Why Richard Sherman Is Awesome

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Richard Sherman went full heel after the NFC title game.
For an AFC and NFC Title Game weekend that I compared to Wrestlemania 3, the ending was entirely appropriate.

No, I'm not talking about Peyton Manning's (at the very least) evening the score and perhaps surpassing (certainly, giving himself a chance to surpass) Tom Brady in the "greatest of our generation" debate.

No, I'm not talking about Patriots coach Bill Belichick's accusing Wes Welker of taking out Pats cornerback Aqib Talib intentionally with a borderline hit in the AFC Title Game.

And no, I'm not talking about Colin Kaepernick's fourth quarter meltdown, which will be one of the first chapters of what is hopefully a fantastic "Kaepernick versus Wilson" follow up book to "Brady versus Manning."

Fantastic and, frankly, important storylines, all of them. But in the wake of a classic NFC Title Game and a redemption performance by Peyton Manning in the AFC Title Game, all anyone wanted to talk about was this...

Richard Sherman, ladies and gentlemen. Big mouth. Wrestling heel. Shit talker.

And I love him.

To call Richard Sherman's performance in the on-field post game on Sunday an "interview" isn't doing it justice. Interviews are measured, tactful, and (because of both of those adjectives) pretty damn boring. No, Sherman "cut a promo" on Crabtree, as they say in the business, and in the process embodied everything about the Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom defense that makes them great, everything that has them making the trip to New York next week.

Richard Sherman is one giant walking, squawking, ball hawking package of anger and fury. Whatever the proverbial "chip on the shoulder" is made of, that esoteric material constitutes the entire person of Richard Sherman. Even amidst respect, he is perpetually disrespected, in his mind. Even with his rare dimensions as a corner (Sherman is 6-foot-3), Sherman was a fifth round pick out of Stanford, ignored by the league and perhaps even blackballed by his college coach, who just so happens to be the guy whose hopes and dreams Sherman ended on Sunday, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.

So when the 49ers' Michael Crabtree, a first round bonus baby from the 2009 draft, is matched up against Sherman, with Crabtree saying whatever it is he says to cornerbacks around the league, Sherman's firing off about 18 seconds after the game, while still swimming in the heightened angst and glory of the victory, should be expected.

And frankly, Richard Sherman has earned the right to scream that Crabtree is mediocre, and that he is, in fact, the best. Because he is.



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sweetuniverse
sweetuniverse

Finally! A reasonable take on the Sherman thing. For goodness sake he's a jock doing what jocks do--talk smack--especially when they're all hopped up from a great play that ended the game.  Frankly, I had more respect for Sherman before I heard that he apologized for the interview. I wish the media would quit trying to neuter our athletes.

Neko Antoniou
Neko Antoniou

I just had a buddy tell me that he said LOB (leigon of boom)...not MOB. If that's true, I stand corrected.

Neko Antoniou
Neko Antoniou

You're the only one to bring up race & I'm the racist? Stay classy bro.

Puller58
Puller58

Jack Tatum was a hard hitting safety who was as mouthy as Sherman is.  Best way to handle Sherman was demonstrated in a game where Tatum intercepted a ball and was blasted out of bounds by an offensive lineman who took exception to something Tatum wrote about his teammate.  But, but, but that's not fair?  Course it is.  Run your mouth and get run over.  Then he'll have something to talk about for sure.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

because CLEARLY, whitewashed, Establishment cock-sucking pochos like you can't

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Sherman merely did what the vast majority of pro athletes don't have the guts to do.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Sherman was working on his Master's during his final year of eligibility at Stanford.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

BTW, Sherman does not even have a criminal record to speak of. Anyone whose head isn't in the sand knows what the real reason behind the "thug" term being thrown about by the haters...it's because he's black, plain & fucking simple. Ergo, that makes YOU, Neko Antoniou, a RACIST PIECE OF SHIT.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

The biggest criminal gang in the entire globe? Not the Bloods, not the Crips, not even MS13. Nosiree, it's the United States military-industrial complex. Stop your fucking whining....DWEEB.

fidelio
fidelio

Guys who think it was low class probably enjoy the NFL pre-game shows.

David627
David627

He is everything I hate about football, arrogant aholes. Just play the game, if you're good it will show.

MGL_COOG
MGL_COOG

It was his day. It wasn't St Patty's Day.

Neko Antoniou
Neko Antoniou

So a member of the Bloods is cool when he's on a field, but not when he's jacking you? Maybe he was giving a shout out to all of the MOBs at Stanford? Yeah, that must be it.

James Hoang
James Hoang

He isn't a thug. He has a masters from Stanford. Raise your hands if you have an education of that prestige. Dude has a big mouth, but he backs up his game.

Neko Antoniou
Neko Antoniou

Not a thug? What about how he closed the interview by giving a shout out to a criminal street gang? Smack talk is good, but I've got no tolerance for crooks. Thug indeed.

sconley34
sconley34

It's great football, just like Golden Tate waving at the opposing team a few months back. Hilarious.

thardey
thardey

Love it.  Gotta get me a Richard Sherman jersey.


davidh0809
davidh0809

I have zero problem with what he did, as it was within his rights to proclaim himself the king of the world in that moment.  My problem is that a true champ waits for others to anoint him and present him with the crown. He played the pass perfectly, timed his jump and did exactly what he is paid to do every day. And he did it against a soft, under-performing 1st round pick. Where is the glory in that? He found the glory by acting like an idiot, slapping the guy on the ass and then telling everyone watching that he just beat a bad player with a great play. Shouldnt he win that match up? He sounded just like my 7 yr old when she "beats" me at tic-tac-toe...

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