How do you say "Randy Moss traded" in Czech?


How do you say "Randy Moss traded" in Czech?

By Mary Paoletti

What the hell?

I leave the country for six days and the NFL blows up: the Rams committed suicide by Mark Clayton's hand (leg), another one bit the dust in Green Bay, and Brett Favre just...I can't even...whatever.

Then there was Moss.

I found out via email. Imagine my shock when, browsing my inbox from the Czech Republic, this Patriots bombshell landed on my head:

"Randy Moss traded because he told Tom Brady his haircut made him look like a girl."

I flailed a little. Randy and Tommy had a coiffure confrontation? It was reported by Charley Casserly as a serious news story so it had to be true. But, for Moss to leave because of it? It was though everything I knew about the Patriots was turned on its unkempt head.

And I was helpless -- off the NFL beat and in Prague with the Boston Bruins. I wasn't just outside of the loop, I couldn't even see the loop.

Getting filled in on the details has been a nightmare. This is the chronology I've got:

Famous Boston fan, Bill Simmons, heard about the hair fight and misinterpreted the whole thing. It sounds like the Sports Guy got bad info and walked away thinking that Brady told Moss he was trying to emulate Randy's Minnesota 'fro.

Simmons then tweeted this analytical explanation-- "moss vikings" -- to his 1,265,832 followers.

People went bananas. More misinterpretations were spawned from the original story mutilation. At the end of the day it was assumed that New England TRADED Randy Moss to Minnesota.

Chaos and confusion ensued around the globe!

The Bruins were totally lost.

I understand that this is when things really escalated. The Patriots and Vikings were so embarrassed that an ESPN something-or-other caused such a firestorm that they dealt Randy for real just to feed the beast.

This is what happened, right? I mean, reporters wouldn't make up stories or lie about tweeting intentions just for the attention. Right?

It's got to be an international miscommunication. I'm confident that I"ll figure out the real story today.

Better check Sports Pickle.

Bruschi to serve as honorary captain for Patriots before AFC title game


Bruschi to serve as honorary captain for Patriots before AFC title game

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will have a good-luck charm of sorts on their side before they take on the Steelers for the AFC Championship.

Former Patriots linebacker and three-time Super Bowl champ Tedi Bruschi will serve as an honorary captain Sunday, taking the field for the pre-game coin toss with Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower and Matthew Slater. Tom Brady is the team's fourth active captain, though, he rarely participates in the coin toss. 

"With an undefeated record in games that we have honored him, I can't think of a more perfect player to serve as honorary captain this Sunday," team chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "He was called the perfect Patriot by head coach Bill Belichick, and he has lived up to that nickname with an 8-0 record in games where he has been a part of the Patriots celebration."

Bruschi is 2-0 as an honorary captain in AFC Championship Games, taking part in the pre-game festivities in the conference title games in both 2012 and 2015. Bruschi was last at Gillette Stadium as an honorary captain back in Week 13, when the Patriots took on the Rams and celebrated the franchise's Super Bowl XXXVI victory back in 2002.