The Dominance of Ray Lewis

For those of you unaware of Ray Lewis, he is a dominant inside/middle linebacker who plays for the Baltimore Ravens. And today, his team beat Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. He also announced his retirement this week, as in, after the playoffs, he is done:

Ray Lewis retiring, No. 52, Baltimore Ravens

Ray Lewis, No. 52 B’more Ravens

So my point in this post is not recount Ray’s great career (2050 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 31 interceptions), but to share this inadvertently ironic blurb from wikipedia: Ray Lewis is a Christian, and his commitment to his faith was featured in a Sports Illustrated cover story in 2006. He has six children by four women. His son, Ray Lewis III, has committed to the University of Miami for the 2013 season. Wikipedia really should consider separating these facts up into two separate paragraphs. Talk about Ray’s religion and then talk about Ray’s children. Seems to make sense to me, no?

An Austrian Speaks

I am sitting in a hotel room watching Monday Night Football, the Baltimore Ravens versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Joe Flacco is torching the Bengals; it is 17-3 already. But I don’t want to discuss MNF. An interesting occurrence happened on the flight.

I was seated next to two ladies from Austria. They were world travelers, having visited Las Vegas last year and San Francisco the year before. The Austrian lady next to me responded happily when I asked where she was from and where else she has traveled to. I have visited Las Vegas with my daughter. She is thirty years old, she told me.

Don’t tell me, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, I said.

She stared at me blankly. Apparently, advertisement humor does not translate without hearing the ad. Uh, it is ad.

It is fun city, Vegas, she said. Affordable. Now Austria has terrible prices. Every month petrol goes up. This is why you must elect the Republican, Romney, in your election. 

I was surprised. Like this blog, I don’t discuss politics in public. Plus, I’ve already told her I am in the Navy. (And the military should remain publicly apolitical.) But I flashed her a hand signal and switched the topic to Heniz Fischer, the Social Democratic President of her country. She had nothing good to say about the man. Which also did not surprise me.

We landed and I wished her a good stay in the United States. Nice lady. . .