The man showed Moss how he used the wire to pick up horseshoes without having to bend over, explaining, "I'm an old man."
"I learn something every day," Moss said, laughing.
Jones, who first met Moss in the 1990s, was surprised and flattered that Moss remembered him and invited him.
"Randy always just thinks about others and he's doing that now," Jones said. "He just likes to hang out with regular folks."
The timing was fortuitous. Jones is headed to St. George, Utah later this week to the world tournament of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association, to try to pitch them on holding a convention in Charleston.
But if Charleston's chances depend at all on Jones' horseshoe skills, the city is very unlikely to get the convention.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was roundly mocked for his poor golf game when he played a round with Bubba Watson at The Greenbrier resort earlier this month.
It's not unfair to either executive to say that Tomblin is to golf as Jones is to horseshoes. Neither can play at all.
"We going to do something," Moss said when asked about playing with Jones. "We just can't go out in the first round."
Moss scored the lone three points in his and Jones' 21-3 defeat to Weems and his partner.
Wayne "Poochie" Rollins, another competitor, was quick to analyze Moss' game,
"He throws pretty decent. He got a flip, two or three flips," Rollins said, referring to how many times Moss' horseshoes rotated in the air.
"In St. Albans we take our horseshoe pitching real, real seriously," said Rollins, who plays competitively twice a week. "When I was a kid we pitched in front of the skating rink, dusk 'til dawn."
Moss, who currently lives in Boston, but is spending much of the summer in his native Kanawha County, wasn't interested in talking about whether his football career will continue. He made the Super Bowl last year after taking a year off from football, but the San Francisco 49ers decided not to bring him back and he is a free agent.
Moss' fellow horseshoe throwers were not nearly so reticent about talking about his football future.
"I'd like to see him go back to Minnesota," said Junior Peters, of Naoma, who ended up winning the tournament. "I think everybody's a fan of Randy. Everybody from West Virginia."
After giving Moss modest praise for his horseshoe prowess, Rollins backtracked.
"He better stick with football," Rollins said.Reach David Gutman at david.gut...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.