Ray Lewis, Super Bowl MVP
Ladies and Gentleman, fans of the National Football League, I present to you the Super Bowl XLVII (that’s 47) MVP…..Ray Lewis. That’s right. But in this case MVP doesn’t stand for Most Valuable Player. More like Most Vociferous Player. Vociferous, an adjective meaning loud. Having a tendency to be loud. It comes with negative context and it should. I’m tired of Ray Lewis, I really am. The whole act, the farewell tour, the preaching, I’m just done with it. If you have been watching or listening to the Super Bowl coverage over the past 2 weeks, which I’m sure you have if you are reading this blog, then you have noticed the love affair with Ray Lewis. In fact, the love affair started earlier in the Wild Card round of the postseason. We’ve seen his pre-game dance, heard all of his inspirational locker room speeches, and heard all about how big a man of faith he is. Me personally. I’m over it.
I understand Ray Lewis is arguably one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the game of football. No one is denying his on the field accolades. My issue comes in part from the coverage of Ray Lewis as well as the character of Ray Lewis. First lets look at the coverage. All we heard all post season is about the “farewell tour” of a future Hall of Famer. All the coverage went to Ray Lewis as he was the most polarizing figure in his games. But what about the other first ballot Hall of Famer on his “farewell tour”? Why no mention of a player who is arguably the best to ever play the game at his position. A player who, until this season, has yet to win a playoff game in his illustrious 16 year career. I’m talking about Tony Gonzalez. Gonzalez also announced his retirement would come at the conclusion of his season. His team, the Atlanta Falcons, were the #1 seed in the NFC. Yet, not much coverage was given to Gonzalez. Could it be because Gonzalez is more of the “lead by example” type? We don’t see Tony Gonzalez doing pre-game dances so why shine the camera on him? Could that be the reason? This is just one item that bothered me about the postseason love affair with Ray Lewis. Spread the love
Who is Ray Lewis anyway? Oh yea, I remember. Ray Lewis was the guy who plead guilty to obstruction of justice in the double homicide case that occurred after a Super Bowl part in Atlanta back in 2000. A case that has never been solved by the way. Ray Lewis is the guy who later reached a financial settlement with the families of the victims. Ray Lewis is also the guy who has fathered six children with four different women, none of which he is or was married to. Now we hear about Ray Lewis’ potential involvement with performance enhancing drugs. Of course Ray Lewis denies having taken any banned substance, claims he never failed a test. The substance in question is IGF-1 or Insulin like Growth Factor. IGF-1 and HGH cannot be detected in urine. The NFL does not test blood samples. Ray must know this and thus is right, he would never have failed a test. Nice job Ray.
Finally, the religious aspect. Ray is not shy when it comes to his faith. In fact, in every post-game interview, when he is not crying for the cameras, Ray is telling us how great the almighty is. How putting his faith first is what has brought him to the “promised land”. I remember a player doing this before. His name was Tim Tebow. Both players essentially preached the same thing. Pun intended. However, where Tim Tebow was vilified for “rubbing it in our faces”, Ray Lewis is praised? How is that fair? Why is one player annoying and the other one accepted?
Taking all these things and more into consideration and I find myself rooting for the 49ers in the Super Bowl. Not because I want to see them win over the Ravens, but because I’m afraid of the non stop Lewis love affair that will happen should #52 lift the Lombardi Trophy again. I can see it now. Anquan Boldin makes the game winning catch, part of a 10 reception, 150 yard day, but your MVP…RAY LEWIS. So yes, Ray Lewis will be your Super Bowl MVP, simply because everyone, including Ray, will tell you he is.