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Traina Thoughts: Many People Are Unhappy With FOX Sports For Hiring Michael Vick

Michael Vick's past is still a problem for many people who are upset FOX hired him.

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1. Lost amid the combination of Mayweather-McGregor hype, a summer Friday, our ridiculous President a few other things, it was reported Friday afternoon that FOX Sports hired Michael Vick. The new was confirmed by the network on Sunday. Vick will appear on FOX's first pregame show that airs before the regular pregame show each Sunday. Given that Vick served 18 months in prison for his involvement in a dog fighting ring, 1) this makes him a perfect hire for FOX (Hello, Ray Lewis!) and, 2) people are upset.

One petition calling for FOX to cut ties with Vick already has more than 35,000 signatures. And a Twitter search of "Vick Kapernick" will lead you to many more angry and confused people, who don't understand why torturing dogs is forgivable, but kneeling during the national anthem to bring awareness to police brutality gets you blackballed. Ironically, FOX probably loved the fact that Vick got FS1 some attention when he went on one of its hot take shows to say that Colin Kaepernick should cut his hair if he wants a job in the NFL. Of course, Vick was already given a second chance by the NFL after he got out of prison, but many people still don't think he should have a job in football. How do you feel about FOX hiring Vick?

2. Speaking of Kaepernick, Sports Business Journalhas new story out explaining once again why the former 49ers quarterback did not have an impact on NFL ratings last season.

3. It brings me great joy to type this next sentence: Here's an oral history of Jim Harbaugh's appearance on Saved By The Bell.

4. It seems Tom Brady does not want another "friend" controversy. Floyd Mayweather said the two are "close friends" and they Face Timed late last week.

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Today, Brady says the two are not great friends.

5. Preach, Joe Thomas. Preach.

6. What can you say about the devastation taking place in Houston? The images have been surreal and people are going through hell. If you're looking for any silver lining, there are plenty of good people out there doing everything they can to help. Some of the rescues, sampled below, will leave you in awe. If you'd like to help, you can do so very easily by just texting "RED CROSS" to 90999 and it will automatically donate $10, which will be added on to your phone bill. Or check out what J.J. Watt is doing and drop a donation there.

7. If you're a WWE fan from the Attitude Era, you should check out the very fun interview I did with Stone Cold Steve Austin, who shared his thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including his favorite memories, working with The Rock, Vince McMahon, CM Punk, Roman Reigns, Jim Ross and much more.

8. RANDOM WRESTLING VIDEO OF THE DAY: There's been a lot of talk lately about Daniel Bryan returning to the ring. It's amazing to look back at how over he was with the WWE Universe before injuries ended (for now) his in-ring career.