The life and times of Ray Lewis have been well chronicled on WaCK, a premiere libertarian website. Can Ray Lewis teach us anything about free markets? Maybe, I’m not sure. If Ray Lewis was president would we have a smaller government? I doubt it. But dammit, Ray Lewis is entertaining, and libertarians, if nothing else, love to be entertained.
With that WaCK brings you the first edition of Mondays with Ray Ray. This week: Comparing the Bravado of Ray – Now and Then.
THEN: Ray Lewis, then sophmore linebacker for the Miami Hurricanes said before the Canes took on favored Florida State in 1994:
Florida State can’t be on the same field as us. They can’t play us in the Orange Bowl this year. I don’t see that happening. (source)
Ray’s bravado served him well as the underdog U went on to beat their rivals 34-30.
NOW: Ray hasn’t liked the bravado of Jets head coach Rex Ryan heading into the Ravens-Jets Monday Night Football contest. In response to Ryan’s sass, Ray responded:
“We’re talking about the Jets like we’re talking about the Saints, that’s the Super Bowl champs. Until they play tonight, that’s the only people that can be dethroned. Drew Brees and the Saints, not Mark Sanchez and the Jets. All of this ‘We’re the Miami Heat of football.’ If you’re the Miami Heat, we got to be the Lakers and multiple rings.” (source)
So what changed for Ray? Young Ray would have embraced the off-season chatter from the Jets. Older Ray, well he wants Rex Ryan to get off of his lawn. Will the Jets bravado pay off like Ray’s did in 1994 against Charlie Ward and co? We shall see….