by Walter Brasch
The headlines, pictures, and most of the stories about the Philadelphia Eagles 34--14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs focused upon backup quarterback Michael Vick.
The Eagles fans--desperate for a Super Bowl trophy and proclaiming that since Vick paid his time he should be forgiven--gave him a hearty ovation when he first appeared in the game early in the first quarter.
Vick, the All-Pro felon who was convicted in federal court of conspiracy, financing, and operating a dog fighting operation, appeared in only 11 plays, rushed for seven yards, threw two incompletes, and was largely a decoy on the other plays. But he drew the attention of sportscasters and reporters in his first NFL game since his suspension.
Based upon the number of column inches the print media threw to Vick, combined with the air time TV devoted, he was the star and the rest of the team were supporting players.