I know I'm late to the party on this whole Randy Moss thing, but I just want to add my two cents.
For those of you who don't know, Randy Moss was recently traded from the Raiders to the Patriots. You probably remember Moss best from the years when he was with the Vikings and was putting up huge numbers with Daunte Culpepper. He also had some off-field problems with drugs and trying to run over traffic cops with his SUV. Then he famously declared that he takes plays off when he knows he's not getting the ball. You know, that Randy Moss. The point is that he's another T.O.
For the past few seasons, Moss has been with the Raiders - one of the worst teams in football right now - and dogging it the entire time. His numbers have been way down - partially because he never had a quarterback that could get him the ball and partially because he'd pretty much quit because he wants out of Oakland. Suddenly, the Patriots swoop in and steal him for next to nothing. Everyone freaks out.
The press immediately jumps on the angle that the Patriots can no longer claim that they are running a first-class operation. Suddenly, they're just like anyone else and will compromise their integrity to win at all costs. Like they weren't doing that before. In response to the media's claims, the Patriot fans claim that the media created this image of the Patriots and now they are tearing down the organization for a label that they attached. The media, specifically Michael Silver of SI.com, then digs up this quote from Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots: "This business is not unlike our other businesses: You try to get good people, people who share your values. When we hire people, the most important thing is loyalty, integrity and character. No. 2 with us is work ethic. And No. 3 is brains. But if you don't have Nos. 1 and 2, No. 3 doesn't matter." Fantastic.
So what is my take on this? I love it. I love the whole situation. I love actually reading a story that condemns the Patriots for a move they've made. Until this Randy Moss thing, those stories were very hard to come by. In fact, most writers spent half of their articles sucking the Patriots' dick. You can't imagine (or maybe you can) how tired I was of hearing about how great the Patriots are. It's good to hear something different for once.
I love indignant Patriots fans writing pissed off emails to the various news outlets about how the media is mistreating their poor little Patriots. Really? See the above paragraph. Have you read any articles about the Patriots in the last six years? Shut the fuck up. I love that Patriots fans are pissed at all. Your team has had one hell of a run for the past six years (and it doesn't look like it's over yet) and you have one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Relax.
I also enjoy the fact that Patriots fans have to try to defend this move. They cite the genius of Bill Belicheck and Scott Pioli and the job they did with Corey Dillon - another bad apple type player. They write about how veteran leaders like Tom Brady and Tedy Bruschi will show Randy what it means to play like a champion. Maybe this all will be true, but you can't tell me that they wouldn't be trashing the hell out of any other team that made the same move. Priceless.
My favorite little bit that's come out of the whole thing is the fact that Tom Brady played a huge role in getting Moss in New England. He had been texting Moss and communicating with Patriots' management about getting him on the team. Hilarious. The Golden Boy of the Pats franchise and one of the NFL's darlings is actively recruiting one of the most disliked characters in the game. It's just too good. Imagine if Peyton Manning starting pushing to get T.O. in Indianapolis. How quickly would he get completely trashed by everyone?
Worst case scenario: Moss plays like a stud again and the Pats win another Super Bowl.
Next to worse case scenario: Moss sucks and the Pats win another Super Bowl.
Best case scenario: Moss sucks and the Pats lose to the Colts in the AFC Championship game again.