Here is what other news outlets are saying about the Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl XLVII today.
--- Kevin Van Valkenburg of ESPN The Magazine profiled Ravens safety Ed Reed, the ying to Ray Lewis’ yang.
“Lewis' decision to retire after 17 seasons in a Baltimore uniform, whether the Ravens win or lose Sunday, has become one of the dominant storylines of Super Bowl XLVII, and understandably so. He has been the face of the franchise for as long as it's been in Baltimore. He is a lightning rod for people's emotions, playing the roles of hero, villain, preacher and sinner,” wrote Van Valkenburg, my former colleague. “But this could be Reed's last ride, as well, at least with the Ravens. He will be a free agent at season's end, and when you combine his age with the game's financial realities, his return feels increasingly unlikely. He also has mulled retirement in recent years, torn between how much he loves the game and how terrified he is of ending up with a cane or in a wheelchair. When he does leave football, friends say, he is likely to do so without warning or ceremony.”
--- Steve Politi of The Newark Star-Ledger says linebacker Ray Lewis is making the Ravens' Super Bowl run all about himself.
“It might be easier to celebrate the career of Ray Lewis if he weren’t doing such a good job himself,” he wrote. “This, sadly, is impossible at Super Bowl RL, where everything is all about Ray, all the time. Ray dances for the cameras. Ray cries at the national anthem. Ray smears his entire face in eye black. Ray, Ray, Ray. Lewis made the selfish decision to announce before the playoffs that he would retire at the end of this season, ensuring that everything about the rest of the Ravens’ run would be all about his favorite person. Since then, his interviews have been nonstop narcissism -- my team, my city, my final ride. My, my, my.”
--- Clark Judge of CBS Sports says it has been a long, string trip from Delaware to the Super Bowl for quarterback Joe Flacco.
“Once upon a time Flacco was a promising young quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh. In fact, he was so promising that one scout predicted ‘he would have been the next Dan Marino’ had he stayed there. OK, but he didn't,” he wrote. “And he wasn't anyone's next Dan Marino, either. Instead he quit Pittsburgh for the University of Delaware because ... well, because he couldn't beat out incumbent quarterback Tyler Palko. I get that. What I don't get is how someone who sits behind Palko, has to transfer to Delaware to play and isn't on anyone's radar until his senior year goes on to become a starter in the Super Bowl.”
--- Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated says that the reality of 49ers wideout Randy Moss' comeback is deeper than perception.
“This is Randy Moss. He says he is better than Jerry Rice, and he isn't. More talented, maybe. But Rice was a more complete and polished receiver. He ran more precise routes and didn't take plays off. If Moss was the greatest receiver of all-time, why did the Minnesota Vikings unload him when he was only 28? Why was his value so low when he was 30 years old that the New England Patriots got him for just a fourth-round pick?” he wrote. “It was Randy, saying something he shouldn't, and that was the Randy Moss Media Day story. And that's unfortunate, because the story should be about the redemption of Randy Moss. He skipped a year, came back and has been a leader and mentor to the 49ers' young receivers. All year, he has acted like he doesn't see himself as the greatest receiver ever. He has conducted himself like an older guy trying to help out.”
--- Mark Purdy of The San Jose Mercury News writes that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick handled media day well.
“Colin Kaepernick is not sure how he feels about being the NFL's new instant rock star. But the 25-year-old 49ers quarterback deftly and concisely handled Super Bowl media day here Tuesday morning,” he wrote. “Not so long ago, Kaepernick could have stood on a street corner and been ignored even by stray dogs. But for an hour at a podium inside the Superdome, he was slammed by questions from several hundred reporters of all sizes and languages.”