I was ten years old when Ray Lewis—a middle linebacker out of the University of Miami (FL) was drafted. He was the second of two first-round draft picks that the Baltimore Ravens had that year. The first was spent on Jonathan Ogden, who is also a lock for the National Football Hall of Fame. I have grown up watching Ray Lewis and this entry is my thanks to him as a fan.
Fast-forwarding 17 years and the news of Ray Lewis retiring caught me a little blind-sided—see what I did there, with the Michael Oher connection? Lewis was not supposed to retire…was he? I mean, I guess I knew he had to retire sometime, but the way he played, kept himself in shape, motivated the team, and provided inspiration for countless other football players I naively thought would be the elixir that kept him young and playing. But, as they say “all good things must come to an end.”
Posted by Eric S. Townsend
on January 28, 2012
Engraving from the newly-discovered Dante's Paterno
THE WOODS — A rare engraving was discovered in “the woods” recently. The artwork depicts an encounter between a mountain lion and what historians believe to be the late Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno.
Early reports indicated that the illustration was intended for a work by Dante Aligheri. The lost draft, know to the literary world as simply Dante’s Paterno, was the first in a series (Paterno, Purgatorio, Paradiso). The work was later published as Inferno.
Posted by Jeremy W. Soule
on January 22, 2012
Patriots 23, Ravens 20
Like most Patriots fans, I assumed the horrific New England secondary would be putting Tom Brady down 4 points with about a minute to play.
Little did I know, Billy Cundiff’s blown FG would eclipse Tony Romo’s hold and Scott Norwood’s wide right.
The latter two guys can be (somewhat?) excused. Norwood’s 47-yarder was no gimme, and Romo was holding instead of the punter because… well, I don’t even know.