You might be getting a few sports posts on this crazy-fun Moss-‘n’-Yankees day. Sorry, even some of us thoughtful-aspiring types can’t always shake the 13-year-old boy inside.
Was happily chatting with ex-KARE senior executive producer Lonnie Hartley, who reminded me it was his former station that brought home Moss’s priceless “Straight Cash, Homey.” Here’s the clip, Hartley’s story below:
“It was field producer Dana Thiede. He’s a guy you don’t see on camera very often. We sent him out to Winter Park; remember, this was right after after Moss pretended to pull his pants down in the end zone. [The NFL fined Moss 10 grand for that.] Dana’s photographer was the only camera out there and he catches up with Moss in the parking lot.”
Here’s how the exchange went:
Thiede: “Write the check yet, Randy?”
Moss: “When you’re rich, you don’t write checks.”
Thiede: “If you don’t write checks, how do you pay these guys?”
Moss: “Straight cash, homey.”
Thiede: “Randy, are you upset about the fine?”
Moss: “No, cause it ain’t s—. Ain’t nothing but 10 grand. What’s 10 grand to me? Next time I might shake my —-.”
Moss was traded to Oakland a month later.
Hartley notes that Thiede’s “get” had lasting consequences for working journalists as well as Mike Tice’s club. “Hours later, the parking lot was no longer accessible to reporters, and it stayed that way. Live trucks can’t go live from there — you have to park on the other side of Winter Park and drag your cables all the way over.
“Needless to say, we got calls from all the sports media in the country, and as I recall Sid Hartman was mad we gave the clip to ESPN. I always told Dana, ‘You’re the guy who got Randy Moss traded.'”
Time to saddle up again, sports fans.