Michael Wilcox, Publisher/Editor
Baltimore Ravens 24 – San Francisco 21
Take it to the bank. The Ravens will be victorious in the Harbaugh bowl. Big brother John will out coach little brother, Jim, to win his first Super Bowl.
And, one mighty fine linebacker will call it quits after his final victory. Millions of youngsters have grown up with Ray Lewis on a pedestal. The man has played the most violent of football positions for seventeen years better than anyone- better than Dick Butkus…better than Bronco Nagurski. He will be in the Hall of Fame quicker than temperatures rise to 80 in Northern Michigan.
That’s Ray Lewis the football player. Lewis, however, is no hero, and I’m kinda tired of the media trying to make him out to be one. Watch the game Sunday, and the cameras will be focused on Lewis as he kneels and prays before the game, and as he gives us the verses of his favorite prayer afterwards. They will tell us Lewis is a religious man, who seeks his inner strength and will from the good Lord.
This is not the real Ray Lewis. The real Ray Lewis somehow, some way, escaped murder charges after a Super Bowl celebration thirteen years ago in Atlanta. To this day he has failed to explain why two and his cohorts fled the scene. To this day the double homicide remains unsolved.
Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, were stabbed to death after being involved in an early-morning brawl with Lewis and two companions. Baker’s blood was found in Lewis’s limousine. Supposedly after throwing a punch and telling his companions he fled the scene with his clothes covered in blood. The clothes were never recovered and prosecutors were never able to get enough evidence to get a murder conviction.
Lewis, however, did plead guilty to an obstruction charge in exchange for testimony against his companions. And later to avoid a civil trial, he paid large sums of money to the victims’ families. Only Lewis and his companions know really what happened that night, but their silence would lead you to believe they were guilty of something more than obstruction.
Apparently Wheaties and Disney felt so. One year later the Ravens and Lewis won the Super Bowl. Lewis’s public image was so negative, he was not allowed on to be on the Wheaties box with his teammates and Disney World wouldn’t pay him to shout its name.
The real Ray Lewis became embroiled in controversy again, just a few days ago, when it was reported that he allegedly tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The report claims Lewis was one of several athletes given a banned substance containing deer antler spray, while he was recovering from injury this season.
Lewis will end his career this Sunday, showered in accolades. Cameras will be focused on him as the game ends. He will be dancing, praying, kissing the turf and hugging everyone in sight. No one will be talking about the double murder. All the media will be heaping praise on a career that is unmatched.
Lewis has said, “Rings fade, they tarnish, but the relationship I have with Him will never die. My ultimate goal is to one day when those skies spread, I’ll hear those famous words, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’
Ya right, Ray. Sorry I’m not a believer. I doubt if God is either.