Super Bowl: Revisiting Deer-Antler Spray and Ray Lewis

Todd Pheifer@tpheiferAnalyst IIIFebruary 3, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 31:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens addresses the media during Super Bowl XLVII Media Availability at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The story of Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens and his mysterious forest-creature mist is starting to age just a bit, much like fine grocery-store cheese. However, there is just something about certain stories that allow for ongoing coverage even if the seller never saw Ray use it (via Fox Sports).


Why is this story still intriguing? Three words. Deer. Antler. Spray. Put them all together and you have a Super Bowl-week story that does not include the usual X’s, O’s and prognostication about the game.

This narrative is fascinating because we are actually putting those words together in a phrase...on purpose.

This feels like one of those wacky board games where players are supposed to assemble words that normally do not belong together. The winner solicits uproarious laughter from the group as they display their mastery of literary witticism.

And the winner is...deer-antler spray!

Obviously performance-enhancing drugs and allegations of cheating are not laughing matters, but it is always interesting to see what people will do to improve their lives through science.

The story is not whether an athlete used a banned substance. Well, it is sort of about that. The reality is, that story has been told many times before in this sport and others.

Deer-antler spray. Were they unable to ship marmot-spleen lotion? The seller was fresh out of duck-kidney extract?

Just a note for the experimenting cooks out there. Apparently there are some fine duck-kidney recipes.

Drawing nourishment and healing from the animal kingdom is certainly not a new concept. Humanity has been tapping interesting biological resources from our animal friends for quite some time.

In addition, people are more than happy to inject, ingest and rub on all manner of plants and minerals based on the recommendations of their fellow Earth-dwellers.

For myself, there are still times when I pause and chuckle before downing my fish-oil tablets. Those words also do not sound appetizing when put together.

Who knows? Maybe deer-antler spray will become the standard of healing in the medical community. Stranger substances and techniques have been used to cure a bevy of ills.

One can tell that this Super Bowl has lacked a lot of wacky, off-the-wall stories. There is the story of the battling Harbaughs, the rise of Colin Kaepernick, and the Ravens’ desire not only to win but to send Ray Lewis out on top.

Nice stories.

Deer-antler spray still wins.

You also have to give props to whoever decided to grind up some deer antler and put it into a spray bottle. Is there anything that we won’t mix up in a beaker and use for experiments?

I was telling someone about this story who does not follow the NFL very closely and had not heard about Ray and his spray. I explained that apparently the deer-antler spray has some sort of healing properties. The listener pondered that for a moment and then asked what deer-antler spray is normally used for.

An excellent question.

The other day I did hear Matt “Money” Smith on the Petros & Money Show suggest that this Super Bowl was lacking a Eugene Robinson-like storyline. In other words, a juicy scandal.

I don’t know if we need to repeat that particular incident, which ranks second (via Fox Sports) on the list of most infamous Super Bowl scandals.

Eventually this story will get replaced with something else, but something tells me that many fans will remember the “deer-antler spray incident.” The words are just too memorable.

Now if you will excuse, I need to head out to the nutritional-supplements store. Who knows what kinds of natural goodness I have been missing out on in my sheltered life.