SI.com, as I mentioned in MMQB, is owned by Time Warner. There are certain things I can’t say, especially to emailers. This blog, however, is owned by me. There are no limits. Here’s what I really wanted to say to these emailers.
MOSS IS THE MVP, NOT BRADY. From Joe C. of Diamond Bar, Calif.: “Longtime reader and love your columns, especially your coffeenerdness. Maybe I am the only one who strongly believes this, but Randy Moss is by far the MVP overTom Brady or anybody else in the NFL. Yes, Brady is having a superhuman-like season but it is due in large part to having Moss on the team as well as having the best offensive line in the NFL. Not to say Brady is a little overrated, but put any competent NFL QB in his position, add Moss, and I’m almost certain they will have the same numbers as Mr. Brady. Your thoughts?
Man, I’m so sick of being PC. Really am. Moss is a great receiver…when he tries. And, you know what, if he didn’t try once, who knows when he is trying? I recently watched every single offensive play the Patriots ran this season. I calculated Moss’ TP (try percentage) at 72%. That means Moss DOESN’T TRY 38% OF THE TIME! Brady’s TP (not counting kneeldowns) is 100%. You tell me who the MVP is.
SHUT UP ABOUT THE COLTS’ INJURIES ALREADY. From Terry of Philadelphia: “The most annoying storyline right now in the NFL is how Peyton Manning is soooo shorthanded without Marvin Harrison or Dallas Clark (in the San Diego game). Did I miss something? So the weight of the world is on his shoulders because he is missing one of his four (Wayne, Addai , Clark, Harrison) Pro Bowl offensive teammates. Isn’t he supposed be the elite offensive genius of his generation? Not having one receiver is that debilitating to him?”
Well, the MOST annoying storyline is idiots like Terry of Philadelphia thinking they know anything about the NFL. That’s not even a storyline, its an epic poem. It’s Beowulf if the monster is an annoying idiot emailer. He’s missing both his tackles, you nimrod! He’s missing his slot receiver, you tumbleweed? What is in the steamed milk in Philly?
PAUL LOVES THE NFL NETWORK. From Paul Dagg of Kamloops, British Columbia: “Opinion on NFL Network — I am fortunate enough to get the Network here, and watch it a lot. I find the commentators excellent (love the job Rod Woodson and Marshall Faulk do), and applaud the Network for their willingness to use good, black announcers and analysts. The reason I value the network is that I don’t watch much TV, not having time for it, but when I do I can count on being able to get some good analytical NFL coverage (my favorite sport), at least half the time I turn on the channel, and don’t have to wade through endless hours of Poker Stars, or other sports.”
Didn’t respond to this on SI.com because my response was censored and I couldn’t think of a Time Warner-acceptable response. This was the original response:
Paul, leave it to a Canadian to talk about good Black Americans and bad Black Americans. Tiki and The Bus don’t do it for you, pal? Tiki was valedictorian of his high school class, Paul. In America – which, by the way, is the home of the NFL – that’s a pretty high honor. How dare you even discuss race in America when you come from a place where the only racial divide is between white yaks and gray yaks.
A POX ON THE NFL’S HOUSE. From Gary Rind of Houston: “The NFL is to blame! Last time I checked, capitalism is the model our economy is built on. If the cable companies think the NFL is too expensive, too bad! Having the FCC or the courts mandate it is BS! That’s strictly so the NFL can make more dough.”
Pretty good passion out of Gary, right? Maybe if you didn’t skip that section of my column, you’d have learned something, too. But, in a country where more people watch Katie Couric than Larry King, what do you expect?
HOW CAN MOSS NOT BE HALL-WORTHY ALREADY? From Jeremy Krieg of Lima, Ohio: “First off, I wanted to say that me and my roommates look forward to MMQB each Monday. Keep up the great work. But I do have one question. What makes you say Moss’ career is ‘borderline Canton?’ In my opinion, Moss is far and away the most physically talented WR to ever play the game (including Jerry Rice). On top of that, by the end of his career, his numbers will be second only to Rice, unless Moss can somehow overcome the “Oakland Era.” Sure, Moss had some mess-ups in the past, but his football ability is second to none. If Moss isn’t a first-ballot Hall of Famer, then the NFL will need to look at who they let vote for the award.”
This is what I wrote. I alluded to Moss’ TP, but I didn’t want to get too technical on Jeremy. He lives with roommates, for Chrissakes:
Thanks for the kind words, and I’m a voter for the Hall. My thought: At several points in his career, Moss has been a dog on the field and not a team guy. His two years in Oakland were nightmarish, and scarred his career. Shouldn’t giving up on pass routes and not going all out for a losing team be part of the discussion for Hall worthiness? I think they should. There’s also the matter of judging a man in mid-career. None of know how long Moss will play, or whether he’ll continue to play at the other-worldly level he’s playing at now. If he plays this way another two or three years, I’ll likely think he did enough to overlook his pockmarks and vote for him. But he’s 30 years old. A great player at 30 is year-to-year, especially in the NFL. Let’s let his career play out and make a judgment on eternity when he hangs up the spikes.
NOW THESE ARE GREAT QUESTIONS. From Jason of Lincoln, Mass.: “Who is your coach of the year so far and why? And if the Patriots do go 16-0, how can it not be Belichick?”
On SI.com I sort of skirted the issue, mentioning Mike McCarthey, Dick Jauron and Bill Belichick as possibilities. That was to build suspense. And I don’t want to influence the other voters. I’ve been told that I’m the most influential awards voter. Is it true? Who knows. Want the real answer? Belichick. I have a ‘man-crush’ on him, which means that if he were a woman, I’d be attracted to him.
HE WANTS ROMO TO RISE ON MY MVP LIST. From Sean of Attleboro, Mass.: “You have Favre and Manning ahead of Romo in your MVP watch. I would argue that Romo is having a better year than both Manning and Favre. He has more touchdowns, yards, wins, better rating and completion percentage than Manning. He has more TDs and a better rating than Favre with the same amount of wins; Dallas would probably be undefeated if they didn’t play the Pats. What is your reasoning of having those two ahead of Romo?”
This was soundly argued and reasonably argued. But, get with it Sean. It’ll take a lot more than better stats on a team with a better record for some giggle-faced junior-playboy to leapfrog Peyton Manning and Brett Favre. When you say those names do you hear angels sing? I do. And I’ve spoken to a few people who confirm the same thing, like Paul Maguire and Chris Berman.
When I play checkers, I say “Me Me.”