I'm not sure whose idea it was to put Ray Lewis on a live mic for a sideline interview as the Baltimore Ravens were driving for the game-winning touchdown on Thursday night, but that person needs a raise. After a lengthy punt return that set the Ravens up at the Washington Redskins' 35-yard-line, Lewis was called over for a mundane, end-of-the-game interview. But nothing with Ray Lewis is mundane, especially with the game on the line.
Here's Lewis, taking over as the play-by-play announcer as the Ravens find the end zone with under a minute to go to down the Washington Redskins (via AwfulAnnouncingBGreen on Youtube).
Even if all he could get out was "Oh he faked it! Oh! Oh! Oh!," it was still must-see TV. You could tell ESPN had its finger on the dump button and the announcers were nervous Lewis might drop a string of expletives, but it all added to the entertainment of having the Ravens' linebacker on the mic during a heated moment.
And in this day and age, where NFL preseason games are pretty much meaningless, isn't it fun to see a grizzled veteran jumping around like a rookie who just witnessed his first NFL win?