Like Jack, I say, "YES!" and here's why: LINK
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I don't think so, unless Ray has a huge game with a couple of turnovers and we win going away. Even then, I think it falls short.
I was at 2130/2131 and it was surreal. It was like Disneyland. You couldn't walk 100 feet without literally bumping into a celebrity. The media coverage was like Apollo 11...the energy in the stadium was unbelievable before gametime, and escalated until the end of the 5th inning. I was in the right field flag court when the confetti came down. It was a World Series Game 7 multiplied by 5. And the fact that Cal hit the HR in 2131...wow.
Maybe if Ray returns an INT in OT for the winning TD...wouldn't that be something.
I think so. Baseball is America's past time, Football is America's passion.
If he makes a game changing play, LOOK OUT!
Have to wait for the game to play out before I can so yes or no
This is a much different kind of game. I'd say more along the lines of Cal's last game with the Orioles. I don't think that any sports league has seen a game quite like 2131 that wasn't a postseason game.
I think it will be, because unlike Cal's 2131, the outcome of this game means something too. A lot of people at Cal's game were casual fans, at best. On Sunday, you're going to have 74,000 of the most rabid sports fans on Earth cheering for both Ray and their team.
If I were going, I'd be taking earplugs and throat lozenges.
I don't view it as on par with 2131. I look at this game the same way I saw Cal's last game.
Cal's last game was a very surreal night, with snipers on top of the stadium thanks to 9-11. I was searched (twice) on my way to my seats.
Ray's will be equally surreal. All eyes will be on #52 from the entrance into the stadium until the curtain call. Baseball players can "hide" in the dug out for half the game. Can't hide in The Vault.
Wow thats a great picture! Kinda looks like Star Wars, lol.
Being a non Baltimore native, I have to chuckle at this.
I really don't think that baltimore natives and fans have the right kind of grasp on Cal that the rest of the world does. He is immortalized in Baltimore for having "perfect attendance" something that is nowhere near as big a deal elsewhere as it is here....
Ray Lewis is a MUCH bigger national figure. I think this game has FAR more national impact then Cal's perfect attendance streak game.
You may need to check the news reports from that time as well. Cal's record, as well as his all star play year after year, was recognized nation wide.
That was probably very largely as a result of his 2131 achievement.
Do you think Ray Lewis will be get that kind of support on his first ballot year? I have no doubt he'll get in, but that kind of unanimous support is unlikely.
It's an attendance record. It is what it is. It's not remotely close to say Pete Rose's hit record, a record of accumulated accomplishment.
I understand there is a reason that no one else has played in that many consecutive games and all of that, and that a player isn't given the option to play that many games in a row if he isn't a superior player, but 50 years from now, Cal will NOT be in the Jeter category of shortstops, except in Baltimore.
I have to disagree with this. First, Cal Ripken had 3,100 hits, 431 home runs, was a 19 time all star, a 2 time AL MVP and a Rookie of the Year. The Home Runs may not seem like a lot, but they are probably the most of any short stop who was never tainted by steroids. If Cal Ripken had take a 100 games off over his career he still would have been one of the greatest Orioles ever to put on a uniform and a first ballot hall of famer. Ray Lewis is a bigger national figure now, but Ripken has been retired for over a decade.
The Ripken streak game was a national event because baseball had recently come off a brutal player's strike. There had been no World Series the year before and a lot of fans were down on Baseball. Ripken breaking Gerhig's record and taking that lap around the stadium went a long way towards healing those wounds that many have forgotten about.
Ray's dance and entrance is not a national event, his retirement is. People who have never been to a game at M&T don't really have a sense of how the dance has become a true Baltimore institution. We Baltimore fans will miss the entrance when Ray is gone and so I am jealous of those who will see it one last time in person. But I don't think it has the larger importance
On the flip side, there will be over 20,000 more people in the stadium so it will be a lot louder than Ripken's game
The bolded part is actually my exact point. IN Baltimore they make it seem like Cal is defined by the streak, and that the streak is a major record. I don't find that to be the case outside of baltimore.
Brett Favre isfar more then his streak, same concept.
Ansd onto other posts... I absolutely think Ray Lewis is a first ballot HOF'er and quite possibly may be one of the leading vote getters in history.
Petey, he sure knows how to throw a party if nothing else.
Will Ravens do that with Ray and I don't mean just saying thanks at half time.
Ray will get his ceremony next year when he goes into the Ring of Honor. And I'm pretty sure he doesn't need an SUV. It always seemed kind of dumb to me to give stuff like that to a multi-millionaire.