Football is a contract sport

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Plaxico Burress has informed the New York Post that he'll attend training camp.

Are these things voluntary?

The New York Giants wide receiver apparently thinks so, but he has been gracious enough to accept the team's invitation. Dress is casual.

Burress skipped the veteran minicamp last month, a "business decision," he called it, and vowed to stay off the practice field until the Giants gave him a new contract. Now he's confident that a deal will get done, and we can all breathe a little easier.

I'm confident that if I'm coach Tom Coughlin, I'm wondering who's in charge here.

I once vowed not to step foot inside the Camden Yards press box until I got a raise, and my editors sent out an 18-year-old intern the next day. I guess that sort of threat works only in the NFL.

Burress said his injured knee is close to 100 percent. I've never been too sure about his head.

In other news, imprisoned Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has filed for bankruptcy protection while serving time for federal dogfighting charges, saying he owes creditors $10 million to $50 million.

We won't suggest that he increase his income by starting his own business. We know how that worked out the last time.

Michael has further extended his lead over Marcus in the race for most troubled Vick brother. You'll recall that Marcus, who's no longer in the NFL, was arrested last month on charges of driving under the influence and eluding police. It'll take more than that, pal.

I've heard of there being a black sheep in a family, but I've never seen a whole flock.

Just when I'm about to give up on football and start watching the WNBA, I read that Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez saved a man's life at a Huntington Beach, Calif., restaurant by applying the Heimlich maneuver.

Why do I have the feeling that the Vicks would have left their seats just as quickly as Gonzalez and skipped out on the check?

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