Super Bowl XLVII: 5 Reasons To Root Against The Ravens
Ray Lewis: After 17 seasons in the NFL, and 13 Pro Bowl selections, Lewis is set to retire February 3rd after the Ravens' amazing Super Bowl run comes to an end.
This week will be loaded with the media shamelessly fawning over the star linebacker and his storied journey to the NFL’s biggest showcase; a fitting end to a tremendous football career.
But, what about the bloody double stabbing outside an Atlanta nightclub 13 years ago that left two men dead, and Lewis reportedly paying out a huge amount of settlement money.
Nobody seems to care any longer about this case or want to know about the murders or the fact that Lewis testified against two members of his own entourage or that nobody was ever convicted of the crimes.
Mysteriously it has all disappeared - had that been you or I, we would still be on death row.
Trent Dilfer: Who? To say Trent Dilfer is no Joe Flacco would be the understatement of the decade.
In 2000, his only season with the Ravens, which came after six in Tampa, Dilfer started the final eight regular-season games and all four playoff games. During the regular season, he produced a less than spectacular passer rating of 76.6.
In Super Bowl XXXV Dilfer completed just 12 of 25 passes for a whopping 153 yards and a touchdown in a 34-7 defensive win over the Giants.
Honestly, all he really did to help win that game was not screw up; what a legacy, the guy who didn’t make any mistakes! Baltimore made zero effort to retain Dilfer, by letting him go and replaced him with Elvis Grbac. The fact that he is wearing a Super Bowl ring just really pisses me off.
Terrell Suggs and his T-Shirts: There is nothing wrong with a little trash talk prior to a big game against a bitter rival, but Suggs take things a bit too far with his over the top, downright vulgar Tees, usually directed in the direction of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
When Suggs is healthy, he is one of the most formidable linebackers in the game. He has compiled 68.5 career sacks (second most in franchise history behind Peter Boulware's 70), 39 PD and 5 INTs (2 returned for TDs). He is also a four-time Pro Bowler and owns a franchise-record 519 sack yards. Terrell, your play speaks for itself, do your talking on the field and leave the stupid T-shirts to the ignorant fans.
Bart Scott: Although he is no longer a Baltimore Raven, the one action of his career that will forever stand out in my mind is the flag throwing incident. The day he childishly hurled a referee’s flag into the stands during a dramatic 27-24 loss to the New England Patriots in 2007 is the day I lost all respect for him as an athlete and now associate the Ravens with poor sportsmanship.
As the Pats scored with a minute remaining in the game, Scott was flagged for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties that killed the Ravens' chances of tying the game and possibly handing the Patriots their only regular season loss. Not the thing I wanted my 14-year-old son to see during an afternoon of watching football with his “old man”.
Art Modell: This may seem callous to some, however, I just don’t think it’s right that the city of Baltimore has a shot at another Lombardi Trophy, and Cleveland is still waiting for their first.
Art Modell, who owned the Cleveland Browns for 35 years and then controversially moved them to Baltimore in the middle of the night where they became the Ravens, died in September.
When he was alive he was the most hated man in Cleveland. I just don’t want to hear the words “This one is for Art”, after the way he crapped on Cleveland. The Browns fans only solace now is that he isn’t here to see them win another one.