They say once you are spoofed on "Saturday Night Live" you are officially a star! That is if you already weren't a star, then you must have been in some kind of trouble. The "SNL" crew took their shot at the Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis over the weekend and it was a good one.
The hit NBC show has mocked Tim Tebow and other sports figures about their religious beliefs in the past, and since Ray Lewis has announced his retirement at the end of this season, Lewis has sounded more like a preacher than a NFL player.
Hey, expressing your beliefs should be allowed don't you think, you just have to learn to go with the flow if you are criticized.
But even the biggest Ravens fans have to find this skit funny. Remember folks, imitation is the greatest form of flattery!
Lewis, portrayed by Kenan Thompson, appears at the "SNL" news desk and explains life, how he almost didn't make it into the show that day, and what he is going to do if the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII.
According to the Jan. 27 Baltimore Sun, if the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII Lewis says in the video he will "kneel down on the 50-yard line and ASCEND INTO HEAVEN."
Below is a transcript courtesy of the Baltimore Sun. You can also watch the video below, or by clicking on the above link.
Thompson: Whooh! Oh, Seth.
Meyers: So, Ray, are you excited for the big game?
Thompson: Aaah. [Sobs.]
Thompson: Oh, Seth, it's going to be a mega --
Meyers: You're already losing it. We're getting used to this, Ray. A lot of us saw you cry last week during the National Anthem.
Thompson: Well, it's just … I've never heard that song before. [[Cue laughter.]]
Meyers: You haven't? You've been playing football your whole life.
Thompson: I know, but … I always wear earplugs during the games to block out the sounds of my own screams.
Meyers: Well, I hope you can carry this passion to the Super Bowl. The 49ers are favored by four-and-a-half points.
Thompson: Oh, Seth, I can't listen to that. I've been through too much to get here. I'm 37 years old. I gotta torn triceps. I can't get this paint off my face. But I know that it's all part of a higher plan. The world is amazing, Seth. Look outside. There's that gorgeous skating rink right by your building. That used to be the Rockefeller Center Lake, Seth.
Meyers: No, that rink was never a lake.
Thompson: I mean, people would drown in there.
Thompson: But now scarves are flapping in the wind. People getting engaged. Hot chocolate. Aaaah. It's so beautiful.
Thompson: They said it couldn't be done, Seth.
Thompson: They said that they couldn't take a dangerous lake outside of a major New York City building and turn it into something fun. But they did.
Meyers: Well, we're … we're glad you're here.
Thompson: I almost didn't make it.
Meyers: Oh? Tell me what happened.
Thompson: I was driving up Sixth Avenue, and then this police officer said that the road was closed, said because of construction, there's a ditch up two blocks ahead. I said, 'Look, no roads are closed to Ray Lewis. Because I believe. Only a higher power could tell Ray Lewis what to do.'
Meyers: And then what happened?
Thompson: Well, I drove two blocks up and crashed into a ditch.
Meyers: Oh, OK.
Thompson: I cracked two ribs, Seth.
Meyers: Oh no.
Thompson: I got a detached retina. But I got here. I survived. Nothing's going to keep Ray Lewis down. Not a ditch. Not a retina. [Blinking] Not the 49ers. We are not gonna lose that game.
Meyers: I gotta tell you: I'm not worried about what will happen if you lose. I'm more worried about what will happen if you win.
Thompson: Seth, if we win the Super Bowl, I'm gonna go to the 50 yard line of the Superdome, kneel down and then I'm gonna ASCEND INTO HEAVEN. I'm going through the roof, Seth. It's gonna be a sight.
Meyers: Ray Lewis, everybody!