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Moss Draws Attention With TD Dance

By Leonard Shapiro
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 10, 2005; Page D08

GREEN BAY, Jan. 9 -- Minnesota wide receiver Randy Moss likely will face disciplinary action from the NFL this week for his celebration of a game-clinching touchdown catch he made in the fourth quarter of the Vikings' 31-17 playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

After a 34-yard scoring reception, Moss headed to the goal post, turned his back on Green Bay fans in the end zone and pretended to drop his pants. Moss declined a number of requests for interviews in the Vikings' locker room afterward but told the Fox television network after the game that he was "just having a little fun with the boys a bit. Hope I don't get in trouble by it, but if I do, I'll take the heat."

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When asked if his end zone celebration will be all that is talked about from the game, he added: "I don't give a damn what they talk about. They better talk about the 'W' we put on Lambeau Field today."

Moss took a lot of heat last week after he left the playing field with two seconds left in the Vikings' regular season-ending loss to the Washington Redskins.

Vikings center Matt Birk chastised him for his actions, and Moss went on Coach Mike Tice's radio show during the week and apologized to the coach and his teammates.

Fox initially showed Moss's celebration Sunday but did not air replays. Play-by-play announcer Joe Buck described it on the air as "disgusting."

After the game, Tice said he had not seen what Moss had done and was far more concerned with his physical status. Moss apparently re-sprained his right ankle and was not able to finish the game.

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper also said he had not seen what Moss did after the touchdown. When told about it, he said, "No, we didn't practice that move."

On Dec. 17, the league fined Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer $5,000 for using an obscene hand gesture when fans booed his performance.

Bears Hire Offensive Coordinator

Ron Turner was hired for a second stint as Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator, replacing the fired Terry Shea. The Bears, who finished 5-11 under first-year coach Lovie Smith, announced the hiring on their Web site. Turner guided the Bears' offense from 1993 to '96, then spent eight seasons as coach at the University of Illinois. He was fired in November and replaced by former University of Florida coach Ron Zook after the Fighting Illini went 3-8 for their third consecutive losing season. Turner was 35-57 at Illinois.

Shea was fired last week after the Bears averaged 14.4 points and 238.5 yards per game in his lone season, the fewest in the NFL in both categories. The Bears' offense scored only 19 touchdowns and allowed a league-high 66 sacks.

Schottenheimer's Meltdown

The San Diego Chargers' surprise turnaround season melted down Saturday night in the kind of shocking fashion that fit right in with Coach Marty Schottenheimer's many other playoff failures.

If an ill-timed return to conservative MartyBall in a 20-17 overtime loss to the New York Jets in a first-round game wasn't bad enough, Schottenheimer ran several yards onto the field to complain that no flag was thrown when punter Mike Scifres fell after punting in the second quarter.

A flag was thrown -- on the 61-year-old Schottenheimer. The 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct helped the Jets drive for the tying touchdown and left the disciplinarian coach to explain how he could be so undisciplined.

"I absolutely blew a fuse," Schottenheimer said. "It's absolutely unforgivable that I could do that."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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