Monday, January 15, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Three Super Bowl thoughts that popped into Tom Jones' head

1. Is there anyone left who still likes Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, other than Ravens fans, that is? This isn't about the whole stabbing incident with his entourage in 2000, and it isn't even about the bizarre accusation that he took deer antler spray to overcome injury. (Okay, so maybe it is a little bit about that double homicide.) But I think fans have simply overdosed on Lewis. He cries. He preaches. He self-promotes. He seems aware whenever the camera is on him. And when it's not on him, he makes sure it gets on him. Even Saturday Night Live is spoofing him. In the one week when all fans should be celebrating his spectacular career, Lewis' reputation and popularity are somehow getting worse. As charismatic as he is, you wonder if networks are having second thoughts about adding Lewis to their NFL coverage.

2. If I hear one more person suggest the Bucs go out and get 49ers starter-turned-backup quarterback Alex Smith to give Josh Freeman some competition, I'm going to go all WWE on them. Get this straight: Smith already is backing up someone, and he hates it. There's no way he is interested in coming to Tampa Bay and getting into a competition with Freeman. Smith wants to go somewhere where he is the clear No. 1 such as Arizona or Jacksonville. The Bucs might very well bring in someone to put some heat on Freeman, but it's not going to be Smith.

3. I don't know where commissioner Roger Goodell will get a colder reception: next season at Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, when it might be 20 degrees, or Sunday in New Orleans in the wake of Bounty-gate. To which I say, get over it, Saints fans. Your guys put out bounties. Blame them, not the commissioner.

 
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