Before we dive into the Moss stories, be sure to swing by Patriots Daily, where Bill Barnwell examines a few plays from the last Patriots/San Diego game.
Christopher L. Gasper and the Herald legal team of Tomase, Guregian and Fargen outline the allegations against Randy Moss by a Florida woman. Mark Farinella also reports on the details of the incident, which is alleged to have taken place on January 6th, down in Florida. Chris Kennedy has trouble catching up with Randy Moss once again. Rich Garven adds this incident to the list of problems the Patriots have had in their thus-far perfect season. David Brown has Moss visibly upset as he relates his side of things.
John Tomase says that this incident will not be a distraction to the Patriots in their quest for a perfect season. David Heuschkel has Moss having to answer to his critics once again. Karen Guregian has Moss giving his side of events. Robert Lee has Moss denying the allegations. By Douglas Flynn tells us that “the rehabilitation of Randy Moss’ image took a hit yesterday.” Steve Solloway has more on Moss defending himself.
Jackie MacMullan tells us that the “allegations leveled at Moss are extremely troubling and should make owner Robert Kraft blanch” and says that “has serious questions to answer, ones that could have ramifications regarding his future.” Jeff Jacobs however, says that you’d be a fool to judge this case based on what we know at the moment, and the only thing Moss is guilty of right now is questionable friendships and being famous. Tony Massarotti says that Moss speaking about this yesterday shows that he cares, something that wasn’t always clear in the past.
The Herald provides a helpful Randy Moss Crimeline, which includes such heinous crimes against humanity as pretending to moon the
Vikings Packers crowd. Farinella has Tom Brady brushing aside the Moss controversy and focusing on the Chargers.
So, as Mark Malone would say….”Do you guys want to talk football?” Here are the actual football-related links for this morning.
Shalise Manza Young has patient running paying off big for Laurence Maroney. Michael Vega has Tom Brady focused on the Chargers and what his team needs to do to beat them. Guregian has Brady saying that the cold will not be a factor on Sunday. Massarotti has Benjamin Watson OK with his role in the Patriots offense. Bill Doyle tells us it’s going to be a cold Championship Sunday for the NFL.
Vega’s notebook checks in with Sammy Morris, who is frustrated at not being able to be a larger part of this historic run after his season-ending injury. Guregian’s notebook has the Patriots knowing that the San Diego subs can be just as effective as their starters. Farinella’s notebook has LaDainian Tomlinson gushing praise for Bill Belichick and the Patriots. Garven’s notebook has the Patriots getting ready for both San Diego quarterbacks.
Ian M. Clark examines the turnaround in San Diego since the last time these clubs met. Jim McCabe checks in with Chargers cornerback Marlon McCree, who delivered the key hit on Reggie Wayne on Sunday, basically sealing the win for the Chargers, a year after his playoff interception against the Patriots was undone by Troy Brown. Steve Buckley has San Diego and the Chargers feeling misunderstood. Flynn has Belichick talking about the Chargers linebackers yesterday. Brown has a peek at Antonio Cromartie, who burst onto the scene as a full time player this season.
McCabe’s notebook has a look at San Diego cornerback, Antonio Cromartie, who may be seeing a lot of Moss on Sunday. Buckley’s notebook has Phillip Rivers doing all he can to get ready physically for Sunday.
Greg Oden finally made it to the Garden last night. All last season the former Ohio State center was being looked upon as the savior of the franchise. We know how things worked out (or didn’t work out) instead. Last night, Oden was on the bench of the Portland Trailblazers, in street clothes as the Celtics got back in the win column with a 100-90 win over Portland.
Marc J. Spears and Mark Murphy have Ray Allen leading the Celtics to the win, scoring 35 points on the night, 26 of them in the second half. Bill Doyle has Allen looking like his old self last night. Tim Weisberg has more on the Celtics getting back on track. Jeff Howe also reports on the Celtics getting back on track.
Jeff Horrigan notes that Allen was certainly “feeling it” last night, a literal sensation he gets when a hot is coming. Lenny Megliola notes that the Celtics were much more animated last night. Peter May looks at the young Blazers, who have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA thus far. Horrigan also has Greg Oden finally making it to Boston.