Ray Lewis is not talking about no fine

ray-lewis-gold-suitThe NFL announced yesterday that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has been fined $25,000 for two separate dirty plays in the fourth quarter of Baltimore’s 17-14 loss on Sunday. In one of the plays, Lewis evidently thought he was the Karate Kid and kicked an opponent. In another, Lewis executed a viscous helmet-to-helmet hit on Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco after the receiver failed to make a catch. Lewis was penalized for the hit and as a result, the Bengals were awarded 15 yards and another first down.  The penalty helped set up the game winning touchdown with only seconds remaining.

All because Ray Lewis couldn’t control himself.

It’s not his fault though. He could not help it.  It’s because he’s like a missile:

“But the bottom line is, when I turn to go, I’m like a missile. When I’m locked in, I’m locked in. Whatever’s there is there. Worrying about fines and all that, I’ll let that take care of itself. The NFL does a great job with that. You call them and discuss it with them.”

On Friday, Lewis said, “I’m not talking about no fine.”

It’s important to note that Ray Lewis was “locked on” to a receiver who did not even have the ball. Not that the hit would have been clean if Chad Ochocinco had in fact caught the ball. It was still a dirty helmet-to-helmet hit.

Thanks to my time spent in the Air Force as an electronic warfare systems technician, missiles are one of those rare things I happen to actually know a thing are two about.  If Ray Lewis is in fact “like a missile”, he’s a defective one.

Missiles that lock on to false targets are defective.

Fining players like Ray Lewis is a waste of time. He still believes that he didn’t so anything wrong, and that’s really too bad since he will be allowed to take the field Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens take on the Minnesota Vikings.  Will he once again “lock on” to the wrong target and because of this, drive his helmet into the helmet of an opposing player while traveling at a high rate of speed?

Ray Lewis probably spends $25,000 a year on his obnoxious looking gold clothing.  If the NFL really wanted to penalize players like Ray Lewis for using their helmets as a weapon, they ought to make him spend a few days working with paraplegics or people with severe spine injuries.  Maybe then Ray Lewis and players like him would realize just how serious this issue is.

When did LaDainian Tomlinson win a championship?

ladainian_tomlinsonI saw this book, LT & Me: What Raising a Champion Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Listening to Your Dreams, sitting in the book store yesterday. It’s written by Loreane Tomlinson, mother of San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson. The book insinuates that LaDainian Tomlinson is a champion.

The thing is, he’s not.

He’s never won a Super Bowl. In fact, he’s never even played in a Super Bowl.  I’m sure he’s watched one, but who hasn’t?

If he’s never won a Super Bowl, why is his mother identifying herself as the mother of a champion?

In case you’re wondering, LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t win a championship in college either.  He played college ball at Texas Christian.  They’ve never won the national championship.

Maybe he won a championship in high school.  If that’s the case, why isn’t he wearing his high school jersey instead of his San Diego Chargers jersey?

I’m not trying to knock LaDainian Tomlinson.  I think he’s a fine NFL running back – as long as he’s playing in the regular reason.  In the postseason, he tends to disappear, unless the TV camera pans the bench.

He’s just not a champion.  I don’t see how his mother can write a book where she claims that she raised a champion.

The NFL has a steroid problem?

It looks like quite a few NFL players have tested positive for steroids. ESPN is reporting that the New Orleans Saints have three players, Deuce McAllister, Will Smith, and Charles Grant have tested positive under the NFL’s steroid policy.

NFL players are taking steroids? What’s next, an ESPN report that players on the road cheat on their wives?

Of course players in the NFL take steroids. Men don’t naturally put on as much muscle as the average NFL lineman or any of the other strength position players without taking extraordinary messages. That includes lifting lots of weights and taking lots of supplements, including steroids.

Steroids don’t make you stronger. They don’t give you more muscles. What they do is allow you to heal and recover quicker. That means you can lift a lot of weights and spend less time recovering in between workouts. Some people mistakenly think steroids allow you to work less, but the complete opposite is true. They allow you to work harder and more often. [ESPN]

Why I hate New England sports fans

Evidently there are some New England Patriots fans that want the NFL to investigate the final 1:22 of the Superbowl. They contend that the clock was stopped when it should not have been. They have an online petition that so far as garnered 16,340 signatures. I’m not sure how many of those are fake. I’m sure quite a few people signed in jest.

I signed the petition as Nomar McWhiner.

Even if 10% of the signatures are legit, that’s far too many. It’s pathetic.

From reading the petition, it appears they want the game replayed. Like that is going to happen. If steroid junkie Rodney Harrison has made a play against David Tyree, Patriot fans wouldn’t be whining about anything. They certainly wouldn’t be asking the NFL to investigate so they can replay the game.

I would think the last thing any Patriots fan would want is the NFL to do any more investigating.

The truth about cold weather football

They show the temperature was zero degrees with a wind chill of minus-32. I remember it being minus-40, but maybe it’s warmed up 8 degrees since then.

I was reading about today’s NFC Championship game between the New York football Giants and the Green Bay Packers. The article mentioned it might turn out to be the coldest game played in NFL history. They say the temperature in Green Bay will be a balmy 3 degrees tonight at the 5:30 PM CST kickoff.

I’ve never been to Green Bay, but I did once watch a football game in the brutal cold. On January 15, 1994, I went to Orchard Park, New York to watch the Los Angeles Raiders lose to the Buffalo Bills 29-23.

Back in my Air Force Days

I was in the Air Force and stationed at Griffiss Air Force Base located in upstate New York. ESPN shows it was the 3rd coldest game played in NFL history. They show the temperature was zero degrees with a windchill of minus-32. I remember it being minus-40, but maybe it’s warmed up 8 degrees since then.

It wasn’t just cold, it was alien planet cold.

The worse part about watching a football game in the brutal cold is sitting in one spot for hours at a time, not moving. You are just sitting there. No matter how much you bundle up, you are going to get cold. The number of layers of clothing you put on only helps to delay the inevitable.

You will get cold and once you do, it’s impossible to get warm.

We had seats on the two-yard line, 13 rows up from the field. I remember things sounding different in the cold. The Raiders moved the ball and scored a touchdown. They then attempted an extra point. When the kicker’s foot hit the ball, it made a bizarre sound. It didn’t sound right. It didn’t sound like a shoe making contact with a leather football. The ball failed to go through the uprights and instead bounced off the crossbar. It sounded like a cannonball hitting the metal crossbar.

Buffalo Bills fans are stupid

I remember a Bills fan sitting in the end zone seating taking off his clothing from the waist up. His bare, pale flesh was exposed to the elements. Security grabbed him and took him off somewhere. I guess he wanted to get on TV. I don’t know if he got on TV, but his stupid stunt earned him a permanent spot in my personal memory banks.

Looking back at this photo, I wonder how many of these Bills fans are still alive and how many died in horrific snowmobile accidents.

I went to the game bundled in layers of clothing:

  • Los Angeles Raiders Starter pullover jacket
  • Air Force extreme weather parka
  • Sweatpants and long underwear under my pants
  • Air Force issued cold weather mummy sleeping bag

I’m glad I did. That said, it took me about three days to get warm.

The ironic thing about that game was how it contrasted with the prior Raiders game I attended. It was at the Los Angeles Colosseum where they lost to the visiting Cleveland Browns. I think it was the last road game the Browns ever won. The temperature on the field was 100 degrees and I walked away with a nasty sunburn.

Even though the Raiders lost the game, I was glad I went. It turned out to be Howie Long’s final game. He was always my favorite player.