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Philadelphia bar still refuses to show Eagles games because dog fighting

Oct 28, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

Andy Reid, Michael Vick, Tony DUngy AP

I suppose there’s good news and bad news for residents of Graduate Hospital / Fitler Square / South Street West / whatever-you-like-to-call the area of the city near 22nd and Lombard Streets in Philadelphia. The bad news is that you can’t watch an Eagles game at Doobie’s, the cozy corner dive bar known for it’s former lack of signage, its jukebox, solid beer selection, and not very enjoyable bathroom experience.

But that’s been the policy of bar owner and self-described “animal advocate” Patty Brett for year’s now.

For whatever reason, this was written about and given a short radio spot over at WHYY / yesterday where Patty shared her decision to never forget:

“Because of what Michael Vick has done to those animals, I can’t in good conscience support the Eagles while he’s a member of the team,” she said. “He murdered and tortured animals and I can’t forgive him for that.”

The guy drinking at the bar didn’t much seem to care:

“I’m past it,” he said. “I think what’s done is done and he’s paid his debt and he just wants to move on.”

The good news for those aforementioned Birds fans in the G-Ho area? Well, Mike Vick’s time on the Eagles certainly appears to be coming to an end. So you’ll be able to catch a game at Doobie’s in the not-too-distant future.

I’d probably suggest P&K, Grace, or Sidecar for a better game watching experience anyway.

I’m still waiting on the first Philadelphia bar to refuse to show Eagles games because of Matt Barkley.

>>While Vick plays for Eagles, games banned at Center City bar [Newsworks]

  1. mike - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    After yesterday’s game, I can see more bars offering this promotion.

  2. Tim - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Its kind of amazing how so much of the Philly sports media is scared to say anything about Vick’s personal life. The man served only 21 months in prison and ZERO of that time was for animal abuse and torture. You guys need to grow a set and stop sugar coating it with little jokes like “I’m still waiting on the first Philadelphia bar to refuse to show Eagles games because of Matt Barkley.” Shit like that shows no journalistic integrity.

    • Mark - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      “Philadelphia bar still refuses to show Eagles games because dog fighting”

      Apparently they are too lazy for prepositions also, gotta keep up with the internet trends I guess.

      • Steve - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        I fucking hate that trend. It’s the hackiest thing out there.

    • Pete D - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      “only 21 months”. Go serve 21 months in prison and then say at the end, “it was ONLY 21 months”.

      • mike - Oct 28, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        I wouldn’t know.

        I never ran an illegal dogfighting ring that crossed state lines and avoided taxes. Avoiding a life of crime helps me avoid serving prison time.

        That’s just me though.

    • lol @ tim - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Felony conspiracy in interstate commerce/aid of unlawful animal fighting venture (Title 18, USC, Section 371); (State) Felony dogfighting.

      I would say Felony dogfighting blankets “animal abuse and torture”… come on pal grow up and move on. Saying he didn’t serve time for his crimes is just silly. And its not brought up much anymore because the media beat that dead horse over and over and over in 2009. You want a weekly press repoort on something from 7 years ago?

      Come on slim Tim, you’re better than this

  3. ROGER - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM


  4. Jonathan - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I think it’s a bad business move and a little immature but it’s his bar, and in this great country he can show and not show whatever he pleases.

    • randmart37 - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      HER bar, and SHE can show and not show whatever SHE pleases

      • randmart37 - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        FWIW: Today is Doobie’s 35th Anniversary/Birthday

      • Doobies Bar - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:30 AM

        Thanks Randy! :)

  5. thekrisheim - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    lol, you make your living serving booze to people. is the bar inside a glass house?

    • Doobies Bar - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      No, it’s in a stucco building.

  6. 33 - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I hadn’t yet seen the “The Gang Gets Publicity for Vick-Bashing” episode. That Frank is always up to something!

    • Mike 2 - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Doobies has been doing this since the day the Eagles signed Vick. They have never made a big deal about it. But every few months, some website writes an article about it to drive up page views. Looks like it worked again.

      Doobies is one of the best bars in the city if you actually like talking to people. If you want Miller Lites and Bon Jovi cover bands, head to xfinity live.

      • Doobies Bar - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:44 AM

        Thanks Mike! :)

  7. Lito Sheppard - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Incredibly hypocritical..

    Is this bar owner aware of the damages and destruction alcohol has done to society? A quick google search gave me data that over 75,000 people die from alcohol each year. If she’s willing to hold herself to such moral standards, she should shut her bar down to help save lives.

    • Doobies Bar - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:48 AM

      My bar doesn’t electocute, hang, drown, break the necks of and torture our customers to get them to drink. Oh, that’s right… that’s what Michael Vick does to innocent animals.

  8. Planty - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    If the bar existed at the time, did she refuse to show Flyers games when they had a convicted rapist (Billy Tibbetts) or a guy who did time for vehicular homicide (Craig MacTavish) on the team?

    • Mike - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      Yea, I am sure she runs her own private background checks on all players on all teams before showing games. That’s how she found out about this little known story about Michael Vick and his background. I heard she might have some dirt on OJ too.

    • Todd - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      No, She didn’t refuse to show Flyers games when Billy Tibbets nor Craig MacTavish were on the team.

      Do you know why?’

      Because nobody cares about hockey!

      You guys are getting almost as bad as soccer fans.

      • willh888 - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        Brett Myers swung his wife around Boston like a figure skater. I don’t remember hearing about any WFC bar-bans. Just imagine if Mrs. Myers was a german sheppard.

  9. Jenny Galvan - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    I think that’s totally appropriate. He should not be allowed to play by the NFL. It’s ashamed he’s employed. He tortured those dogs n enjoyed it. That’s just a disgrace. Someone uses the term Nigger 30 yrs ago and they get destroyed? Shut down and looses contracts! This man is still getting paid millions n gets a slap on the wrist. Sick ! Wake up

  10. YouWish - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Good for her!! More businesses should have the balls to do the same!
    We will never let him forget and hopefully he’ll get his neck broke on the field!!

    • Doobies Bar - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:49 AM

      Thanks! :)

  11. Linda Deaton - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Vick should have never been allowed back on a football field! What a disgusting example he is setting. Sorry all you “get over its”, he in no way deserves to be allowed to play professional sports again! He is a criminal!

    • Enrico Campitelli Jr. - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Criminals shouldn’t be allowed to hold jobs, I agree.

    • Doobies Bar - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      Thank you Linda!

  12. Nora Hogan - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    I applaud your stance for the animals! And against the vicious sub human that perpetrated the relentless torture and abuse on the poor dogs. You can not forgive nor believe his remorse for the heinous acts he committed. Any more than we would accept that behavior with human victims! Thank you for your humane ethics and strong resolve!

    • Doobies Bar - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      Thanks Mike! :)

    • Doobies Bar - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      Thank you Nora!

  13. deborah passino - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    I think its great that the bar refuses to show the game. Mike vic should of neved been allowed to return to football what does that show ojr kkds who look up to these sports players.

    • Doobies Bar - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:37 AM

      Thank you Deborah!

  14. willh888 - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Who linked the lonely moms book club

  15. Bobcitydoc - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    One wonders if there has been a decrease in dog fighting after his much publicized conviction. Vick apologists claim he was selectively prosecuted, which may be true. But he was prosecuted for a reason, to stigmatize and send an enforcement message to dog fighting folk. Haven’t seen much as to whether it worked.

    • Doobies Bar - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:54 AM

      Let’s hope it’s had SOME kind of impact!

  16. BenE. - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Reading through this thread, there are two types of comments: those who have forgiven a criminal who served his sentence and is now making a positive impact in his community, and women.

    • Mike 2 - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      I would hardly consider giving footballs away each Sunday afternoon as “making a positive impact in his community.”

      • Doobies Bar - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:53 AM

        Yeah and I wonder how his wife feels about the mistress he had for the last several years. That’s a wonderful way to treat your wife, who is coincidentally, a woman.

  17. chale47429 - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I will NEVER be ok with this kind of treatment to animals! A woman can use her 2 legs & mouth & or walk away. Dogs DO NOT have this option! He is the worst form of human!! You should think about what you are saying here. He’s counting on idiots who think he has paid his debt, NEVER!!!

    • willh888 - Oct 29, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      Remember when you were weird

  18. Doglover - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Really…bashing this lady for selling alcohol. People can choose to drink and how much. These dogs had no choice! We need to protect them not exploit them.Good for her….standing up for what she believes in. Sometimes you can take the man out of the ghetto but you can’t take the ghetto out of the man. Vick should have felt blessed to be so talented and to have a better life. But I’m sure it just inflated his ego. The fact is that he killed dogs himself. Sick,sick,sick! Its proven animal abusers become people abusers.

    • Doobies Bar - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      Thank you Doglover!

  19. Mike M - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    This is one of the most ridiculous things I ever heard of in my life. Go ahead, turn down your clientele and don’t show the Eagles games. More $$$ for the other bars. Nobody cares about some irrelevant bar and their righteous policies.

    Vick served his time, and is moving forward with his life, unlike the unforgiving, judgmental owner of this bar, who refused any chance for redemption for someone who made bad choices in life. I hope the owner is granted the same treatment when she makes a mistake, like is one of her customers is served to much and causes problems. I will be waiting with my pitchfork.

    You people treat the animals better than humans.


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