I don't think Goodell ever comes out and says "lifetime ban", becuase all that would do is institute appeals from Vick's lawyers etc about how grossly unfair it is. All Goodell needs to do is set the conditions of applying for re-instatement at a ridiculously high level and follow through. It may appear to outsiders that nothing has happened, but Vick is gone for good. Also, on the gambling thing, I am amazed at the over-reaction to gambling on an event unrelated to football. Players gamble all the time. Heck, this off-season two of them had a fight in a casino. Admittedly, Vick was gambling on an illegal event and consequently that should be treated more severely under the personal conduct policy, but gambling in itself (on events OTHER THAN Football) is not a mortal sin.