I watched the beginning of the Baltimore Ravens – Pittsburgh Steelers game on Monday Night Football. Though I didn’t get to watch most of the game, I did get to see the pre-game coverage including Raven’s linebacker Ray Lewis give one of his infamous “pep talks” to his teammates.
He screamed to his teammates, “Whenever someone touch the ball, someone’s getting knocked out.” I didn’t attend the University of Miami like Ray Lewis did, but I think what he said was grammatically incorrect.
Not that I should be the one to criticize anyone’s grammar.
It’s also completely stupid. If he wants to knock someone out, maybe he needs to forgo football and become a boxer or a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. Knocking someone out is actually one of the intended goals in either one of those two sports. That is not the case in football.
In the opening kickoff, Steelers special team player Andre Frazier lay motionless on the field with a suspected spine injury. The game was delayed while medical personnel removed his face mask with a screwdriver and strapped him to a backboard. He was then removed from the field on a cart.
Watching at home, it was a scary thing to see. I can only imagine what his friends and family were thinking while watching Frazier being strapped to a backboard and taken off the field.
What about Ray Lewis? Did it make him happy? In the world of Ray Lewis, is a spinal injury even better than a knockout?
It turns out that Andre Frazier is fine. In fact, he may even play in the Steelers next game. Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game. They are an unfortunate byproduct of the game being played at it’s highest level. That doesn’t mean players should step on to the field with the intention of injuring their opponent, especially when the intended injury is a brain injury. That’s what a knockout is. It’s an injury to the brain.
Does Ray Lewis even know that?