Tag:Ray Lewis
Posted on: May 22, 2011 5:46 pm
Edited on: May 22, 2011 8:15 pm

Ray Lewis: Lockout will lead to rise in crime

Posted by Will Brinson

There seems to be a prevailing theory that the current lockout has led to more off-the-field trouble for NFL players. (Though you could also chalk it up to more attention on the behavior of players, if you're so inclined.)

Ray Lewis has a more interesting sociological theory, however, in that he believes general crime will rise if the lockout continues into the season.

"Do this research if we don't have a season -- watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game," Lewis said in an interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

But, um, why?

"There's nothing else to do, Sal," Lewis said.

He also seemed to attribute behavior of the general public through vicarious living.

"There's too many people that live through us, people live through us," Lewis said. "Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I'm not talking about the people you see all the time."
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It's an interesting theory, though I'm not so sure it holds water, at least at first glance.

For instance, less NFL games actually mean more money for the general public. More money, typically, means less crime.

Additionally, I'm not sure that anyone who watches football is going to see less of what happens on the field and become more violent, if you want to examine the vicarious living aspect.

But maybe Lewis has something here, if only because more free time can definitely lead to less appropriate behavior.

I'm not entirely sure that a rise in crime while the NFL is missing games can even be fairly classified as a direct correlation, either, but if it leads to the NFL and NFLPA working harder on getting a deal done and getting football on the field, then by all means, let's manipulate some statistics.

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Posted on: April 21, 2011 3:50 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 3:53 pm

Hot Routes 4.21.11: Who will replace Brady?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The National Football Post’s Andrew Brandt thinks Roger Goodell’s letter from last month to the players is beginning to work (as far as dividing and conquering the NFLPA goes). But Brandt also points out there could be cracks in the owners’ foundation at some point as well.
  • Yesterday, we told you about a report that there was a major internal rift in the NFLPA and that as many as 70 mid-tier players have broken away from the trade association and signed on with another law firm so they can have a seat at the negotiating table. Well, the Biz of Football refutes that story. 
  • The roof repair for the Metrodome is underway (with a cool pic, as well).
  • Who loves crepes? Former Patriots LB Matt Chatham apparently. Chatham is opening a crepe restaurant where he will attempt to market the thin, delicious pancake-like meal into an everyman food. The name of the restaurant? Skycrepers, of course.
  • Chargers GM A.J. Smith, welcome to the hot seat. The awesome response from Smith: “I have a small fan under my desk that cools down my seat and makes it tolerable so I can work. I have a refrigerator right here, and if it gets really hot, I leave the door open for about 20 minutes. Between the two of ’em, I get by.”
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Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 2:52 pm

Hot Routes 4.14.11 good Fitz, bad Fitz

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Posted by Andy Benoit

  • Larry Fitzgerald stinks – STINKS! – at baseball. And he knows it.
  • In other Larry Fitzgerald news, he organized team offseason workouts at Arizona State. Kent Somers, a highly respected Cardinals beat reporter, says that five years ago, the idea of Fitz (an admitted loner early in his career) exerting this kind of leadership would have been almost laughable.
  • Because they’re playing in the Hall of Fame game, the Bears and Rams will both get an early start on training camp.
  • Jerome Simpson, wide receiver of the Bengals, is training hard this offseason. There’s a chance the underachieving second-round pick could be in contention for a starting job in 2011.
  • Jamal Lewis is offering $3 million to purchase the shuttered Maui Sands waterpark in Erie County, Ohio.
  • Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker held a film session for 500 Jags fans. Koetter took the fans through four offensive plays. Just how revealing was the film? Well, one of the plays Koetter showed was the Hail Mary against Houston – not exactly the most complex X’s and O’s the sport has to offer.
  • Good headline from the Miami Herald: “The joke that is the pre-draft press conference”.
  • Matt Light and his fellow New England resident Peter King hosted a lockout breakfast to raise money for charity. (And no, the charity did not benefit players who can’t handle their money.)
  • Here’s a great glimpse into some of the offseason workouts of Texans Connor Barwin and Owen Daniels.
  • Ray Lewis talks about regularly visiting the hood.
  • Could the Steelers be looking at Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor?

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Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:37 am
Edited on: April 13, 2011 11:41 am

Ray Lewis says he might be done in two seasons

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While it doesn’t seem as if Ravens LB Ray Lewis has slowed much since hitting his mid-30s – he’s still one of the most-feared MLBs out there – he doesn’t plan on sticking around that much longer.

Lewis During an appearance on the NFL Network, he was asked if he planned to play long enough to potentially take the field with his son Ray Lewis III, who is about to finish his sophomore year in high school.

Lewis, who will turn 36 next month, basically scoffed at the notion.

“That’s another four years!” Lewis said, via the Baltimore Sun. “Nah. Because I’m real with myself, that would be a very hard task. I can’t see myself playing football past 37.”

Which means that he might only play for two more seasons. It’s funny, though. Athletes have a way of sometimes changing their minds about issues like that. And if not, who knows? Maybe after retiring from the gridiron, Lewis will take his shot in the boxing world.

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 10:44 am
Edited on: April 12, 2011 11:05 am

Lewis thinks he'd beat Zbikowski in boxing ring

Posted by Will Brinson

Tom Zbikowski, the Ravens safety, has made plenty of waves by whipping opponents in his thus-far undefeated professional boxing career.

But if you ask his teammate Ray Lewis who would win between he and Zbikowski if they stepped in the ring, well, no surprise, but Lewis thinks he'd whip Zbikowski.

"Zbikowski would lose," Lewis told Frank Taylch of NFL.com. "We've already talked about that. Zbikowski is a realist when it comes to the sport. The locker room talk is always that about who can beat who. He'll be the first to tell you he’s not going to get in the ring with a 250-pound person. That's crazy!"

Smart money says to go with the guy who actually, you know, boxes on the reg (plus, my favorite boxing/MMA expert, Michael David Smith, thinks Zbikowski will win).
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But, having said that, this is Ray Lewis that we're talking about. He's kind of nuts, he's kind of strong and he's an absolute wild card.

Zbikowski might have the experience, but Lewis isn't someone I'd particularly want to bet against in any sort of violent, physical confrontation.

I would, however, absolutely cough up $49.99 in pay-per-view fees to watch them rumble.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 12:35 pm

Offseason checkup: Baltimore Ravens

Posted by Andy Benoit 

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Another strong Ravens season ended with a playoff loss to the Steelers. While a 12-4 regular season record is nothing to scoff at, in the absence of postseason success the Ravens presumably at least wanted to see more progress from their young offense.

Joe Flacco made strides in his third season, but it wasn’t reflected in his numbers. Very telling was that Flacco’s de facto mentor, Jim Zorn, was fired less than 12 months after coming aboard. Fellow third-year star Ray Rice wasn’t healthy early on and struggled to find his rhythm.

A superstar-laden defense continued to mask most of the offensive inconsistencies (and to be clear, Baltimore’s wasn’t a bad offense overall). Ed Reed was in his usual All-World form (NFL leading eight interceptions), while defensive lineman Haloti Ngata surpassed Ray Lewis and the perpetually underrated yet still well known Terrell Suggs as the brightest star up front.


Willis McGahee was stellar as the team’s backup running back and short-yardage specialist. But Le'Ron McClain, though considered a fullback, could be a cut better than that. For starters, recall that McClain rushed for 902 yards as the team’s featured ballcarrier in 2008. At 260 pounds, he’s one of the most physical lead-blockers in the game. That physicality can easily apply to short-yardage running situations.

Surprisingly, McClain is also light-footed enough to handle the rock in space. What’s more, he has softer hands than McGahee and quicker hips which allow him to catch and turn upfield. This isn’t to say the fifth-year pro is a lightning bolt, but in filling McGahee’s void, he’d be an upgrade.

If McClain became the No. 2 running back, the Ravens could still use him as the primary fullback. In that case, they would just need to find a No. 2 fullback (if they want someone other than incumbent Jason McKie). A No. 2 fullback can be had on the cheap.

1. Wide Receiver
This somehow is a need every year in Baltimore. The addition of Anquan Boldin has given Joe Flacco a true go-to target, though watch closely and you’ll see that Derrick Mason was actually Flacco’s first option whenever the chips were down last year. Mason is 37 but shelved his annual retirement vacillation early this offseason. Even with his return, a long-term replacement must be sought. And in the short-term, that long-term replacement could fill the No. 3 receiver void if petulant T.J. Houshmandzadeh and non-achieving Donte’ Stallworth are not brought back. In that case, consider the Ravens not just in need of a wide receiver, but rather, a speedy wide receiver. There’s no one on this offense fast enough to stretch the field at this point.

2. Running Back/Fullback
GM Ozzie Newsome will wisely not pay Willis McGahee the $5 million he’s owed in 2011, so a backup to Ray Rice is needed. Fullback Le'Ron McClain could fill this void (as mentioned above) but either way, depth is an issue.

3. Cornerback
Getting Domonique Foxworth back healthy helps, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be the same as before his knee operation. Lardarius Webb is arguably the best deep ball defender in the NFL, but he lacks size and might be better suited for a No. 3 role (the jury is still deliberating). Josh Wilson came on strong down the stretch, making cornerback a less dire need than it’s been in recent years. But Wilson is not under contract long-term.

The Ravens remain stacked on both sides of the ball. If Flacco can take that next step (which includes having greater presnap authority in shifting formations and plays, as well as throwing more over the middle of the field) the rest of this offense will follow.

Defensively, Ray Lewis is aging, but he’s surrounded by enough stars to still thrive. The expectations for 2011 are pretty simple: win the AFC.

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Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:13 pm

Ray Lewis and Brees make advertising magic

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Ray Lewis has made a name for himself lately with his star turns in Old Spice commercials – he also is pretty well known for being a pretty decent Ravens linebacker – and here’s another pretty good moment in this Funny or Die ad for Pepsi Max along with Saints QB Drew Brees.

If you think you’d enjoy the site of Lewis and Brees, both clad in Hawaiian shirts, slapping five as they criss-cross one another at a party that soon will turn strange in a Wes Craven kind of way, click the link.

I will say, though, that it’s kind of odd to see Lewis looking at a dude on the ground who, at first, appears to be lifeless. In fact, it’s the first thing I thought about when I saw it. Which is probably not what the director wants.

Other than that, Lewis is pretty funny, but the commercial is, well, kind of weird.

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Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:20 pm

Ray Lewis makes a point

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If there was any doubt about if Ravens LB Ray Lewis would return for another season – I wasn’t aware that there actually IS doubt – this quote in the National Football Post should lay it to rest.

“I heard that they gave me a front office job," Lewis said. "Come on. I have never heard of that in my life. Listen. We do not listen to what everyone writes. We know this. No way.”

I guess that means he’s playing. 

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