Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis has a novel argument to add to the current contract negotiations for the NFL: if the lockout continues, the streets will run with crime. He warned: “Do this research. If we don’t have a season, watch how much evil, which we call it crime, watch how much crime picks up when you take away our game.” You may immediately reject the notion as to the fans but, before you reject the theory out of hand, consider that most crimes committed by NFL players occur during off-game hours (here).
In the meantime, the LAPD arrested Giovanni Ramirez, 31, who is considered the main (but not only culprit) in the savage beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow. It appears that the Dodgers fan did not need the lockout to turn to “evil.”
Frankly, everyone is missing the cause and effect here. For years I have warned about the divine judgment that would come if the Packers ever won the Superbowl. Now, like the denizens of Sodom and Gomorrah, we wonder why we are facing such punishments.
Strangely, Lewis’ cause-and-effect analysis of football and crime does not translate into a concession that the owners have wanted: more games. The NFL season is ridiculously short. These players receive massive salaries for only 16 games. Just think, more games even less crime. (I will accept the consultation certified check from counsel for the NFL owners by regular mail).