Michael Vick Speaks Out Against Dog Fighting App, Thereby Bringing It to All of Our Attention

Michael Vick Speaks Out Against Dog Fighting App, Thereby Bringing It to All of Our Attention

When I woke up this morning, I didn't know
there was an app for Android phones that appears to involve raising and
training virutal dogs for the purposes of fighting. I've still not
actually seen it. But I have seen, read, and heard that Michael Vick has spoken out against the app along with various animal rights groups.

"I've come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end
street," said Vick in a statement on Monday. "Now, I am on the right
side of this issue, and I think it's important to send the smart message
to kids, and not glorify this form of animal cruelty, even in an
Android app."

Vick's involvement in any movement against an app that glorifies dog
fighting isn't surprising. Since his incarceration after being caught
running a large dog fighting ring, the Eagles' QB has spent a lot of
time speaking out against it and trying to reinforce community standards
that do not permit it. However, while it's obviously better that Vick
condemn the dog fighting app than say, endorse it, I doubt very much
that the number of times the app is deleted from phones today will be
anywhere near the number of times it is downloaded for the first time by
people who hadn't previously heard about it. Maybe I'm wrong in that
guess. Hopefully I am.

The animal rights groups' goal likely isn't as much about influencing
consumer behavior as putting heat on Google to remove the app from its
marketplace, but if that doesn't work, there's a good chance Vick's
involvement in the cause against the app could just make it more
popular. The game, Dog Wars, has currently been installed on between
50,000 and 100,000 units.

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.