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Oh, Michael Vick. I remember watching you play football at Virginia Tech one Thanksgiving weekend when the hype around you was still fresh and exciting, and you had every opportunity in the world ahead of you. And then you made your move to Atlanta, and I delighted in the opportunity to root for you in a city I love. But now, this. Your apology seemed heartfelt, but still... I'm at a loss. I talked to a friend of mine, a proud Hokie and veterinary technician, and she's still sputtering with rage over your crimes, and the way it makes Tech look. I can't say I blame her. Even if I don't see you as a role model — and I'm sure many do, or did — it feels like a personal betrayal when someone you root for does wrong, particularly deliberate harm such as this. Anyone else feel this way? Or maybe, that Vick is being unfairly targeted due to his celebrity and race? Personally, I can see all the sides... and still feel like this may be an inexcusable offense. BotNers, do you think Vick can make real changes? And, professionally, do you think he'll ever make it back?