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Say it ain’t so … Ray! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:10 PM

I hate these last-minutes “surprises” at the Super Bowl.

The latest was retiring Baltimore Raven linebacker — and sure-fire first-ballot Hall-of-Famer — Ray Lewis being accused is using performance-enhancing drugs in regards to his comeback from a “season-ending” torn triceps.

I believe it goes back two years.

Here is my issue: why bring it up now? Why not earlier?

To “break a story”? “Get the juices flowing” for the 2-week layover between the conference championships and the Super Bowl?

It is possible for it to be true. What these men put their bodies through in the course of an NFL career — 17 years is a long time to play at this level — is unbelievable; it takes a toll even on high school players, so imagine what it does at that level.

I imagine they need a lot of help.

I just question the timing.

In all honesty, maybe it’s a “good” thing because I am already tired of the brother-versus-brother angle — John Harbaugh versus Jim Harbaugh — and the comparisons being made between John’s 5-year head coaching career for the Ravens and Jim’s two years with the 49ers.

I’m not writing that there isn’t some interesting story lines here but two weeks of this gets old — very old — very quickly.

This is why I do not like the Super Bowl to be two weeks later but I also understand that moolah — as that immortal American philosopher, Gomer Pyle, would exclaim: Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! — the driving force behind this big event.

I also think that moving the Pro Bowl to fill in the weekend between is a smart move, even though the NFL is now talking about getting rid of it for “lack of effort.”

Well, if money is big, the TV ratings tell us not to get rid of it.

By the way, did you know that the Ravens were already trailing?

I discovered this when putting my column together this week.

It seems that Move America Forward is having a contest to see which team’s fans donate more money to a most worthy cause: care packages for our troops in Afghanistan.

These include items such as Oreo cookies, hot apple cider, deodorant, sun block, etc.

Apparently, 49ers’ fans are in a substantial lead.

You can find more info at the group’s web site.

As for my pick, I know you are all waiting with bated breath … but you’ll have to wait until my Pigskin Picks Saturday; hopefully, I will have more luminaries making their prognostication in our group than the usual three.

Alex Rodriguez is in the news again for being linked to using PEDs, along with a few others in Major League Baseball.

I’ll be honest: I have never been a fan of the guy, even before he came to “The Evil Empire.”

He admitted he has used them earlier this century for a 3-year period, so I give him credit for coming clean. Maybe he was “forced” to but he still did so.

Just like with Ray Lewis above: I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise.


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