Tag:Randy Moss
Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:11 pm

Bon Voyage Part II


These out of control egos that are pampered and even encouraged by modern fans and media, the entire sports machine, has given a pass for these jerks to do almost whatever they want, and the more outrageous and stupid their claims, actions and the like, the more of a wall they can hide behind. The crazier they are, the thicker the skin, and the better their own defenses are. It's a sickening cycle.

Classly, humble, sincere star atheletes have become the exception and are almost seen as soft, boring, etc.. When we, collectively, don't have dirt on a guy, it's almost like they are the ones hiding something, that being nice is an act and the skeletons are in the closet. Being seemingly innocent has turned into being guilty because you haven't been acting a damn fool outwardly for the world to see. The star athlete that can protect their privacy is a rarity and something to be admired. We fans contribute to it because we want to know all about these guys.

When do you see guys like Tim Duncan, Ray Allen, Steve Nash or Grant Hill getting into trouble, shooting their mouths off, complaing or campaigning publicly for more money, or to force an organizations hand to get traded by holding out or creating an uncomfortable situation. When do you see Peyton or Brady, Brees or Kurt Warner debasing themselves, others, anyone really? You may not like those guys, you may love them, but you can't say any of them make the headlines for anything negative really. Brady did knock up a chick and not marry her, but he takes care of the kid and how common is that nowadays anyways? Half the kids born these days are born out of wedlock.

The Moss situation is all ego. It's not a coincidence that he left on bad terms with Minnesota, Oakland and now New England. When it's 3 for 3, it's not the teams man, it's you. Someone called the radio show and said this: "Getting Randy Moss is like buying a boat, the two best days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you get it sold". How true. Some guys, for all their talent, just aren't worth the trouble eventually. The Patriots got their moneys worth production-wise for three years, but Randy wanted more money going into this labor unrest, and the Patriots weren't going to give a 33 year old reciever with behavior issues more money, especially while he was still getting paid this year. Brady on the otherhand signed a big extension and will get paid no matter what happens with the CBA. Draw your own conclusions. Similarities: both explosive and important players, both future HOF'ers and annual Pro Bowlers. Differences: one is a franchise cornerstone who is revered, one is a notorious malcontent. One is white, one black, one stable, one nuts. On the whole, Brady is a safe investment, and Moss isn't. Randy wants to "get his", as if 27 million, 14 guaranteed over the last three years wasn't enough. If you have money concerns after making all the money you've made over the last 13 years, than you have a serious lack of financial restraint. Randy made his own bed, but now doesn't want to sleep in it. Man up.
Category: NFL
Posted on: October 7, 2010 11:52 am

Bon Voyage

So the Patriots pulled the rug out from under the NFL world once again, and traded the divisive and polarizing Randy Moss. As a Patriots fan, I am actually ok with this move if he was being a distraction in the locker room. Rumors and reports are still leaking out bit by bit from the media, so a completely clear picture of just how this all came about hasn't quite formed yet.

That hasn't stopped the talking heads from turning this into the biggest news story since The Decision. One particularly infuriating mouthpiece is Cris Carter, former star reciever for the Vikings and ex-teammate of Randy Moss. As someone who mentored Moss and "showed him the ropes" so to speak, Carter has become the unofficial expert on this whole situation, the lead source for all news concering number 84 in purple. The guy has been on the air for what seems 50 hours straight, everywhere I turn.

Carter keeps spinning the "Moss was/is a great teammate, he's misunderstood, you don't know him like I do" bull. There is no doubt Carter knows Moss better than 99% of the other media types covering this story, but for some reason, instead of just lending insight, Carter seems to take this personally and is busy constructing his platform on a vigorous defense of Moss. The seeming inability to seperate objective informing and subjective opining has made Carter look like a Rainbow Coalition drummer.

Some people have made this into a race issue and it might be, but we can get to that another time. (Sidenote: listening to Cris Carter right now on 103.7 FM WEEI with Dale and Holley and Carter just said his favorite baseball team is the Yankees and favorite NBA team is the Lakers. The dude grew up in Ohio. What a front-running P.O.S., but anyways). This entire saga has been governed by one overriding all-determinant pathos, and that is EGO. The capital letters are very necessary in this case. Also, let me say, anyone worth their salt, trying to accomplish anything in this world, has to have some ego. The people that are pragmatic, self-disciplined, humble, and successful find a way to subjegate their ego in the name of respecting themselves and others. When that doesn't happen, and ego rules the day, a person become not the man I described formerly, but a cocky, narcissistic maniac who loses sight of themselves in their own self-imposed "me me me" jungle. This can be mostly nature or mostly nuture, but is always some combination of the two.

The point I am trying to come to, by a roundabout way, is that in these modern, frenzied information sports age, every star athlete, no matter how bad of a guy he is or how much of an ego-maniacal jackass he is, has their defenders. LeBron, Kobe, T.O., Chad Ochocinco, A-Rod, Clemens, Manny Ramirez, on and on and on and on the list goes. Star athletes, either trouble-makers on and/or off the field. Guys that divide teams, distract from team focus, guys who's egoes are so far out of whack that anything they do they can spin into defending themselves from critics or victimizing themselves against a system they think is out to get them and stifle their inherent "individualism" or "right to speak their minds" or whatever. This other-worldy stratosphere these guys live in, propped up by dumbass fans, pathetic hangers-on and agents, suck up owners and executives, has completely blinded these guys from what it means to be grateful, appreciative, grounded human beings.
Category: NFL
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