SUPER BOWL XLVII

Theatrical Ray Lewis shouldn't make himself the storyline this week

It's funny and it's sad.

Instead, can't we see more of Joe Flacco, who is having a great postseason? How about Anquan Boldin, the unsung hero of the playoffs? Maybe there can be more stories and pictures about the offensive line, which has been the key to the Ravens' resurgence down the stretch.

Instead, we get Lewis in private moments that should remain that way. If the networks don't believe it, then just watch the skit from "SNL." Lewis is now on par with Sarah Palin.

He deserves better, but he can't turn himself off when the cameras' red lights are on. The Ray Lewis Show has had good ratings for 17 years.

We have those pictures of him being the best middle linebacker ever. We've seen him take on and devour the best — like Eddie George and Jerome Bettis — and we've seen him in the huddle encouraging his teammates.

And maybe if we're lucky, we'll see him hoist the Lombardi Trophy high above his head one more time.

But today, when the world's media gravitate to him, Lewis will be in his own world — "Ray's World" is what some former Ravens assistants used to call it. And they'll be asking him all kinds of questions, but unfortunately all of them won't be about his football career.

Ray Lewis is bigger than that. This week, he is almost bigger than the game itself.

Again.

mike.preston@baltsun.com

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