his hair. Johnson burned him for five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in less than three quarters. Clearly, Johnson owned Hall â€” and Iâ€™m not talking about his scalp.
2: Yes, that was Hank Aaron, relaxed in a room full of reporters Monday at Blankâ€™s foundation office, calmly answering all questions â€” fully realizing not even one would include the words â€œsteroidsâ€ or â€œBonds.â€
1: Four days until college football Saturday. Oh, how I long for the relatively amusing crimes of the SEC.
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