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The Daily Shoutout

Posted on: May 23, 2011 7:59 am
Edited on: May 23, 2011 9:02 am
Ray Lewis: I know Ray Lewis. Interviewed him many times. There are instances when Lewis says extremely smart things. There are times when he's sharp, a great listen, and one of the wisest men in football. This is not one of those times.

Lewis believes, as you've no doubt heard by now, that no games means there will be a rise in crime. There's no need to deal with Ray-Ray's theory that no football equates peeps going all Bonnie and Clyde. I'm not certain if Lewis meant more crime among the players or more from general population but either way it's bunk. There's no proof.

I love football. I love to parrrteee. But if the NFL skips a season I'm not reaching for a 9 mil to start clipping banks. No-sir-re. And I doubt any of you will either. I could see the lack of football leading to an increased level of depression in men or cheerleaders. Or no football could lead to the public's increased knowledge of labor law. But until a sociologist -- and Lewis isn't one -- tells me there's credence behind what Lewis says, I'll have more faith in my fellow man.

Thank you very much.

There's a larger issue and it's something one player texted to me after Lewis made his comments. He used a phrase I can't say publicly. It roughly translates into The Empty Microphone Syndrome. No mini-camps or OTAs leaves a huge news vacuum and that vacuum will sometimes be filled with blithery blathery gobbledygook from players who don't know what the hell they're talking about. This syndrome is practically one of the laws of physics. Lewis is a perfect example.

Ray Lewis feels like he needs to say some ----. The media feels like it needs to report said ----. And here we are, empty microphoned, listening to Lewis tell us that without football the country will become one big Supermax.

Now that you know of The Empty Microphone Syndrome, you can fight back.

See you Tuesday.

Category: NFL

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:08 pm

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freeman is a complete moron lol.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 11:05 am

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I actually think crime may go up you know why because the players will be acting stupid and getting in trouble more with alot of free time on their hands....the fans may get a little rowdy, but they don't play football for a living.

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:33 pm

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Dare we forget that the former vice president shot a man in the face and had the victim apologize for "..walking in front of the gun." Pass tarnsgressions should not continue to stunt future growth.

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:30 pm

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Mr. Freeman, as well as Mr. Lewis, seem to have less of an acculturated viewpoint than some others but opinions of all is what make our society whimsical rather than septic. Most people would not agree to a six day work week for less salary so why would players agree to more work and less pay?

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:26 pm

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Disappointed in your response. It is amazing where priorities are misplaced in this country. Dare we forget how the country was pillaged and indigenous people were treated after assisting foreigners (Puritans/ Original thugs). This is a society predicated on competition and the positives and many more negatives that accompany the aforementioned fundamental thought. In my opinion, Mr. Lewis was speaking to idle time being a prerequisite to crime, as even in his case or Michael Phelps, Brett Favre, Marrk Chmura, Newt Gingrich, John Edwards, etc. Without football or another distraction, crime rates may very well increase.

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:24 pm

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Maybe he watched the Running Man recently?

Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:48 pm

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Ray Lewis has already gotten away with killing 2 people so it is easy to understand why he would feel this way. He is a thug was a thug growing up and always will be a thug.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 12:10 pm

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"huge news vacuum and that vacuum will sometimes be filled with blithery blathery gobbledygook" I do believe Mike Freeman finally reread one of his articles. That attempt to pretend he knows labor was great though. If he knew labor law then he would be backing the NFL and not lying for players. Mike Freeman defines ignorance.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:45 am

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Ray Lewis is a moron. he knows crime - I'll give him that. Ray Lewis embodies what is wrong with our country! Ray Lewis needs to be forgotten, not talked about or quoted. He is rich. He is a bully, and he is the not so rare athlete who "found God" right after he got really lucky in Atlanta.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:01 am

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Interesting theory by ray. Doesn't make much sence but he's entitled to his own opinion. Has anyone ever taken a study on whether or not the crime rate rises during the offseason?

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