22“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.” – Luke 15:22-24
That was what I thought of when it became apparent that Randy Moss, who is my favorite football player of all time, would be rejoining my favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings. The analogy of the prodigal son is not a perfect one for the Vikings and Randy Moss, but the point is he perhaps acted ungrateful of what he had at home in Minnesota (even if he is from West Virginia) and so he tried to find happiness in Oakland and New England. But when he was underappreciated, he let everyone know, and now it has brought him back home to Minneapolis, where the state and fan base of the Vikings will collectively run to him, throw our arms around him and kiss him.
I could not be any happier, well, actually if that Favre guy was gone…but even that jerk old man can’t rob me of this joy. As much as I dislike Favre, I love Moss 10 times more. As I mentioned in My Worst Sports Heartbreaks post, I was devastated the day we traded Randy Moss, and so you can imagine that re-acquiring him would make me just as happy as I was sad that day we lost him. I’ll never forget where I was when I found out Moss could be coming back to Minnesota. My buddy Jizzy texted me while I was at work on Tuesday at 4:34 PM Alaska time with this:
“Strait cash homey, Randys comin home!!!”
My heart almost leapt out of my chest. I thought it was a joke or some mistake. I looked online for confirmation, and it wasn’t on the big ESPN headlines on the main page, but when I checked out the NFL page, there was a headline saying that the Vikings and Patriots were talking about a trade. Now I was in distress. I’ve gotten my hopes up for a lot of things before, and so if this turned out to be a tease, I was going to be upset. Well, before I went to bed that night, all of the reports had changed to say that the deal was all but done. I was now convinced he was coming, and when I laid my head down to sleep, it must have been 2 hours before I was unconscious, because all of the great memories of Moss in purple those first 7 years of his career were all coming back to me. Very final season of Lost-like. When I woke up the next morning, the deal was finalized, and I was so happy I could dance.
So now my season is suddenly salvaged, whether we make the playoffs or not. I was emotionally detached until this trade. Favre had broken my spirit with his putrid performances, and I was describing my feelings toward the Vikings as “legal separation” since they were cheating on me with Brett Favre. I wouldn’t get a divorce, but it was me or him, and once he finally was out the door I would be back living in the house with them as one big happy family. But the Vikings going out and getting Randy Moss is like buying me a big diamond ring. I know they’re still cheating on me with Favre, but I’ll pretend to not know or care because I’m a materialistic pathetic shell of a woman (fan) who is too emotionally invested to give up no matter how poorly my husband (team) treats me.
But let’s not make this about me, let’s instead make it about a player being redeemed and coming home to his family (or greatest fans, same thing right?) and a team actually getting the upgrade at the position they needed it most. We should be better in the passing game now, and I can’t imagine how good we could be when Sidney is healthy and we have both he and Randy running deep routes with Percy and Visante underneath. If you can’t tell, I’m getting really excited. I also really like the idea of a super-motivated Randy Moss. Let’s look at some of his upcoming games:
Week 5: @New York Jets – He returns to the scene where he murdered Revis’ hamstring.
Week 6: vs. Dallas – He always kills the Cowboys because of them passing on him in the draft and since they were his favorite team growing up. Go figure.
Week 7: @Green Bay – He loves to kill the Packers, too, and he’s especially lethal in prime time.
Week 8: @New England – Hmmm…I wonder if there could be any motivation here.
I could go on and on, but the 4 biggest games for him will be these 4 first ones, and I expect him to crush it. As long as Favre’s arm can get it to him, that is. For all of those critics of Randy who say he isn’t a team player, I would note that he chose to practice today rather than try and use the leverage he had to force a new contract extension. He wanted to get to work to help this team and himself be successful. Favre held out for more money and needed others to beg him to come. Moss shows up and works even when his quarterback gets the extension that he doesn’t get. He let’s everyone know when he’s not happy and isn’t appreciated, but he’s just being honest. His game, however, speaks for itself. He’s not perfect, and I can’t defend some of his off the field shenanigans, but I love him unconditionally.
“32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ” – Luke 15:32