Full disclosure, I am a Miami Dolphin fan and somehow always end up rooting for you guys to win every year in the playoffs since well, my Dolphins don't. In fact, during the 2008 season, you guys kicked our asses. I think Ed Reed had three of his nine postseason picks from that game. Anyway, congrats and this one is for you in response to the Ray Lewis sage, which clearly this game is not about.
Last night we were treated to one of the best Superbowls in recent memory. You had so much drama in this game. You saw the Baltimore Ravens manhandle the San Francisco 49ers in the first half, only to see Jacoby Jones run the ball back 105 yards for another touchdown. It looked like the game was over and the Ravens had this.
Not so fast Lightning McQueen...
A crazy power outage caused all the lights in the Louisana Silverdome to go out. Once game play resumed some 34 minutes later, we saw Colin Kaepernick become the lethal weapon he was advertised as. The Niners scored 17 unanswered points from the outage leading people to believe the Ravens were out of juice as well.
However, a gritty defensive stand by the Ravens and a real field goal attempt assured the Ravens the victory. It was huge, and me liking the Ravens and hating the Niners, it worked for me.
Yet, some people want to turn this into a political statement. Some people became judges. So much venom towards Ray Lewis, who concluded his season last night. Not because of his squirrel dance. Not because of his crazy speeches and over the top religious beliefs (which honestly are quite fine in my book), but because people still want to hold him accountable for the deaths of two people after Superbowl XXXIV, a year before the Ravens would win their first Superbowl
If you want to learn about the case and the trial, this gives a pretty good blow by blow account.
In this account we are dealing with a man who lied to the police. A man who was wearing a disappearing white suit. A man who paid a undisclosed sum to the victims family. A man who could be classified as bad, evil, calculating.
The question, is Ray Lewis the same guy he was 13 years ago?
You look at the charity work he has done in the city of Baltimore. You look at the inspiration he has become for many people. He takes the time out to speak to the fans in Baltimore, those who look up to him. There is not a man I know in sports whose words resonate more than Ray Lewis. When the man speaks, you listen. There is no denial in any of that. Can it be said Ray Lewis worked hard to prove himself to be a good man, or is it all a con? Lewis sat down with Shannon Sharpe and his answer regarding the murder was...
It's simple. God has never made a mistake. That's just who He is, you see. And if our system - it's the sad thing about our system - if our system took the time to really investigate what happened 13 years ago, maybe they would have got to the bottom line truth. But the saddest thing ever was that a man looked me in my face and told me, ‘We know you didn't do this, but you're going down for it anyway.' To the family, if you knew, if you really knew the way God works, he don't use people who commits anything like that for His glory. No way. It's the total opposite."
Yes this answer should surely clear up any doubt for the people who wrote things like...
Look he has two rings, one for each murder.
I can't believe he is winning the Superbowl after killing those people.
Don't pass the trophy to him.
Karma doesn't exist. This guy kills people and he is rewarded for it.
I want to make a few comments and I will start by saying first, I am not defending his actions and alleged involvement in the 2000 fiasco. What I will say is Ray Lewis is the ultimate general of that team, and part of the heart and soul of Baltimore. He is without a doubt, one of if not the very best to play his position. The man is a legend on the gridiron and has a one way ticket to Canton, OH. No one can deny his abilities, talents or accomplishments.
On the other hand, if you think karma for killing people is losing a football game, you have a lot to learn. Karma comes back to you in the forms of what wrong you committed. So if you want a murderer to get his by losing the Superbowl, more power to you. That was fine and good with the Patriots at Superbowl XLII, they were caught cheating and they lost at the worst possible time. That was karma taking advantage of the moment. Also, why does anyone care what happens to Ray Lewis? If Ray Lewis did in fact commit murder or was an accomplice, he will answer to God. He will answer to the highest power, not to you, me, or America. Bank on it. It always comes back, and to me it seems like he has worked hard to become a better person. Everyone has a skeleton or two in his/her closet. Ray Lewis has worked hard to exorcise those demons.
And here's the thing I find annoying. Ray Lewis is not the only member of the franchise. There are many other people on this team, and many other story lines.
-Joe Flacco silences the critics and catapults himself into elite status by winning the MVP award and no interceptions throughout the playoffs. In fact, throughout the playoffs beginning in Indy, Flacco threw for 11 TD, no interceptions, and went 73/126 for 1140 yards. Not too shabby. His line yesterday was 22/33, 287 yards and 3 TD.
-Anquan Boldin, who tried to convince the world he was the stronger of the dynamic duo in Arizona came up with huge plays yesterday. He caught 6 passes and it equaled 104 yards.
-Ed Reed one of the best safeties in football wins a title finally in what could possibly be his last game in a Ravens uniform.
-Torrey Smith lost his brother this year and his play during week three was awe inspiring. Nice to see him win a title.
-Jacoby Jones has the record for the longest kickoff return at 105 yards and also had a touchdown yesterday.
The point is, there is more to this victory than Ray Lewis and his past. This is a victory for the Baltimore Ravens and that's what is should be about.
Congrats to the Ravens and their fans. Enjoy your victory.
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