Cross-posted at Punchline.

Quarterback Michael Vick has leapt back from controversy in a remarkable way this season. So far, he’s 5-0 in the games he’s started and finished, hasn’t thrown a single interception and has single-handedly transformed the Philadelphia Eagles into a Super Bowl contender.

I have mixed feeling about Vick. On the one hand, the NFL is allowing him to play and he paid whatever price society deemed he deserved for his crimes. On the other, I can’t shake the horrible things that he and his friends did to the dogs in the Bad Newz Kennels, not to mention the gambling aspect that most often gets overlooked.

It’s a shame that someone so talented and unique has to carry all this negative baggage.