This loss sucks. The same goddamn hero ball play that failed to get us that 6th ring was dialed up again in the NFC Championship game. You’d think using up all our downs on the last play of the Super Bowl would’ve taught us a lesson. But nope. Mr. Sherman gets the honors to teach us again, our second year in a row failing Common Sense 101. Still, hell of a play. Batted the ball to his fellow mate Malcom Smith. Clearly prepared for that. The failed pass to Crabtree pissed me and other fans off. Deja Vu. But what took the hatred for the Seahawks up a notch was Mr. Sherman taking the mic and putting Crabtree on notice.
Some people are calling Sherman “ignorant”. I disagree. Everything he said was coherent, if a little bit too loud for the mic, but nothing I would call “ignorant”. At least no worse than some of the bar-talk we hear every gameday (fuck the Clippers, Dodgers, etc.). Dick’s post-game rant was emotional and, to be honest, an oppurtunity he earned, but it was nothing outside of the “Player A is greater than Player B” variety. Winners get the podium and get to talk trash with their chins up. We’ve been able to talk trash about our 5 rings being greater than Seattle’s 0 rings forever now. Everyone has their day. Just the name of the game. Now, apparently this guy likes to blog, too. His stuff doesn’t read as crass as his post-game rant, and it might not be Pulitzer Prize winning, but it is coherent literature (read his stuff:http://mmqb.si.com/2014/01/16/richard-sherman-byron-maxwell-seattle-seahawks-nfc-championship/). Plus, the guy went to Stanfurd. He might be a dick, but ignorant is probably inaccurate.
Not only that, but some people are wishing injury upon him. Now, I would love to see the guy line up at reciever and see if he likes what Hitner made him for lunch, but I don’t think I’d wish for dudes to be injured. We just saw Bowman tear his ACL in this game (even held on to the ball and made what should’ve been a strip takeaway; hate the refs). When he was carted off, “fans” were seen throwing food at him (who knows what else was done or said). Obviously, some of those people we’re celebrating and delighted to know Bowman was injured. We all feel horrible for Bowman. Of course, to wish or enjoy injury on a player of the opposing team would actually be incredibly ignorant (more so than a slightly-abrasive victory speech). These players have families (mothers, wives, daughters, etc.) that actually lose sleep for their football-playing fathers (in addition to all other athletes, male or female). Eventually, people are going to have to teach themselves restraint and develop a more precise vision of reality. Injuries are not fun. Hospital visits are not fun. I really hope no one has to take their family members to the hospital for something, anything. Let the players play and enjoy the game. That’s it.
To be frank, though, people should actually be happy about Sherman’s post game rant. Trash talk is an old art. Old in that it’s been around since the times when cavemen used to compete for prime cave space or food or cave ladies. Old in that it’s being tossed aside in today’s flavorless, sponsor-controlled media climate. See, wrestling has been around since televisions first came into existence. Everyone knows wrestling now as that thing with half naked dudes throwing each other around, but it’s really the trash talk that has made wrestling interesting enough for people to watch and follow. No one tunes in to watch one bald dude kick and punch another sunglasses-wearing dude. But the verbal jabs between the “bald headed jabroni” and the “dumb sumabitch” makes the fight worth watching. The NFL is a league in which a bunch of millionaires get to play football with each other. Pretty lame on paper. Their games happen to get broadcasted on television, though. There are people who tune in because they appreciate football, but there are people who tune in because there’s an interesting story line to follow (Peyton takes his second team to the Super Bowl!). Whether a home town hero or a rival city dickhead, trash talk helps build programs that more people can follow. I mean who doesn’t want to see Sherman and his “bad guy” L.O.B faction get beat now? It’s only good for business and the NFL should really let it blossom into its own thing.
Problem is the NFL doesn’t want it’s players to talk much at all. A little while ago one player was released because he had made his opinions about gay marriage known (in support of it) and the team didn’t want to risk losing the support of the league and the fans. By the same token, the NFL doesn’t want it’s players to avoid the media, either. Marshawn Lynch gets fined for choosing to decline interviews. By hook or crook, the NFL wants to regulate what is being said by all its players. But Sherman gets on the mic and talks a little trash and everyone gets up in arms about it? If anything, this is one of those moments people should celebrate as an attack on the possible silent future ahead for players. Imagine no longer being able to hear Peyton sell Papa Johns because the NFL doesn’t want players to speak outside of its stadiums. Or imagine being unable to keep up with Crabtree on instagram and knowing how our favorite players live because the NFL doesn’t believe social media paints the sterile image they feel they need in order to maintain their relationships with their sponsors. We should enjoy these brief moments of individuality while we can. I mean, I can’t be too mad at a dude for doing what I would’ve done had we won. I know y’all had status updates ready to talk trash, too.