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Michael Vick's advice to Colin Kaepernick: Get a haircut to look more presentable

Michael Vick's advice to Colin Kaepernick: Get a haircut to look more presentable

As NFL training camps swiftly approach, Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent.

There is a belief that Kaepernick is being blackballed for protesting during the national anthem by kneeling last year, while another opinion points to the former 49ers quarterback's down play over the past couple seasons as the reason why he remains without a job.

And then there's Michael Vick.

Vick on Monday was a guest on Fox Sports 1's Speak for Yourself  where the topic of discussion was Kaepernick's future in the NFL. And Vick offered up advice to Kaepernick that had nothing to do with football nor political statements. 

"First thing we gotta get Colin to do is cut his hair," Vick said. "Listen, I'm not up here to try to be politically correct, but even if he puts cornrows in I don't think he should represent himself in that way in terms of the hairstyle. Just go clean cut, why not? You're already dealing with a lot. A lot controversy surrounding this issue. The thing he needs to do is just try to look presentable. Look, all the social media stuff he's doing, we get it. We understand it. It's time for Colin to step up in a different way.

"I think perception and image is everything and this is not the Colin Kaepernick that we've known since he entered the National Football League. And I'm just going off my personal experiences, but I love the guy to death. But I also want him to succeed on and off the field and this has to be a start for him."

Huh?

File this one under "one of the more ridiculous things you'll ever hear."

To be fair, Vick did go on to say that the primary reason that Kaepernick is currently out of a quarterbacking job is because of the downward trend of his play over the last two seasons. But that doesn't make his comments about Kaep's hairstyle any less ridiculous and off base. 

People can debate about whether Kaepernick is being blackballed or his recent play is keeping him out of a job or that it's a combination of both. But it's probably safe to say that there's a zero-percent chance that there are NFL teams out there that have afro hairstyle as one of the reasons they don't want want to sign Kaep.

For Vick's full appearance, check out the video below. 

Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

The online petition to ban Pete Morelli from officiating Eagles games is rapidly gaining signatures.

Count Malcolm Jenkins for one.

"I would definitely sign that petition if it came across my desk," Jenkins said with a laugh to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark on Monday at the safety's Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event.

The Eagles beat the Panthers, 28-23, last Thursday night despite a significant discrepancy in penalty yards. It was a game officiated by Morelli's crew — and you can see why that's notable by clicking right here.

"We felt like a lot of those were ticky-tack, or weren’t good calls," Jenkins said after the game. "For us, adversity is nothing new for us. We just kind of strap up and keep playing, and hunker down. We continue to play aggressively, that is the biggest thing. We don’t want that to take away our aggression, or our ability to make plays. So we just go to the next play."

What about the next signature? 

Eagles fans just need to get that petition to Jenkins' desk.

Dodgers fan wearing Chase Utley jersey catches Justin Turner home run ball for 2nd year in a row

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Dodgers fan wearing Chase Utley jersey catches Justin Turner home run ball for 2nd year in a row

Dodgers fans had a reason to be ecstatic on Sunday night after Justin Turner hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Cubs, 4-1, and give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the NLCS.

But not as ecstatic as one fan in particular.

Keith Hupp, a retired police officer and lifelong Dodgers fan, was waiting under the home run ball in the center-field stands and snagged it with his son's glove. He was also wearing a Dodgers Chase Utley jersey.

He even made the catch with his non-preferred hand.

“I’m a lefty,” Hupp said to J.P. Hoornstra of the Orange County Register. “I’ve dislocated my right shoulder so many times, I had to resort to my son’s glove on my left hand. So the last five or six home run balls I’ve caught, I’ve caught with my left hand.”

And the craziest part about this story is that it wasn't the first time it had happened. Hupp caught Turner's sixth-inning solo homer in Game 3 of last year's NLCS against the Cubs in almost the same place, the center-field stands at Dodger Stadium.

Although he has 24 home run balls in his collection, Hupp won't be keeping last night's game-winner. After making the catch, he gave the ball to a security guard, and was escorted underneath the stadium to meet Turner and make a trade with him. 

In a postgame interview with MLB.com, Turner said Hupp couldn't decide what he wanted for the ball right away. They exchanged information and agreed that Hupp will get back to Turner in a few days when he decides what he wants.

Twitter had some good responses to Hupp's memorable home run catch: