Weekend was best of times for MU fans
Welcome to “Second Guess” Tuesday.
Here are the opinions du jour.
• This was the weekend that was. It will be hard to top.
First, former Marshall star wide receiver Randy Moss was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night on the first ballot. It was an honor he richly deserved. Especially the first ballot aspect.
Just ask him.
“Other than serving the man upstairs and loving my family,” Moss was quoted, “this is the best that they can ever give me. First ballot, man. I don’t know what else I can say.”
Nothing else needs to be said.
Being elected on the first ballot says it all.
Moss will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio.
Next, former Marshall star defensive end Vinny Curry helped the Philadelphia Eagles to a 41-33 win over New England Sunday night in Super Bowl 52.
Curry was credited with two solo tackles and two assists while playing on an Eagles defensive line that contributed the turning point play of the game by sacking Patriots’ star quarterback Tom Brady and forcing him to fumble.
So, now, Curry will be wearing a Super Bowl LII ring.
And don’t forget esteemed Huntington native Woody Williams. He was a part of this “as good as it gets” weekend, as well. The well-known former Marine and Medal of Honor recipient performed the ceremonial coin flip to begin the game.
So, for a little more than a 24-hour period starting on Saturday night with Moss and ending on Sunday night with Curry, Marshall’s fans were living large.
It simply doesn’t get much better than this.
• So, defense wins championships, huh?
That mantra is chanted by football coaches and cliche-riddled commentators ad nauseam.
Yet, look what happened in Super Bowl 52.
The Eagles and Patriots combined for an eye-popping 1,151 yards of total offense. According to NFL Research, it was the highest total in NFL regular season and playoff history.
As the yardage piled up, I swear I saw some gray hairs start to pop up in New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s black beard.
Of course, the cynics in the crowd will point to the Eagles’ Brandon Graham sacking Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady and forcing him to lose a fumble as the turning-point play of the game.
And it was.
Offense ruled on Sunday night.
• Is it time for Marshall to retire Randy Moss’ No. 88?
It would seem so.
The only football number that Marshall ever has retired is the late Frank “Gunner” Gatski’s No. 72. Marshall honored him at halftime of a 20-19 win over UAB on Oct. 15, 2005, in Edwards Stadium.
Gatski died a month later at the age of 86.
Having his number retired isn’t Gatski’s only distinction. The outstanding center also is the only Marshall player ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Think that’s a coincidence?
Which brings us back to Moss. Since the former star wide receiver will become the second Marshall player enshrined in Canton when he’s inducted on Aug. 4, doesn’t it also make sense for Moss to become only the second MU player to have his number retired?
I believe so.
Besides, there would be some humorous byplay attached to retiring No. 88. Guess who else wore that number while he was playing receiver for Marshall?
Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.