In what has to be one of the oddest motivational speeches in sports history, Ravens linebacker and future hall of famer Ray Lewis made a special cameo in the Stanford men’s locker room before their NIT semifinal game against UMass on Tuesday night.
Don’t get me wrong, having Ray Lewis give you a pregame speech would be a dream for any sports team, but I just don’t understand the connection that Lewis, who played college football at the U (Miami for you squares out there) has with a bunch of certified squares at Stanford.
Lewis delivered an impassioned speech, re-creating one of his legendary pep talks with the Ravens, including delivering the following gem that anyone that does anything can apply to their life:
“I’m pissed off for greatness. Because if you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that means you’re OK with being mediocre.”
The Stanford squad soaked up Lewis’ proverbial ‘ism and went out and smashed UMass 74-64 to advance to the NIT final, and the right to be considered the 69th best team in the country.
One of the few times when a 69 isn’t all that its cracked up to be.