The same national media that Randy Moss referred to as pro-Vikings continues to hammer him for his post-touchdown celebration Sunday. Yet, through all the self-righteous condemnation of Moss, nobody has asked what should have been the obvious question -- why would Moss pretend to moon fans?
The answer is simple and makes sense. It's become something of a tradition for Packers fans to line up and moon the team bus of the opposition when they lose. They've done it to the Vikings, the Bucs, the Bears, the Cowboys and others. In a bizarre butt-crack way, it's actually a sign of respect.
Moss has seen his share of these left-handed compliments from Packers fans and was merely giving back in kind. The flap that ensued was started by FOX Sports Joe Buck, who was looking for something bad to say about the Vikings all day apparently, and followed up by the Hee-Haw studio crew after the game. Once set in motion, this non-story took on a life of its own.
The bottom line for Moss is that any time he does or says anything that rubs someone the wrong way, we're all going to be subjected to the stories of the water bottle -- which was six years ago by the way -- and the other stories of Randy's misdemeanor past.
Is Moss deserving of criticism? Sure he is. Throwing a faux moon isn't the smartest thing he could have done. But, knowing why he did it explains a lot -- something none of the people who made it a headline story seem to understand. Consider it a backhanded homage to Packers fans -- or just a case of Moss turning the other cheek.
Moss Flap Continues
Viking Update Top Stories
Munnerlyn played through sprain and painAs free agency approaches, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn says he came back from an ankle injury far sooner than doctors recommended but wanted to help the team win…
Viking UpdateYesterday at 1:26 PM
Johnson confident as free agency approachesMinnesota Vikings receiver Charles Johnson has a lot of confidence in his skills but not a lot of immediate control with his future as a restricted free agent.
Viking UpdateYesterday at 7:07 AM
Defensive ends: Depth no issue in free agencyThe Minnesota Vikings likely don't have a big need at defensive end in free agency, but, if the price is right, an older guy might get a call and a low-ball offer.
Viking UpdateYesterday at 4:06 AM
Combine Research: Guards (Part 2)What top prospect was a 210-pounder in high school? Who weighed about 400 in college? Who are some small-school gems? Those answers and more as we get to know the top guards.
Packer ReportTuesday at 8:39 PM