What do famous governor-turned-conspiracy-theorist Jesse Ventura and former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis have in common?
A lot more than we all may have expected according to recent statements by the two-time Super Bowl champion and future ESPN analyst.
All was well that ended well for the Baltimore Ravens who fended off a surreal 30-minute blackout and a furious 49ers comeback during last year’s Super Bowl, yet that hasn’t prevented the now retired former Ravens’ clubhouse leader to make some interesting comments regarding a conspiracy theory that he believes was designed to thwart his former team.
Said Lewis, “Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up — and you grew up in a household like I grew up — then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that. But you cannot tell me somebody wasn’t sitting there and when they say, ‘The Ravens (are) about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.’ … That’s a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game.”
Was Lewis probably being a least a tad facetious during his statement? I’d like to think so – but I really can’t tell. He honestly seems to believe that one person or group of people is in charge of a giant switch that controls all of the lights in a stadium during the world’s most watched annual sporting event. We can only assume that he also must think that said person or group would destroy their entire career(s) and risk criminal charges simply because they were bored watching a blow out. Does Ray Lewis not understand the difference between reality and a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial?
Lewis’ comments also suggest that had the Niners attempted a play besides overthrowing Michael Crabtree in the end-zone during the final minute of the game and defeated the Ravens we would currently be mired in a “LightGate” conspiracy debacle potentially involving everyone from Vegas odds-makers to the family of Thomas Edison.
Thankfully for everybody (besides San Francisco fans, sigh) we aren’t living in such a parallel universe, but it’s
fun scary to think of how easily we could be.