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Ray Lewis calls protection of quarterbacks "embarrassing"

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis doesn’t like the extent to which the league protects quarterbacks. 

And, after a pair of roughing-the-pretty-boy penalties kept first-half touchdown drives alive for the Patriots in Sunday’s 27-21 win, Lewis has sounded off about the situation.

“Without totally going off the wall here, it’s embarrassing
to the game
,” Lewis said, per Albert Breer of SportingNews.com.  “You can’t do that.  [Tom] Brady’s good enough to make a play.  Let him
make his own play.  You can’t end the play like that, and then throw the flag. 
No, man.  The embarrassing part is when he understands that, and he walks up to
one of us and says, ‘Oh, that was a cheap one.’

“That’s not football,” Lewis added.  “And that’s
the embarrassing part about it.  Two great teams going at it, like them go at
it.  But you can’t stop drives like that, you can’t throw flags and say, ‘Oh,
you touched the quarterback.’  Put flags on them.  Put a red buzzer on them, so
if we touch them, they’re down.”

Look, the rules are the rules.  And the quarterbacks of every team have the same protections (except when scoring a touchdown and a 300-pound defensive tackle runs across the goal line and dives on his back).

The candor from Lewis could result in a fine.  But he’s not really calling out the officials as much as he’s complaining about the league-wide protection of the guys who throw the passes.

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  1. droppingloads says: Oct 4, 2009 6:35 PM

    You know what else is embarrassing? Seeing some get murdered and not speaking up

  2. Igottz5onit says: Oct 4, 2009 6:36 PM

    I sympathize in his hatred of the “Tom Brady” rule it is an abomination.

  3. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 4, 2009 6:36 PM

    Ray Lewis should be complaining about his own pathetic qb’s and WR’s performances. He is just trying to draw the fire away from them.

  4. Tundrastruck says: Oct 4, 2009 6:37 PM

    Good thing for Brady the game wasn’t played in Buckhead.

  5. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 4, 2009 6:38 PM

    McNabb hit was karma. Saw Lewis whisper into his ear “Pass this onto Vick for me please. Wish he was here.”
    Watch the replay closely and you can read his lips well enough to make that out. Shame the Panthers don’t play the Eagurls again.

  6. holycow says: Oct 4, 2009 6:40 PM

    hopefully he was including the flag on Mike Wright for roughing Flacco.

  7. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 4, 2009 6:48 PM

    Don’t know about you guys, but I thought it looked like Suggs went for Brady’s knee.
    And whatever you think, you have to remember the refs see it in real time and only get one chance to make a decision.

  8. Ralphie says: Oct 4, 2009 6:51 PM

    Jeezuz Ray-Ray, what about the gift that the Ravens got on the phantom roughing the pretty boy call on Flacco by Mike Wright where the Pats thought they stopped a big Raven drive? Wright actually sacks Flacco for a loss and gets a roughing the passer call because he had his hands up like D linemen are taught and brings them down to wrap him up! On Brady, those calls were AFTER he released the ball when they cheap-shotted him. Let’s not forget the multiple unsportsmanlike calls on the Ravens today also.
    But Ray-Ray, you totally neglect to mention that cheap shot that the PoS TURDell THuggs purposely tried to put on Brady’s knee. That lowlife is going to be investing in King Roger’s piggybank BIGTIME this week.
    I can already hear the Ravens whinin’ fanboys latching on to this one and blaming their well earned loss on these two plays. It’s league-wide and both teams took penalties on it today. STFU and deal with it.
    What’s the over / under on Thuggs fine? I say $10K
    The Pats aren’t even close to playin’ their best football yet.
    MMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSS!!!!!!!!!

  9. scorpiodsu says: Oct 4, 2009 6:51 PM

    He’s right. QB are protected way too much. And you are also right about McNabb being hit 3 yards pass the goal line and a QB like Brady or Manning being hit a split second after a pass play. They are too inconsistent with their calls.
    And to the dude talking about McNabb hit was “karma”. Karma for what? I hope not Karma because they were blowing out the Panthers. Did you see Peyton Manning still trying to throw a TD while blowing out the Seahawks with less than 6 min. Or what about the Jags pouring it on real thick, Chi and Houston. All blowing out teams and still playing to score with little. I hope you wasn’t talking about “karma” for that. Other than that, you need to get over your obsession of Michael Vick. It’s over and no one cares anymore.

  10. Datruth2100 says: Oct 4, 2009 6:52 PM

    “Shame the Panthers don’t play the Eagurls again.”
    What exactly would be the difference? Did Jake finally realize he’s supposed to throw to the guys wearing the same colors he is???

  11. FoozieGrooler says: Oct 4, 2009 6:53 PM

    I think Ray Lewis is a first-rate scumbag.
    But that doesn’t mean he’s wrong.

  12. VoiceofReason says: Oct 4, 2009 6:53 PM

    As a neutral observer, those really were some awful, game-changing calls. Doesn’t change the fact that Clayton dropped that last pass which could have put Bmore in position to win it, but they kept two drives alive that were essentially over and ended up resulting in 14 points. I guess I just don’t understand football anymore.

  13. FireJerryJones says: Oct 4, 2009 6:53 PM

    I think Mike Wright agrees. He should’ve had two sacks credited today.

  14. I didn't hear no bell. says: Oct 4, 2009 6:55 PM

    Lewis, you were nowhere near the QB this game so quit your bitching. I’m sick of players and fans complaining about the rules. They’re not new and regardless of whether or not you agree, the refs do a pretty good job applying them to everyone. Football is a skill game, not a game of which team can injure the other team more.

  15. comment_submission_error says: Oct 4, 2009 6:56 PM

    Not all QBs get that Bradyesque protection. Brian Cushing went for JamarRayCharles Russell’s head today and didn’t get called for it. And Cushing is a rookie.

  16. Bmore Styles says: Oct 4, 2009 6:57 PM

    Screw the roughing the passer calls, they got HORRIBLE, game-changing calls their way all day. The Radio announcers weren’t even sugar coating it, they even said, “That’s sorry officiating. They must not know the rules.” I’ve never heard announcers being so critical of the refs before.
    Mike Preston, the biggest Raven hater of them all, already wrote an article saying it was the “worst officiated game [he's] ever seen” in 20 years of sports writing.
    Still a great effort by Flacco and the offense. We still had a chance to win despite the officiating, and we lost it. Great win by the Pats.

  17. this class sucks says: Oct 4, 2009 6:58 PM

    I don’t think McNabb should get lit up for Vick being a douche thats un-American. Ray Lewis has a point but I heard Suggs had a pretty late hit. Either way I think the rule needs a little adjusting there has to be a line between protecting the QB and not slowing down the game. I wonder if there will ever be another defensive hall of fame player again lol.

  18. Ravenmaniac says: Oct 4, 2009 6:59 PM

    Italianarmyguy
    I watched others go after you on here and felt bad….they are all correct you are a douche! How Flacco pathetic today????

  19. PirateFreedom says: Oct 4, 2009 7:05 PM

    A. Both teams had guys get chintzy 15 yards for touching the QBs head.
    B. Suggs dove at Bradys knees and that one should always be a penalty and a fine.
    C.The Ravens are crybabies

  20. Romo With Game on Line says: Oct 4, 2009 7:08 PM

    I have a feeling these two teams will meet again in the playoffs, it’s great for the NFL that New England isn’t a powerhouse anymore. Buffalo sucks and they had them. That says a lot right there.

  21. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 4, 2009 7:09 PM

    When did one of the toughest teams in the NFL become a bunch of whinny b!tches? They just can’t lose a close game without crying about it in the press anymore.

  22. Snowman2008 says: Oct 4, 2009 7:13 PM

    Italianarmyguy huh? How’s that old joke go? Oh yea. Wanna buy an authentic Italian war rifle? Only used and dropped in battle once.

  23. The Jimmy says: Oct 4, 2009 7:14 PM

    I never thought I’d say this but I agree with Ray Lewis. Too much protection of quarterbacks. Like everything else, it’s all about the money.

  24. Apetits says: Oct 4, 2009 7:16 PM

    Hear, hear, Ray. Never thought I’d see the day that I utterly and completely agree with something that someone who very well may have murdered a couple of obnoxious bar patrons would say. “Ooooohhhhh, but it’s dangerous!” STFU. I think that might be part of the reason they pay you millions of dollars to play a freakin’ game! Being a cop is dangerous. Being a fireman is dangerous. Difference is there’s no one to throw a flag when a perp shoots a cop and the widow is left without the million-dollar bank account that the NFL QB, who KNOWING THE RISK, agreed to accept the big-money paycheck, leaves his wife. Why not just eliminate tackles altogether and change the NFL’s name to the NTFL (National Touch Football League).

  25. IWanttoPunchFloriointheFace says: Oct 4, 2009 7:17 PM

    Totally agree, just saw a BS late hit on Kyle frickin’ Orton that was a total joke – ref didn’t drop the flag until he saw KO lying on the field crying like a little bitch after a legitimate hit. Both the NFL and the officiating crews are totally inept at both creating and following the rules. The apologists in the head office (especially the so-called ‘retired’ Mike Pereira) need to just stop making excuses already and train and hire full time officials.

  26. virtueandvice says: Oct 4, 2009 7:21 PM

    Ray just wants to play “hide the knife” with Brady.

  27. I didn't hear no bell. says: Oct 4, 2009 7:24 PM

    Hey “Romo with Game on line”…
    How’d your name work out this Sunday?

  28. Patriots51 says: Oct 4, 2009 7:24 PM

    Go back and watch the game film.. their was one play when brady slid and gave himself up and lewis dove at him… Ray Lewis is a punk… mike wright got called for roughing Flacco.. so it went both ways!!

  29. patfan77 says: Oct 4, 2009 7:25 PM

    Typical Raven garbage. Every time they lose its the same thing. Didn’t see this excuse coming a mile away..

  30. davis1281 says: Oct 4, 2009 7:28 PM

    Romo With Game on Line says:
    October 4, 2009 7:08 PM
    I have a feeling these two teams will meet again in the playoffs, it’s great for the NFL that New England isn’t a powerhouse anymore. Buffalo sucks and they had them. That says a lot right there.
    ——————————————————————————-
    @Romo With Game on Line
    The fact that Buffalo gave NE a tough game i week ONE means nothing or says nothing, NE is still a powerhouse and as the season goes on Brady will only get better, and w/the way there D is playing they will be there in the end as one of the SB contenders

  31. TheWizard says: Oct 4, 2009 7:28 PM

    you need to get over your obsession of Michael Vick. It’s over and no one cares anymore.
    I care.
    I encourage him to continue.
    Reminds me of “crookedsteve”
    Maybe there is reincarnation.

  32. TheWizard says: Oct 4, 2009 7:30 PM

    Oh, and Ray getting knocked on his ass by Sammy Morris, that might be considered embarassing, too.

  33. Mattmanplus says: Oct 4, 2009 7:31 PM

    Why can’t you Ravens fans see that the Pats had a questionable roughing the passer call against Mike Wright?? That just seems to get lost in your b*tching, whining and excuses.
    The bottom line is this: The Ravens had a chance to win the game and Clayton dropped the ball……………….THAT’S IT!!!! That’s the whole game in a nutshell. The Ravens are still one of the best teams in the AFC.

  34. Murabma says: Oct 4, 2009 7:33 PM

    It wasn’t just the roughing the passer calls, there were the usual other “only New England*” calls as well, like the garbage PI on Carr and the resulting 15 yarder on Harbaugh for complaining about that call (all after the BS RTP’s). Wake up, folks–it’s one team that we always seem to be complaining about the poor officiating with respect to, and that’s the Pats*. The Tuck Rule, the AFC Championship game against the Colts, the 2007 Ravens Monday nighter, etc. ad nauseum. I’m a Bills fan and I’ve seen them screw us a number of times over the years, the worst probably being the 2006 opener when there were multiple horrible calls and no calls late in the game all going one way. That really bears looking into by a responsible journalist or even law enforcement official, since the League certainly ain’t going to do it…..

  35. bel-bo says: Oct 4, 2009 7:35 PM

    From Tom Curran NBC.com
    “Even with the Ravens seemingly jobbed on a number of ticky-tack calls”

  36. BaltimoreBeast52 says: Oct 4, 2009 7:36 PM

    One of the worst officiated games of the year so far… Unsportsmanlike conduct..???? on the bench?? only in New England… Bottom line Clayton doesnt drop that pass and its game over. New England, you wont make the playoffs, thats a guarantee. Without the help of the referees all game long, you guys and that pu$$y QB looked pathetic. The pats and the zebras proved to be.
    Go Ravens

  37. oldschool says: Oct 4, 2009 7:37 PM

    Ray Lewis = old and overrated…he needs to STFU

  38. FloriosHairHat says: Oct 4, 2009 7:38 PM

    You Pats fans are always so gracious.
    How do you do it?

  39. bleedsoe9mm says: Oct 4, 2009 7:40 PM

    as i patriots fan i agree with ray that the call on brady’s knee is a terrible rule , but there was also a bad call against the pats on a blow to the head to flacco . the nfl should just make the qb’s wear pink uniforms fulltime .

  40. stanjam says: Oct 4, 2009 7:44 PM

    Lewis is a scumbag. The Ravens are whiners when they lose, but Lewis is also correct on a point. Two of those calls were BS. Wright had one too. You shouldn’t get called because your hand brushed the QB’s helmet. Thet is utter nonsense. There should be a hit there. There had better be a fine coming for trying to take out Brady’s knees by that scumbag, don’t remember which one. But it was as dirty as you get, intentionally trying to take someone out for the season like that.

  41. Romo With Game on Line says: Oct 4, 2009 7:46 PM

    You can’t blame it on Romo he did his part. Champ made a good deflection. When push comes to shove we’re going to sneak into the playoffs and Tone is gonna win a ring and you’re all going to stop these Dallas jokes. Then you’ll all have nothing.

  42. bluenoser says: Oct 4, 2009 7:50 PM

    What’s embarrassing is Ray Rays speech at McNairs funeral.

  43. lvcc7272 says: Oct 4, 2009 7:58 PM

    Ray Lewis….He ought ta still be in jail with Vick. What a cry baby….Brady slides and he piles on…Come on Raymie…..that’s not being tuff..it’s being STUPID!!
    Can’t wait till they get a dose of #43 when they play the Steelers!! Now there is a Great Football Player…He soden’t cry…he just PLAYS FOOTBALL….something you should do Raymie…PLAY FOOTBALL AND QUIT CRYING!!!

  44. blackglass says: Oct 4, 2009 8:00 PM

    BaltimoreBeast52 says:
    October 4, 2009 7:36 PM
    One of the worst officiated games of the year so far… Unsportsmanlike conduct..???? on the bench?? only in New England… Bottom line Clayton doesnt drop that pass and its game over. New England, you wont make the playoffs, thats a guarantee. Without the help of the referees all game long, you guys and that pu$$y QB looked pathetic. The pats and the zebras proved to be.
    Go Ravens
    LOL! Won’t make the playoffs is pretty funny. You must have got some sand in your vagina one of the times Ray Lewis got run over.

  45. Furious George says: Oct 4, 2009 8:08 PM

    its amazing what a bunch of whining cry babies football fans have become. lol.

  46. Rick says: Oct 4, 2009 8:11 PM

    The FACT of the matter is the Raven’s defense is below average. Other than the Browns they are giving up 20 plus points a game. If it wasn’t for Flacco the Chiefs would have beat them. Gay Ray can’t handle the fact that the defense isn’t the best unit on the Ravens anymore.
    BUT I totally agree the roughing the passer emphasis is horrible. This is football. Let the them play the game. You can’t say it favors one team thought because it goes both ways.

  47. JEB says: Oct 4, 2009 8:12 PM

    Did everyone see when Suggs was called for roughing the passer? He lost his balance and grazed Brady’s leg with his shoulder pad. Then Brady turned around, looked at the ref, and pointed to his knee. The referee, Ron Winter, shook his head yes to Brady and then threw the flag. Some of the players said that Brady was laughing that he got the call. What this shows me is that Brady is bigger than the game.
    I would love to get a hold of this video and post it all over the internet to show how shady the NFL looks after this game.
    Come on Florio post it!

  48. Mattmanplus says: Oct 4, 2009 8:17 PM

    Hey Baltimorebeast
    Tell your dumb ass coach to keep his mouth shut…He deserved the unsportsman-like conduct penalty, no question. Players get called for taunting all the time, that idiot of a coach should have known better and hut his trap after he was clearly warned. He helped his team lose the game.
    You really think the Pats won’t make the playoffs?? You sound really stupid. Brady is only gonna get better. The Pats defense is now in the upper tier of the AFC, without their best LB, Mayo. Check the stats yourself….I’m sorry but they will absolutely make the playoffs, and be a friggin’ force.
    To all you idiots who think that there’s some kind of conspiracy involving the officials to help the Patriots win. You sound like a bunch of children.. SUCK IT UP…

  49. Mattmanplus says: Oct 4, 2009 8:20 PM

    Shut up Jeb. He went for Brady’s knee and missed, you douche. The penalty was warranted. I’ll be suprised if he does’t get fined. We’ll see.

  50. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 4, 2009 8:23 PM

    Ravenmaniac says: October 4, 2009 6:59 PM
    Italianarmyguy
    I watched others go after you on here and felt bad….they are all correct you are a douche! How Flacco pathetic today????
    =====================
    Because this is your offense from the 10 yard line, one minute left, with a chance to win:
    1st-10, NE20 1:10 J. Flacco incomplete pass to the right
    2nd-10, NE20 1:05 J. Flacco passed to K. Washington down the middle for 6 yard gain
    3rd-4, NE14 0:35 J. Flacco incomplete pass to the right
    4th-4, NE14 0:28 J. Flacco incomplete pass to the right
    The No Fun League is a league of finishers. Got to finish. Bellicheat knew you couldn’t get it done

  51. AugustusMcCrae says: Oct 4, 2009 8:25 PM

    Like I said before, Suggs ought to be ashamed of himself. That was beyond bad.
    Players should NEVER blame referees. Players should catch passes that hit them between the 8 and the 9 on their chests.
    The Pats should take Mr. Clayton out for a nice dinner tonight.

  52. HarrisonHits says: Oct 4, 2009 8:39 PM

    >
    Were you watching the game because the PI was pretty clear on the replay. And Harbaugh was cursing up a storm at the official I have seen that sort of thing called occasionally over the years.
    The Tuck Rule ? LOL You mean the same one the Pats lost a game that year to the Jets when they got it called in their favor ? The same on that is typically called once or twice every year for each team ?
    You mention the Colts AFC Champ game in 07 but how about the one the year before when Ellis Hobbs was called with “faceguarding” a penalty that had been eliminated and no longer existed ? The call that allowed the Colts to finally get to the Super Bowl ?
    The Pats haters seem to be like the Bush/Cheney adminstration. You seem to believe that if you shout something enough times at a loud enough volume that it becomes true. I bet you still believe Saddam had WMDs too.

  53. TheWizard says: Oct 4, 2009 8:41 PM

    If “lost his balance” means he dove straight at Brady’s knees, then I’d say you nailed it.

  54. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 4, 2009 8:48 PM

    Hey JEB, You mean a football player tried to get a ref to enforce a rule in his teams favor? WOW! You’ve got yourself a scoop!
    What does JEB stand for Just not Enough Brains?
    Oh, look! Big Ben just asked for a flag and got one! Another scoop!
    Moron.

  55. winkel33 says: Oct 4, 2009 8:52 PM

    Lewis may be right, the NFL has gone too far protecting QBs – but someone should also remind him that a Ravens scoring drive was extended by a questionable roughing the passer called.

  56. Kidekk says: Oct 4, 2009 8:56 PM

    “droppingloads says:
    October 4, 2009 6:35 PM
    You know what else is embarrassing? Seeing some get murdered and not speaking up”
    Very funny comment.
    ——————-
    “SmackMyVickUp says:
    October 4, 2009 6:38 PM
    McNabb hit was karma. Saw Lewis whisper into his ear “Pass this onto Vick for me please. Wish he was here.”
    Watch the replay closely and you can read his lips well enough to make that out. Shame the Panthers don’t play the Eagurls again.”
    Maybe one of the stupidest comments ever. Not surprised considering the source.

  57. jdmcmil says: Oct 4, 2009 9:01 PM

    For all of you people that continue to call Ray Lewis a murderer you should probably package all of your facts and evidence and sent it to the DA in Atlanta. They would probably appreciate it.
    Officiating – it was bad on both sides for the roughing the passer, but you take that away and look at the other onesided calls.
    “Crying” yes, a little. Because you play a tough game and you expect to be treated fair. But if Carr doesn’t fumble that ball or, even moreso, if Clayton catches that pass or either of those passes that were in his hands in the endzone and none of that would matter.
    But for you A-holes that keep calling Ray Lewis a murderer, you are probably the same people that say “Bush lied” when you try to engage in a political debate. G@@ D@mn DEMOCRATS!

  58. CD_Ridge says: Oct 4, 2009 9:01 PM

    As much as I dislike the Ravens, they got jobbed. Ray Lewis makes good point.

  59. johnnydom says: Oct 4, 2009 9:14 PM

    Shut up Lewis..you should be behind bars for murder and you know it, for what you did in Atlanta. You should be in jail, be happy that you are overpaid and alive.

  60. leatherneck says: Oct 4, 2009 9:18 PM

    Ray Lewis: ‘The embarrassing part is when he understands that, and he walks up to one of us and says, ‘Oh, that was a cheap one.'”
    Translation: Tom Brady got into Ray Lewis’s head.
    I saw the first penalty on live TV. The Ravens’ nose tackle struck Brady in the head after he released the ball. It was clearly a personal foul for that reason. I don’t think it was intentional but it doesn’t have to be.

  61. leatherneck says: Oct 4, 2009 9:21 PM

    Patriots51:
    “Go back and watch the game film.. their was one play when brady slid and gave himself up and lewis dove at him… ”
    I saw the play on live TV. Brad slid at the last split-second. Lewis clearly did all he could to avoid Brady. Lewis did make contact with Brady because he was so close and coming so hard when Brady slid.
    Good play, Ray Lewis. Good non-call, officials.

  62. SmogMouth says: Oct 4, 2009 9:22 PM

    The officials even delayed the game in the first have to give Brady enough time to run into the lockeroom to change his diapers.

  63. SmogMouth says: Oct 4, 2009 9:30 PM

    Fine the officials and put a skirt on Brady. Even the neutral reporters from around the country had already made the same observations that Lewis erupted with. Lewis is right. But, Patsy fans are just that. Wait until later in the year; someone will make Brady pay for his stupid xhit-eating grin when he gets his way.

  64. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 4, 2009 9:31 PM

    Hey SmogMouth, You mean the Ravens got beat by a guy wearing diapers? No wonder Ray-Ray was crying in the Press afterward. That’s down right embarrassing!

  65. MistrezzRachael says: Oct 4, 2009 10:05 PM

    I think Ray Lewis is going a bit overboard here..First off, he played poorly, making his tackles downfield. Second, head to head, he was run over a few times.
    Scary thought, but Raven fans now starting to sound ALOT like jet fans…and thats as low as you can get.

  66. JEB says: Oct 4, 2009 10:09 PM

    The NFL must get their officials from the ACORN organization. LOL.
    The Patsies should need help from the officials if they are so good.
    Bottom line. The Ravens were jobbed but still almost beat the darlings of the league.
    Come on Florio, post the video so the whole world can see how a billion dollar industry can control the outcome of their games and get away with it.
    We need someone to uncover the truth and you are the one to do it!

  67. kayC says: Oct 4, 2009 10:10 PM

    Of course Ray Lewis is right. Rodney Harrison– on the national NBC broadcast– just told Tom Brady to “take off the skirt and put on some slacks”. Pretty sad when Pats fans continue to insist that the calls were legit when Brady’s former teammate has the balls to say otherwise. But I don’t guess you’d expect anything less.
    Didn’t the Ravens get screwed by the refs out of another victory against the Pats during the 18-1 season? As I recall, the awful officiating in that game even rivaled the calls today. I dislike the Ravens, but I’d be outraged if I were them or their fans. They have to play against the Patriots and the referees whenever they meet.

  68. mulda71 says: Oct 4, 2009 10:22 PM

    the real story is how the Ravens Defense is really not as good as it used to be… in fact, the Patriots were far better. Ravens used to really hit hard, but they have become mediocre. This game wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated. The Pats were all over them. Ran the ball no problem. Baltimore is soft.

  69. TheWizard says: Oct 4, 2009 10:24 PM

    I bet you still believe Saddam had WMDs too.
    You are aware, of course, that the intelligence of the time said so, and EVERYBODY believed it.
    The U.N., Bill Clinton, the European governments.
    It’s always been a false argument against the Bush Administration.
    Stick to football.

  70. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 4, 2009 10:36 PM

    “mulda71 says:
    October 4, 2009 10:22 PM
    The Pats were all over them. Ran the ball no problem. Baltimore is soft.”
    2.8 yards per carry isn’t really “no problem”.
    Of course, if you discount Useless Maroney’s carries, it goes up to 3.4 and some change.

  71. TheWizard says: Oct 4, 2009 10:41 PM

    Maroney looked like hell, didn’t he?
    I don’t see much hope there.

  72. Dan Mateus says: Oct 4, 2009 10:48 PM

    Florio is a sellout!

  73. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 4, 2009 10:49 PM

    kayC,
    You mean Rodney said something outrageous on TV to get noticed? I’m shocked. You’d think the media was corrupt or something.
    I guess we’ll have to ask Rodney if he took off his skirt a couple of years ago when a Titan similarly dove at his knees. After the game he had no problem calling the play “dirty.” He also had words for Jeff Fisher who laughed at Rodney after the play….

  74. Iceberg34 says: Oct 4, 2009 10:49 PM

    The one hit I saw on replay was absolutely not a penalty, it was an overreaction. Brushing someone is not a penalty even under the new rule.

  75. Dan Mateus says: Oct 4, 2009 10:55 PM

    Ray Lweis needs to go back to where trash belongs….THE GHETTO BITCHES!!!

  76. JEB says: Oct 4, 2009 10:55 PM

    I just love how this guy named Dan Mateus calls someone a redneck when he uses the f-word so freely. LOL. Yes Mr. Mateus, you have proved to everyone what your intelllect is. HAHA!
    NFL = ACORN
    Bill Belechick is a made up genius who has the NFL in his back pocket.
    Do some digging Florio to uncover the truth! Post the video of the agreeable ref to prove it!

  77. Kidekk says: Oct 4, 2009 10:56 PM

    TheWizard says:
    October 4, 2009 10:24 PM
    I bet you still believe Saddam had WMDs too.
    You are aware, of course, that the intelligence of the time said so, and EVERYBODY believed it.
    The U.N., Bill Clinton, the European governments.
    It’s always been a false argument against the Bush Administration.
    Stick to football.
    —————
    Take your own advice and stay away from linguistics: “I bet you still believe Saddam had WMDs too.”
    That statement implies that it is common knowledge that there were no WMDs, just as if someone were to say, “I bet you still believe in Santa Claus.” Thus, by you referencing his statement to make it seem like he doesn’t know what he is talking about, when it is in fact you who failed to comprehend the statement, you look like an idiot. If he had said, “I bet you believed…,” your retort would make sense. But it doesn’t. It says ‘still believe’.
    Stick to football.

  78. Dan Mateus says: Oct 4, 2009 11:02 PM

    JEB you are an idiot who should’ve been aborted for the sake of the planet.

  79. Bmore Styles says: Oct 4, 2009 11:07 PM

    mulda71:
    The Ravens had more rushing yards and passing yards than the Pats. We fumbled the opening kickoff, and had a turnover in the red-zone before the half. You guys rushed for a total of 85 yards to our 116. And they lost the game on a fluke dropped pass inside the 6 yard line.
    Explain how the Pats were “far better” than the ravens?

  80. flip says: Oct 4, 2009 11:11 PM

    the roughing calls were legit ‘hands to the face’ roughing calls on brady and flacco. suggs dove away from brady’s knee at the end of his rush and caught a flag (he saved brady’s season by not following through). Great game even with the tic-tac flags. if you didn’t watch the game or if you don’t know how to, read People magazine and comment there. You all got PDDS.

  81. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 4, 2009 11:12 PM

    “Iceberg34 says:
    October 4, 2009 10:49 PM
    The one hit I saw on replay was absolutely not a penalty, it was an overreaction. Brushing someone is not a penalty even under the new rule. ”
    Key words there are “on replay”.
    The refs don’t have that delightful luxury.

  82. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 4, 2009 11:14 PM

    “Bmore Styles says:
    October 4, 2009 11:07 PM
    mulda71:
    The Ravens had more rushing yards and passing yards than the Pats. We fumbled the opening kickoff, and had a turnover in the red-zone before the half. You guys rushed for a total of 85 yards to our 116. And they lost the game on a fluke dropped pass inside the 6 yard line.
    Explain how the Pats were “far better” than the ravens?”
    I like the assumption that, had Clayton caught the ball, they would have scored.
    The play started with 32 seconds on the clock. He would have been stopped in bounds, meaning they would have had to rush to the line and hike the ball with 15 or fewer seconds on the clock. Assuming they spiked it, that gave them two attempts, at best, at the end zone.
    NOT…A….GIVEN. No matter how much you want to delude yourself into believing.

  83. Treadstone says: Oct 4, 2009 11:27 PM

    I wish that people would make comments based on the game of football and what they video showed, not on what they perceived happened b/c it involved their team. So sad.

  84. Bmore Styles says: Oct 4, 2009 11:46 PM

    @TFBuckFutter:
    We still had a timeout!!!! But even without it, you can easily get 3 plays off from the 6 with 15 second!!!! And you guys hadn’t stopped the Ravens ONCE on the whole drive, what makes you think you could stop us from getting 6 yards in 3 plays?!?!?
    Just stop acting foolish, we outplayed you, plain and simple. And the stats support it, but you guys won the game…. It happens a lot.

  85. mnmaverick says: Oct 5, 2009 3:30 AM

    In a league with crippled veterans, concussion issues, broken limbs, sprained ankles, Dementia issues, etc. He sounds like a friggin’ moron.

  86. davis1281 says: Oct 5, 2009 7:18 AM

    Bmore Styles says:
    We still had a timeout!!!! But even without it, you can easily get 3 plays off from the 6 with 15 second!!!! And you guys hadn’t stopped the Ravens ONCE on the whole drive, what makes you think you could stop us from getting 6 yards in 3 plays?!?!?
    Just stop acting foolish, we outplayed you, plain and simple. And the stats support it, but you guys won the game…. It happens a lot.
    *******************************************
    THE ONLY STAT THAT MATTERS IS THE FINAL SCORE, YOUR TEAM LOST GET OVER IT!

  87. davis1281 says: Oct 5, 2009 7:25 AM

    BaltimoreBeast52 says:
    October 4, 2009 7:36 PM
    One of the worst officiated games of the year so far… Unsportsmanlike conduct..???? on the bench?? only in New England… Bottom line Clayton doesnt drop that pass and its game over. New England, you wont make the playoffs, thats a guarantee. Without the help of the referees all game long, you guys and that pu$$y QB looked pathetic. The pats and the zebras proved to be.
    ******************************************
    @BaltimoreBeast52
    First your a DUMBASS he didnt drop the ball in the endzone so you cant say its game over, you dont know what would have happend if he cought the ball, and if you dont think the Pats will make the playoffs then agian your a DUMBASS!!

  88. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 5, 2009 7:26 AM

    “Bmore Styles says:
    October 4, 2009 11:46 PM
    @TFBuckFutter:
    And you guys hadn’t stopped the Ravens ONCE on the whole drive, what makes you think you could stop us from getting 6 yards in 3 plays?!?!?”
    Really? They didn’t stop them once? That’s weird, since the pass Clayton dropped was ON FOURTH DOWN.
    Of course, they definitely would have scored right before halftime too, right? If not for that little interception thing.
    Again, it was far from a given, especially since, once the field is shorter, it becomes much tougher to score. You think the middle was going to stay open if they got inside the ten? I like your confidence, but it is misplaced especially SINCE YOUR TEAM GOT STOPPED TO END THE GAME.
    And yeah, the stats support that the Raven’s played a better game….14 offensive points vs 27, 78.7 QB Rating vs 100.8, 5.3 yards per pass vs 7.3, 25 minutes of possession vs 35……Oh yeah, and 2 turnoves vs 1…..
    Oh, Clayton was also about to get hit by two defenders so you can’t really count on him holding onto the ball in that case either.

  89. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 5, 2009 7:44 AM

    Actually, a couple other points.
    First, don’t think I’m taking anything away from the Ravens. I actually respect the team a lot, and think it’s great that they are finally riding a capable QB and their offense is scary. I would LOVE to have Ray rice on my team. But damn, all the excuses and whining make it sound like they should be pursuing Joey Porter in the off season.
    Also, I forgot the Pats really only scored 24 offensive points, since the first three they didn’t move the ball at all and were gifted them.
    And I know you can’t discount any plays, but aside from the one big draw play, the Pats actually held the Ravens to 3.5 ypc.

  90. Ralphie says: Oct 5, 2009 8:53 AM

    TFBF, BMore should be calling you a “sore winner” right about now. You have the stones to tear apart his offensive stats, fantasy league fanboy, over-the-top enthusiasm with common sense that his Ravens did not win the game, nor “play better”, no matter what he’s deluded himself into thinking.
    BMore, couple more for you since you only look at offensive stats and you don’t take the whole game (Offense, Defense, SP Teams and Coaching) into account.
    – Ravens the #1 Red Zone D in the league. They only gave up 1 RZ TD all year. Pats scored a TD 3 out of 5 drives in the Red yesterday.
    -Ravens avg’ing 34.5 points a game. Pats held them to two offensive TD’s
    -Two 4th and 1 down stops by the Pats
    -A bench penalty on their loudmouth coach and 85 penalty yards on the Ravens team
    – Ravens fumble the opening kickoff – Pats get 3
    – Interception by Pat’s Bodden before the half on the Pats 9 stopping at least 3…probably 7 the way that the Ravens were moving the ball
    -In every single critical moment, especially in the last 6 minutes the Pats made ALL the plays. The Ravens did not. Deal with it.

  91. BBrophy1 says: Oct 5, 2009 10:00 AM

    that flag looked like a running into the kicker penalty! Sad day for the NFL

  92. hayward giablommi says: Oct 5, 2009 11:24 AM

    Bottom Line:
    Good teams overcome bad cqalls, adversity, etc.
    New England had two HORRIFIC roughing the passer calls week 1 vs. Buffalo. Either one of those calls could have cost them the game, but they overcame it and went on to win the game.
    Whether you agree with the call(s) yesterday or not, Baltimore’s offense had them in position to win the game yesterday, and blew it.
    End of story.

  93. Randall says: Oct 5, 2009 11:46 AM

    QBs get the big-time contracts, the glory, and the supermodels. Let them take the hits too.

  94. kmovado says: Oct 5, 2009 12:03 PM

    Too bad some of the people on this board were not the ones killed in the bar that night, I guess the legal process only counts if you look a certain way.

  95. badnewzkennelz says: Oct 5, 2009 3:57 PM

    ok first off what does ray lewis’ past legal history have to do with the NEW Tom Brady rule? Quarterbacks do get special protection. Football is a COLLISION SPORT. So that means that sometimes the quarterback is gonna get hit (yes, even Tom Brady) and if that hit means that he has to sit out a week (or a season) then fine. Why does he get paid so much money? There’s a risk of injury everytime you step onto the field. Don’t get me wrong, i’m not trying to say that the roughing the passer calls were the only reason that the Pats beat the Ravens on sunday, Clayton dropped a pass on 4th down, a pass that should’ve been caught, what i’m trying to say is that theres no rule protecting LB’s or CB’s or anyone from getting decked by an OL when they are standing around a pile rite before the end of a play, so why should there be a rule protecting the QB. I understand Ray Lewis’ and the Baltimore orginization’s frustrations with the league and the Refs becuz in ’07 the Ravens did get SCREWED out of a win by the refs in the game against the Pats. But watever… the Ravens need to move on and they will. See how they react when 3-1 cincy comes to town.

  96. Hartattack52 says: Oct 5, 2009 4:01 PM

    All of you are obviously jealous. Don’t hate on the ravens. Ravens got screwed its that simple

  97. DigBickPlaya says: Oct 6, 2009 3:31 PM

    The people who use Ray’s trial as a reason to discredit his football knowledge are just plain ignorant and their opinion should be taken as that of a child. Regardless of who you root for, he is one of the best linebackers to play the game and a guaranteed first ballot hall of famer. Not to mention the fact that almost every commentator and analyst in the media agrees with his comments. But you probably know better than the pros right? If Tom Brady isn’t ready to take a hit yet then maybe he should sit out another year and let the players with full health play the game, rather than alter the rules to cater to one player.

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