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  • George
    ***** Any bets against him including at least one shot against the Patriots and/or BB in every article he writes for PFW? He is such a transparently bitter,
    Message 1 of 1 , May 26, 2007
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      ***** Any bets against him including at least one shot against the Patriots
      and/or BB in every article he writes for PFW? He is such a transparently
      bitter, vindictive man. I honestly don't consider anything he writes about
      the Patriots worthy of comment, since his agenda is always the same. As for
      his other writing, his plagerism says it all. He's a lazy, unprincipled,
      poor excuse for a sports journalist. I'm sorry to see that an otherwise fine
      publication like PFW has chosen to give him a forum.

      George
      Dogs have masters ... Cats have staff!

      -----Original Message-----
      From: patriots-bounces@... [mailto:patriots-bounces@...] On
      Behalf Of Ghost of Patriots Past
      Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2007 7:31 AM
      To: Kirk; da List
      Subject: Pro Football Weekly

      Patriots prove character doesn't count more than ability

      Without question, "character" has become the most overused word in
      sports.
      In life, character is an important thing, to be sure. It just has little
      or nothing to do with athletic performance. Not the real meaning of
      character, anyway.
      There indeed might be something called "sporting character," which would
      be analogous to game speed as opposed to straight-line, sprinter's speed.
      But character, as in making the hard choices in life, has won few Super
      Bowls.
      Although we might wish it to be otherwise, great athletes do not perform
      well because they have more character than the average man or even the
      average opponent. They perform well because they have more skill or more
      physical gifts, or often both, than their opponent. If character were a
      profound issue on Draft Day, the seminaries and the Ivy League would produce
      a lot more NFL employees than the ACC, the SEC, the Pac-10 or the Big Ten.
      Character, you see, like most everything the NFL says, is a relative
      thing. Character is certainly of importance when commissioner Roger Goodell
      makes clear there is a new sheriff in town and that this one will crack down
      on NFL lawlessness with a far harsher hand than his predecessor, Paul
      Tagliabue, ever did. But character becomes a relative thing when
      counterbalanced by factors like a 4.4 40-yard dash time or soft hands or a
      strong arm. The more you have any of the latter traits, the more ill-defined
      the word "character" becomes.
      This spring the Patriots have been questioned roundly about their Draft
      Day decisions to select troublesome Miami (Fla.) S Brandon Meriweather with
      their top pick and to deal their fourth-round selection to the Raiders for a
      once-brilliant but recently nonfactor of a wide receiver named Randy Moss.
      Moss slipped noticeably himself on Draft Day nine years ago because of
      character issues but erased all those questions by playing brilliantly for
      the first six years of his career. Controversy, questionable actions off the
      field and effort on it, as well as some ill-advised comments, followed him
      to the Vikings, but so did touchdowns, 20-yard pass receptions and
      1,000-yard seasons, and so character was suddenly replaced by, "That Randy
      is quite a character."
      But the past three seasons, his play has slipped noticeably. In two of
      those seasons, including 2006, he fell short of 1,000 yards receiving, and
      after grabbing 20 catches of 20 yards or more per season in those first six
      years, that total slipped by half (10.6 per year, to be exact). Suddenly,
      Randy Moss now was taking plays off, and Randy Moss wouldn't practice, and
      Randy Moss was a clubhouse cancer, and Randy Moss didn't want to win.
      Well, Randy Moss in '06 wasn't a whole lot different from Randy Moss in
      '99 or '01 or most other years - with one noticeable exception. He wasn't
      productive last season, having the worst year of his career and, in the
      opinion of many, quitting on his team, the hapless Raiders.
      Moss might tell you that they quit before he did. He might even be
      right. Either way, Patriots coach Bill Belichick liberated him from a team
      that will not win any time soon and that was not going to pay him, and
      Belichick has given him a final chance to establish he has "sporting
      character" - which would mean he can produce another 1,000-yard season and
      double-digit touchdowns with Tom Brady throwing to him instead of Aaron
      Brooks. If he does, his status as an Eagle Scout will be of little interest
      to his public or to the Patriots.
      Belichick is betting Moss will be on his best behavior because he has only
      a one-year contract for $3 million with another $2 million in bonus money if
      he hits certain numbers. In other words, for the first time in many years,
      Moss' present and future income will be locked into what he does this season
      rather than what he might have done some time in the distant past. This has
      a tendency to focus the mind, even a sometimes mercurial one like Moss'.
      As for Meriweather, his greatest fame came from a near riot between the
      Hurricanes and some members of Florida International's team last season.
      Meriweather was caught on video stomping one of his opponents as if he were
      auditioning for a Michael Flatley Irish step-dancing revue. That and the
      fact that Meriweather once pulled a gun on someone who was trying to shoot a
      friend of his and allegedly fired three shots in the guy's direction in
      self-defense understandably caused some NFL folks to grow a bit worried
      about paying a large sum of money for his services.
      The Patriots were not among them because (a) they needed a fast, young
      safety who will knock your block off; (b) they believed they had enough
      veterans with Super Bowl rings to keep both a rookie and a wayward wide
      receiver with questionable work habits in check; and (c) they, like everyone
      else, care a lot more about winning games than they do about winning a
      commendation from the Peace Corps.
      Time will tell if they are right in those assessments, but Belichick
      believed it was a gamble worth taking, in part because he knows Moss has
      long been a front-runner who performs well when he is not the center of
      attention and when his team is winning. The Patriots believe they have
      enough weapons where Moss can be just another armament rather than the
      secret weapon, and enough talent to win with or without him. They just
      believe they have a better chance to win with him, so they made the trade.
      New England believes the same about Meriweather, which is why the
      Patriots drafted him. If that impacts upon their public persona as a team
      that does things differently, so be it, because the fact is that they really
      don't.
      As long as they win, they know nobody really will care about anything
      else, because in professional sports, character issues only become real
      issues when the wins stop and the losses begin.

      by Ron Borges

      Steve - He's Baaaaack



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