Being cynical is my way. I don't believe a lot of things.
I don't believe in UFOs. I don't believe in ghosts. And I usually don't believe the person-has-changed talk after somebody gets in trouble and goes to jail.
I do with Mike Vick.
Even when Vick was doing the things he wasn't supposed to do and not the things he was supposed to be doing in Atlanta, I still liked him. He was funny. He was engaging. You could see there was something good there.
Like everyone else, you heard the stories of how he didn't work. The stories of how he hung with a bad crowd. The stories of how he wasn't committed.
We all did. And it showed. He wasn't prepared. He made due on his wonderful God-given talent.
But he has paid his price. He served his time. He deserved a second chance after the dog-fighting escapades -- and for once I think this is a player who will make the most of it.
So even though the dog-loving public will hate this, I'm about to say it anyway: I'm glad Vick will be getting a long-term deal from the Eagles.
He will receive a reported six-year extension worth $100 million with $40-million in guaranteed money. I'm not sure I would have done that just yet if I were the Eagles.
I'd want to see him do what he did in 2010 for a half a season -- and then pay him. What's the rush? I'm talking about on the field.
Off it, he's a changed man. You can see that. So he's worth the risk there.
I rarely think rushing to pay a guy is good business. But the Eagles believe in him as their long-term guy or else they would have never traded Kevin Kolb and this does free them up to give DeSean Jackson a new deal.
Eagles coach Andy Reid is a big believer in Vick. And people do change. And Vick seems to have done that, which is nice to see.
This is one instance where sitting in a jail cell pondering life might actually have helped him in the long run.
He truly looks like a changed man.
Even a cynic like me can see that.