Moss this, Moss that. Moss this, Moss that. The past 48 hours of Super Bowl coverage has been dominated by Kanawha County native Randy Moss, who could get his first championship ring this Sunday when his San Francisco 49ers face the Baltimore Ravens.
At Media Day in New Orleans on Tuesday, Moss took his seat in front of a Super Bowl XLVII backdrop and said: "I really think I'm the greatest receiver to ever play the game."
Suddenly, attention was diverted from Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers' young starting quarterback, and Alex Smith, the man usurped by Kaepernick midseason. On national sports talk shows, nary a word was mentioned of Moss' fellow receiver, Michael Crabtree, who was the subject of a police investigation on a sexual assault claim earlier this month. Crabtree was not charged, but Tuesday was Crabtree's first extended media session since the issue surfaced.
Instead, radio and social media buzz surrounded Moss, who ranked 110th in the National Football League in receiving yards (434) this season.
The reaction was predictable. Nothing new was said about Moss, the former DuPont High School and Marshall star.
Brash. Cocky. Delusional. Same old Randy, so out of touch that he actually believes he's better than Jerry Rice.
Getting "Mossed" used to mean burning a defensive back. Maybe the verb should include duping media and fans.
I'm guessing Moss aced his media courses at Rand University.
My theory, as you've probably figured out, is Moss intentionally threw himself into a firestorm so the heat would be centered around him.
Hey, he's been a decoy for much of the season. Why not?
Former NFL receiver Michael Irvin shared his thoughts on Moss this morning on The Dan Patrick Show, a nationally syndicated radio and television sports talk program.
"Brilliant on Randy's part," Irvin said. "Absolutely brilliant.
"Randy knows. There's no possible way we can make you top dog. You have not a ring upon your finger. The receptions you have caught - and you have caught many - have went for nada. Jerry Rice's receptions have gone for the end game, which is Super Bowls.
"(Rice) has more in every category than anybody that ever lived, plus he has the Super Bowl rings."
The conversation is moot, Irvin asserted. Yet here we are, days before the Super Bowl, and the spotlight is shining bright on a player who finished fourth on his own team in receiving yards this season.
The glance at the career numbers for Rice and Moss draw a clear line between them, although most pundits wouldn't argue with Moss being on the Mount Rushmore of NFL receivers.
Rice is first in receiving yards (22,895); Moss is third (15,292).