One word: Wow
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I have to admit I was tempted to restrict my comments about Randy Moss to that one word, knowing you'd likely understand what I was thinking.
But I won't, and I'll say it again: Wow.
What's happened in the past couple days -- actually, what's happened in the past month -- may well be unprecedented.
It was unprecedented for a star player to be traded mid-season from one Super Bowl contender to another, for a draft pick no less (even if it is a valuable pick). It's equally unprecedented for that same star player to be waived weeks later by his new team.
If you can think of anything comparable, I'm all ears.
In just a month, Moss has gone from a potential savior for the Vikings to unemployed wide receiver.
The Vikings didn't even take the interim step of fining or suspending him, that's how badly they wanted him gone. How this has happened is absolutely mind-boggling.
Although the Vikings organization is keeping mum for now, you know they didn't waive Moss because of his on-the-field performance, not after sending the Patriots a third-round pick for him just a month ago. While his play wasn't particularly inspiring, Moss played well enough in his aborted second stint with the team and wasn't being accused of taking plays off, a gripe that has followed him for years. The stats weren't there -- only one catch yesterday, for instance -- but his presence at least seemed to free up Percy Harvin, and freeing up Percy Harvin is one of the things the Vikings offense needs most these days. (The others? It needs Sidney Rice back, and it needs Brett Favre to rest his injuries and come back when he's healthy.)
While the Vikings front office might be keeping their mouths shut, we all know Moss was waived because . . . well, how do we put this . . . he was waived because he lives in a bizarre fantasy world. A bizarre fantasy world where a player can go on a rant like he did in front of the cameras yesterday, attacking his team, his coaches and the press while praising his opponent. And, all the while, apparently believing that, somehow, he was the one who had staked claim to the moral high ground.
What Moss was saying with every word and with every ounce of his body language was, "I really wanted to be on the other sideline today."
What Moss has forgotten is that the reason he wasn't on the other sideline was because of his mouth. He talked his way off the Patriots by complaining that they wouldn't offer him a new contract. Now he's talked his way off the Vikings.
There are very few people who follow pro football who don't believe that Bill Belichik is a better coach than Brad Childress, but Childress and the Vikings didn't need Moss saying it publicly.
Everyone knows the Patriots are a great organization, but the Vikings didn't need Moss shouting about that, either, particularly after a tough loss, and particularly as it was said in manner intended to suggest something very different about the Vikings organization.
The Vikings didn't need Moss accusing them of not listening to his schemes to beat his former team, nor did they need the embarrassment of his wild attacks upon the press which, as hard as they were to follow, seemed to end with Moss saying he would ask himself questions and then answer them in the future.
If that's what he's going to do, here's a good question to start with: "What the hell did I do to my career in the past month?"
Because the only person Moss has to blame for his current predicament is himself. Here's betting he won't see it that way, though. Things look very different in his bizarre fantasy world. In his world, he's the victim.
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