Sports Illustrated's Peter King said last night on NBC that Jeffrey Lurie recently received a call from President Obama regarding Michael Vick.
" I talked to Jeffrey Lurie the owner of the Eagles this week and he said he was surprised to pick up the phone one day and Barack Obama calls him to praise the Philadelphia Eagles for signing Vick and giving him a second chance," King said. "Lurie told me that the President was passionate about the fact that it's rarely a level playing field for prisoners once they leave jail. And he said the message was 'what the Eagles had done with Vick was important for society.'"
Also, during the broadcast, NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth raised the question of what sort of precedent was set with the postponement of the Eagles-Vikings game:
Said Collinsworth: "What do we take forward? Does this now mean that every time there is a forecast for 8-10 inches of snow we cancel the game, we don't play playoff games, potentially, we don't play in Giants Stadium (for the Super Bowl)?…Going forward, I guess, the cities involved have some control over whether football games are going to be played or not."
Countered Al Michaels: "I think it's up to the city and the municipality. Once they say [only emergency vehicles on the road] you can't expect anybody else to be out there."
Collinsworth on the delay: "It's an advantage for the Philadelphia Eagles."
In case you missed it, the Eagles-Cowboys game next Sunday has been moved to a 4:15 p.m. start.
The league shuffled a number of games in order to heighten the drama for the playoffs and encourage scoreboard watching.
In the NFC, the Redskins-Giants and Bears-Packers games also were moved to 4:15. The Rams-Seahawks game that will determine the NFC West champion, was flexed into the Sunday night game.
In the AFC, Jaguars-Texans and Colts-Titans also was moved to 4:15.
There are eight 1 o'clock starts, seven 4:15 starts and the Sunday night game.
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