Chad Johnson: Marvin Lewis saved Ray Lewis from getting beat up by me


Chad Johnson appears to have entered that phase in his life where you remember things from your career a lot differently than they actually happened. Was the artist formerly known as Ochocino one of the best receivers in the NFL for years? Sure. Could he beat up Ray Lewis? Haha, that’s a good one.

On Thursday, Johnson shared a probably untrue story with his Twitter followers about the time he tried to fight Lewis after Lewis supposedly knocked Johnson’s helmet off “unnecessarily” during a game.

“He went out the side door, Ed Reed had to talk me out of putting these paws on Ray,” Johnson wrote. “(Second) time we played the Ravens I caught Ray slipping in pre-game, I stepped to him, he started preaching, I was like the Lord can’t help you!

“So I square up ready to go from the shoulders and Ray is steadily reciting a scripture and I’m ready to rumble, I’m like let’s run it WTF!!! Long story short Marvin Lewis broke it up and saved Ray from getting beat up in pre-game.”

Long story slightly less short — Marvin Lewis saved Chad Johnson from getting the beating of a lifetime.

Of course, Johnson was probably joking. He has to know Lewis would demolish him if the two ever got into an actual fight. While Johnson’s off playing video games all the time, Lewis is probably in a dark room somewhere watching film of his most ferocious hits and sweating bullets.

Thanks to LBS reader Manny

LeGarrette Blount: I asked Ray Lewis for permission to do his dance

LeGarrette Blount Ray Lewis danceNew England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount busted out the Ray Lewis dance after scoring a touchdown during his team’s win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Most Ravens fans took it as a sign of disrespect, and you can understand why. However, Blount insists he got permission from Lewis.

“There was excitement, you know what I’m saying?” Blount told reporters after the game, via CBS Boston. “The last one, Ray Lewis, no disrespect. Respect. I love him. I’ve talked to him a few times, and I asked if I could do that before I did it.”

That may sound hard to believe, but Blount claims Lewis gave him his blessing.

“Out of respect for him … I talked to him one of the last times I played him, and I had his phone number still from doing a couple of appearances with him, so I asked him a while ago,” Blount added.

Perhaps Lewis thought Blount was joking, because I can’t imagine he would ever give a player permission to do his trademark dance in front of the fans that worshipped him for 17 seasons. And Blount isn’t even the first player to do it this year. If nothing else, I’m sure Blount was with another team when he had that discussion with Lewis. I bet the conversation would have been much different if he asked Lewis as a member of the Patriots.

LeGarrette Blount did the Ray Lewis dance after scoring TD (GIF)

LeGarrette Blount Ray Lewis danceLeGarrette Blount really rubbed it in on the Baltimore Ravens during the New England Patriots’ beatdown of their AFC rival in Baltimore Sunday.

After scoring a touchdown late in the team’s blowout win, Blount mocked Ray Lewis’ famous squirrel dance. His rendition of it was hilarious.

Blount had two touchdowns and 76 yards on 18 carries in the win. I think he overdid it with the spirit fingers, but that was still solid as heck. Maybe the point was to overexaggerate for effect. Whatever the case, he definitely did it better than Emmanuel Sanders did a few weeks ago. Love it.

GIF via Kissing Suzy Kolber

Ray Lewis, Emmitt Smith trash Cowboys defense

Cowboys defenseThe Dallas Cowboys were blown out on Monday night 45-28 by the Chicago Bears in what turned out to be their latest poor performance on defense.

The Cowboys allowed 498 yards and 32 first downs in the loss. They made backup quarterback Josh McCown look like an MVP candidate, allowing him to throw for 348 yards and four touchdowns. There was nothing positive to say about their defense.

On ESPN’s postgame show, Ray Lewis stated the obvious about Dallas’ defense, saying they might have one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

“Taking no credit away from [McCown], but when you think about who he played against, that may be one of the worst defenses in the NFL today,” Lewis said. “You see how they were just out of position. Nobody communicating. The balls that they had an opportunity to make interceptions … they could have made three interceptions.

“When you think about the Dallas Cowboys, when you look at them as a total team, there is no balance there. I think Tony Romo had a pretty good night, but everything else was just bad.”

Despite calling them one of the worst defenses in the league, Lewis’ thoughts on the Cowboys seemed tame compared to Emmitt Smith.

The former Cowboys legend tweeted his disgust for the defense all night. This is how his thoughts unfolded as the game progressed:

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Emmanuel Sanders did Ray Lewis dance after scoring TD (GIF)

Emmanuel-Sanders-Ray-Lewis-dancePittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught an 8-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter on Thursday night to cut the Baltimore Ravens’ lead to 13-7. He was understandably excited that he helped keep his team in the game, but did he need to take his life into his own hands?

After scoring, Sanders decided it was a good idea to break out the Ray Lewis dance in Baltimore. Considering it was Thanksgiving, the celebration could only have ended in two ways — with Ray Lewis coming out of nowhere and cutting Sanders’ hands off with an electric carving knife, or with Sanders being forgiven in the interest of holiday spirit. Fortunately, it appears the latter held true.

Mike Tomlin has already banned Sanders from one particular type of celebration. You have to wonder if this one will be next.

GIF via GIFD Sports

Ray Lewis furious over Ahmad Brooks penalty, offers to pay half of fine

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Ray Lewis was one of the most vocal critics of the penalty called on Ahmad Brooks that changed the San Francisco 49ers-New Orleans Saints game on Sunday.

The former two-time Super Bowl-winning linebacker took the league to task for calling a personal foul penalty on Brooks for his hit on Drew Brees. He called it the most embarrassing call in the league since the Tuck Rule and even offered to pay half the amount if Brooks is fined.

“This is the most embarrassing call in the National Football League since the Tuck Rule and Tom Brady,” Lewis said on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” before the Carolina Panthers-New England Patriots game. “I’m serious. I’ve just never seen this type of insult to defenders.

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Ray Lewis: Adrian Peterson will have to make Barry Sanders decision

Adrian PetersonRay Lewis likens Adrian Peterson to Barry Sanders and is concerned that the Minnesota Vikings running back may have to make a “business decision” the way the former Detroit Lions great did.

Like Sanders, Peterson is one of the best backs ever but has enjoyed only mediocre results during his NFL career. Most of that is due to having poor quarterbacks. With the exception of the magical 12-4 2009 season under Brett Favre, Peterson hasn’t come close to a Super Bowl. After watching the Vikings get embarrassed on “Monday Night Football,” Lewis, speaking on the ESPN set, brought up the possibility that Peterson might have to walk away from the game like Barry.

“Me going out on that field tonight and me looking at Adrian Peterson’s eyes, it’s something that I want to bring up that I don’t want to see happen to this young kid. Because we saw it happen to a great one one time before, which was Barry Sanders,” Lewis began.

[Video: Adrian Peterson treats Browns defense like a bunch of little boys]

“If he keeps going down this road, he’s going to have to make a business decision just like Barry Sanders made a while ago. He plays the game with so much passion and so much love, and he plays it so hard … and to do him like that, to surround him with a team like that … I don’t like to see great people go through things like that.

“I think they have to figure it all out organizationally to figure out what is going on with the Minnesota Vikings.”

Peterson is in his seventh season and on his third different starting quarterback this year. He’s gone through guys like Brad Johnson, Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte before Favre, and he’s endured players like Joe Webb, Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel since. The franchise has done an extremely poor job at that position and wasted many good years of Peterson.

Unlike Barry, I don’t see Peterson walking away from the game (just listen to him talk about breaking this record). However, it is important to note that Peterson is 28 and has carried the ball nearly 2,000 times in his career. It won’t be long before he starts going downhill and we’ll cry about how some of his best years were pissed away because the team thought Tarvaris Jackson or Christian Ponder were the answers at quarterback.