The Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl 48 on a last-minute
interception tip by Richard Sherman that fell into the hands of fellow defender Malcolm Smith.
It was a heck of a play, but what happened next will probably be what everyone is talking about tomorrow.
As Erin Andrews got ready to do a post-game interview with Sherman, he went all Ultimate Warrior on fans watching on Fox.
“Well I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me!”
There was more yelling, but a quick hook by either Sherman, Andrews, or Fox ended it quickly.
Sherman, clearly angry with Michael Crabtree’s interactions with him, held nothing back. He has been long-known for being extremely confident in himself and holding nothing back – that quite showed, Bart Scott-style, tonight.
Luckily, the internet has made this even better with some meme already popping up:
Both Crabtree and Sherman volleyed a few more jabs at each other on Twitter following the game:
Of course, Sherman followed that up with retweets and other comments showing he does care what others think. But regardless, he spoke out in his own words in an article on Sports Illustrated’s MMQB.
There is hardly anything wrong with being confident, nor speaking out if you have an opinion, but it is the manner in which Sherman did it which have some people annoyed today.
His words would have been more effective had he not felt the need to explain them further. His explanation for a few of his actions were questionable at best. For example:
“I threw a choking sign at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Why? Because he decided he was going to try the guy he was avoiding all game, because, I don’t know, he’s probably not paying attention for the game-winning play. C’mon, you’re better than that.”
It’s certainly weird to question if someone is “better than that” or not when you are throwing up choking signs. Again, he can do what he wants, but he wants the best of both worlds:
“It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am. I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person.”
You don’t get to commit those actions and determine how people should look at you. That is for the fans and his peers to decide. He can desire to be the best and tell everyone he is the best, but he cannot go around telling people how to view him as well. That is the only problem that comes from this. Be yourself, but then continue to be confident in the actions you have taken. If you are, perhaps more people will start to see your side. Start having to explain yourself, and you seem like you did something wrong.
Whether he did something wrong or not, that’s for everyone else to decide. We will see who the majority decide to root for come the Super Bowl, when the Broncos take on the Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.