Thursday, November 4, 2010

Polamalu’s Hair: Week Nine Notes

Moss Tossed

Easily the biggest story around the NFL this week was that of Randy Moss – it seems his antics, his effort, his post-game self-interviews and his nomadic lifestyle are making headlines everywhere these days.

Last week Moss was fined for not talking to the media, which resulted in him conducting an interview of himselfafter Minnesota’s loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, his old club. On Monday there were whispers that the Vikings were about to waive the seven-time Pro Bowler, which seemed crazy, and on Tuesday it happened and we learned a little more about why.

By Wednesday, it became official that the New England Patriot turned Minnesota Viking was about to join his third team of the season, as the Tennessee Titans had plucked him off of the waiver wire.

Not a bad week for news!

As for why the Vikings chose to part way with the prolific pass catcher, it appears to have something to do with the way he treated a caterer during a team lunch last week, believe it or not. The Portland Press Herald reports that Moss screamed at the co-owner of Tinucci’s Restaurant and Catering in the locker room after practice because he didn’t like the way the food looked!

Apparently, while the rest of the team was digging in, Moss walked up and yelled “What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’t feed this to my dog!”

Asked for his thoughts about the outburst and the food that day, Brett Favre told ESPN this week: “I wouldn’t do it. I was sitting in my locker eating the food. I thought it was pretty good.”

A witness to the incident told Yahoo! Sports that he had never seen anyone treated like that – and coming from a football player that’s pretty bad!

Whether or not that was the reason for the departure of Randy Moss from the Vikings, one thing is certain – coach Brad Childress regrets trading away a third round pick for him:

“It was a poor decision. I’ve got to stand up and I have to make it right. When it’s not right, you need to make it right.”

Oh, and incase you’re wondering about Brett Favre’s injury status coming into this week, after a big hit that left him needing stitches against the Pats, he says he's fine.

Picture This

I’ll make this quick – but it looks like there is some movement on the other side of that Favre controversy involving voicemails and dirty pictures…

The TV show that Jenn Sterger, the recipient of the voicemails and the alleged pics, was a part of was cancelled last week. Versus says “The Daily Line” just didn’t get enough viewers and so the last show was on Thursday. It is my assumption that Sterger didn’t want to say much about this whole controversy while she was on the show because it might mess up her career – but that is now a thing of the past and she is apparently leaning towards cooperating with the NFL’s investigation now.

In another interesting note, The NY Daily News reports that Sterger’s lawyer is about to meet with a Jets employee who claims to know how Brett Favre got her number.

What a tangled web!

McFlabb

Alright, you’re the coach: your team is down by six and you’ve got the ball with 1:50 left on the clock. What do you do?

If you’re Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins, you bring in your backup quarterback and lose by twelve, apparently! Shanahan pulled veteran Donovan McNabb in the Redskins eventual loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday because he says he isn’t in good enough shape to run the two-minute drill.

ESPN reports that while some of McNabb’s teammates couldn’t believe what they saw, his coaches haven’t been happy with the tempo at which he practices. Chris Mortensen says Shanahan’s dislike of McNabb is “The worst-kept secret in the league.”

Another not-so-secret relationship is the one that Terrell Owens had with McNabb and he took another swipe at him on “The T.Ocho Show” last Tuesday. The Miami Herald says Owens spouted off about how there were rumors that McNabb couldn’t get the two-minute offence going at the end of the 2004 Super Bowl, a loss to the Pats.

“I’m just saying,” he replied when pressed to go further. "I'm just saying!"

Don’t worry Washington fans – help is on the...Oh my goodness, did you know your team is looking to solve it’s quarterback issues by talking to JaMarcus Russell?

Good luck!

Wasting Away

If you believe the billionaire owner of the Dallas Cowboys, this season is hurting him more than it’s hurting you.

The money is probably still piling in, but after “America’s Team” dropped to 1-6 on the season last weekend, Jerry Jones said “There’s no way the result and the way we played tonight, there is no way I can rest, sleep, eat well, with a diet of that right there.”

As David Moore of The Dallas News points out, only the 0-7 Buffalo Bills are worse than the “listless, lifeless” Cowboys right now, and Dallas’ four-game losing streak is its worst in eight whole years. It makes sense that the owner would be apologizing to the fans, but what does he plan to do about it?

Moore says when it comes to a coaching change, Jones doesn’t seem sure either way. Short of that, I’m not sure what else there is to do, aside from maybe a few personnel changes. Nope, it looks like Cowboys fans are in for the long haul.

Just how bad is it? ESPN’s Tim MacMahon says this season is the most disappointing in team history.

Half-Full

One thing Cowboys fans can try to tell themselves is to ease the pain of defeat is “Hey, at least we’re not Bills fans!” – unfortunately though, that will really only help so much.

The truth is, the Bills are an 0-7 team that is coming off crushing back-to-back overtime losses, which they are trying to view as a positive. In some ways, they could be viewed as a team on the upswing, whereas it’s gone from bad to worse for Dallas. For example, the Bills might not have a quarterback of Tony Romo’s caliber under centre, but then again, neither does Dallas after the injury he suffered two weeks ago!

Either way, the Bills are headed to Toronto to face the Chicago Bears this weekend and they’re trying to stay upbeat, says The Canadian Press.

Help might be on the way on the defensive side of things as the Bills grabbed Shawne "Lights Out" Merriman off the waiver wire this week after he was ditched by the San Diego Chargers. That should help, but not right away as it’s not expected that he’ll play this weekend.

On a positive note, I’m a firm believer that when you get to a point like 0-7, every week becomes an equally good/bad chance to win that first game. This season the Bills have lost to good teams, they’ve lost to bad teams and they’ve lost to average teams. No one knows what to expect and every team will take them a bit lightly, whether subconsciously or not. Undefeated teams usually end up losing to someone you wouldn’t expect and the same holds true for winless teams.

Will it happen this weekend? I hope not, I’m enjoying this!

Other stuff…

After two of his players tested positive for banned substances, the owner of the Houston Texans ordered a 'clean sweep' of the locker room last week.

The NFL is apparently considering placing an NFL franchise in London, England…Come on, really?

The Steelers/Saints game on Sunday night drew a higher rating than game four of the World Series!

Yahoo! Sports’ Shutdown Corner lists off the 10 most disappointing teams of 2010…

Game to watch: The AFC-South leading Indianapolis Colts are in Philly on Sunday to face the Eagles, who are a win behind the NY Giants for tops in the NFC-East. It’s a big game for both clubs because the Colts can put some distance between themselves and the rest of their division with a win and the Eagles are going back to Michael Vick as they look to keep pace with Peyton Manning’s little brother (The Giants play the Seahawks). Another game I’ll be interested in watching this weekend is the 4-3 Dolphins against the 5-2 Ravens.

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