Sherman's problem is that his "on-field character" he has a hard
time turning off once the game is done. He was on an ESPN show, and the
reporter was probing his statement that he's the best cornerback in the
NFL, and when the question got a little uncomfortable, Sherman went on offense
and said that he was actually a better *person* than the reporter is, because
he's All-Pro and accomplished this at a young age.Sherman is
very, very smart, doesn't swear, in many ways he's role model for tons
of kids, but his Achilles heel is his mouth. There is easily available footage
of a player coming up after a game and punching him in the face, unprovoked. In
my experience, these things don't happen for no reason, Sherman's been
in who-know-how-many verbal altercations with players all over the league that
are just completely unnecessary. There are plenty of players who
are passionate, who will talk trash with the other players, and then there is
Richard Sherman, who is coming off more as a competitor to Ronald McDonald than
being a football player.
Funny how America is broke, but everyone keeps throwing all their money to these
guys. Whether they are the best in the league or not. Who cares?America, Get to work. Turn the tv off. Read a book. Make your future
better.Turn your attention elsewhere.
He's a football player, he's not suppose to be familiar with English
10CC, Skip Bayless does not qualify as a "reporter." He hasn't
qualified as a "reporter" for over a decade. Sherman never has any
trouble being friendly, except when people blatantly disrespect him. Way before
Sherman said what he did to Bayless, Bayless said Sherman made him dislike the
Seahawks. Bayless was only saying that because Sherman taunted his favorite
player, Tom Brady, but he conveniently ignored all the junk Brady was saying to
Sherman that Sheman said started the whole thing. I think a lot of people
don't realize (either because they don't want to or because they are
too lazy to actually investigate for themselves), Sherman's outbursts at
players/media is always retaliatory. That doesn't necessarily excuse it,
but let's stop pretending certain people don't deserve what they get
Coach Lombardi said: " Winning isn't everything it's the only
thing . . . But the object is to win fairly squarely and by the rules".
I find the whole thing rather funny. I actually have little issue with what
Sherman said or did. It was rather refreshing compared to the canned sports
responses we get ad nauseam, and was a rather tame version of what is seen and
heard on the sidelines of sports on a daily biases. We need look no further
excuses given Incagnito after that story broke. You will hear worse
language along the sidelines of any given high school game on any given Friday
night. It is ironic that the media is running with this when worse behavior is
seen on TV from 7 to 9 nightly on TV. We have a country in Ukraine that is on
the brink of unraveling - where we have hundreds of missionaries serving... and
Richard Sherman is the news DN thinks is news worthy. I love football.... but
really? This is still monday morning news a week after?
I SO want Denver to win. And then everybody ignore Sherman after the game.
What Sherman did speaks so loudly...I can't hear what he/his
family or his friends say about him not being a thug/villain.His
chosen forum for the rant was not on the sideline or in the locker room but at
the end of the game where winners are supposed to graciously accept their
victory while congratulating their opponents.I realize the sentence
above might be a dated social convention for some...But not for
me.I'm not a Bronco fan...But I will be a Bronco
Amy Donaldson want the product but not what it produces.Sherman was
just fine. Everyone who actually cares about Sherman's dramatics needs to
get a life. Don't like his outbursts? Don't watch the game or buy his
I can't wait for someone to serve Richard Sherman a cold slice of humble
pie. It may not be Peyton on Sunday, but he should rest assured it will happen.
I agree that his "on Field character" has become so strong, that it is
beginning to overpower him off the field, and he certainly acted like a child
after the game. Most of the greats have much better PR and communications
skills. Imagine if he could act like an adult and said "Wow, what an amazing
game. It was great to make a play like that. Hats off to the 9ers, that's a
really good football team and we are lucky we beat them." If he continues
with the trend he will find himself as one of the most hated players in the
In a way, Sherman is brilliant. He seized the moment to put himself front and
center - he's garnered as much ink as the Super Bowl itself. How much of
the initial act was calculated and how much is simple narcissism is hard to
judge but he's certainly capitalized on it.That said, I abhor
the buffoonish behavior and hope that Manning picks him apart.
Sherman's behavior was immature (and genuine), but it pales in comparison
to poor sportsmanship that is exhibited in brawls in hockey and baseball. In
terms of moral depravity, it does not even come close to the behavior exhibited
by the NE Patriots' coach, a confirmed cheater, but who seems to get a free
pass because of the way he looks, acts, and speaks. Yes, sportsmanship is
always a worthy topic for discussion, but this article, like so many others I
have read recently, looks for the easy target - Sherman - without really digging
deeper into sports culture and all of its incongruities.
Guys like Sherman are about showmanship. Like Cassius Clay, a ranting athlete,
shouting "I am the greatest" has always drawn a crowd to watch the
performance. Mohammed Ali did more for the sport of professional boxing than
any other boxer. People who were previously ambivalent toward the sport would
tune in either because they liked the brash bravado, or because they hoped to
see Ali humbled. Meanwhile promoters and sponsors rode the wave to the bank.
Sherman is not profane, and people who don't even like football will watch
now hoping to either catch more showmanship or to watch him eat his words. The
NFL (and all sports) loves such an ambassador for the game. Love him or hate
him you'll find yourself watching him. Great job of branding Richard.
That Stanford education is paying off.
The first athlete I ever hear trash talk about an opponent and bragging about
yourself was Muhammad Ali. It was unique, but off-putting at the time. Then
Dionne Sanders seem to take self-focus to the next level. The passing of
civility among competitors was sad then and sadder now. Whatever happened to
class athletes like Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron, Bart Starr, et. al.? I initially
assumed it was the natural consequence of big money in professional sports.
However, the need for special attention now seen at all levels of organized team
sports. Recently during a HS sophomore football game warm-up I was appalled to
see the quarterback and a receiver rehearsing their scoring celebration routine.
Ironically, their team was so poor they never got to celebrate! It
doesn't matter whether fans approve it or not, it showsa lack of
graciousness and gratitude. Totally classless!
Imagine what sports would be like if there was a requirement that both teams sit
down to dinner after the game, after cooling off and cleaning up. Would you
behave differently in a game if that player that tackled you might be passing
you the potatoes that evening?
We're told the animosity began a year ago at a benefit golf event. So, Mr.
Sherman has had some time to see the issue gain momentum.His
"enemy" or maybe antagonist happened to be his opponent on the field.
Anyone who has played football knows that big games bring out big doses of
adrenalin and excitement. It's not hard to get lost in the moment
especially after the instance of the game saving play.Unfortunately,
I have memory of similar inappropriate sound-offs as a young man (not in such an
event as an NFL football game) but in enough situations I wish I oould go back
and change.But I can't. So, I cut trash talkers some slack and
look at it as no big deal. I don't wish either the Broncos or the Seahawks
any ill will. It's just another game where the team ahead at the final gun
gets the prize.
Cool it on trashing Sherman. The guy had just made a huge play, was high on
adreneline, won the game and some announcer shoves a microphone in his face
seconds later. It's exactly what the media was after and now they
perpetuate their sensationalistic approach by beatin' on the guy.
Hypocrits. Sherman is NOT a thug. He's intelligent but doing just what you
and I would do if we were hyper excited -- saying things we wouldn't say
There your go says: His chosen forum for the rant was not on the sideline or in
the locker room but at the end of the game where winners are supposed to
graciously accept their victory while congratulating their opponents.Why does Richard Sherman make me think of Max Hall?
this whole thing is overblown. Sherman is the best corner in the game - period.
Trash talking goes on every play in the NFL and Sherman should not have been
interviewed right after the play - the fault is with the reporter and she even
admits it. Players motors are running too hot after a play like that and to go
shove a mic in his face isn't fair to the player. Sherman is actually a
great person and even the text of comments weren't vulgar or anything close
to it. Much to do about nothing.
I get frustrated reading the newspaper in Utah because it is so dang
conservative. I see people talking about the behavior of professional athletes
in the papers, but I see reporters writing about Utah High School and college
sports in an inappropriate manner as well. Really we want to refer to BYU and
Utah opponents as "The Enemy's Sideline". We are teaching kids
that opponents are enemies. First of all...give the guy a break. He is a
competitor and every competitor experiences defeat; so he will have his day.
Second, lets try to expand our minds beyond the zion curtain. I grew up in
Southern California and behavior like this is very common in some individuals.
I don't condone it, and I'm definitely not going to let my kids act
like that in competitive situations. This is why boxing isn't popular
anymore...Because there is no more charisma in the sport. This is why
professional wrestling has survived all these years, and also why MMA is
becoming so popular. People like to see other people act a fool. Go Hawks!
Sherman will prove that his talk matches his talent when the Seahawks beat the
Broncos this Sunday! Woo!
I'm so tired of the Peyton Manning Poppa Johns commercials. Time for the
Seahawks to win the Super Bowl. Hopefully the fix won't be on like it was
in 2005. Richard Sherman for President.Go Seahawks!
@ BostonLDSHere! Here! Amen Bro!
My Dad told me that if you had to tell people you were the boss then maybe you
were't. Do you think that if Sherman was the best that he would have to
yell on national television?
Sherman is the best cornerback in the NFL; based on interceptions over the last
3 years, 2 years and this year. Whether he says it or not; that's a fact.
The stastics don't lie; nor do the numbers.