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Ray Lewis, the Dallas Cowboys Do Not Deserve You

Note: Kenny is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, as well as a huge Ray Lewis fan.

Now that football season is over, there have been many trade rumors, retirement talk, coaching changes and players wanting out of their current situations. Down here in Dallas, we hear this type of talk every single day. I’m not too sure how it is in other markets, but the airwaves, newspapers, and televisions talk the Cowboys much more than the Mavericks, Stars, and the Rangers put together. In the midst of The Playmaker Michael Irvin holding tryouts for a reality show for a spot on the Cowboys training camp roster (I still don’t know how to feel about this), and Terrell Owens hosting his own reality show this off-season (anyone who knows me knows how I feel about this man), people tend to think we should make a run at newly-minted free agent, The Great Ray Lewis. At first, I was all for it, but the more I thought about it, the less I was turned off by the prospect of him coming here. Simply put, my team, the Dallas Cowboys, do not deserve Ray Lewis, and he should not be in a Dallas Cowboys uniform next season.

See, we have issues that even The Great Ray-Ray cannot fix. We have a man who is the head coach in title, but does not really run a damn thing. On top of that, we still have no undisputed leader, whatsoever, on our team. We have cats who are more than capable (DeMarcus Ware, Bradie James, Jay Ratliff, and Jason Witten immediately come to mind), but there’s not that one player on the team that people look to, and say “that man is the undisputed leader, and we’ll ride or die on his word.” While that is the role people expect Lewis to fill, it simply cannot and will not happen. When there are issues in the locker room, it always gets out, because there are players on this team that do not know when, or how, to shut the hell up. On top of that, there’s The Jerry Factor, and while I love the fact that he wants to win, and he will spend money to get people here, I hate that he still wants to do it his way, which we now know isn’t the winning way. Remember, we haven’t won a playoff game in 12 years, and the common denominator is him, so that has to count for something.

Plus, I know how we (yes, we being the fans) can be. Granted, all Cowboy fans aren’t stupid, but there are quite a number of them who are. The last thing I want is Ray Lewis to come down here, in a no-win situation, and be disrespected and mistreated in his twilight years. The man deserves much more than that. If there was more stability on the coaching staff and in the front office, I’d be all for it. Since there isn’t, I have to say this, and will continue to stand by it. As long as our team is in shambles, the Dallas Cowboys do not deserve Ray Lewis on this team, period.

Be easy.

-K. Masenda


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