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||Howard Manley of the Boston Globe reports that CBS' Lesley Visser scored the only one-on-one interview with Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. The exclusive with Lewis is a far cry from Visser's first Super Bowl interview 15 years ago, a story on Bears quarterback Jim McMahon's accunpuncturist.
||Despite not talking during Media Day or daily interview sessions, Lewis sat down with Visser for a piece that will air during CBS' six-hour pregame show on Sunday. Visser's persistance (more than 100 phone calls) scored her the big interview, and she was pleasantly surprised by Lewis' reaction. ''He talked about the two victims and their grieving families,'' Visser said. |
||Wallace Matthews of the New York Post says that Giants linebacker Micheal Barrow may be the polar opposite of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. The deeply religious Barrow says his trash talking has improved by being around college teammate Jessie Armstead again, but he still rates it only PG-13. "Well, I'm not like Ray," Barrow said. "I'm Luke Skywalker. I'm with The Force. He's more like Darth Vader."
||Barrow has made 18 tackles and one sack in the Giants' two postseason wins. While he doesn't get the press of an All-Pro like Lewis, Barrow is always around the ball ready to pounce on a mistake. The Giants' linebackers need to shut down Jamal Lewis and the Baltimore running game, and Barrow and Armstead's aggressive pursuit are capable of imposing a poor effort by an opponent. |
||Tom McMullen of The Baltimore Sun says that one of the happiest moments in Jermaine Lewis' career may have been one of the saddest in his personal life. Lewis and his wife Imara lost their unborn child in mid-December. After dealing with the tragedy of their stillborn son, Lewis helped the Ravens clinch a playoff berth, and has contributed on special teams in their three playoff wins.
||Lewis is one of the keys to the game for Baltimore, as his 16.1 yard average on punt returns could give the Ravens good field position. With its lackluster offense, Baltimore relies on field position to get into field-goal range for Pro Bowl kicker Matt Stover, and Lewis' punt returns will be crucial to winning the field-position war. |
||Bill Pennington of The New York Times writes that Giants owner Wellington Mara is having a hard time accepting his role as the old-timer of the team. Mara has been a part of the organization for 75 of his 84 years, joining his father's team in 1925 as a ball boy. Mara's hands-off style stand in sharp contrast to the modern-day flashy owners like Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder.
||Mara has always been content to sit back and watch others run his team, but following the Giants' NFC Championship Game rout of the Vikings, he found himself in a rare position. Mara reached for the microphone to address the fans at Giants Stadium and take a dig at those who said the Giants didn't deserve the NFC's No. 1 seed. "In my 84 years, I don't think I've ever done anything like that," Mara said. "In 84 years, I don't ever intend to do it again." ||