6'1, 245 lbs, MLB, Ravens
Lewis was a standout at Kathleen High in Florida, at running back and linebacker. One reputable magazine ranked him as one of the top 10 high school football players of all time. He was an All-American at the U. of Miami before being drafted with the 26th pick overall by the Baltimore Ravens. He has led his team in tackles every year since his rookie season and led the whole NFL in 1997 and 1999.
Unfortunately, Ray's life took a turn for the worse on January 31st, 2000. Two men died in a street brawl that Ray witnessed without involvement; contrary to popular belief, he was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. His one mistake was in lying to the police when first being questioned about whether he knew the two other co-defendants, probably to avoid being considered a rat. But after some time, Lewis decided to testify against the two men and settled for an obstruction of justice charge. There was never any hard evidence presented to suggest that Ray Lewis committed murder! However, #52 did not let the whole ordeal set him back; in fact he came back for the 2000 football season with a vengeance. Just to name a few accomplishments: he led the Ravens defense to a mere 165 points allowed (an NFL record), he garnered Defensive Player of the Year honors and finally won the coveted Super Bowl MVP award in leading the Ravens to a dominating victory in Super Bowl XXXV.
Still not satisfied with his success, Ray Lewis may have had his best season to date in 2003. He recorded 225 tackles (160 solo), forced 2 fumbles, intercepted 6 passes (a rarity for linebackers) and led the Ravens to win the AFC North Division yet again. All this amounted to his second NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
A team of experts from USA Today recently rated Ray Lewis as the linebacker with the most strength, speed, acceleration, awareness and as the most valuable to his team and best tackler. Obviously, he was ranked as the best linebacker, but they also ranked him as the best overall player in the NFL.
Ray's opponents know from experience that it’s not his statistics that stand out the most for him; it’s the intangibles such as his incomparable intimidation of opponents and, at the same time, inspiration for his teammates. Another crucial aspect of Ray's immense success has been his uncanny ability to decode plays before they develop as he appears to have a psychic's vision for what will unfold. This of course comes from his dedication off the field in studying more film than a coach.
Ray will go down as one of the best defensive players of all time and perhaps the greatest linebacker ever.
Jose Contreras: Ray Lewis is the most intense, respectable man on the planet.
: Yes, perhaps only rivaled by Pai Mei
a short, particularly stubby chick who is in most cases quite ugly.
ideally 4'11, 140 pounds.
synonym: battle toad
the difference between "war pig" "and battle toad
" are that if you refer to a chick as a "war pig" you are putting emphasis on how fat she is (stubby is too politically correct). while, if you refer to a chick as a "battle toad
" you are emphasizing how short she is.
Jose Contreras: dude were you drunk last night when you hooked up with that war pig??
Bruce Lee: it was more desperation than drunkness... but ya i had a few too many beers.
born John Austin in Watts, CA
he was a voracious reader as a child and eventually developed into one of the hottest rappers around cerca '94 and '95 with a knack for complex lyrics. his much awaited debut album "Soul On Ice" was critically acclaimed, but its lack of mainstream appeal (partially due to mediocre, yet underrated beats) made it a commercial failure. However, that album alone made him widely regarded by hip-hop heads as one of the most talented rap lyricists of all time. Unfortunately, after his debut album, he rarely fulfilled the potential that he showed in his early career. His second album, with the exception of a few standout tracks, "Rasassination" (1998) was a poor effort from such a talented artist. Unfortunately, due to difficulties with his record label and legal trouble, much of his material was not released until well after it was recorded. His most recent solo album "Van Gogh" was a sure improvement from his sophomore slump, but its failure to produce any one classic track had it fail to meet the impossibly high expectations that are now placed on Ras Kass. His most accomplished song has to be "Nature of the Threat", which appears on "Soul On Ice"; it is a detailed description of the history of racism and religion, particularly propagandist racism and religion and Ras spent 6 months researching and writing this 7+ minute track with no hook, a rarity in rap today. This dedication is unmatched by most of the so-called "legends" of rap... for example 2pac recorded "All Eyez On Me", his most commercially successful album, in 16 days. Despite the fact that Ras Kass seems to be beyond his prime, he is still much more refreshing than over 90% of the rap that you will hear on the radio these days. He is also an excellent freestyler. In response to the many rap fans who criticize Ras' choice of beats, I once read an interview which stated something along the lines of "To criticize the beats in Soul On Ice is like criticizing the cinematography in Clerks"... think about that.
Here is a Ras Kass quotable...
and most emcees aint prepared /
so what i say goes over ya head like pubic hairs /
Jose Contreras: I think Ras Kass is the best lyricist of all time.
Bruce Lee: Perhaps he is the most talented lyricist of all time, but he is rarely in top form. Therefore, it is ludicrous to compare him with the likes of Rakim, KRS-One and even our generation's Aesop Rock.
born in Louisville, Kentucky on July 18, 1937.
Also known as "Raoul Duke" or "Dr. Gonzo", Thompson originated as a sports journalist for numerous publications. He went on to work for Rolling Stone during the late 60s and 70s. He has also published several very popular and critically acclaimed books, including "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas" which was turned into a film by Terry Gilliam in 1998, starring Johnny Depp as Thompson himself and Benicio Del Toro as well. He has been known to stretch the truth at times, usually the result of self-proclaimed usage of heroic amounts of hardcore drugs. Many critics dismiss his unusual style due to his mixture of fact with fiction at times, but he is widely considered a literary genius and an icon of outspoken, unapologetic social commentary.
here is an example of his writing from "Fear & Loathing On The Campaign Trail '72"...
"There are only two ways to make it in big-time politics today: One is to come on like a mean dinosaur, with a high-powered machine that scares the shit out of your entrenched opposition (like Daley or Nixon) . . . and the other is to tap the massive, frustrated energies of a mainly young, disillusioned electorate that has long since abandoned the idea that we all have a DUTY to vote. This is like being told you have a DUTY to buy a new car, but you have to choose immediately between a Ford and a Chevy."
Jose Contreras: I think that Hunter S. Thompson's writing suffered as a result of his drug use.
Bruce Lee: you pig motherfucking little boy felch
er! Thompson's writing is much more interesting when the affect of drugs is apparent.
Amount of money or chips that each player puts into the pot before the cards are dealt.
Bruce Lee: How much is the ante for this game?
Jose Contreras: 100 bucks or your left testicle... your choice.
In poker, a pair of queens.
22 year old Ethiopian distance running sensation. Bekele has won the World Cross Country Championships' short course (4k) and the long course (12k) together in the last three years. Previously, this had never been done at all, let alone by someone so young. Bekele proved himself on the track at the 2003 World Championships by winning the 10k. In 2004, within a period of 8 days, he eclipsed his fellow countryman Haile Gebrselassie's 5k and 10k records by approximately 2 seconds each. In both races he had no one to challenge him, and the rabbits did not do their job properly, so it is generally assumed that he will continue to lower his own world record. He recently won the Olympic gold medal in the 10k in olympic record time (27:05). He was so dominant that he ran the last lap in 53 seconds and said "It was no problem for me" after the race. He is the favorite in the upcoming 5k Olympic Final which will be one of the most competitive distance races of all time featuring Bekele, 20 year old Ethiopian prodigy Sileshi Sihine who won silver in the Olympic 10k, world champion Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and world runner-up at 5k and world champ at 1500 from Morocco Hicham El Guerrouj. If Bekele wins, he will be the first to complete the 5k and 10k double since Miruts Yifter, also from Ethiopia, in 1980.
Weight: ~120 lbs.
Date of Birth: June 13, 1982
Place of Birth: Bekoji, Arsi Province (Ethiopia)
5k PR: 12:37.35 (World Record)
10k PR: 26:20.31 (World Record)
Jose Contreras: Haile Gebrselassie may be the greatest distance runner of all time with 17 world records.
Bruce Lee: ya but Kenenisa Bekele will be the greatest of all time eventually... he has the versatility of Geb on the track, but what sets him apart is his success in cross country as well, which Geb never had.