View Full Version : Vikings are still reeling from Moss trade

08-14-2006, 09:50 PM
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Even in an NFL-crazy city like Minneapolis, a Vikings exhibition game is usually worth watching for maybe 45 minutes, or until the first bag of chips runs out.

Once the starters are done after a couple of series or one quarter, who cares?

But the return of Randy Moss with Oakland for the Vikes’ preseason opener Monday night at the Metrodome skews all that, because Moss can create a scene just standing on the sideline.

Will he go Afro, cornrows, or something new? How will he react to the crowd?

Might he squirt an official with a water bottle, just for old times’ sake? Or hand all the Raiders’ spare footballs to the kids in the handicapped section, whom he always loved?

Eighteen months is enough time to judge whether the Vikings made a mistake by shipping Moss to the Raiders in February 2005 for linebacker Napoleon Harris and a first-round draft pick that turned out to be wideout Troy Williamson. The last major move of Red McCombs’ ownership turned out to be the first in a shakeup that altered the face of the franchise, which has since changed owners, coaches, starting quarterbacks, schemes and even uniforms.