Are you not entertained?

I didn't catch the end of the Seattle-San Francisco game Sunday night, but checking on my Facebook feed, I figured out quickly that I needed to find out what exactly Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman did that caused such a pious outroar of indignation.

Let's see ... he got in San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree's face, made the choke sign and got shoved back. Then in his immediate postgame interview, he screamed at the camera about how he is the greatest cornerback in the game.

That's it? That's what is getting people all riled up?

Did he target someone with a blow to the head? Did he chop someone off at the knees? No, he doesn't seem to be a dirty player. His main offense is arrogance, and for some reason, that's what cannot be tolerated in the upper crust, gentlemen's game of professional football.

For some reason, we can forgive other indiscretions. We forgive drug suspensions, we forgive off the field antics, some (not all) forgave Michael Vick when he came back into the league after his crimes against dogs. Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon was tried — and acquitted — for domestic violence, and he admitted to a "tremendous mistake" during a "heated argument." But he doesn't seem to be as reviled as someone like Sherman.

Maybe we forgive those people because they ask for it, while those who do nothing more than jaw and gab have nothing to apologize for. The most hated athlete a few years ago was Terrell Owens. Even I hated him. But he never did anything wrong. All he did was turn the sport of football into the entertainment it is supposed to be. He never took drugs. He never cheated the game. But he was boorish. Well, we can't have any of that!

God forgive Sherman for acting the way fans act sitting at home. He is placed on the field, flinging his body full force into other players like gladiators for our entertainment (and being paid handsomely to do so) and he isn't allowed to act like the fool every once in a while?

We treat sports with far more reverence than it deserves. It's sports. It's entertainment. I would prefer touchdown dances and yelling at each other between plays and spectacle and drama and fun. Some believe all that is "classless." I counter with, "Why do we want to class up a game that has never needed it?"

And if you disagree with me? Then Richard Sherman just became the villian to root against for the next two weeks. He says, "You're welcome."

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crypted quill 01/20/14 - 12:15 pm
AMEN! Brother Richard Even

AMEN! Brother Richard

Even gladiator fights had strict rules of combat, with no sneaky blows from behind, and never letting the fight descend into the type of mutilation common on battlefield. If a gladiator was close to death he would be put out of his misery by a backstage executioner.

I dare R. Sherman trash-talk Manning...MEH!

ucantbserious 01/20/14 - 03:18 pm

I see your point but personally, I disagree with some of the principles.

For me, it kind of rolls up under The Golden Rule. Would Mr. Sherman have liked it if the cleat was on the other foot? What if Mr. Crabtree had made the catch, clenched the victory for the 49ers, taunted Mr. Sherman after the play, and then proceeded to put him down and call him names after the game was over? Would Mr. Sherman have appreciated that treatment? I doubt it.

In the past I have both played and coached in organized sports. It was always play your hardest during the game and then and the end of the game you shake hands and you tell the other players that they played a good game. There is nothing wrong with being competitive but there is something wrong with being rude and mean. You're there to play a game. A game which should help you build character, not lose character.

Agree to disagree, I suppose.

faulknerwatchdog 01/20/14 - 06:31 pm
Not about football

Well, I think the part that people (myself included) had a problem with was the fact we didn't expect it. Anybody should know there's plenty of trash talk that occurs on the field of batt...I mean, play. However, where Sherman crossed the line was bringing a personal feud-one that virtually nobody knew about-into the public spotlight in such an explosive manner.

So he's not only a competitive player, but a good one to boot. Who cares? I didn't see Peyton Manning in full swag and brag mode after beating first Tom Brady's records, and then Tom Brady himself.

We all love a good football game, but we expect grown men to act a little more mature than the explosive rant Sherman exhibited. Maybe that's asking just a little too much.

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