Ray Lewis May Have Just Said The Dumbest Thing In The History Of Words
January 14 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
Ray Lewis has a way with words. Rather, he has HIS way with words, as he holds down the English language and forcibly penetrates it with his hot takes until he's finished communicating. Today on Stephen A. Smith's Sirius/XM show, Lewis mustered enough clarity to convey the idea that we -- meaning football fans -- would not know who two-time MVP Tom Brady was were it not for a call made in the Patriots' 2001 AFC divisional playoff game against the Raiders.
He'd be a nobody without that tuck rule.
[CBS Boston] “When we — the first time we created something called a tuck rule, it’s the only reason we know — I’m just being honest! — the only reason we know who Tom Brady is, because of a tuck rule! There’s no such thing as a tuck rule! If the ball is in your hand, and I knock it out your hand, whether it’s going backwards, forwards, lateral, sideways, however it’s coming out, that’s a freaking fumble!
“But guess what we created? We created a freaking tuck rule!”
Ironic, because we wouldn't know who Ray Lewis was were it not for the rule that let's someone testify against his friends during a murder trial in exchange for immunity.
Lewis also added, "If I’m the commissioner, I leave the game alone. I tell people, ‘Don’t bring me no rules that does not make sense in my game!’" The assumption here, of course, is that Roger Goodell asks his various scribes for "rules that don't make sense in my game." You gotta cut that out, Rog. Ask for rules that DO make sense, dummy!
How one can rewrite history to make the point that one play determined the rest of a legend's career is beyond us. Have a listen to the whole interview, here.