Saturday, January 12, 2013
Farewell to Ray Lewis
Update: The Ravens have defeated the Broncos. Go Fig!
This will probably be the last game we'll ever see of Ray Lewis today. In tribute, I dug out from the old IIWII vaults a classic SNL TV Funhouse cartoon (for some reason You Tube keeps deleting it) for your enjoyment.
Lewis is going to be a 1st ballot Hall of Famer and yes he deserves it despite some inflated stats (I'm sorry touching a guy's shoulder as he's going down when he's gang tackled by three other Ravens is not worthy of a tackle or an assist) and way too much dancing. That said, in his prime Lewis was a force to be reckoned with as he traversed the entire field looking for a target like a heat seeking missile.
For Redskin, Bill and Ram fans, the trick will to be to get a similar player will similar stats, an IRONMAN caliber playing streak that might even impress the legendary Cal Ripken Jr. who danced a lot less and got less media attention into the HOF.
That my friends is London Fletcher. Maybe I'm wrong and he'll get inducted immediately after he retires (which despite being 37 I hope is at least 1-2 more seasons away) but I think he'll have a difficult time getting in because he'll be compared to Lewis (who by then will probably have a bust in Canton) and never seemed to get much media attention until later in his career.
Fletcher may be this era's Art Monk and the fans maybe fighting to get him a bust in Canton. I hope Dave Elfin will pick up the sword and lead the charge like he did for Monk.