The Awl: Football is Socialism:
While the Vikings had some faintly reasonable football-related reasons to cut ties with Moss after four not-so-effective weeks with the team, the emerging official narrative is that Moss was cut in large part because he was impolite to the Minneapolis-area restauranteur serving a post-practice meal to the team. Actually, “impolite” doesn’t quite sum up Moss’s unprovoked, Kenny Powers-ian kamikaze jerk-assault on what seemed like some obviously well-intentioned carving stations. (“We had the whole buffet set up, and we had a nice spread—chicken, ribs, round of beef with a carving station, the whole deal,” his victim said. “[A]nd all of a sudden I heard, ‘What the (expletive) is this? I wouldn’t feed this (expletive expletive) to my (expletive) dog!’”) Moss’s actions were impolite, of course—a much more serious crime in Minnesota than elsewhere, but not a firing offense anywhere—but also seem to have come from a place that had nothing to do how pleasing Moss did or did not find his prime rib. By the same token, while the Vikings may or may not have overreacted in cutting ties with the future Hall of Famer for whom they traded a valuable draft pick just last month, what Moss was actually reacting to almost certainly had nothing to do with a flavorless au jus.
For those of you who do not follow pro football, allow me to succinctly summarize: Last week a football team from Minnesota fired one of the best players in NFL history, who it had just acquired from another team the previous month, in large part because he voiced displeasure about the quality of the steak he was served post-game. Which, because I haven’t yet eaten lunch, seems entirely reasonable, actually.
Update: It seems the offending foodie found work days later with another football team. Presumably, its Request for Proposal for new catering services has already been issued.