Michael Vick's fiancee describes Vick's mixed emotions about starting
Kijafa Frank has been with Michael Vick since 2001 and it's fair to say that an awful lot besides the births of two children has happened to Frank and her fiancee in their near-decade together.
Now, though, Vick is back on a roll. He's the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and his comeback is a top NFL story. Oh, and he has an appointment on Sunday with his Philly predecessor, Donovan McNabb, and the Washington Redskins. Frank, an aspiring jewelry designer, spoke with Philadelphia Daily News columnist Jenice Armstrong about learning that Vick would be the starter.
When calls started coming into the home Frink shares with Vick from Eagles coach Andy Reid's secretary and later NFL security last week, Frink couldn't help but get nervous. "She [Reid's secretary] was, like, 'Andy Reid really needs to talk with him . . . ' I'm like, 'Did he do something? What did he do?' "
Vick later called Frink and shared the news that he'd been named starting quarterback, and he shared his mixed emotions about stepping into the role.
"He didn't want to take the spotlight from Kevin [Kolb]. He accepted his role as a backup quarterback and he was grateful that the Eagles . . . gave him a chance when not too many other NFL teams would offer him a chance."
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Fox's Jason Whitlock says Redskins-Eagles won't be a fair fight.
Vick is going to treat McNabb and the Redskins like they stole something from Sweet Polly Purebred.
Wait, wizards do magic, right? An honest mistake. (via Colin Donohue)
Get used to an 18-game schedule
The NFL is going to expand the regular-season schedule to 18 games and that's just the way it is, according to Bill Polian, president of the Indianapolis Colts. He called it a "fait accompli" (French for "it's a fact, Jack") twice in his Monday radio show.
"I think that the owners, and principally the commissioner, have decided that it's the way to go, and so the debate, such as it was, is over," Polian said. "I've heard recently, and I'm sorry that this didn't get more coverage earlier, some really, really interesting commentary on it. ... I wish some of that dialogue had taken place earlier."
Commissioner Roger Goodell and owners favor cutting the preseason schedule to two games and expanding the regular season to 18, but the change hasn't been approved by owners or the NFL Players Association.
Commonwealth Games conditions improving
The Commonwealth Games in New Delhi are staging a rally. With competition beginning in five days, athletes are arriving and saying that conditions are not so bad.
"It's pretty good," Lynsey Armitage, a member of the Australian lawn bowls team, told reporters about the athletes' village. "I've been here for the last two days. The dining hall is fantastic."
Prominent athletes, including Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, have withdrawn from the games, which have been plagued by infrastructure problems, poor conditions in the village, security questions and an outbreak of dengue fever. Organizers have promised that accommodations will be tip-top by Wednesday and an army of manual workers has been enlisted in to finish and clean apartments and to remove piles of builders' trash.
| September 28, 2010; 8:26 AM ET
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