While the NFL's design turns into a Super Bowl-style road show from city to city, the trolling of the host team's fans has quickly become a tradition. Former Hawks and Eagles (and Jets and Steelers) quarterback Michael Vick tried to break into action on Friday night by announcing Atlanta's second choice at the Cowboys home ground.
"I never lost to Dallas for the record," Vick said.
For the record he did.
Vick confronts Dallas six times as a starter, winning four times and losing twice. The first loss came in a prime-time game on a Saturday night in Atlanta. Vick played well and completed 28 of 38 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns (an interception), along with 56 yards rushing. But the cowboys outdid the Falcons, 38-28.
In 2012, the Cowboys won another game, which Vick began for the Eagles, although he retired prematurely after six of nine passes with an injury.
Well, yes, Vick lost to the cowboys. But announcing, "I've never lost more than 33 percent of my starts against Dallas," would not have sounded nearly as good on Friday night.