ESPN recently did a profile on one of the least interesting players in the NFL, Joe Flacco. Since I am a part of the TL;DR;DC (Too Long;Didn't Read;Didn't Care) generation, I didn't read much of it, but I'm taking FTW's word that it was "excellent." Sure. Fine. Whatever the fuck you say, guys.
Anyway, in the profile, Flacco basically told ESPN that the ra-ra shit Ray Lewis was always spewing was basically unintelligible.
"I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn't even make sense. He meant everything he was saying, but I didn't know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time."
Someone will turn that comment into a pot-stirring semi-insult as it is, but FTW dug deeper just to see if Ray Lewis's speeches made any sense, and goddamn, they do not. They went ahead and transcribed Ray's pep talk to Stanford's basketball team. When you watch it (directly below), his inflections and manuerisms and deep-rooted passion blind you to the fact that what is coming from his mouth is complete and utter nonsense.
Here is the transcribed speech:
“Let me tell you something, if tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today? Forget everything else. Forget everything else. Forget that there was any sunlight left. What would you spend today thinking about? Yourself? Or the man that’s beside you. Or the man that you know you’d give everything in your heart for? We get one opportunity at life. One chance at life to do whatever you gonna do. To lay your foundation and make whatever mark you’re going to make. Whatever legacy you gonna leave. Leave your legacy! And it’s found through effort. Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge effort ’cause effort is between you and you. Effort ain’t got nothin’ to do with anybody else. So that team that think they ready to see you? They think what they’ve seen on film? They ain’t shown what film shows. Because every day is a new day. Every moment is a new moment. So now you’ve got to go out and show them that I’m a different creature NOW than I was five minutes ago. Because I’m pissed off for greatness. Because if you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that mean you okay with being mediocre. Ain’t no man in here okay with being just basic. So let’s do what we do. Tonight, we ain’t got to worry ’bout taking no breaks. Don’t worry about — [Inaudible due to cheering.]“
My GAWD that was fantastic to read. Someone (not me) should really transcribe all of his speeches because I thoroughly enjoyed reading that. A few of my favorite moments:
“Let me tell you something, if tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?"
I think he meant, "Let me ASK you something." And I'd give five, maybe ten, bucks for today. What's the weather going to be like?
"Forget everything else."
Even about tomorrow being a big fat IF?
"Forget everything else."
Okay, okay, consider it forgotten. Although I'm still uneasy about tomorrow's lack of promises.
"Forget that there was any sunlight left."
Any chance you can inject me with Alzheimer's to expedite this forgetting process?
"What would you spend today thinking about?"
Certainly not all that sweet fucking sunlight that's left.
Actually, I'm still pretty fixated on sunlight.
"Whatever legacy you gonna leave. Leave your legacy!"
I want very much to leave the legacy I am going to leave. I hope this all works out for me.
"Wins and losses come a dime a dozen."
I bet the Cleveland Browns would pay upwards of four dimes for a dozen wins.
"So now you’ve got to go out and show them that I’m a different creature NOW than I was five minutes ago."
Correct! Five minutes ago you were a semi-respected motivational speaker.