NFL, Ray Lewis

Who Else is Tired of Ray Lewis?

1/31/13 in NFL   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Ray Lewis's Retirement tour is making one last stop - we can all breathe a sigh of relief, that is unless the Baltimore Ravens win - then we will never hear the end of it. 

Ever since Lewis announced that this season would be his final one there has been constant pressure amongst the top sports media outlets to cover his story from every angle. It even made Lewis crave more attention than he already had in previous years as evidenced by his lame, stupid and downright disrespectful dance at the conclusion of the game against the Denver Broncos.

Jan 15, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) celebrates his interception with outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (behind 20) as inside linebacker Ray Lewis (52) celebrates in the fourth quarter of the 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY SportsIt's a shame for the rest of the Ravens because this has become known as Ray Lewis vs. San Francisco because if they win, he will receive all the attention, stealing the limelight from potential first-time winners in Joe Flacco and Ray Rice. 

How about making this about Torrey Smith who tragically lost his brother this season and what he has done to help the Ravens on the field this season and postseason? Or Michael Oher, getting his first crack at a Super Bowl ring? Lewis has overshadowed his brilliant team and talented defense (even without him on the field) because he is making his final stop of his career. 

He has never been the religious figure he is now and for good reason.  He has been mired in controversy throughout his career - from murder to performance enhancing drugs (twice). Why now do we choose to honor his presence? Why now do everyone on the Ravens team get pushed aside for a guy who doesn't deserve the spotlight? 

Ed Reed is in his first trip to the Super Bowl and he is widely considered one of the top safetys in football - why can't Ray step aside for his man? 

Maybe it isnt his fault - maybe it just the media hyping it up and he is just responding. Either way, its getting old - and because I don't want to hear any more of this, I'm rooting for San Francisco. 
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2/1/13   |   JenX63   |   32622 respect

I can't think of anyone else, that at this moment embodies all that Football is, cept' Ray Lewis. He deserves every bit of attention he is getting right now.

2/1/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Super Bowl week and it's nonstop stories of everything at least twice has to be making guys like Dan Marino and Mark Grace happy.  Otherwise their stories of, if nothing else error in judgement, would be front page news in most newspapers. 

2/1/13   |   Jess   |   34615 respect

I'm with Scott. I'm no more tired of Ray Lewis than I am of anyone else the media won't shut up about. There are so many more stories out there surrounding this game. I'm just avoiding the sports media altogether until the Super Bowl is over...except FanIQ, of course. 

I was watching a hockey game last night and they started talking about the channel being "49ers central" and how much the announcer for the hockey game loved listening to Jim Harbaugh because Harbaugh's just such a smart coach, so amazing, blah blah blah. I turned the channel as fast as I could find the remote. Gross.

2/1/13   |   bsamps07   |   1 respect

I agree and I'm also tired of all the theatrics Ray Lewis has put on at the end of games.  Take for example the Patriots game.  He was laying on the field all by himself with only reporters around him and no teammates to be seen.  Its sort of ridiculous.  

1/31/13   |   Scott   |   52712 respect

For every Ray Lewis story, the national media has just as many about Colin Kaepernick.  In fact, outside of the dumb comments made by Randy Moss and Chris Colliver, I thought the only 4 people that were going to be on the field for this game where the Harbaugh brothers, Kaepernick and Lewis.  Unfortunately, that comes with the territory when you have an extra week between the conference finals and the Super Bowl.  Everything that can be talked about, has been talked about.

When it comes to Lewis though, are you really that surprised that the media is making it about him?  When the guy hangs it up after this game, the guy is going to retire as one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the game.  Sure, you can fault the guy off the field for his issues but on the field, can you deny he isn't one of the best ever?  That in itself is a big deal in NFL circles.