Super Bowl Notebook: It's All About the Hate
Well, we are three days in Radio Row in New York City, and we are still waiting for our first solicitation of a prostitute from an NFL Man of the Year candidate. Or drug bust. Or hotel assault.
All about the hate.
Because right now Super Bowl build-up week is a whole bunch of talk about Peyton's legacy, Marshawn Lynch's disdain for talking, the weather, and Warren Sapp's idiocy. It's like an all you can eat buffet asparagus, crackers, and tap water.
Let's assess where we are on this Super Bowl week:
Peyton Manning hates "legacy" talk.
So here's where we appear to be on this Peyton Manning "legacy" situation. If the Broncos win the Super Bowl, Manning can stake a claim to the title of "greatest quarterback ever." If the Broncos lose, then it's another entire offseason of talking about how the regular season really means nothing for Manning. Fun, fun.
For his part, Manning has totally downplayed this story line:
"I've been being asked about my legacy since I was about 25 years old. I'm not sure you can have a legacy when you're 25 years old. Even 37," Manning said in response to the first such query. "I'd have to be, like, 70 to have a legacy. I'm not even 100 percent sure what the word even means."
leg·a·cy --ˈlegəsē, noun: a thing handed down by a predecessor
For what it's worth.
Richard Sherman hates himself for what he did last Sunday.
Ever since going crazy in his post-game interview with Erin Andrews right after the NFC Title game, a rant in which he called San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree "mediocre" (a stance Sherman repeatedly clung to throughout the following week), Richard Sherman has seemingly been doing quite a bit of self analysis. Gradually, over the last few days he has chipped away at what he did to the point where he damn near apologized earlier this week in his column on SI.com's MMQB website:
No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is. That's not mine. It belongs to Irvin Himmel. Somebody tweeted it at me after the NFC Championship Game. If I could pass a lesson on to the kids it would be this: Don't attack anybody. I shouldn't have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did. You don't have to put anybody else down to make yourself bigger.
As a fan of Sherman's post game tirade, there's part of me that hates seeing him somewhat backtrack on what he did, but I get it. Technically, he still hasn't said the word "sorry," which still leaves open the possibility for the ultimate heel play, where Sherman says after the Super Bowl: "I'd like to say to Michael Crabtree, that I'm sorry....I'm sorry I DIDN'T CALL YOU MEDIOCRE BACK DURING THE REGULAR SEASON!!!"
Heel turn, complete.