FOXBOROUGH - Poor, poor Randy Moss.
Donít you feel sorry for him?
In his mind, he is so unloved.
Our take on Randy Moss, especially after the schtick he pulled Sunday?
Make no mistake. He is a wonderful, unique, athlete. On many nights, he is worth the price of admission. There has never been a wide receiver in the history of football with his magnificent combination of size and speed. And perhaps there never will.
Itís the other stuff that makes Randy not so dandy in the eyes of the working-stiff fans.
Stuff like he pulled Sunday afternoon.
There was a great vibe swirling around Mossí New England Patriots when the final gun sounded on their season-opening 38-24 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium.
There was the three-touchdown performance authored by franchise quarterback Tom Brady, who managed to shake off the lingering memory of a car accident last week, which he termed ďscary.Ē
There was the remarkable two-touchdown comeback of wideout Wes Welker, who extinguished concerns that he might have been rushed back into the lineup after suffering a serious knee injury in the 2009 regular-season finale against Houston.
And there were the outstanding contributions of the Patriots special team and defensive units, with linebacker Gary Guyton scoring on a 59-yard interception and rookie Ben Tate turning in an electrifying 97-yard kickoff return.
There were so many feel good stories to discuss concerning the Pats on this day.
Then, Randy Moss overshadowed them all by deciding to talk for the first time - and, in his own words, ďlikely the last timeĒ - this season.
Poor, poor Randy Moss.
Wearing a San Francisco Giants cap on his head, a flannel shirt on his back and an ďIím being really sincereĒ look on his face, Randy faced a room full of about 70 reporters and started to cry poor.
Moss claimed he wasnít trying to overshadow his teamís ďgreat victoryĒ by speaking out. In reality, thatís exactly what he did.
To be fair, Moss, who will earn about $6.4 million US here in the final year of his contract with the Patriots, probably does deserve a raise. In his first three seasons in New England, he registered an astonishing 47 touchdowns. You canít argue with the numbers.
The timing? Thatís a different story.
ďI want to be here as a Patriot,Ē an emotional Moss said. ďI love being here. But I just think, from a business standpoint, this probably will be my last year here as a Patriot. And Iím not retiring.Ē
Poor poor Randy Moss. The Pats havenít even approached him about an extension. How dare they.
ďIím not saying Iím not appreciated, but I would like to feel (appreciated) sometimes,Ē Moss said. ďNothing has been discussed. Thereís not been anything said. Not a letter. Nothing.
ďIím not saying that I want to stay here but I love playing here. If the future of my job lets me go to another team, then thatís what itís going to be. But right now, I have a contract with the New England Patriots and I have a job to do. So Iím going to play my year out and do the best of my ability.
ďIíve already showed that I can play at a high level at age 33,Ē he added. ďFor me to be offered a contract after the season is over, I think that would be a smack in my face.Ē
Poor poor Randy Moss.
ďThis is not football. Football leaves you in college and high school. This is a job ... Thatís all Iím saying.
ďIím old. Iím not ready to leave the league yet but I still have a family to provide for. All Iím saying is, if Iím wanted here, I want to be here. If Iím not going to be here, then thatís it.Ē
Poor poor Randy Moss.
Someone hand him a crying towel. Or maybe some food stamps.
And the rest of us some barf bags.