CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- He's one of West Virginia's two or three greatest athletes, arguably the second best wide receiver who ever lived, an unprecedented combination of size and speed, but Randy Moss talked a little trash Saturday morning, riled his opponent and got soundly beaten in athletic competition.
Moss and his horseshoe partner, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, were already losing when their opponent, Jeff Weems, of Rand, let fly a horseshoe and an expletive at the same time.
The shoe had slipped out of Weems' hand, and he expressed his frustration as it flew through the air at Coonskin Park. But sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
Moss lost a Super Bowl when an unknown receiver miraculously trapped a football against his helmet, and he lost a horseshoe match when Weems' slip-up turned into a dead ringer, good for three points.
"He threw one lucky ringer," Moss said, shaking his head as the game continued.
That didn't sit well with Weems.
His next toss, after Moss called him lucky, struck bulls-eye.
"Is that luck, what you say dog?" Weems taunted. "Bam. Don't piss me off."
Moss could only shake his head sheepishly, especially when Weems' next toss found the pin too, for two straight ringers after Moss started talking.
"I was trying to be cool, but somebody started talking a little trash," Weems said.
Moss was good-natured in defeat.
"He done put two back-to-back around my dadgum neck," Moss said. "You threw them two back-to-back necks, I just said, 'ewwwww.';"
Moss and Jones were one of 13 teams that participated in the Randy Moss "Country Boy" Horseshoe Tournament on Saturday morning at Coonskin Park.
Moss organized the tournament, put up a $1,000 prize for the winners and invited Jones earlier this week.
The tournament was limited to those ages 30-and-over.
"Time and time again, all the years that I've done things for the kids, it was like the adults were left out." Moss said. "So I just decided to have a 30-and-over get together, just to come out for a nice day to pitch some horseshoes. I mean it's hot, but everybody can come out here and use a little exercise."
Moss was chatty and comfortable with the other competitors and the 25 or so spectators.
"What's that stick?" Moss asked an older man who was holding a crooked wire.