Late For Work 7/7: Lewis Hilarious In Field Of Dreams Spoof

Plus 5 steps Flacco must take to silence critics. And do you truly appreciate Ray?

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 9:18 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Lewis Hilarious In Field Of Dreams Spoof

If you build it, Ray will come.

The popular website, Funny Or Die, released a three-minute “Field of Dreams” sequel yesterday, featuring “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner, playing the character portrayed in the original movie by Kevin Costner, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and many other NFL stars.

In a riff on the NFL labor impasse, Lautner hears a voice that prompts him to build a football field in the cornfields of Iowa, which attracts locked-out NFL players.

Field Of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout

“Are you ready?” whispers the voice.

Lautner answers, “For what?”

“Some football.”

Enter Lewis and a number of other NFL stars including Tony Gonzalez, Dwight Freeney, Antonio Cromartie and Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman.

Lewis provides much comedic relief as he repeatedly appears out of nowhere to slam Lautner.

But what really had me rolling was this behind the scenes clip (video No. 2 below). Lewis is doing a Q&A when Lautner tries to inflict a little revenge on the 250-pound linebacker.

The pretty-boy actor tried to take down Lewis unexpectedly, but instead, Lautner crashed into Lewis face first, bounced off him and fell straight to the ground.

“It’s OK. Listen, everybody tries to do other people’s jobs,” Lewis says into the camera as you hear Lautner groaning in the background.

“That was the scariest part because I thought he had broken his chin on Ray Lewis,” Funny or Die President of Production Mike Farah told ESPN.

For a guy who has said he’d like to pursue acting after his NFL career, Lewis certainly proved he can hang in Hollywood.

Yesterday, @raylewis52com tweeted, “Check out this video we shot a few weeks ago…LOL…Even though were in a lockout I’m still working on my sacks.”

Here are a few fun facts about the video, according to the Associated Press:

  • The cast worked for free. Some players just wanted to do something for fun, while others are aspiring actors who wanted to show off their skills.
  • The video was shot over two days last week in Thousand Oaks, Calif., not in Iowa. Thus, the cornfield had to be digitally added.
  • In just one day on the Web, the video got more than 600,000 views.
  • Costner couldn’t make it out to California for his scene, so a crew flew to Colorado to shoot him in front of a green screen.

Field Of Dreams 2: Behind The Scenes

Field Of Dreams 2: Deleted Scenes

Walker’s 5 Steps Flacco Must Take To Silence Critics

As ESPN’s James Walker says, quarterback Joe Flacco has become one of the “biggest punching bags” during the NFL lockout.

Luckily for Joe, Walker has a five-step program that will silence all his critics.

I must warn you though; this list is not an easy one. And if No. 5 is really what it will take to get people to back off, then any quarterback without a Lombardi trophy should take cover.

No. 1: Flacco must beat Pittsburgh with Ben Roethlisberger under center

Walker says: “No more excuses. … [A win] would lift a huge burden off Flacco and could begin to change his reputation as a quarterback who struggles in big games.”

No. 2: Flacco must perform well in the playoffs

Walker says: “Advancing to the AFC title game as a rookie was one of the best and worst things to happen to Flacco. He did something few rookie quarterbacks have accomplished. But it also raised the bar much higher for Flacco than it is for your typical young quarterbacks. … There will be times Flacco has to carry the team with his arm in a big game.”

No. 3: Thrive against the AFC North

Walker says: “Flacco is a combined 5-9 against [the Steelers and Bengals] and has thrown 11 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 14 career games. … Flacco has to play these teams at least four times per year and needs to perform better against AFC North competition.”

No. 4: Bring back the deep ball

Walker says: “Some teams have figured out how to defend Flacco and the Ravens’ offense, because Baltimore hasn’t thrown the deep ball much the past couple of seasons. … The offensive pattern has become predictable and drawn the ire of media and fans in Baltimore.”

No. 5: Win a Super Bowl

Walker says: “Winning a Super Bowl is the great equalizer. … Flacco could silence everyone – [LaMarr] Woodley, Dhani Jones, media and fans — by finally winning the big game.”

Does Baltimore Truly Appreciate Lewis?

Lewis has received a wave of praise lately, most notably his ranking as the top defender (No. 4 overall) in the NFL as voted on by fellow NFL players.

The adoration is well-deserved, says The Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Cowherd. But even with all the acclaim, the columnist wonders if Lewis is truly cherished.

“Seeing Lewis in the spotlight this week got me wondering whether, even in this town, we truly appreciate the greatness of No. 52,” wrote Cowherd.

“Look, I’m not going to tell you Lewis is the fourth-best player in the league right now, because I don’t believe that. But even if Ray has lost a step or two, I still find it astonishing that a 36-year-old who’s played 15 years at the most punishing position in pro football can still perform at such a high level.”

It’s an interesting thought. What do you think? Does Baltimore truly appreciate all that Lewis means to the Ravens?

Quick Hits

  • Can Jah Reid, a rookie out of Central Florida, really become a starting right tackle in his first season in the NFL? John Eisenberg has his doubts and offers some other options just in case. []
  • Jamison Hensley continues building the All-Ravens Team by naming his starters in the secondary. At cornerback is Chris McAlister and Duane Starks. At safety is Ed Reed and Rod Woodson. [The Baltimore Sun]
  • The clock is ticking on a new CBA that will save the season. Thus, legal teams for the owners and players met for 11 hours yesterday, preparing for meetings today that will welcome back NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith. []
  • ProFootballTalk: Lorenzo Neal disputes that he was arrested [Twitter]
  • Former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was named as a patient of Dr. Anthony Galea. But while he was one among 20 or so athletes treated by Dr. Galea, that doesn’t mean he did anything wrong. []

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