(Photo:Matt Slocum, AP)
All you haters….
(posted this on January 12, 2008 on the old site. Obviously posting it here because of Moss’ impending retirement. I wrote this during a time period when many Black athletes were characterized as straight criminals…hence the push back)
Think to yourselves and make a list of the current ten best players in the National Football League. Rationally cast aside group thought and realize there is no criteria where a quarterback has to be number one. Is your opinion based on individual or team loyalty and therefore biased? Who is at the top? Tom Brady? Peyton Manning? Tony Romo? Brett Favre? LaDanian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson?
Where does Randy Moss fall on your list?
We could focus on all the off the field drama people love to run with… or the scrutiny that propagates the golden boy image the media seems to swing on incessantly for the sake of the dollar, but we just don’t do that here. Yes quarterbacks commandeer the franchise and sell tickets based on groupie psychology, but we cannot nullify the worth of who really makes teams go.
Randy Moss is the best player in the NFL.
It’s 1998 again.
Randy has single-handedly modified the league and along with Tom Brady negated anything the Colts did last year–at least until a champion is crowned in February after the Super Bowl.
This isn’t diminishing anything Tom Brady accomplished this year. 50 touchdowns is 50 touchdowns. It also can’t be diminished that half of those went to Randy Moss as Wes Welker and Donte Stallworth were being shadowed by inferior coverage men.
The question that is going to be answered in the next couple weeks should be: Is Randy Moss finally going to be a champion?
16-0 means nothing with out the confetti reign [sic].
The time has come. The Divisional Playoff weekend is usually where the best games are played. You have rested top seeds versus hungry us against the world NFL (read: human) interest stories that late into games will entertain until daddy tells Cinderella to get her ass home.
The Patriots against the upstart and very formidable Jacksonville Jaguars–who on the surface appear to be capable of upsetting the Pats and shutting down history.The moral here is don’t bet the house people.
Most pundits will highlight Tom Brady as if he’s the only story that will sell papers.
What about Randy Moss (should have been co-MVP and co-OPY)?
Afro just right long, defiance to the media and its misguided fans strong, “Oh, little Bobby don’t wear his jersey…he’s just so wrong.”
There are always going to be those who will never like R. Moss. They will scream about faux-mooning the Green Bay fans–even though the Lambeau grateful do the same to opposing players (Joe Buck you were disgusting for your pandering description on live television when this went down). How about Randy walking off the field before the final gun or the incident with the traffic agent (Not a traffic cop, which has widely been reported. Not absolving blame, just how the facts were reported.) in Minneapolis? Critics will highlight Notre Dame rescinding its scholarship offer to Randy after he pleaded guilty for his involvement in a racial incident or Florida State doing the same because of a failed drug test.
These incidents are much more deeper than you think.
Check the origin of scrutiny shoved in Randy’s direction. This goes back to high school. You never know what forces are behind his media undoing and resurrection.
I’m implore you to do the research.
During his time with the Vikings Randy Moss became the most feared offensive NFL player along the likes of Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana. His rookie season was one of the greatest of all time regardless of the sport. The record 556 points the Vikings scored stood for nine years until the Pats broke the longstanding record by scoring 589 this past regular season.
It’s not ironic the two teams who will share the record have Randy Moss in common. It’s a shame Daunte Culpepper tore his knee which precipitated a full blown overhauling of the Vikings roster. There were ownership changes as well, so I guess time moves on.
“I love this cat, but why does he have to be so damn good?”
So the Vikings do something I don’t think professional teams should ever do which is trade Hall of Fame caliber players. It fragments your fan base. Not only in your hometown, but nationally. Why teams would take that financial as well as psychological hit is beyond me.
The Raiders thought they were getting a savior. It honestly seemed like a perfect fit, but Oakland just didn’t have the administrative stability to handle such a once in a life time superstar. He had no quarterback to get him the ball. That is glaring. What the critics were seeing in Randy was someone to attach blame. Yeah, 102 catches, 1,558 yards and 11 touchdowns in two years is not up to par if you are Randy Moss, but damn that’s a career for some receivers. Randy did what he could do with what he had surrounding him talent wise. That’s a fact and anything else surmised from Randy’s tenure in Oakland is chock full of hatred veiled or otherwise.
Puttin’ on this hat is painful
Did I miss something? Oakland gave away Randy Moss for a fourth round pick?
Raider nation gone and I’ve been traded to the New England Patriots? Oh next year it’s gonna be on!
98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 touchdown receptions. Ruminate on that Al Davis.
Seriously, how did the league–and it’s fans–allow the Patriots to easily steal the second best receiver of all time like Sweatshirt Bully greedily jackin’ the hand signals of Peyton Manning checking off?
Pundits reference RMoss in Oakland as proof he was washed up. Does anyone remember the Monday night game where Randy ran track on the Patriots? Let me refresh your mind: 5 catches for 130 yards and a 73 yard touchdown.
Bill was makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice
Dude even had to deal with Raider defensive end turned Fox commentator Howie Long’s misguided comments and responded with this:
“For him to take a shot at me and say that I don’t have a passion for the game, I love the passion for the game. If I don’t have that much passion, you tell his (bleep) to come out here and put on some pads on and go at me,” Moss told Steve Czaban, of Fox Sports Radio.
Long’s silence was golden.
98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 touchdown receptions.
Check out the careers of Barkley, Owens, and Moss. Each was surrounded with Hall of Fame talent the minute they stepped into their respective leagues. This inspired hunger and spoiled them professionally in a sense. They wanted nothing but the best and stopped at nothing to achieve what is deservedly theirs.
When athletes in these situations complain, why is America confused?
They want to win! When they see members of their organization progressing a step behind emotionally as well as professionally, drama happens.
This is where the fallacy of pack writing rears it’s nondescript head.
Stretchin’ the field, he’s a quarterback’s shield, db’s job security he continuously kills.
(Photo: Lynne Sladky, AP)
You boys betta get ya daddy!
He has made some bad choices. How many talented brothas have gone through something similar and not made it out of the other side?
The numbers are soul shaking.
He’s also done some things in the NFL that border on the astounding. The list is still growing. He and Brady have redefined the quarterback to receiver dynamic.
It’s inconceivable that Randy Moss didn’t win Offensive Player of the Year after breaking Jerry Rice’s records. He didn’t receive one first place vote. I’ll pass on the MVP argument because unfortunately this is a society that needs to be led–hence Tom Brady winning the award.
HIS-story chalks up yet another one for kids to forget about.
Remember Albert Belle’s 1995 season where he didn’t win MVP? Didn’t think so.
Belle’s stats: 143 games, 121 runs, 173 hits, 52 doubles, 50 homers, 126 RBI, .317 batting average, 80 strikeouts and a ridiculous .690 slugging percentage. 50 homers and 50 doubles is possibly the most unique stat in baseball history. It’s never been touched. Oh for the record, Cleveland made the playoffs that year.
Now let’s compare them to MVP Mo Vaughn’s stats: 140 games, 98 runs, 165 hits, 28 doubles, 39 homers, 126 RBI, 150 strikeouts, .300 batting average and a .575 slugging percentage. Boston also went to the playoffs. I alluded to this glaring injustice here.
Does it really matter if a player has a contentious relationship with the media when it comes to the handling of awards? What happened to Belle that year was criminal.
Don’t give me the standard Randy Moss is given just as much credit as Tom Brady bs. It’s just not true.
When kids check the books 50 years from now and see Tom Brady and Brett Favre getting the lion share of coverage, how will they properly place the context of what New England accomplished this year?
Could it have been because of this response after he set the td reception record (youtube clip deleted)?
Jerry Rice responded in a radio interview with: “It’s almost like a little slap in the face, but that’s typical of Randy Moss.”
Jerry you should have kept your mouth shut and checked the tape before you let the media goad you into such a ridiculous judgment of Randy. You’ve talked trash about the cat his entire career, so why should he ever respect you?
Way to speak up Randy. Now go get all of Jerry’s records. Jerry had to work hard at what you do so flawlessly.
Randy’s media response was a moment Larry Holmes would be proud of.
We should all be able to live with that.
Randy was not perfect and anyone saying he was is a fool but his talent can’t be questioned. Swann, Jefferson and Carter were prettier, Owens stronger, Brown more hard working, Rice better overall and Irvin more of a showman, but I’d be hard pressed to not take Randy Moss first (depending on the offense and qb) in his prime. Of the players I’ve seen, my top five would go Rice, Moss, Irvin, Carter, Owens with the hardworking Tim Brown just off the list.
Who are your top 5?
|2010||New England Patriots||4||3||9||139||15.4||35T||3||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009||New England Patriots||16||16||83||1,264||15.2||71T||13||—||—||—||—||—||2||1|
|2008||New England Patriots||16||16||69||1,008||14.6||76T||11||2||0||0.0||2||0||3||2|
|2007||New England Patriots||16||16||98||1,493||15.2||65T||23||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003||San Francisco 49ers||15||15||80||1,102||13.8||75T||9||3||-2||-0.7||3||0||—||—|
|2002||San Francisco 49ers||14||14||100||1,300||13.0||76T||13||7||79||11.3||38T||1||—||—|
|2001||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||93||1,412||15.2||60T||16||4||21||5.3||12||0||—||—|
|2000||San Francisco 49ers||14||13||97||1,451||15.0||69T||13||3||11||3.7||5||0||3||2|
|1999||San Francisco 49ers||14||14||60||754||12.6||36||4||—||—||—||—||—||1||1|
|1998||San Francisco 49ers||16||10||67||1,097||16.4||79T||14||4||53||13.3||21T||1||1||1|
|1997||San Francisco 49ers||16||15||60||936||15.6||56T||8||—||—||—||—||—||1||0|
|1996||San Francisco 49ers||16||10||35||520||14.9||46T||4||—||—||—||—||—||1||1|
Michael Irvin (big moments in big spots):
Jerry Rice the GOAT:
|2000||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||75||805||10.7||68T||7||1||-2||-2.0||-2||0||3||2|
|1999||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||67||830||12.4||62||5||2||13||6.5||11||0||—||—|
|1998||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||82||1,157||14.1||75T||9||—||—||—||—||—||2||2|
|1997||San Francisco 49ers||2||1||7||78||11.1||16||1||1||-10||-10.0||-10||0||—||—|
|1996||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||108||1,254||11.6||39||8||11||77||7.0||38||1||—||—|
|1995||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||122||1,848||15.1||81T||15||5||36||7.2||20T||1||3||3|
|1994||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||112||1,499||13.4||69T||13||7||93||13.3||28T||2||1||1|
|1993||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||98||1,503||15.3||80T||15||3||69||23.0||43T||1||3||0|
|1992||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||84||1,201||14.3||80T||10||9||58||6.4||26T||1||2||1|
|1991||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||80||1,206||15.1||73T||14||1||2||2.0||2||0||1||0|
|1990||San Francisco 49ers||16||—||100||1,502||15.0||64T||13||2||0||0.0||2||0||—||—|
|1989||San Francisco 49ers||16||—||82||1,483||18.1||68T||17||5||33||6.6||17||0||—||—|
|1988||San Francisco 49ers||16||—||64||1,306||20.4||96T||9||13||107||8.2||29||1||—||—|
|1987||San Francisco 49ers||12||—||65||1,078||16.6||57T||22||8||51||6.4||17||1||—||—|
|1986||San Francisco 49ers||16||—||86||1,570||18.3||66T||15||10||72||7.2||18||1||—||—|
|1985||San Francisco 49ers||16||—||49||927||18.9||66T||3||6||26||4.3||15T||1||—||—|
How about Tim Brown you ask?
|2004||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||4||24||200||8.3||21||1||—||—||—||—||—||2||1|
|1994||Los Angeles Raiders||16||16||89||1,309||14.7||77T||9||—||—||—||—||—||3||3|
|1993||Los Angeles Raiders||16||16||80||1,180||14.8||71T||7||2||7||3.5||14||0||1||1|
|1992||Los Angeles Raiders||15||12||49||693||14.1||68T||7||3||-4||-1.3||3||0||6||5|
|1991||Los Angeles Raiders||16||1||36||554||15.4||78T||5||5||16||3.2||9||0||1||0|
|1990||Los Angeles Raiders||16||—||18||265||14.7||51||3||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989||Los Angeles Raiders||1||—||1||8||8.0||8||0||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988||Los Angeles Raiders||16||—||43||725||16.9||65T||5||14||50||3.6||12||1||—||—|