Football


Quarterback Brett Favre has started every Packers game since Sept. 27, 1992.

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From GREEN BAY, Wisconson, after flirting with retirement for years,Brett Favre means it this time. The Green Bay Packers quarterback quit after a 17 season career in which he dazzled fans with his grit, heart and rocket of an arm.

“I know I can still play, but it’s like I told my wife, I’m just tired mentally. I’m just tired,” Favre told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen in a voice mail message.

Tuesday’s surprise move comes after the 38 year old three time MVP set several league records, including most career touchdown passes, in one of his most successful seasons.

Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, said the quarterback told him of his decision Monday night.

“Nobody pushed Brett Favre out the door, but then nobody encouraged him not to go out that door, either,” Cook said by phone from his Hattiesburg, Miss., office.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson thanked Favre for 16 years of wonderful memories with the team.

“He has had one of the greatest careers in the history of the National Football League, and he is able to walk away from the game on his own terms, not many players are able to do that,” Thompson said in a statement.

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The team scheduled an afternoon news conference with Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy, and said it was unsure when Favre might address the media.

Favre led the Packers to the NFC championship game in January, but his interception in overtime set up the New York Giants’ winning field goal.

“If I felt like coming back, and Deanna (Favre’s wife) and I talked about this the only way for me to be successful would be to win a Super Bowl,” Favre told ESPN. “To go to the Super Bowl and lose, would almost be worse than anything else. Anything less than a Super Bowl win would be unsuccessful.”

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The news was a surprise to teammates.

“I just saw it come across the TV,” Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson said, when reached on his cell phone by The Associated Press.

Added Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle: “For 16 years, Brett Favre brought fun and excitement to Lambeau Field. His talent, energy and enthusiasm for the game will be missed.”

Last season, Favre broke Dan Marino’s career records for most touchdown passes and most yards passing and John Elway’s record for most career victories by a starting quarterback.

He retires with 5,377 career completions in 8,758 attempts for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and 288 interceptions.

In his final season, Favre also extended his quarterback-record streak of consecutive regular season starts to 253 games, illustrating his trademark toughness. Add the playoffs, and Favre’s streak stands at 275.

In the past several offseasons, Favre’s indecision about his football future became a winter tradition in Wisconsin, with Cheeseheads hanging on his every word.

Unlike after the 2006 season, when Favre choked up in a television interview as he walked off the field in Chicago, only to return once again, nearly everyone assumed he would be back next season.

It was a remarkable turnaround from 2005, Favre’s final season under former head coach Mike Sherman, when he threw a career worst 29 interceptions as the Packers went 4~12.

Surrounded by an underrated group of wide receivers who proved hard to tackle after the catch, Favre had a career high completion percentage of 66.5. He threw for 4,155 yards, 28 touchdowns and only 15 interceptions.

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Before the Packers’ Jan. 12 divisional playoff game against Seattle, Favre told his hometown newspaper that he wasn’t approaching the game as if it would be his last and was more optimistic than in years past about returning.

“For the first time in three years, I haven’t thought this could be my last game,” Favre told the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald. “I would like to continue longer.”

But Favre finished the season on a sour note, struggling in subzero temperatures in a 23~20 overtime loss to the New York Giants in the NFC championship game.

Afterward, Favre was noncommittal on his future. McCarthy said he wanted Favre to take a step back from the season before making a decision.

Now, he has to walk away.

“The Packers owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude,” Thompson said. “The uniqueness of Brett Favre his personality, charisma and love of the game, undoubtedly will leave him as one of the enduring figures in NFL history.”

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Thank you AP News, and John Biever/SI for this great write up of a GREAT LEDGEND!

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There you go Baby Boomers…an other great leader and player who has given back what the game gave him.

We will miss you Brett! But, never forget you…

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

WATER COOLER TALK…Who will WIN the SUPER BOWL???

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OK, Baby Boomers here is some water cooler talk…WHO WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL???

I know you probably have favorite teams but they might not be in the SUPER BOWL this year.

WIll you vote for the team that has the best stats? Well, that would be really hard since they are SUPER TEAMS…the BEST.

Will you vote for the best uniforms [ok guys it is a girl thing!}?

You must take sides…no wishy washy stance on this game! Who will it be…???

Share your comments with me/us.

ME…I am waiting for half time and the commercials!

Any good recipes for Super Bowls? What do those SUPER BOWL fans like to chow down on??? Or drink???

Lets talk Super Bowl…it is the last game of the season and let’s hope it is the BEST!

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~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Undefeated Patriots Are Tested Before Overcoming Chargers

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Patriots Return to the Super Bowl

New England Becomes First Team to Reach 18~0 Despite Three INTs From Brady: Patriots 21, Chargers 12With Tom Brady not at his MVP best, Laurence Maroney carries the offensive load with 122 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots vault into Super Bowl XLII with a 21~12 victory over the Chargers.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., perfection comes down to one game now. Despite a shaky Tom Brady, the New England Patriots were still too much for the banged up San Diego Chargers in the AFC championship game Sunday, pulling out a 21~12 victory that sent them back to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in seven seasons.

“I think there will be a time to sit back and reflect,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “We’ll certainly enjoy this for a few days.”

Brady made several stunningly poor throws that fluttered in the chilly wind, Randy Moss was a non~factor for the second straight game and the highest scoring team in NFL history sputtered all afternoon. Instead, the Patriots 18~0 relied on Laurence Maroney’s spins, cuts and helmet rattling runs.

With injured Chargers star LaDainian Tomlinson reduced to mostly watching in a parka, the Patriots moved on to a Feb. 3 matchup in Glendale, Ariz., against the winner of the NFC title game between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants.

“Now we’re going someplace warm, because I’m freezing my you know what off,” Brady said.

Yet for all the Brady Bunch has accomplished, they’re the only team in NFL history to start out with 18 straight victories, the Patriots are well aware they must win that final game to avoid being relegated to a footnote.

No matter, New England took care of the nuts and Bolts. The sellout crowd at Gillette Stadium chanted “Super Bowl! Super Bowl!” in the closing minutes, anticipating the Pats’ first appearance in the big game since the 2004 season.

Belichick’s team eclipsed the 17~0 mark of the champion 1972 Miami Dolphins, and he’ll soon try for his fourth NFL title. The Patriots beat the Giants in a 38~35 thriller to close their regular season; New England did not play the Packers.

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Brady earned his 100th career victory and advanced without a hint of girlfriend drama, taking notes, Tony Romo? The dimpled Patriots quarterback will bring true glam to Super Bowl: Imagine the paparazzi buzz if Brady is sighted with Gisele Bundchen.

A model of success in the late season, the Chargers 13~6 fell short minus Tomlinson. He was hurt last week in the playoff upset of the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, and was mostly a spectator as San Diego’s eight game winning streak ended.

Tomlinson carried on the first two San Diego plays, and did not run it again because of a bad knee. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers hung in despite a bum knee and star tight end Antonio Gates did his best with a dislocated toe.

Chargers coach Norv Turner needed to improvise without Tomlinson, a two time rushing champ.

“He really couldn’t get started,” Turner said. “He went and tried to go and just didn’t have the power to push off.”

“Anything you say can’t change the disappointment you feel right now,” he said.

The Chargers gave a better performance than early this season, when they were routed 38~14 at New England. They trailed just 14~12 midway in the third quarter this time, but Brady’s 6~yard TD pass to Wes Welker was enough for New England.

Maroney ran for 122 yards to help hold the lead.

The Patriots seemed poised to pull away late in the third quarter, but a terrible throw by Brady cost them. On third and goal at the 2, Brady tried a touch pass over the middle that NFL interceptions leader Antonio Cromartie easily picked off standing on the New England logo in the end zone.

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Nate Kaeding’s fourth field goal, a 24 yarder midway through the third period, pulled San Diego to 14~12. Too bad for the Chargers, that was the story of their afternoon, they’d drive close, only to wind up settling for a kick.

It was 23 degrees at gametime, making for frosty breaths on the field and putting the Patriots cheerleaders in parkas. Most players chose to ignore the cold and came out in short sleeves.

The brisk wind caused more noticeable problems. The goalposts shook with every gust while passes and punts sailed in crazy directions.

“I didn’t think it was that bad,” Belichick said. “It wasn’t a balmy day, I’m not saying that, but it wasn’t bad.”

Normally solid in chilly weather, Brady took a while to adjust to the conditions. He badly missed his first two passes, he threw a total of two incompletions in 28 attempts last week in the win over Jacksonville.

A few minutes later, Brady lofted a poor toss that Quentin Jammer intercepted. Belichick talked this week about the Chargers’ “ball disruption” and turnovers certainly were a focus San Diego led the league in takeaways, the Pats had the fewest giveaways.

San Diego turned Jammer’s pickoff into Kaeding’s 26~yard field goal with 2:55 left in the period.

This wasn’t what the fans at Gillette Stadium expected, and they grew silent at seeing the highest scoring team in NFL history sputter. The crowd also watched the Chargers refuse to back down, engaging in several post play scuffles with the heavily favored Patriots. Tomlinson stepped in to calm hard-hitting former teammate Rodney Harrison after some early roughhousing.

The Chargers did a good job at blanketing Moss, determined to deny him the ball. New England eventually got it to him on a reverse, and he snaked loose for a 14 yard run that seemed to energize the Patriots. Moss finished with one catch for 18 yards.

Maroney plunged in from the 1 barely over a minute into the second quarter and, with very light flurries falling, the Patriots were ahead.

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Brady later hit Jabar Gaffney over the middle for a 12 yard TD and a 14~6 lead, prompting several of the Patriots to celebrate. Brady merely walked off the field with his head down.

Kaeding kicked field goals of 23 and 40 yards, and the Chargers trailed 14~9 at halftime. San Diego might’ve gotten more, but Rivers made ill timed throws that Asante Samuel and Ellis Hobbs intercepted.

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Thank you AP News, The Washington Post and Ben Walker, writer
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In LAS VEGAS, an angry judge doubled O.J. Simpson’s bail to $250,000 on Wednesday for violating terms of his original bail by attempting to contact a co~defendant in his armed robbery case.

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Simpson, clad in jail attire, grimaced as the amount was announced and meekly acknowledged that he understood.
“I don’t know Mr. Simpson what the heck you were thinking, or maybe that’s the problem, you weren’t,” Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass told Simpson.

“I don’t know if it’s just arrogance. I don’t know if it’s ignorance. But you’ve been locked up at the Clark County Detention Center since Friday because of arrogance or ignorance…or both.”

Glass said that the initial court order to not contact other defendants was clear and she warned that if anything else happened Simpson would be locked up.

Simpson was picked up by his bail bondsman, Miguel Pereira of You Ring We Spring, in Florida on Friday and was brought back to Nevada on allegations he violated terms of his release.

The district attorney charged that Simpson left an expletive laced phone message Nov. 16, telling Pereira to tell co~defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart how upset Simpson was about testimony during their preliminary hearing.

“I just want, want C.J. to know that … I’m tired of this [expletive],” Simpson was quoted as saying. “Fed up with [expletives] changing what they told me. All right?”

Pereira testified during the bail hearing but the recording was not played despite the prosecution’s attempt to do so. Simpson attorney Yale Galanter immediately said that Simpson made the call and the judge did not allow the recording to be heard.

Stewart and fellow co~defendant Charles Ehrlich did not have to appear for the hearing and remain free on bail.

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The three men pleaded not guilty Nov. 28 to kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, coercion and conspiracy charges. A kidnapping conviction could bring a life sentence with the possibility of parole. An armed robbery conviction carries mandatory prison time.

Three other former co~defendants have pleaded to lesser charges and testified against Simpson at a previous hearing.

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Simpson has denied any knowledge about guns being involved in the confrontation with memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley. He has said he intended only to retrieve items that had been stolen from him by a former agent, including the suit he wore the day he was acquitted of murder in 1995 in the slayings of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

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Thank you CNN, AP News and KEN RITTER, Associated Press Writer

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Do you think OJ has figured it out yet??? I don’t…

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~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Simpson, 60, arrived in Las Vegas on a commercial flight from Florida with his bail bondsman, Miguel Pereira. He was taken in handcuffs by a police escort to the Clark County Detention Center, where both he and Pereira ignored questions from reporters.

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Police said Simpson would be kept isolated from the other 3,300 inmates until a court hearing Wednesday, when Clark County District Attorney David Roger plans to request that Simpson’s bail be revoked and he be kept in jail until trial.

AP Photo: O.J. Simpson, right, is transferred to the he Clark County jail after he arrived at Los Vegas…
The prosecutor alleges that in a November voice message, Simpson told Pereira to contact co~defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart and express frustration about testimony given at the hearing where Simpson, Stewart and a third man were ordered to stand trial.

“I just want, want C.J. to know that … I’m tired of this [expletive],” Simpson is quoted as saying in a transcript that was included in Roger’s motion to revoke bail, filed Friday. “Fed up with [expletive] changing what they told me. All right?”

Simpson had been instructed by Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure in September not to have any contact with anyone involved in the case, not even by “carrier pigeon.”

Simpson’s lawyer denied the allegations.

“O.J. did not try to persuade anybody to contact a witness,” Yale Galanter told The Associated Press.

Simpson was freed Sept. 19 on $125,000 bail following his arrest on allegations he and several friends burst into a Las Vegas hotel room and robbed two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint.

His bond was revoked Friday by his bail bond company, said Officer Ramon Denby, a Las Vegas police spokesman.

Simpson has maintained that he was retrieving items that belonged to him. He and the two other men are scheduled to stand trial April 7.

The prosecutor alleges that Simpson left the voice message with Pereira for Stewart on Nov. 16, two days after Bonaventure ruled that Simpson, Stewart and Charles Ehrlich should stand trial on 12 charges, including kidnapping and armed robbery.

Roger’s three page motion alleges Simpson “committed new crimes,” without providing details or elaboration. Dan Kulin, a spokesman for Roger, declined to say whether new charges would be filed against Simpson.

Galanter said he believed the “new crimes” referred to allegations of witness tampering. Galanter called Pereira a member of Simpson’s defense team, and said he was “totally miffed” by the effort to use a tape of a permissible phone call to try to revoke Simpson’s bail.

“He was clearly voicing frustration to a member of the defense team who had been providing security, transportation and investigation services,” he said.

Galanter said Simpson stayed at Pereira’s home during the preliminary hearing, but said he thought the bondsman apparently changed sides.

“He is clearly now a witness for the prosecution,” Galanter said of Pereira. He said he intended to question the bondsman under oath Wednesday regarding the telephone message and how the tape recording came to be turned over to prosecutors.

Pereira did not respond to messages seeking comment. A bail bondsman at his business, You Ring We Spring, bail bonds in North Las Vegas, declined immediate comment.

Stewart’s lawyer, Jose Pallares, said Friday he had no knowledge that Simpson’s message ever got to Stewart.

Simpson, Stewart and Ehrlich each pleaded not guilty Nov. 28 to kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, coercion and conspiracy charges. A kidnapping conviction could bring a life sentence with the possibility of parole. An armed robbery conviction carries mandatory prison time.

Three other former co~defendants, Walter Alexander, Michael McClinton and Charles Cashmore, agreed to plea deals and testified against Simpson at the evidentiary hearing in Las Vegas.

Simpson has maintained that no guns were displayed during the confrontation, that he never asked anyone to bring guns and that he did not know anyone had guns. He has said he intended only to retrieve items that had been stolen from him by a former agent, including the suit he wore the day he was acquitted of murder in 1995 in the slayings of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

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Thank you AP, CNN News and KEN RITTER, Associated Press Writer

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OJ, when are you ever going to learn…especailly in Las Vegas…

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Disgraced former NFL star Michael Vick declared that “I am not the bad person or the beast I’ve been made out to be” in a letter to a judge asking for leniency.
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Michael Vick wrote he was “forever a changed man.”

“I have been talked about and ridiculed on a day to day basis by people who really don’t know Michael Vick the human being. They only knew the football player which is unfair,” Vick said in a handwritten letter released this week.

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced Vick on Monday to serve 23 months in prison for financing a dogfighting ring and helping to kill pit bulls that did not fight aggressively.

Vick wrote the judge that he had accepted responsibility for his actions, would pay restitution and never again use “a single dollar that I have earned for anything but to help people.” Read letters from Vick, his mom, sports stars »

The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback said he grew up not knowing the severity of the crime of dogfighting and asked Hudson for “a second chance.”

Other letters supporting Vick were sent by his mother, his seventh-grade teacher and children he had met since becoming a star and one of the NFL’s most highly paid players.

Brenda Vick Boddie said her son fell victim to friends who took advantage of Vick’s inability to “say no.”

“PLEASE Your HONOR give my baby Michael another chance. He’s never been in trouble with the law before, PLEASE! PLEASE! one more chance,” she pleaded in her own handwritten letter.

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Former Falcons teammate Warrick Dunn, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and two sporting legends, former home run king Hank Aaron and former two time boxing heavyweight champion George Foreman, also wrote letters on Vick’s behalf.
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In from RICHMOND, Virginia, Michael Vick, once one of the highest paid players in the National Football League, was sentenced to 23 months in prison for financing a dogfighting ring and helping to kill pit bulls that did not fight aggressively.

MIchael Vick began serving his sentence before he knew what it would be.

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Vick’s stunning downfall from NFL superstar to disgraced dogfighting defendant culminated Monday in a 90 minute sentencing hearing in federal court in Richmond, Virginia.

Vick was dressed in a black and white striped prison suit and apologized to the his family and to the judge.

“You need to apologize to the millions of young people who looked up to you,” responded U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson.

Vick also acknowledged he used “poor judgment” and added he was ready to accept responsibility.

Vick, 27, had faced a maximum of five years in prison. Federal sentencing guidelines recommended a sentence of 12 to 18 months.

Animal rights protesters lined up outside the courthouse. Some carried signs with photographs of dogs, while others read “Dogs deserve justice,” and “Report dog fighters.”

U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg said after the hearing that the investigation “exposed a seamy side of our society.” He added, “I hope Mr. Vick learned important lessons and that his admission of guilt will speed his rehabilitation.”

Vick and three co-defendants still face trial on state dogfighting charges in Virginia. They are accused of torturing and killing dogs and promoting dogfights, all felonies that carry five year maximum sentences.

“This is a difficult day for Michael’s family and for a lot of us, including many of our players and fans who have been emotionally invested in Michael over the years,” said Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

“We sincerely hope that Michael will use this time to continue to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life, and we wish him well in that regard,” Blank said in a statement released by the team.

In his August plea agreement, Vick admitted bankrolling the “Bad Newz Kennels” dogfighting operation on his 15 acre property in rural Surry County in southeastern Virginia.

Vick also admitted providing money for bets on the fights but said he never shared in any winnings.

According to court documents, dogs that failed to show enough fighting spirit or lost matches were executed. Some dogs died by electrocution and others by hanging or drowning.

Co~defendants told prosecutors that Vick assisted in executing the dogs, and that they “executed approximately eight dogs.”

After initially denying any involvement, Vick acknowledged participating in killing to dogs in his plea agreement with prosecutors.

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The suspended Atlanta Falcons star quarterback publicly apologized for his role in the dogfighting operation and unexpectedly turned himself in on November 19 to begin serving his prison term early. He has been held in a state jail in Warsaw, Virginia.

Last month, Judge Hudson sentenced Purnell Peace, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, to 18 months in prison. Quanis Phillips, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced to 21 months.

A third co~defendant, Tony Taylor of Hampton, Virginia will be sentenced Friday. He was the first to plead guilty.

Peace, Phillips and Taylor entered plea agreements last summer under which they agreed to testify against Vick, prompting the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback to enter his own plea agreement a few days later.

Vick agreed to pay more than $928,000 for the care of some 54 pit bulls seized from his property.

Prosecutors also have disclosed the extent of Vick’s financial ruin. According to court documents, the Atlanta Falcons are attempting to recoup bonus money from his 10~year, $130 million football contract, Vick is in default on a $1.3 million bank loan for a wine store, and two other banks have filed suits seeking repayment of a $4.5 million in loans and lines of credit.

Vick’s home in the Atlanta area is on the market for $4.5 million, prosecutors said in court papers. The Virginia home where the dogfighting operation was based, assessed at nearly $750,000, is on the auction block, according to reports published over the weekend.

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Vick’s attorneys last month requested a jury trial on the state charges. It is set to begin in April.
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Thank you CNN News and CNN’s Eric Fiegal, who contributed to this report.
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Has the world gone to the dogs???

OR???

Is justice served???

Voice your oppinions Baby Boomers…I am sure that there are pro’s and con’s [besides Micheal Vick…excuse the pun…I JUST had to say that]…to this heated topic.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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