Sunday, January 13, 2013

No Weapon Shall Prosper against No Sleeves

After the best NFL game of the year Ray Lewis quoted the following Bible Passage 

Isaiah 54:17
"No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,
Says the Lord." ...
Words like : Talented,  Crazed, Fast, Heart, Vicious, Goon, Smart, Team Player, Thug , Leader, Bully , Inspirational , Intimidator, Family Man, and Warrior all describe Ray Lewis. People never look beyond the very serious fact that he was charged with obstructing justice in a double murder trial in 2000 when he tried to cover up the crimes of "his two friends".  That incident mars the fact that he is deeply religious family who is a leader both on and off the field. 

I went to catholic school for 13 years and am not deeply religious, but I also recognize the fact that in sports every person has their own inner source of motivation. For some like Ray Lewis and Tim Tebow that source is religion. What frustrates me is that Tebow is praised and commend for his religious values yet Lewis is just written off.  Is it racial? Is it the position they play? Is it media hype?  Probably all of the above. They are both called leaders and winners, yet we all know that Ray Lewis can play linebacker and Tebow cannot play NFL quarterback.  Sorry but when character is equal, then ability is the determining factor on who I want on my team. That being said I always Ray Lewis on my football team (hell even softball) as he can play and has the ability to make others around him better.

A sign of Lewis leadership came in yesterday's thrilling victory over the heavily favored #1 Seed Denver Broncos.

when he and most of his team wore NO SLEVEES in sub-zero temperature

while his opponent's body language looked cold and uncomfortable

During the broadcast the announcers commented that during their conversation with Lewis before that game they asked "So Ray are you going to wear long sleeves in the zero degree tempetures. Ray only looked at them like you’re kidding right?" Lewis believes in that tough focused no sleeves in cold mindset and so do I. No sleeves in the cold is a mindset that the weather is not going to stop you. 

Baltimore had that yesterday and Denver did not. As for softball, there are very few Ray Lewis types out there that combine ability and leadership, but I can think of one

whose team's journey will be told next edition of the insider. 

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