"I did want to retire as a Viking." -- Randy Moss in Jan. '08
The happiest member of the Vikings' organization this morning might not be quarterback Brett Favre or wide receiver Percy Harvin. It could be No. 84, Logan Payne, who's stuck on the practice squad. If Randy Moss wants his old number back, Payne will make a lot of money. But what if Moss wants No. 81? Will Vistanthe Shiancoe give-in?
This trade is a fan's dream. It's also a reporter's dream. Judd Zulgad may not take off his Chicago Blackhawks hoodie until February. He won't have time.
Only the acquisition of Moss could shift my wife's Vikings' tentacles away from wondering if Kendra has officially moved to Eden Prairie to be closer to her husband, Hank Baskett.
Any move that upsets Packers and Bears fans is a good one. This is a "wow" trade. There are no guarantees attached. But this is monumentally impressive. Moss will have a chance to have a big-time impact starting Monday night against the Jets. He really only has to run a few routes.
We can now add Moss to a long list of Vikings' free agents after this season. Favre, Sidney Rice, Chad Greenway, Ben Leber, Ray Edwards, Pat Williams, Ryan Longwell, and Husain Abdullah are among the players only signed through this season.
The Vikings are all-in on this year, which is fine. The NFC appears to be the weaker of the two conferences. In other words, it's eminently winnable.
To quote Moss from years ago, "Super Bowl, homeboy!" It's a better possibility now. This much is known: the Vikings are a lot better on-the-field today.
Do the Wild really start their season on Thursday? Are we really just days before the 120th meeting between the Gophers and Badgers? Oh, by the way, the Twins are good enough to win the World Series. But does anything else matter on the local sports landscape today?