Randy Moss has not played a snap with the Patriots since the 2010 season when his selfishness drove him out of New England. He was traded out of Foxboro with one of the best seasons by a receiver in NFL history grabbing 23 touchdowns in the Patriots near perfect 2007 campaign. His final stat line for the Pats reads 259 receptions for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns.
Moss bounced around to the Vikings, Titans, and Niners before calling it a career in 2012. As Randy Moss did through much of his career, he put Randy Moss first over the team.
However, there was one person that Moss put far above himself. Her name is Kassi Speir, a young woman who is battling leukemia and Moss promised that he would attend her graduation (after striking up a friendship when he met Kassi as a toddler in 1998). And selfishness of Randy Moss was no where to be found:
Since then, Kassi’s life has been filled with turmoil. Spier was diagnosed with leukemia in 2000, she lost her father to a car accident in 2004 and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013. Moss’ relationship with Spier never faltered — Spier told The Pioneer Press that Moss visited her at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after her leukemia diagnosis, and he “had a hard time saying goodbye during that visit … he cried because he didn’t want to leave.”
Manouk alludes to a 2004 ESPN The Magazine story which describes how Moss always had a picture of her in his locker — and during the 2003 season, Spier accompanied Moss to lunch almost every single day during Vikings training camp with “her tiny hand tucked inside his”, per an Associated Press story.
These are the great HUMAN stories about the private sides of professional athletes that you never knew.
Where one of the most selfish football players showed his undying love and support for a young woman that needed a friend in the worst of ways.
A lineup change the includes Dustin Pedroia leading-off seems to be best for the Sox.
A quarter of the way through season, and the 2015 Red Sox haven’t looked great, though they have strung together some quality series of late. They certainly have to work through some things. Miraculously, they are still in the playoff hunt in the early-going.
They say you’ll have a good sense of where you are as a team by Memorial Day weekend. Here’s what we have learned about this team so far:
1) The Offensive Approach is too One-Dimensional
Through the first quarter of the season the Sox ranked at the bottom tier of the league in many statistical categories as a team, including batting average, runs and stolen bases. What they don’t lack is home runs, which is one of their issues at its core: they can rely on the long ball too much. This team needs to consider a different approach to manufacture runs. You won’t always get inside fastballs to turn on and belt. You’ll need to learn to hit outside curveballs and change-ups. The reason the 2013 Red Sox were dangerous was because as a team, they were dynamic. They hit to all fields, stole bases, did a lot of hit-and-runs, had timely hits and made opposing pitchers throw a lot of pitchers. They need to get back to that style of play. That’s when they’re at their best, and it’s good to see glimpses of that style of play as of late.
2) Don’t Count On The Starting Pitching To Hold Up
Even if John Farrell referred to his staff as five “aces” in spring training, it was obvious the pitching was more like a staff of #3 starters that were expected to hold give the offense a chance to keep the team in games. Really, they have all been pitching like a number 3 pitcher at best. The quality of pitching is erratic, and they may not be able to give the team a fighting chance as much as we’d prefer to see. Sure, I believe in the rotation to string together some quality starts, but from what have seen so far, you don’t know what kind of outing you’ll get from these guys. The unpredictability makes it incredibly difficult to depend on this rotation to consistently provide solid starts every night. It doesn’t seem that they are capable of it.
Now their extremely jealous fans are joining their team in being sore losers and whiners. They would absolutely die to have a quarterback of Tom Brady’s caliber but they rather label him a cheater because their former quarterback choked on multiple occasions and current signal caller couldn’t beat New England worth his life.
Roger Goodell has NO friends in the state of Massachusetts after his excessive punishment of Tom Brady and the Patriots for Deflategate. And he will not be able to deflate his balls checking out the lovely ladies of Hooters Saugus.