Sports Talk: If Lewis tackles Moss, listen for a distinctive sound

Here’s one for you.

During a play at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 3, San Francisco 49ers’ wide receiver Randy Moss lines up on the left and crosses over the middle to catch quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s pass. Meeting the Niners WR head-on is Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

And, the sound that is heard upon collision?


“Good hit, Ray.”

“Thanks, Randy, and bless you, you’re still dandy.”

That’s thug talk, by the way.

Thug is only in the eye of the bully

Moss, who will turn 36 ten days after the Super Bowl, is a tough guy who has a well-documented rap sheet.

He once helped beat up a classmate severely in high school, and was eventually expelled.

He almost went to Notre Dame, did go to Florida State briefly, and finally ended up at Marshall University, where he majored in…football naturally.

Moss, of course, has played with several NFL teams, and been in one prior Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.

He reportedly likes to toke up now and then. He and his girl friend have four children, according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Wonder if ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) needs another pro football analyst when Moss retires?

Oh, wait a minute, they already got one – reportedly – in 37-year-old Lewis.

There’s that name again – Ray Lewis.

It’s Super Bowl week, and everybody wants to know, “Ray, tell us what really happened during the killings of Akron natives’ Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar 13 years ago in Atlanta, Ga.”

Where’s Oprah Winfrey?

Maybe, she and Lewis can sit down and talk about it on live TV.

Well, here’s the latest. Reginald Oakley, one of Lewis’ two co-defendants, has apparently written a book about the incident tentatively entitled “Memories of Murder,” and it’s scheduled for a summer release. Back in 2000, Oakley and Joseph Sweeting both were acquitted of the murder charges while Lewis pleaded down to obstruction of justice.

Could be an interesting read.


There’s that sound again.

Oh, this time, it’s only Lewis tackling Niners wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who was recently cleared of sexual assault charges.

And, on and on, it goes.

Ron Johnston is the Marietta Times sports editor, and can be reached at 376-5441 or at