Tag:Ray Lewis
Posted on: October 21, 2010 6:44 pm

NFL posts their safety memo video online

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL put its players "on notice" yesterday, issuing a league-wide memo (it was also distributed to the media, for what it's worth) that instructed everyone involved as to how the league would dole out punishment for illegal hits.

There was also an instructional video, narrated by Ray Anderson, given to the teams. Now the NFL has published that video online, although, oddly, they declined to embed it (even though this is typical NFL policy -- you can watch the video here if you want).

Some highlights of the video include:
  • Ray Anderson's quote: "If a player misses his aiming point, he will nevertheless be responsible for what he hits."
  • Ray Lewis' MONSTER hit on Dustin Keller during the first week of the season is "proper technique." (This is fantastic not because it's not proper, but because Ray-Ray devastated him. It just happened to be legal.)
  • The fact that Meriweather's hit on Heap was shown about five times.
  • A how-to on clean hits (see the Ray Lewis shot), which does feature some of this season's most devastating "YOU GOT JACKED UP" moments, were "YOU GOT JACKED UP" not shut down because it's the type of thing that causes this sort of overreaction by fostering fan love for gigantic hits.
The essential premise of the video is that the NFL is bringing the thunder on anyone who hits another person's "head or neck area" and leads with their forearm, shoulder or head. Additionally, it's the defender's responsibility to make sure that contact doesn't happen, even if it's unintentional, and if it does, punishment will be doled. 
Posted on: September 18, 2010 12:04 pm

Hot Routes 9.18.10: Haley hates your fantasy team

Posted by Will Brinson

It's a morning (well, close to it in this case) collection of stuff for you to read. In this case, while you watch football. Send suggestions to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) and if you're nice we'll include them.
  • Todd Haley is totally aware of your fantasy football team. He's also totally aware that you spent much of Monday night (and will spend much of Sunday) screaming at him for playing Thomas Jones as much as Jamaal Charles (and at Jones for even existing). And you know what? He doesn't care .
  • Here's a nice little story about how the Browns are familiar with the Chiefs defense. But it's much, much more valuable reading for the quote from Eric Mangini about the time he lived in the same house with Romeo Crennel and they were both really, really fat .
  • Chad Ochocinco is on a Dwight Schrute "black Bears are best" type of Twitter rampage, hitting up some "facts." My favorite ? #fact I will smashed by Ray Lewis at some point in the game, i will jump as usual n continue to talk shh, why? I ain't got no sense #shrugs
  • BShrout of Mile High Report takes a gander at "Yards Per Point" and how it's relative to a team's long-term success. (As in, over the course of a season, if a defense forces teams to require more yards per point, their opponents won't score as many points. Or, if an offense requires lots of yards per point, they're unlikely to score as often. I think that's what happening -- either way, good stuff.
Posted on: September 15, 2010 4:48 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 6:07 pm

Ray Lewis III piles up over 500 yards in game

Posted by Will Brinson

Ray Lewis, Raven-riding Saturn destroyer and sometimes crusher of Dustin Keller, is pretty good at football. So is his son, apparently : in a recent prep game, he piled up over 500 total yards.

That obscene number -- you can check his season totals at Max Preps -- is a combination of passing, rushing, returning and receiving -- he totaled 206 yards on punt returns (two for TDs), 101 yards on kickoff returns, 104 yards rushing, 27 yards receiving and 66 yards passing (going 6-for-6 on the day).

And to top things off, he added six tackles and a pass deflection.

In other words, decent day at the office for Ray-Trey (the nickname I just coined which will probably be used worldwide by the time he's an NFL superstar, even though I'll get no credit).

How decent? As my buddy, Ryan Wilson , who found the story, put it -- that's 328 more yards than the Jets gained against Ray Lewis the Elder.

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Photo via MaxPreps & courtesy of Lake Mary Prep
Posted on: September 13, 2010 11:22 pm

Ray Lewis rocks Dustin Keller

Posted by Will Brinson

There are some short clips of things that happen in sports that are great for watching over and over again on video. And then there are those that are perfect for watching in .GIF form. One of those is the hit that Ray Lewis laid on Dustin Keller near the end of the Ravens win over the Jets on Monday night.

Via Sean Keeley at SB Nation comes this shot of Ray Lewis doing what Ray Lewis do. I could watch this all day.

Posted on: September 10, 2010 7:44 pm

Bart Scott returns jab in Ray Lewis discussion

Posted by Andy Benoit

You didn’t think the league’s most loquacious inside linebacker could continue to sit this one out, did you? Jets leader – and former Raven – Bart Scott responded Friday to Ray Lewiscomments from Thursday. B. Scott (US Presswire)

"I don't even know what he said; I just know he said something," Scott told ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini. "It's just part of the show. If you listen to all his news conferences, they're pretty much the same thing. It's part of how he builds it up."

Scott added that he “couldn’t care less” if Lewis criticized the Jets for talking too much, and that the pregame trash talk would make for a “chippier” game. Rex Ryan admitted that he brought up Lewis’ comments with a few of his players.

"I've been around Ray for years and I know how he's going to approach this game," Ryan said. "No question, he's trying to bring his teammates with him. That's the way he's always done it."

Better than all this vague trash talk was Scott’s spot-on assessment of the Ray Lewis Old Spice commercial: "That's probably the worst commercial I've ever seen," he said. "It looked like some student shot it."

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 8:54 pm

Ravens, Jets exchanging early public barbs

Posted by Will Brinson

Based on the parties involved, it was pretty obvious that the Jets-Ravens tilt on Monday Night Football would get fairly heated. However, you'd think they'd at least wait until the day of the game to start running their mouths at each other, right?

Not so much. Technically, I suppose Antonio Cromartie started it this week when he referred to the Jets as the "Miami Heat of football," as that particular remark is what got Ray Lewis really riled up for Thursday's media session.

“The bottom line is, we’re talking about the Jets like we’re talking about the Saints," Lewis said according to the Ravens' official blog . "That’s the defending Super Bowl champs. Until they play tonight, that’s the only people that can be dethroned. Drew Brees, not Mark Sanchez and the Jets. All this, ‘We’re the Miami Heat of football.’ If ya’ll are the Miami Heat, we’ve got to be the Lakers, because we’re looking for multiple rings."

And that was just the beginning.

“The game ain’t played through tongues. The game is played when you buckle up your chin straps,” said Lewis. ”All this pressure he wants to put on his team, I hope they can cash the check that he’s writing."

Lewis also got cheesed about Ryan saying that he "tapped out" while calling defensive plays and then closed by pointing out that "Monday night ... when the ref blows his whistle, I don't give a damn what Rex say, or what nobody else say, it's all about however you want to get it, let's get it."

So, yeah, the next obvious step is someone on the other side stepping up to counter his comments. I believe that's how these things work, anyway. So, um, how about you LaDainian Tomlinson?

"I'm gonna cash any check written [or] said," Tomlinson said according to Jenny Vrentas on Twitter . "We’re gonna cash it. That's just the part of being confident in what we’re doing."

Although LaDainian shouldn't be feeling that worried -- Rex Ryan, according to Manish Mehta , knows that he has to cash his own checks.

"I got a lot of respect for Ray," Ryan said. "It doesn’t matter what he says in a negative light. I still respect him. But we are going to try to smash him, I can tell you that much."

Something tells me everyone involved is going to tell us that much -- and much more -- by the time we get to Monday night.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:41 pm

Ray Lewis rides a Raven for Old Spice

Posted by Will Brinson

The "Old Spice Guy" ads (look over here, look at me, back over there, now back to me) took off like hot cakes. And they actually featured a former NFL player, Isaiah Mustafa, becoming one of the most popular memes in all of the land.

Now Old Spice is taking a current NFL player, in this case Ray Lewis, and doing the same sort of thing with him, only more awesome.

Witness, if you will, via my meme-happy friends at Urlesque , Ray Lewis get out of the shower covered in some feather-looking bubbles, jump out of a window, board -- with a leather saddle no less! -- a Raven who has turbo boosters on his backside and attack Saturn with what I assume is lasers. Couldn't make that up if I tried.

Posted on: September 7, 2010 12:23 am

Housh didn't get 'beat out', did get recruited

Posted by Will Brinson

New Raven T.J. Houshmandzadeh is a pretty lucky dude. He's getting paid $7 million for being a Seattle Seahawk, but he doesn't have to actually do any work for the 'Hawks to get that money. Instead, he just gets to chase a title with his former ex-rivals turned teammates in Baltimore.

Don't bother telling him that he lost his job in Seattle though -- as he told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer , he does not feel as if he got "beat out."

"Do I think I got beat out?" Housh asked rhetorically. "Of course not. Of course not."

As delusional as that might be (I mean, he got cut by a team just a year after signing a big-time free agency deal), at least the good news is that he didn't bash Pete Carroll or the Seattle organization.

That's probably because he already understands you don't want to make enemies in this league. I assume he knows that based on all the different people that were recruiting him over the past day or so.

Ray Lewis was the guy that won out, according to USA Today .

"Although I had other options and I was seriously considering those, I just couldn't pass this up," Houshamandzadeh said. "Winning is why we play sports.''

Steven Jackson of the Rams, who couldn't, um, offer the same sort of benefit to Housh, tweeted on Monday night that he recruited the wideout for St. Louis and that he "thought [he] convinced TJ to join" the Rams. Word on the street is that Chad Ochocinco was also calling his old friend about possibly coming back to Cincy as well.

Clearly, though, Baltimore offered the best chance to pile up stats and make a run at a Super Bowl win.

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