Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Respect for the Competition

If you always respect your competition, you always have a chance.  Ray Lewis may have a man crush on Tom Brady but it's out of respect.  But it's mutual too and there's no fiercer competitors than those two guys.  It should be an interesting game this weekend, a battle of wills between Ray Lewis and Ed Reed on one side versus Tom Brady and his weapons on the other.  Don't get me wrong, the opposite sides matter too; but if the Ravens can't contain the Pats offense, I don't think it matters how well the Ravens' offense plays or how bad the Patriots' defense plays.  If the Ravens do a decent job of containing the Patriot offense, then the game could then be decided on the legs of Ray Rice but probably more so on the arm of Joe Flacco.  Put another way, the game in my opinion will be decided by the Patriot offensive line, which is very good but is it good enough to keep a determined Raven defense off Tom Brady's back.  I think so but we'll see.
If you've never seen the clip below of Ray Lewis and Darrelle Revis waxing poetic on Tom Brady, it's pretty cool.  Couldn't you listen to Ray Lewis read the phone book?


DC Homer said...

That's one thing I believe is true, no matter what--these guys truly respect each other. I think it's an anomoly when you see bad blood between players--especially if there's a real chance that feuding players could find themselves on the same team (hello Kobe and Shaq) or Michael Westbrook and Stephen Davis (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0808/fights.among.teammates/content.11.html)

OCbananagirl said...

I know the point of a blog is to have interaction, but sometimes when you have said it so well all others can say is "well said". I agree with everything you say, I hope Flaco comes out having something to prove and then has a typical Flaco game, I hope the Pats defense of last week shows up and then- there is Brady and his offensive line-. I loved the video, I will be watching it again!