This definetely qualified as a Wait, What? moment when we heard Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker, Ray Lewis, being interviewed on ESPN yesterday morning while we were poring over the Sunday paper and knocking back some coffee.
And here we thought that football was the cause of violence in society. We're so confused.
What we’re going through right now, we’re affecting way more than us,” he said. “Too many people live through us. People live through us. Walk in the streets the way I walk in the streets.”
And according to Lewis, one of the major results of lockout would be an increase of evil, which he says will come in the form of more crime.
“Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime — watch how much crime picks up if you take away our game.”
We can run the stats right now considering football, including pre-season, regular season and the playoffs, is played on 25 weekends a year leaving 27 football-less weekends where we are all apparently increasing the evil. We don't think we'd be out of line by suggesting that perhaps Ray thinks a little bit too much of himself and his stock in trade.
But you know what? Screw it - why take any chances? We're huge NFL fans and we want to see football come September so let's jump on Lewis' bandwagon, get football back and increase the peace!
Hell, if the Super Bowl Sunday/domestic violence crock gained some conventional wisdom legs a few years back, then why can't this?
Addendum #1: And in other totally NFL-centric news today, Pittsburgh Steeler owner and current U.S. ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney, had a pint of Guinness with some visiting U.S. diginitaries.