Posted on: April 30, 2008 10:50 am
Edited on: April 30, 2008 10:58 am

Randy Moss starting NASCAR Truck Series team

We'll see how long this lasts or if it even gets off the ground.

It hasn't worked out too well in the past when NFL stars try to get involved. They are gung ho at the start, but after a couple of years when they don't get immediate results, they give up. Dan Marino, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Kelly, Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach are a few of the NFLers who've dabbled in NASCAR.

Read the press release below.

Huntersville, North Carolina (April 29, 2008) – Fresh off a record breaking NFL season, New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss announced today the formation of Moss Motorsports, LLC  with its intended participation to begin in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Moss anticipates that the team will debut at some point in the second half of the 2008 season and run selected races through the conclusion of the year. The partial schedule is a prelude to a full-time campaign in 2009. Sponsors and manufacturer alignments will be announced at a later date.

“We don’t have all of the details in place just yet, but I am very excited about Moss Motorsports becoming a part of NASCAR,” Moss said. “I am by nature a very competitive person and this is an outlet for me to compete at another level. There are some pretty awesome challenges in building a program like this from the ground up, but I am looking forward to it. That’s just another aspect of the competition – you want to find the best people available and you’re competing with all the other teams out there. We’re starting to look at who the best people are and working on getting them to be a part of our team.”

Moss is a ten year veteran in the National Football League and was a first-round draft pick in the 1998 draft out of Marshall University.  He has been a NASCAR fan for several years including sponsorship of a local dirt track program and recently made the decision to get involved with the ownership of a NASCAR team.  He is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the Urban Youth Racing School and furthers his youth advocacy while holding the same honor with American Youth Football. A major component of the Moss Motorsports program will be the continued involvement and support of youth programs.

“There are a lot of NASCAR fans in the locker room,” Moss said. “We’ve seen a lot of football players get involved – guys like Dan Marino and Troy Aikman to name a couple. I think it’s a good fit and gives some of the companies I am already working with an additional outlet. It’s a smart move on the marketing side of things but on the personal side of things I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Randy has kick started his efforts by contracting with Integrity Sports Marketing, LLC – a leading motorsports marketing company in NASCAR.   “We know it takes time to build a team from the ground up, and we have some good people working with us to get that process started,” Moss said. “We are talking to the manufacturers, and we’re already evaluating some drivers. Eventually I’d like to be able to have our team work with some of the young guys that are working hard to make it up the ladder, but right now it might make more sense to find a driver with a lot of experience to get us started. But we really don’t have anyone in mind. We’ll look at who is available and find someone that can help us compete and win as quickly as we can.”

Moss believes Moss Motorsports will give his current marketing partners another avenue to gain exposure and will open doors for new companies that want to work with him.

“The companies I already work with now have a chance to get some exposure to another group of dedicated sports fans,” Moss said. “And we’ll have an opportunity to build some relationships with an entirely new group of companies as well. We’ll have a chance to do some pretty cool things between the football side and the racing side. That’s a part of the equation that most of the other teams don’t have, so we already have a competitive advantage over them. Once we get everything in place we look forward to competing on the race track too.”

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: January 25, 2008 12:38 pm

This week at the office

Talk radio has nothing on us.

Inevitably me and my nearby cubicle cohorts will get into some sort of debate about sports, movies, tv or just life in general. We kindly refer to this in these here parts as "Dumb" talk, because, well, usually, someone says something dumb --- not me, of course.

It could also just be something that somebody doesn't agree with -- and that person is then called dumb for disagreeing with the person in question -- but the word dumb is thrown around here more than any other word. Yes, we're really mature around here.

Anyhow,  one of this week's hot topics at the office actually began with a dumb question: Will Tom Coughlin make the Hall of Fame if the Giants beat the Patriots?

(Yes, the person in question was immediately flogged).

Of course, Coughlin isn't going to make the HOF for winning one Super Bowl, but it led to a bigger question about which modern-day coaches will be deserving of HOF consideration.

Now, I'm a firm believer that great players make great coaches, not vice versa. Maybe I'll touch upon this more next week when I unveil the production team's Super Bowl picks, but I don't consider Belichick so much a genius as lucky bastard who stumbled upon Tom Brady.

But it makes no difference what I think about coaching, the majority of people glom on to the idea that coaches are as much of part of a team's success as the players, so they get glorified. My little blog ain't going to change that fact.

Anyhoo, with three Super Bowl victories under his belt and a long history of success as an assistant as well, Belichick is a lock.

Tony Dungy is a lock as well. Though he only has one Super Bowl victory -- it was historic. Dungy was the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, but he has been an overall success with only one losing season in 12 years as a head coach.

Then you got Bill Cowher and Mike Holmgren. Each has one Super Bowl victory and reached multiple SBs. If I could pick only one, I'd lean toward Holmgren.

In 16 years as head coach, he has had only one losing season, with a winning % of .613. Plus he managed to turn around the fortunes of what were basically flailing organization at the time he took over.

Cowher has a better winning % (.623), but three losing season in 15 years. If he indeed returns to coaching in 2009, I think the team with which he returns can make or break his legacy. The thing about the Steelers is that they have a great management structure from top to bottom and obviously gave him some talented players to work with. Will he be able to have the same kind of success elsewhere?

What to make of Mike Shanahan? Nixing his Raiders stint, he has a winning % of .625, but things were easy when he was winning two SBs with John Elway as his QB. Without John Elway? 1 playoff win in 9 seasons. (This, of course, feeds my argument that players make coaches).

JDD brought up Marty Schottenheimer. Ummm, no. Without even reaching a Super Bowl, he shouldn't even be a consideration.

The other hot topic stemmed from RD watching I Am Legend. Not at the movies, but on his home computer. The movie of course hasn't been released on DVD or whatnot as it's still in theaters, but some site on the WWW managed to land a copy and is sharing it with the rest of world. Good naturedly, we called RD a thief, and he in turn defended himself/rationalized the situation.

But it led to literally hours of conversation on the topic. It was compared to drug use, stealing a car and all other sorts of dumb stuff. It's the kind of thing that makes working here so interesting. I personally wouldn't do it because I hate to download stuff from the web in fear of virus and worms and such. Also I don't find watching movies on my computer all that fun.

Allrighty, that'll do it from me for now. Next week I'll give you the lowdown on our Super Bowl picks and probably go in depth about why I think head coaches are overrated.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL, Super Bowl
Posted on: January 25, 2008 9:56 am
Edited on: January 25, 2008 9:57 am
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