Ray Lewis has a gold tooth? Maybe it's another Ray Lewis in the league besides the Ravens' Ray Lewis or maybe I'm not paying attention to his teeth but paying attention to the way he plays the game. I'm a big fan of him and I think he plays the game with more intensity than 90% of the players out there. Also if the owners of the teams are willing to pay these athletes their large salaries then so be it. Honestly, who in the working force doesn't want to make as much money as they can? I know my a$$ wouldn't turn down a large salary because of what anyone else thinks especially if me and my employer feels I deserve it.
I didn't mean persay Ray Lewis was a gold tooth, there are gold tooths out there the most dubious honor goes to Chad Johnson or whatever he wants to call himself. My point to that remark was: Guys struggle to make ends meat and give some of their money to these clowns and the money made by many is squandered in gold teeth. I can't stand Ray Lewis he's an example of cockiness gone rouge in the NFL. I am not a fan of cocky and arrogance in people he is one who defines it. IMO. But while you bring up Ray Lewis: While so much attention was paid to Michael Vick and his descent from a QB Icon to Public enemy #1, not near as much attention was paid to Lewis when he was involved in a murder. It dropped damn fast. I watch his childish dances in pregame and think, no wonder kids who play at the midget levels and in some High School get flagged for their Lewis like dances, they pick this up from him.
I am generalizing here but Lewis along with the Michael Irvins, Pac Man Jones, Deion Sanders, T.O's and I can go on and on and on have taken the decorum of the game and transformed a class league to the likes of what we see now. This all started under Paul Taglibeau. Pre Tag Rozelle would never have put up with the shenanigans he allowed. There was a higher decorum to the game. The Fun Bunch and Billy White Shoes Johnson was about as wacky as there was and it wasn't Penalize worthy. In fact it was lame compared to these guys today. They are paid to produce and when they do they act like a 10 year old. But when a 10 year old celebrates he is expected to act like an adult or the team gets a 15 yarder assessed to them. I know, I coached 14 them years. It wasn't always easy trying to get a kid to leave Deon Sanders at home.
If you look at the players of say the 60's and look at most today, you can see how the culture from then to now has changed. With it.... excessive drugs, rap sheets, guys working their way out of the ghetto and bringing the ghetto to the NFL. They are so patronized they think they are untouchable until they are caught. Right Plexico Burris?
Then comes along Rodger Goodell. He is working to clean up this puke. But ya got the NFLPA fighting to keep the hood in the game. When he levies fines and suspensions to these clowns, the union cries foul. I'd like to see hair management, he talked about it last season but no rules governing it were instituted. Its unsightly and a safety issue and its filtered to the NCAA. Maybe he will get a handle on it. Can't stop the tattoos and the thug looks many are decorated with but at least make it so you can read their name on their shirt.
Many like the evolution of the NFL. For me, the aforementioned helped ruin it along with the out of control salaries. Personally I will not justify giving money to a guy making 1.2 mil a year. I will stick with the NCAA. Those players aren't that corrupted yet.