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PIC: Michael Vick's Sports Illustrated Cover Is More Flattering This Time Around

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick is this week's Sports Illustrated cover, and certainly with merit. He's the NFL's biggest story both for people who like stories about redemption and hope and grace and church and for people who like football. He's also going to tell us a thing or two about ourselves, presumably how much we believe in humility and temperance and wisdom:

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This is his fourth cover, though he also appeared on the cover of a 1999 Virginia Tech Hokies commemorative issue. Andrew Sharp is worried about an SI cover curse, but once a man's been to Leavenworth there's not much a magazine can do to him. It's also a much better look than his last cover, which featured Sweet Jasmine, one of the pit bulls rescued from his Bad Newz Kennels operation:

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Why'd they have to go Atlanta Falcons red for the Sweet Jasmine cover? Couldn't cut the Birds a break, huh? Ain't like Arthur Blank was the one funding the thing.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.