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Michael Vick opens up to GQ, Tony Romo plays hide-and-seek, Real Madrid and Barcelona fight, Tiger Woods tips, Barack Obama crushes Rajon Rondo's confidence and Candice Crawford shines

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for michael-vick-eagles-jaguars.JPGPotential controversy lurks when Michael Vick speaks. Even more so when he's speaking about the dogfighting conviction that cost him two years in jail.

So it's no surprise that some of his comments made in a GQ article are raising eyebrows.

"[The media is] writing as if everyone feels that way and has the same opinions they do," Vick told the magazine. "But when I go out in public, it's all positive, so that's obviously not true ... You got the family dog and the white picket fence, and you just think that's all there is. Some of us had to grow up in poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods, and we just had to adapt to our environment. I know that it's wrong. But people act like it's some crazy thing they never heard of. They don't know."

After his release from prison, Vick was fiercely contrite about his actions, but this particular interview reveals a slightly different attitude.

"For a while, it was all 'Scold Mike Vick, scold Mike Vick, just talk bad about him, like he's not a person,'" he told GQ. "It's almost as if everyone wanted to hate me. But what have I done to anybody? It was something that happened, and it was people trying to make some money."

And then there's his desire to own a dog once again.

"I miss dogs, man," Vick said. "I always had a family pet, always had a dog growing up. It was almost equivalent to the prison sentence, having something taken away from me for three years. I want a dog just for the sake of my kids, but also me. I miss my companions."
Getting chippy

Tiger Woods has a new No. 1 ranking, but it's not exactly one he's going to like. The golfer tops a list of worst celebrity tippers put together by the Miami New Times. Woods' ability to tip is apparently hampered by a habit of not carrying cash around. That's cause and effect right there.

LeBron James is the only other sports figure on the tightwad list, coming in at No. 4.

The most surprising name to show up, however, has to be Rachael Ray.

When in Romo



Tony Romo's bachelor party included a game of hide-and-seek with 14 or 15 of his friends in a West Virginia cabin. This video will give you all the details you need on this development, plus many, many more. Romo and his buddies were looking for a alcohol-free game and settled on the childhood staple, which they played in pitch-black conditions.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback is taking some heat for opening up about this unusual bachelor party twist, but Romo shouldn't sweat it too much. After all, he married Candice Crawford on May 28. It's good to be Tony Romo.

Neat feet

In Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona compete in the Supercopa, a preseason event that is, oh, about 30,332 times more competitive than any preseason NFL game. The second leg of the home-and-home yesterday did not disappoint.

Seriously, the match had everything. Alternating goals by the world's best players. A late game-winner by its absolute best, Lionel Messi. The debut of Cesc Fabregas with his boyhood club. Tremendous color commentary from Ray Hudson (Google him). Oh, and a brawl that featured Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho giving Barcelona coach Tito Villanova a face-full of his hand -- something that bordered on a wet willy.

Two videos here. The first has all the goals and the second the brawl in question.

An argument could be made that this is the best rivalry in sports. And I'd agree with that argument.





Crushed by Obama

Shaquille O'Neal says that President Barack Obama is to blame for Rajon Rondo's poor shooting.

In an upcoming memoir titled "Shaq Uncut," the big man relates the tale of a fund-raiser the Boston Celtics attended with the president last season in which the First Fan joked that Ray Allen should teach Rondo how to shoot.

According to O'Neal, Rondo -- not the sharpest of shooters to begin with -- lost all confidence and slipped into a season-long slump.

This probably won't be a major campaigning point for Obama in 2012.

Why it's good to be Tony Romo

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He's married to Candice Crawford.

I think that makes large in-the-dark games of hide-and-seek with 15 of your closest guy friends OK.

Crawford, who was crowned Miss Missouri in 2008, studied journalism at the University of Missouri and worked as a reporter for a Dallas television station.

She's the younger sister of actor Chace Crawford, who stars on "Gossip Girl."

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