That bulging-biceps man in the front row of Vikings games went to Gillette Stadium Monday night to catch Randy Moss post-touchdown one more time. He got that chance and some quality Monday Night Football airtime.
Just when Vikings fans thought they gave Randy Moss
a collective hug, enter Syd Davy.
Davy, a longtime Vikings fan from Winnipeg, went to Monday night's Denver-New England game to show a little love to Moss. He "brokered" a ticket in the first row of the end zone (you don't buy tickets like that at face value, they're sold on-line by season-ticket holders for considerably more than face value for prime time games) and decked out in full Vikings regalia.
From the hard-to-remove face paint to the Norseman horns to the never-to-be-removed Vikings tattoo on his bicep, Davy was willing and waiting.
Willing to potentially take a beating from drunken Bostonians and ready to celebrate another Moss moment up close. It's not sure if Davy made it out of Gillette Stadium and to an undisclosed location with cold cream at the ready to remove his face paint, but he got his chance for a Moss moment that it can likely be said no other Vikings fan will have.
In Monday's 41-7 Patriots beat-down of the Broncos, Moss scored two touchdowns. On his second TD, he did a Lambeau Leap into the stands – and into the arms of Davy. For a moment, things seemed normal – Moss jumping into the arms of a purple face-painted fan. It happened. It just wasn't the same.
In a related story, Patriots personnel is reviewing the tape to identify the fan who sold his tickets to Davy. Suffice to say, he or she has already been identified and their ticket privileges may be severely altered in the future.
Good hug, Syd. You made it seem like old times.
"No Blame Monday" came and went at Winter Park, as questions about special teams left nobody blameless – except for the falling on the sword by head coach Brad Childress. At his press conference, of all the special teams questions that were asked, none related to three "pooch kicks" on kickoffs. Considering that the three attempts to avoid kicking to Devin Hester resulted in the Bears opening drives on their own 46-, 48- and 41-yard lines, the team would have been better off in terms of field position to do with kickoffs what they intended to do with punts – just hit them out of bounds. At least then, Chicago would have started from its own 40-yard line.
It would seem that organizations are using the bye week to snuff out coaches. After both Scott Linehan and Lane Kiffin got their walking papers on the bye week, word surfaced Monday afternoon that, regardless of how the 49ers fared Sunday against Seattle, head coach Mike Nolan was going to get greased. Unwilling to go "lame duck" for a week, Nolan expedited the firing. Seeing as Mike Holmgren is hanging up his headset after this year, Ken Whisenhunt is primed to become the dean of NFC West head coaches with 38 games under his belt. Life expectancy on NFL head coaches continues to drop.
On a related note, the Cowboys lost their second straight game Sunday and owner Jerry Jones felt obligated to tell everyone Monday that Wade Phillips won't be fired. The boxes outside Jason Garrett's office were removed shortly after the announcement.
Safety Madieu Williams, who signed a six-year, $33 million deal in the offseason and was counted on to upgrade the Vikings secondary, is expected to play against the Texans when the Vikings return from their bye. Rookie Tyrell Johnson has started the first seven games, gaining valuable experience while Williams has been sidelined. It isn't clear what role Williams will play upon his entrance to the gameday roster – whether as a starter or in a rotation with Johnson.
When the NFL discusses rules changes in the offseason, don't be surprised to see a change in the way timeouts on field goals will proceed. The abuse of the rule to wait until a second before the snap of a field goal has been embarrassing – over the last two weeks, Whisenhunt and current Raiders head coach Tom Cable have been temporary goats for calling last-second timeouts on field goals that were missed – only to be made on the second chance. It is a stupid loophole that should be closed before it gets more embarrassing.
A lot of NFL fans don't like Patriots safety Rodney Harrison – he is almost universally viewed as the dirtiest player in the league. But, when he crumpled with a knee injury Monday night, it seemed pretty apparent that he has played last down in the NFL. Let his NFL legend as a hard-nosed player officially begin.
From the "Wish We Were You" Department comes this: In Sunday's game between the Jets and Raiders, Brett Favre threw two passes in the direction of Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha – who was franchised by Oakland to avoid having him hit the free agent market. That tied the most number of passes any of the Raiders' six opponents have thrown passes at Asomugha. That, in NFL terms, is what you call respect.