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.