I think to some degree Vick is getting a bad rep because of all the trouble his brother has been in. Don't know if that is racist or not. But I think that the vast majority of people in our culture find senseless cruelty to animals to be intolerable. And Mike is right — we have a special affinity for dogs. But, Mike, Vick couldn't just say sorry I didn't know it would offend people, because it is a crime not just an unusual hobby.