Goodell's decision is about as fair as Vick could have hoped to receive
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He could have said: Michael, you can't play until at least Week 6. What he said was: If you do everything right, I could reinstate you fully before Week 6.
He could have said: I'm suspending you so you can't play in any games in the preseason, and you can't be around the team until I reinstate you. What he said was: You can play in the final two preseason games if someone signs you, and if you do everything right, you can practice with your team with no restrictions until you're reinstated. That's unlike a normal suspension, when players can't practice with their teams in the regular season.
It's about as fair a decision as Vick could have hoped for.
The five other things I think I think about Goodell's mid-afternoon ruling: