2002-10-12 / Sports

Moss, Insanity and Madness Pervades The Landscape

By Elio Velez

Moss, Insanity and Madness
Pervades The Landscape
By Elio Velez

The sudden call for the media to call out Randy Moss for his lack of respect toward his teammates, the law and himself is not new. It just makes good copy. Of course Moss has the talent to outleap two defenders for the football but once he goes afoul of the law, he is persona non-grata. That is unless...

If the Minnesota Vikings ever released Moss, bet your bottom dollar that the N.Y. media will call for the Giants and Jets to sign Moss. So he ran over a metermaid, she probably had it coming. Someone may say that Moss had marijuana in his car for only medicinal purposes. It's New York, where anyone can forgive Latrell Sprewell and Darryl Strawberry if the teams win. When they cause trouble, anyone can bring up that the athlete was destined to become bad once again because it was in his or her nature. And the bashing begins. What B.S.

It starts right in Little League or Pop Warner. Instead of disciplining a kid for bad behavior and a lesson is learned, the coach tolerates the kid because he or she can hit a fastball or make the big catch and win the big game.

The next step is high school; where the athlete may be mediocre in school, get into trouble with fights or rough up a lady but its all good. Instead of curbing the athlete there, the toleration continues. The athlete has learned how to play the system.

College becomes worse when the athlete gets into barfights, attacks (or rapes) a woman, supposedly takes payoffs from college boosters (wink-wink) and wins the Heisman Trophy. The athlete becomes a first round pro candidate and the fun begins.

Interject any athlete that has done any of these things. It's easy. It makes good copy. The cycle continues without a cure.

Drop The Puck

The 2002-2003 revamped (again) version of the New York Rangers is here and once again there is more questions about this team. And when aren't there questions about the New York Rangers. But unlike previous campaigns where there would be no answers in scoring goals (see 98-99 Rangers) and lack of strength and toughness (see the Lowe regime), the new Rangers may show enough to solve those problems. I just hope they solve everything before and after the All Star Break.

Why is Richard Lintner with the big boys and not Tomas Kloucek? If Lintner somehow proves serviceable for the first 2 months (and that's a big IF), his value adds to the possible trade for a second line two-way or power winger. And a trade will happen folks.

I love the potential of Tomas Kloucek and the idea that he gives us a young punishing defenseman in the mold of Ulfie Samuelson. The bottom line is that he struggled to make a great impression and that is what he had to do to make this team. If Kloucek wants to get back to MSG and prove Sather wrong, he must go out and punish anyone he sees in Hartford. Tomas must have this attitude for every game and not just show flashes of it.

The Rangers are not made this season to wait for just potential out of the young players. Sather wants results and the impressive showing of Lundmark this preseason only helps this squad when the older players get tired after back-to-back nights in February. The young players will be counted to pull out games. If Kloucek shows Sather that he is up to the task and performs well, Oh baby!

Governor hopeful, Thomas Golisano, may bid for ownership of the Buffalo Sabres. The team is looking for new ownership because of the stealing of funds and subsequent arrest of the previous owners, the Rigas family.

A Disgrace

MLB is the culprit once again for scheduling their so important games on cable channels that no one can find. I now know what ABC Family or FX means but is it so necessary to channel surf to find these games.

The ultimate insanity was Game 3 of the Yankees-Angels game. The game, produced by ESPN, originally shown on ABC Family Channel (it was once called Fox Family Channel before being bought by ABC/ESPN last year) had to be shown on Fox. Fox, which is supposed to have the whole baseball package, was forced to have the ABC and ESPN logos plastered across their screen in New York. Meanwhile, the rest of the country sees Fox's Friday lineup of Firefly and John Doe and those people get the shaft if they tuned in to watch these programs. Just stupid.

Shoutout!

For any New York Rangers fan looking for news, insight and analysis of the Rangers, go to the best fan site in the web at www.hockeybird.com. Scott, Chris and everyone who maintains the site do an excellent job in bringing a wide array of views about the team. Kudos to them.


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