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DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Shame is fleeting, and love is blind

You have spoken. You love the Randy Moss deal. You love the Patriots and everything they do. You have no problems with Moss's past indifference and indiscretions. You assume he will become the ultimate team guy once he gets to Foxborough. Maybe you said negative things about him in the past, but now he is a Patriot. Now it's all good with you and Randy Moss.

Boston.com conducted one of those fan-reaction polls yesterday. The question posed was "Do you like the Randy Moss deal?" and 86.6 percent of respondents answered in the affirmative (as of last night). E-mailers to this address emphatically came down in favor of Moss and the trade. The ratio was about 19-1. I'd share some of the more colorful responses, but this is a family newspaper.

Predictable. Bad guys become good guys when they put on the local uniform. All about the laundry, right?

Pacman Jones? At this hour, he's an NFL pariah. He's banished for the year. Nobody around here wants anything to do with him. But if the Patriots could find a way to get him from Tennessee for 2008, Pacman would get his own parade down Route 1. Brigham's would name an ice cream flavor after him (Pacman pistachio?). He'd be our Pacman. Just misunderstood is all.

Boston baseball fans will stand up and boo Barry Bonds when the Giants come here in mid-June. But if Barry had signed with Boston last winter, Armond LaMontagne would be carving a Barry statue right now. We'd be wondering if Barry might launch one into the Ted Williams seat in right. We'd be reading Barry's blog, 755homers.com.

Terrell Owens? Bring him on. Just give him the damn rock. No way he's going to try any of his antics in a locker room populated by Richard Seymour, Rodney Harrison, and Tedy Bruschi. T.O. would be the last guy the Patriots would ever bring on board. With the possible exception of Randy Moss.

Roger Clemens? He won 192 games with the Red Sox, but we've enjoyed kicking the stuffing out of him since he left. He's now the guy who needed someone to carry his bags, the guy who laid down on the job his last four years here, the guy who got himself traded from the Blue Jays to the Yankees. Good riddance. Unless . . . the Sox have a chance to bring him on for the stretch run in 2007. Then he'll be the Rocket again. Butting heads with Al Nipper on "Sports Final." Maybe the greatest pitcher who ever lived.

How long would it take for Sox fans to embrace Alex Rodriguez if he brought his 800-homer potential to Fenway? Think anybody'd be talking about slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove?

Ron Artest? Put a Celtic uniform on him and see what happens. Ron would be The Man around here. Protecting all of us at courtside.

It goes on and on. Bill Laimbeer and Ulf Samuelsson would have been Causeway Street gods if they finished their careers in Boston. Remember how we suddenly loved Jose Canseco when he first came to the Red Sox? How much we all wanted the Celtics to bring Allen Iverson to town?

Remember how good-guy Johnny Damon became bad boy Johnny when he signed with the Yankees? It no longer mattered that Damon helped deliver a World Series championship to the Hub.

Manny Ramírez can quit on his team in September and still get a hero's reception in Fort Myers the following spring because he's a slugger who produces. Standard sports tenets of selflessness and team play take a holiday when fans adore a local hero. Talent is all that matters if you play for the hometown team.

On the other hand, had Moss just joined the Miami Dolphins, most Patriot fans would be saying that the Fish made a big mistake. You'd be saying that Moss will destroy the Dolphins locker room and that he should not be rewarded for laying down on the Raiders.

Finally, Moss boosters would do well to cease with the Dennis Johnson comparisons. It's a stretch to make the case that the Celtics' 1983 acquisition of DJ is analogous to the Patriots' situation with Moss. Like Moss, the late DJ had already played with two teams when he was acquired by Boston, and he'd worn out his welcome with Lenny Wilkens in Seattle (and a few folks in Phoenix), but he carried little of the baggage that Moss brings to New England.

The player the Celtics got had a championship ring in his pocket and had been MVP of the NBA Finals. He had no off-field transgressions at that time and he was never a guy who played selfishly or brought attention to himself. So let's stop with the DJ comparisons when making a case for Moss as a soon-to-be model citizen.

Randy Moss is a Patriot. You are a Patriots fan. You can't wait for the season opener.

Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. His e-mail is dshaughnessy@globe.com.

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