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ESPN Article on Moss

Discussion in 'Professional Football' started by ScriptOhio, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Interesting article on Randy Moss and the NFL. I don't know about Randy , but his brother certainly had some problems when he was at Ohio State.

    Randy Moss isn't the only NBA player masquerading as a football star in Paul Tagliabue's NFL.

    That's the beauty and brilliance of the NFL, a league that has done a remarkable job of hiding the fact that it has just as many petulant malcontents as the NBA does, as well as more performance-enhancing drug cheats than Major League Baseball and Olympic track and field, combined.

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=5 rowSpan=2><SPACER height="1" type="block" width="5"></TD><TD width=195>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR><TD width=195>[font=verdana, arial, geneva]This wasn't the first time Randy Moss walked off the field early -- or acted like a malcontent.[/font]</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>No one should be all that surprised that Moss abandoned his Minnesota teammates near the end of their seventh loss in 10 games last Sunday, walking off the field as the Vikings lined up for a last-ditch onside kick with two seconds to play.

    Randy Moss, self-absorbed?

    This is the man who thanked Marshall University for offering him a home by skipping the press conference called to announce his early entry into the NFL draft. This is the man who told the world that he routinely takes plays off, and plays only when he wants to play.

    Randy Moss is no Avon Barksdale. Randy doesn't love the game. He loves what the game can do for Randy Moss. And with two ticks on the clock and the Vikings trailing by three but still with a damn good chance to back into the playoffs, the Redskins' game had nothing left to offer Moss. So he headed for the locker room, seizing the opportunity to be the first man in the shower and grab a clean, unused bar of soap.

    Surprised? Heck, Moss had done it twice before last Sunday. This latest early exit received national attention only because Minnesota is in the middle of another predictable meltdown and Vikings coach Mike Tice is in jeopardy of losing his job.

    Everything gets magnified during a 3-7 slump. We also tend to lose perspective.

    Yes, Randy Moss is a coward and a punk and has the leadership skills of a five-year-old Girl Scout placed in charge of Navy Seals. Moss is not a winner. He contaminates and undermines everything with which he comes in contact. Dennis Green, the man who ignored Moss' rap sheet, looked like a genius for drafting the freakish wide receiver when he caught 17 touchdowns, averaged 19 yards per catch and ignited the Vikings to a 15-1 record in his rookie season.

    But three years later, partially because of Green's inability to control Moss, the coach lost control of his team, and then lost his job when the squad fell to 5-11. Green, as talented a football coach as there is, tried a full-out NBA approach to coaching in the NFL. He shared the power with his two most talented and influential players -- Moss and Cris Carter -- and it blew up in his face.

    I mention all of this to make the point that Randy Moss isn't alone as a cancerous pariah lurking in the NFL waters. Tagliabue's league, with its salary-cap-driven reliance on huge signing bonuses, is developing uncontrollable superstar malcontents at an NBA pace.

    Moss walked off the field before the end of the Redskins game because Vikings owner Red McCombs -- at the behest of Green -- gave Moss an $18 million signing bonus (and a $100 million contract) just before training camp opened in 2001, which just happened to be Green's final miserable season in Minnesota.

    It's impossible to motivate, discipline or control a young man with Moss' attitude and personality once you've handed him lifetime financial security and surrendered the only piece of leverage you ever had over him.

    You can't cut Moss once he's holding $18 million of McCombs' cash flow. You really can't afford to cross him or tick him off, either. You can only beg and pray. NBA coaches -- who deal with teenage and 20-something, shoe-deal-emboldened, guaranteed-contract-fortified multi-millionaires all the time -- have begging and praying down to a science. They call it Zen. And when the Zen doesn't work, they retire and write books about it.

    NFL coaches are playing catch-up. They're just coming to grips with the negative influences of gigantic signing bonuses. The league used to threaten and manipulate super-talented jerks such as Moss by threatening to waive them, which would void their contracts and end the stream of money. The NFL wasn't encumbered by guaranteed contracts.

    Now, $20-to-$30 million signing bonuses are making un-guaranteed contracts work just like a guaranteed deal. And that brings out the NBA in NFL players.

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=5 rowSpan=2><SPACER height="1" type="block" width="5"></TD><TD width=195>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR><TD width=195>[font=verdana, arial, geneva]Priest Holmes is one of the good guys -- and even he has caused his team headaches.[/font]</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>It's widespread throughout the league. The NFL is masterful -- with its petty fines for violating all sorts of petty rules, such as the league's uniform policies -- at hiding the fact that it has little control over its players, particularly its high-profile stars. Take Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes. He's a legitimately good guy. But Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil and team president Carl Peterson have no idea what Holmes is going to do, day to day. None.

    At metaphorical gunpoint (Holmes threatened to sit) just before the start of the 2003 season, the Chiefs gave Holmes a contract extension and more upfront money. (He deserved it.) Holmes shattered the NFL's single-season touchdown record and then disappeared during the offseason and contemplated retirement. He changed cell phone numbers and broke off all communication with the organization. When he finally re-emerged after two months and many frantic phone calls from the Chiefs' brass, Holmes told the team he wanted to rush for 2,000 yards this season and needed to cut down on his number of receptions to do it. (If you check the stats, you'll see that NFL backs who have approached or surpassed 2,000 yards have never been a big part of their team's passing game.)

    A high-scoring, wide-receiver-deficient offense that had for three years been built around throwing 70 passes a season to Holmes then had to re-work its philosophy to accommodate its well-paid star. This year, in eight games, Holmes caught 19 passes before he suffered a season-ending knee injury.

    You think Allen Iverson is the only superstar with a healthy disdain for practice?

    "Practice! We talkin' 'bout practice?"

    NFL players spend nearly every free second complaining about practice. Tom Coughlin spent the offseason bickering with his Giants players about practice, and I'm not sure if Coughlin has figured out even now that his team quit on him because of it.

    Just like there's a little Allen Iverson inside every NBA player, there's a little Randy Moss inside every NFL locker room. As the signing bonuses get bigger, don't be surprised when all the Li'l Randys come out to play ... and take their balls and go home early when things don't go their way.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2005
  2. coastalbuck

    coastalbuck And this one belongs to the Reds!

    Good article. Proof positive, as if anyone needed it, that Randy Moss is an asshole! That being said, Go Packers!!!!!!! And thanks Brett Favre, who plays games for free and most assuredly is not an asshole!
  3. BuckeyeBaiter

    BuckeyeBaiter Newbie

    That article is right on. How fans can blindly follow pro sports is beyond me.Too few Brett Farve's.
  4. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Moss is a fucking punk, plain and simple. Did you notice him taunting the crowd on the sidelines after Minnestoa's FG to make it 17-0 in the first quarter? He was saying, "Look at the mother fuckin' scoreboard!" while pointing at the one else on the Vikings sideline was even interacting with the crowd. Fuck Moss' punk ass.
  5. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go!

    Did anyone see what Moss did after his last touchdown? The commentators kept talking about how classless his gesture was, but I missed it.
  6. vrbryant

    vrbryant Ever thus to ____ers Staff Member

    Mooned the crowd, though was gracious enough to do it without taking his pants off.

    His postgame comments included the gem, "We whooped they ass."

    Congratulations, Randy. You're the biggest lump of pigshit to have ever soiled the NFL with your presence.
  7. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    :slappy:although I am disappointed in your creativity...pigshit is too common. I expect more from you VR
  8. BigDaddyDaeg

    BigDaddyDaeg Long Live the Hedgehog!!!

    Unfortunately, he is also one of the most physically-gifted WRs to ever play the game.

    Talent and class just don't seem to mix with Moss.
  9. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear....

    Good stuff Randy. :2004:

  10. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    One of the best end zone celebrations of all time. Good stuff.

    Hilarious how uptight the idiotic announcers got. but I guess when Saint Favre is choking away his team's playoff chances for the 3rd year in a row, you gotta talk about something else.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2005
  11. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    Moss is a fucking punk plain and simple.... no need to go into the reason as everyone on here know what he's made of.

    Tibor... was that Favre out there playing defense against Philly last year. I don't think he was the one who gave up 4th and 24. Favre is not the one who can't seem to draft players that will make it on the field and contribute. You can sure dish out your little comments but they prove you don't know shit about football. Favre has always played reckless... most of the time he has had a defense that could bail him out... he hasn't had that for the last several years. Even after all his interceptions... I'd still take him over almost anyone in the league, and so would most people.

    Get a clue.
  12. Brutus1

    Brutus1 Don't be penurious, donate to the BP Spring Dr.

    I, too, thoght Bucks' response was pretty dumb. All he did was fake mooning tham then rubbed his can on the goalpost. It's not like he faked pulling out his 'Johnson' and telling the 'Pack fans to look.
  13. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    Was Joe Buck the same retard (along with McCarver) who went nuts 2 years ago when Manny Ramirez stood and flipped his bat when he hit a HR over the Yanks in the playoffs? Yeah, but a baseball pitcher throws a bat at a batter in the World Series and they don't bat an eye. :roll1:
  14. bucknut74

    bucknut74 You Enjoy Myself

    Joe Buck is a turd

    If he thought moss was disgusting, wonder what he thought of this.. click here then scroll down.
  15. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Bookie

    I don't see what's wrong with this particular "incident" How is Randy Moss any less decent than the multitude of middle-aged obese men in the stands with floppy man-boobs exposed yelling "FUCK YOU MOSS!"?

    I thought the stunt was funny. I don't think it should be repeated or anything, but it was pretty cool. It's not like it was a throat-slashing gesture or a middle finger or anything.

    And Terry Bradshaw of all people was livid about Moss. Spare me you indignance, Terry! I bet that guy moons people during commercial breaks! Half of his job is to act like an ass.

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