Last week, Boston somewhat infamously put up several billboards counting down to Ray Lewis' inevitable retirement after Sunday’s AFC title contest against the Patriots in New England.
Of course, the Ravens upset the favored Pats — with help from their future Hall-of-Fame middle linebacker who registered 14 tackles — and so Ray now has more game to play.
Monday in Baltimore, just off Russell Street and south of M&T Bank Stadium, a new billboard posted the official date of Ray’s retirement, which has moved to Feb. 3. That's Super Bowl Sunday. The billboard adds in parenthesis: “New England Not Invited."
Ray said in an interview that he’d actually seen a billboard in Boston prematurely announcing his retirement and it got to him.
"I was hurt when I saw a sign that actually said my retirement would [start] tonight," Lewis said. “Man can’t dictate that. God dictates that."
No word, yet, on who is responsible for the digital billboard message outside M&T Bank Stadium, which alternates with ads for First Mariner Bank, M&T Bank, Pizza Boli’s, the Maryland State Police's upcoming Polar Bear Plunge and Maryland Live Casino.
We’re just glad they got the right date.