Ray Lewis: 'talent sometimes can win you games'

Ray Lewis, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, and current ESPN analyst is once again taking swipes at the Ravens’ supposed lack of leadership. Before Monday’s game on ESPN between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos, Lewis said the following:

We talk about the transition of losing so many guys, a guy like myself and Ed Reed and other guys that are based off leadership, I’ve said it earlier: “Where would the leadership come from?”. Because the leadership being strong in the locker room and winning games, listen talent sometimes can win you games. But when you talk about what’s going on off the field, that’s the most important place where leadership steps up.

Yes. This is the insightful commentary ESPN was hoping the former middle linebacker would provide when they signed him as an NFL analyst, talent sometimes can win you games.

Only an ex-jock can get paid to say something as senseless as this on TV.

Lewis thinks the Ravens don’t have any leaders now that he’s gone. Proof of this lack of leadership was an incident that happened Sunday night involving Jacoby Jones. The Baltimore wide receiver was on a party bus with other members of the Ravens, and a stripper hit him on the head with a gigantic bottle of champagne. An ambulance was called, and the story was reported on TMZ.

If Lewis criticizing anyone for off the field shenanigans seems wildly hypocritical, it’s because it is. In 2000, Lewis was involved in the murders of Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker. Lewis initially was indicted on murder and aggravated-assault charges, but he later worked out a plea deal with the prosecutor in exchange for testifying against his two co-defendants, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting. Both men were subsequently found not guilty.

Two men are dead, and the only person ever convicted of a crime in connection to their deaths is ESPN analyst Ray Lewis.

Ray Lewis: ‘talent sometimes can win you games’

Ray Lewis, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, and current ESPN analyst is once again taking swipes at the Ravens’ supposed lack of leadership. Before Monday’s game on ESPN between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos, Lewis said the following:

We talk about the transition of losing so many guys, a guy like myself and Ed Reed and other guys that are based off leadership, I’ve said it earlier: “Where would the leadership come from?”. Because the leadership being strong in the locker room and winning games, listen talent sometimes can win you games. But when you talk about what’s going on off the field, that’s the most important place where leadership steps up.

Yes. This is the insightful commentary ESPN was hoping the former middle linebacker would provide when they signed him as an NFL analyst, talent sometimes can win you games.

Only an ex-jock can get paid to say something as senseless as this on TV.

Lewis thinks the Ravens don’t have any leaders now that he’s gone. Proof of this lack of leadership was an incident that happened Sunday night involving Jacoby Jones. The Baltimore wide receiver was on a party bus with other members of the Ravens, and a stripper hit him on the head with a gigantic bottle of champagne. An ambulance was called, and the story was reported on TMZ.

If Lewis criticizing anyone for off the field shenanigans seems wildly hypocritical, it’s because it is. In 2000, Lewis was involved in the murders of Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker. Lewis initially was indicted on murder and aggravated-assault charges, but he later worked out a plea deal with the prosecutor in exchange for testifying against his two co-defendants, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting. Both men were subsequently found not guilty.

Two men are dead, and the only person ever convicted of a crime in connection to their deaths is ESPN analyst Ray Lewis.

Ndamukong Suh fined $100,000 for 'illegal' block

Ndamukong Suh fined $100,000 for 'illegal' block - Bent Corner

The NFL has fined Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh a whopping $100,000 fine for the illegal block against Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan during an interception return. In a video replay, Suh can be seen diving at Sullivan’s legs.

Some are saying Suh was going after Sullivan’s knees. I don’t agree. It looks as though Suh is diving at Sullivan’s feet. With that said, it’s still an illegal hit. The NFL actually had a rule against hitting an opponent below the waist during a change of possession (Rule 12, Section 2, Article 5 (a)).

So there are times when it’s perfectly legal to block below the waist, this was just not one of those times. Considering that, the $100,000 fine seems exsesive. It’s not like a blow to the head. It’s never okay to hit an opponent in the head, especially with your own helmeted head.

Blocking below the waist is perfectly legal. Sometimes.

Suh was flagged on the play, and the Lions were penalized 15 yards. The resulting touchdown from the interception return was called back. That probably should have been the end of it. Suh cost his team a touchdown. John Sullivan wasn’t hurt. Sullivan remained in the game and wont miss any playing time in the future because of it.

The fine was excessive.

DirecTv says installer will be here between twelve and four, fails to show up

Up until a month ago, we were DirecTv subscribers. We switched back to Antietam Cable, the local cable TV provider for the Hagerstown area. The price was a bit cheaper, but that wasn’t the driving force behind the desire to switch. I wanted to switch because of the NFL Redzone. With DirecTv, to get the NFL Redzone, you have to pay for the most expensive NFL package they have available, Sunday Ticket Max. With Antietam Cable, you only have to pay for the basic sports upgrade, less than eight dollars a month.

After we switched, we realized pretty quickly that the difference between DirecTv and Antietam Cable was like night and day. After only a couple weeks of Antietam Cable, not being able to watch one program and record another, we realized we made a mistake. The tipping point was last Saturday morning when we turned on NBC Sports to watch the English Premiere League and discovered we suddenly didn’t have the channel. The sports package, the reason we switched back to Antietam Cable in the first place, had been mistakenly turned off.

When we signed up for Antietam Cable, they gave us a free month of HBO and Showtime. After a month of free service, last Saturday, they turned the channels off. The problem is that they also turned off all our other premium channels, the ones we actually paid for, the ones we actually wanted, including our sports package.

We decided then and there to go back to DirecTv. Afterall, they had been hounding us with special offers, both in the mail and over the phone since we canceled. Instead of watching soccer last Saturday morning like I had planned, I called and reordered DirecTv. The “professional” installation was scheduled for Saturday, August 24, from noon to 4:00 pm.

The installer never showed up.

At 5:15 pm I called DirectTV. After explaining everything to the customer service representative, she apologized and said our installer must be running late and she would contact them to “axe” how much longer they were going to be. She also credited $50 credit towards my bill to make up for the delay.

Is a fifty dollar credit worth wasting a Saturday afternoon? I don’t think it is. At that point, it had been five and a half hours of standing by, waiting for someone to show up. That works out to be less than $10 per wasted hour.

At around 6:00 pm, I got a call from an installer. He said that my job had just been dropped into his queue and the earliest he could possibly be here was in two hours. He then proceeded to complain to me about having my installation sprung on him like that.

I told him not to worry about it, that he could just forget about even coming here. I then called DirecTv and cancelled the reorder.

We wasted all day Saturday for nothing. The ironic thing is that the installation would have been a snap. Since we are prior subscribers, we already have the dish on the roof and pointed in the right direction. The cable is already run to the junction box outside. All the installer would have to do is connect it to the cable going into the house. That, and connect the DVR to the TV. I doubt the whole job would have taken more than 15 minutes.

At this point I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to go back to Antietam Cable, and I don’t want to ever give another penny to DirecTv. I guess there’s always Dish Network. Their DVR is supposed to be really nice.

Could the Raiders move back to Los Angeles?

The NFL needs a team in Los Angeles like Rihanna needs Chris Brown.

7566538The Sporting News published an article this past week, written by David Steele, claiming that the Oakland Raiders once again moving in Los Angeles is inevitable. Their contract to play in O.co Coliseum expires at the end of this upcoming season and majority owner Mark Davis, son of the late and not-so-great Al Davis, has already said they wont be signing another short-term lease to stay in Oakland. Davis wants a new stadium, one that wont feature a field where parts of it consisst of a dirt baseball field.

Imagine that, the ability to play football on a field made up of nothing but grass.

Any new stadium would require a large contribution of public money, something that no city government, especially the city of Oakland, has a lot of these days. In fact, Oakland has less of it then most municipalities. Oakland is kind of broke.

This is leading some to believe the Raiders will be returning to Los Angeles. Personally, I’m not buying it.

The NFL needs a team in Los Angeles like Rihanna needs Chris Brown. Unless someone is willing to build a tiny 18,000 seat stadium in Los Angeles, the Raiders’ home games will never be sold out, which means games in Los Angeles will be blacked out. TV networks in Los Angeles, the second largest TV market in the country, wont be able to show the NFL on Sunday.

I have to imagine the league would have a problem with that.

NFL player calls for the death of George Zimmerman jurors

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White took to the Twitter last night to officially register his displeasure with the outcome of the George Zimmerman murder trial. The jury came to their verdict late last night, acquitting Zimmerman of all charges involving the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. It turns out, White wasn’t a fan of the outcome.

Here is his first Twitter tweet:

Fucking Zimmerman got away with murder today wow what kind of world do we live in

— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) July 14, 2013

A world where overpaid athletes use profanity and practice improper grammar? He goes on with the following:

All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid

— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) July 14, 2013

And so it begins. I doubt Roddy White was the first to call for the death of the Zimmerman jurors, and something tells me he won’t be the last. This is why I would have found Zimmerman guilty, not because I thought the prosecution made its case, it didn’t, but because I wouldn’t want to be involved with any of the post-trial drama, including professional athletes calling for my death.

I’m not sure if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will have something to say about Roddy White’s Twitter tweet. The NFL may have rules against players advocating the death of six women not smart enough to get out of jury duty.