I did not make this headline up
The Detroit News has a short article regarding Amani Toomer's impressions of the Ray Lewis spectacle, labeling Lewis a "caricature". All in all I think it was good of Toomer to call Lewis out on Lewis's antics.
A theme in Toomer's comments is that in addition to Lewis's checkered past, Lewis is largely all about Ray Lewis and less so about his team. That jibes with my impression of Lewis.
I am a big believer that people can redeem themselves, but also think that most people who do show contrition and humility. I haven't seen much of either from Lewis, so I'm hoping he goes out with a thud rather than a bang.* Lewis strikes me as positively unrepenetant regarding his involvement in the Atlanta murders.
On the other hand, Ed Reed seems to be on the way out of the NFL himself, and has been a model of humility. Anyway, let's hear your thoughts on this topic since it's the off-season.
"It's definitely all about him," Toomer, a former NFL player whose Giants lost to Lewis and the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, told USA Today. "Once a guy goes to the center of the field, goes into the victory formation on the last play of his last home game … I just don't think the Giants or any organization I've ever been a part of, even growing up, would allow somebody to single themselves out like that.
*Insert off-color joke about Lewis's crew's victim going out with a bang. Feel bad because the victims were real and the crime horrendous. Wring hands about dilemma of including this comment. Realize the victims were stabbed rather than shot. Hang head in shame.
OK, to my knowledge this has never come up:
That is the video for Coolio's single "1-2-3-4 (Sumpin' New)" from 1996. When I saw it, I immediately noticed Mr. Ivey is wearing a 1995 Nike Michigan home jersey #18, which would make it Amani Toomer. It would also make it one of the earliest Nike Michigan replica jerseys to feature the swoosh. (He looks to have the tackle twill model rather than the screenpressed.)
But wait, at both 0:27 and 0:54, we see that one of Coolio's posse is rocking a #21 white Michigan road jersey. I do not see the swoosh on it, so I am going to presume that this is a Howard homage rather than a Biakabatuka, although the video would have been likely shot post-1995 Ohio State game, so perhaps it is a 313 shout out.
Anyway, since it had never come up to my knowledge, here it is. Enjoy your Thursday afternoon. Because there ain't no party like a Big House party because a Big House party don't stop.