This article is just awesome. You have to wonder if the ESPN interviewer was baiting Ray Lewis into saying something stupid.
One of the consequences of a lost NFL season will be an increase in crime, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said in a wide-raging one-on-one interview with ESPN.
Police departments everywhere are gearing up for the increase in Sunday afternoon crimes from depressed Ravens fans with nothing to do.
"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 told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.
1. "Do this research"?
2. "evil, which we call crime"?
3. "you take away our game"?
If there were a Hall of Fame for awesome quotes by athletes, this would be in it.
That's because, Lewis said, the NFL lockout affects "way more than us" -- the owners and the players.
It also affects people like this guy, who opened fire on a household appliance based on the outcome of an NFL game.
"There's too many people that live through us, people live through us," he said.
Perhaps it would actually be beneficial if people lived a little less vicariously through their NFL teams.
"Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I'm not talking about the people you see all the time."
I would like to discover just how, and when, Ray Lewis walks the streets, and I am absolutely baffled as to what kinds of people Ray Lewis IS talking about if he is not talking about people you see all the time.
Is he talking about reclusive shut-ins?
When asked why he thought crime would increase if the NFL doesn't play games this year, Lewis said: "There's nothing else to do Sal."
Life in the Ray Lewisverse:
Monday-Saturday: Await NFL Sunday.
Sunday: (a) Watch NFL football or (b) if (a) is not available, commit crimes.
Sunday is Day 68 of the lockout, which is now the longest work stoppage in NFL history. Lewis said the current dispute boils down to a matter of ego.
Coming from the man who once said:
I already believe I am the best linebacker in the game. Now, I have to show one more thing - that I am the most dominating, influential person in the game and the best football player to ever put on a pair of cleats.I think it's safe to say that Ray Lewis knows a matter of ego when he sees one.
"It's simple, we really got to remove pride. Seriously," he said.
If only removing pride were so simple, all of our tragic heroes would never have met their downfall.
"There's no other reason the issue is going on," he said. "That's why I don't get into words and all that other stuff, because it takes away from life ... itself."
I'm glad Ray decided to get into words and all that other stuff, if only because it produced this hilarious article.
"There's people who are really struggling for real. There's real struggles out there."
Couldn't have said it better myself.