January 06, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 7 comments

I don't like Ray Lewis, but Harbaugh sending him in for the last kneeldown -- the final play of his last game in Baltimore -- was great. The crowd went bonkers.

posted by rcade at 04:18 PM on January 06, 2013

I agree and I DO like Ray Lewis. The roar when he came out at the intro of the players had to have been deafening!.

posted by steelergirl at 06:10 PM on January 06, 2013

As I said when Lewis botched an easy interception, apparently murder charges aren't the only thing that gets dropped around him.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:50 PM on January 06, 2013

fraze, I don't mean to single you out...but really? It has been 12 years. The justice system, however flawed, did its due process. You and all the others who always bring that up need to let it go. Hell, they don't hardly bring up Vick's dog fighting problems anymore.

I don't mean to make light of Lewis, Vick, or Big Ben but I look at it like this...when they die and stand at the Pearly Gates, Valhalla, Elysium, Imortality, etc, etc, what I or anyone else thought or or didn't think of them is immaterial. It is going to be how they lived their life. And what ever diety they believe in will know what they have/have not done.

It is also my opinion that people (not you specifically) who are constantly dragging those things up are lacking in their own character some way.

They are football players, admired for their skill on the field. You have to separate the player from the man. That big building in Canton, Ohio is the Pro FOOTBALL Hall of Fame, not the "these guys were so perfect they never did anything wrong" hall of fame.

And don't even get me started on the whole "role model" crap. Any parent who does not sit his/her child down and explain to them why it is not a good idea to idolize these men too much maybe needs to spend more time with their children.

This is just my opinion. Yes I know, they are like assholes...everybody has one.

posted by steelergirl at 04:19 PM on January 07, 2013

I don't regard it as a character deficiency to refuse to let go of the fact that Ray Lewis obstructed justice in the stabbing deaths of two people. He admitted lying to police. His white blood-stained suit from that night has never turned up. He paid off the families of the two dead men in civil suits. And that's the best case scenario of his involvement.

Let it go because 12 years have passed? Hell no.

posted by rcade at 05:10 PM on January 07, 2013

It has been 12 years. The justice system, however flawed, did its due process.

Which means he doesn't go to jail, not that people can't make jokes about it. I find it pretty strange that you bring up Vick because a) people make jokes about it all the time b) he actually convicted and did the time for his crime c) there's a huge gap in the severity of the crimes. If you want a better comparison you should go with OJ. If the court of public opinion thinks you got away with murder, they'll never let it go. Though, really, a lifetime of jokes is a pretty lenient sentence.

posted by tron7 at 06:55 PM on January 07, 2013

I guess we will agree to disagree.

posted by steelergirl at 04:27 PM on January 08, 2013

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