Patriots Loss is Vikings Gain: Systems Do Not Trump Talent


Sometimes celebrities get caught up in their own press and are surrounded by “yes men.” In the sports world, the NFL is the king of television and ancillary revenue. Men like Roger Goodell and Bill Belichick are at the top of the spectrum in terms of power and public perception.

No coach in the league has more of a mandate to give his input to ownership and management than the alleged cheater in the Providence-Boston area. In this instance, this ability has hurt the organization and Belichick’s credibility.

The trade of Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings for a third round draft pick and a future seventh rounder is ludicrous and laughable.

As a lifelong Viking fan, I am elated to see the big play threat return to Mall of America Field for the first time since Sidney Rice played on that turf.

By Patrick Herbert

For a Patriots fan view of the trade go here

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Randy Moss No longer Behaved “The Patriot Way”


Remember playing football in the schoolyard? When the quarterback, or maybe even the team itself, just decided not to throw to one individual for the whole game. Maybe you were that player being ignored, or maybe you’re the one who acted petty, vindictive and childish. But the NFL is too professional for such acts, right?

Not exactly.

When the New England Patriots dismantled their division rival Dolphins in Miami 41-14 Monday night, they consciously ignored Moss. With this tacit act, Bill Belichick made it publicly known that Randy Moss had worn out his welcome in Foxboro.

While the timing of his trade to the Minnesota Vikings, and the deal itself seem senseless from New England’s standpoint- take the time to look at it with more detail, from the organizational point of view- it makes perfect sense.

For a Vikings fan rebuttal to this essay go here.

By Paul M. Banks

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