Taming a Tiger known as Richard Sherman

When I mention the fact that the Seattle Seahawks won this past Sunday sadly here is probably only one thing that comes to your mind… Richard Sherman. Yes, this street bred, Stanford tuned, top tier cornerback made quite a post game debacle due to his passionate words. What I took away however is more than likely the minority report as to what others may have seen. What I saw was this,

1. A player who made one incredible play.

2. A tiger who has been held by its tail, taunted, tormented, and poked at with the perfect chance to show his fury.

Richard Sherman believe it or not is not crazy. Richard Sherman believe it or not isn’t a thug. Richard Sherman believe it or not is one incredible corner, and is on track to a hall of fame career. Were his words a mistake? Absolutely not. When you watch football, and in particular your favorite team what do you expect to see? I expect to watch men snarl and tear at each other whether that be on the line, behind it, or deep down field. I expect them to play like every play will put them into the Super Bowl. I expect every thrown ball to be a chance at making a huge career defining play. Though I am not a devout Seahawks fan, I am a fan of a passionate play, a passionate player, and a defining moment. Richard Sherman though he only had two tackles and the lone pass defense, made one key play when it mattered. He made the play that put his team into the biggest game on the biggest stage sports can offer.  For that Richard Sherman I as a sports fan thank you.

In reference to the tiger, we expect our players to play like tigers on the field. We expect ruthless plays. So why should we expect anything different from them after it has been accomplished? Look at the interview with Erin Andrews. He was asked this question with full adrenaline, filled with testosterone, and just had the opportunity to put down every “hater” that has ever approached him (the likes of which are Michael Crabtree, numerous Wide Receivers, Steven A Smith, and arguably the most known Skip Bayless). The media has ragged on Sherman his whole career due to his obnoxious mouth. Yes he has a very loud mouth, but does he not back it up? Wide Receivers and Quarterbacks alike hate the kid yet they can’t seem to prevent him from a combined forty nine tackles, and eight interception season. He is incredibly talented, and until the day that he isn’t any more let the tiger roar. He deserves it. And when media beat his personality up and they want to throw his name in the mud, don’t be afraid when he turns around and bites. Image

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32 thoughts on “Taming a Tiger known as Richard Sherman

  1. Hey Devin, good argument. I agree that athletes out there, on that stage, are on another level. And really, sideline reporters and post-game interviews rarely add anything of value because we’re used to canned responses. While Richard Sherman has all the right in the world to say and act whatever way he wants, especially given his performance, to me, it’s all discounted the moment his opens his mouth. I think that to be considered a professional is to control your emotions. But to your point, it doesn’t seem natural to be that ferocious games then immediately turn the switch when you get on the sideline and in front of a camera. Nice job and thanks for reaching out!

  2. In the post-game interview Crabtree didn’t want to talk about Sherman, but he did say Sherman is a “TV guy”. Some people, and I believe Sherman is one of these, can and want to have a public image that generates fascination (think Lady Gaga, the music industry’s relative equivalent) — it only boosts fan-base and fan loyalty. I live in the NW and I’m a 49er fan, so you can imagine the flux of Sherman-defending blah-blah I’ve heard non-stop.

    But, I agree with you, the people who watch football cannot be ignored as a component to the whole thing – it is an entertainment industry and we want a show. That said, I do think that there are things that need to be kept on the field, or between players, and adrenaline or no, Sherman crossed a line he shouldn’t have. Do we need to look into his whole life history for a justification? I don’t think so, but many have. I appreciate that he apologized, because even though he is a great player and a vociferous one at that, I don’t think his intent was to steal the attention entirely and look like an idiot, and darn scary, in his interview with Erin Andrews.

    1. Very much agreed, I believe Andrews probably pooped her pants at his speech. Very sold argument on not using his past to justify the present. I appreciate your comment and look forward to more of your work!

    1. this here. i couldn’t agree with this MORE. crabtree may not have had what the media and critics are calling a “rant,” but i thought his commentary was way more out of line than sherman’s celebratory “rant”. it’s as if sherman is being told to shut his mouth and get back in his place. and me. no. like. 🙂

  3. Thanks for your kind words on my piece about Sherman. You have put together a great piece here. I’m really glad to see that you didn’t take a negative route like so many others have. I really liked the Tiger analogy, and it’s true that if you poke the beast too many times he’s going to wake up and that’s what he did.

  4. Great post! I agree completely. I don’t think the media portrayed this entire event well, and believe people are too quick to form judgements like this… Sherman was just being an NFL football player in that interview; there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of talk!

  5. Hey I appreciate the comment and enjoyed reading your article. I definitely agree: we pay athletes to be killers, to be trained animals. And when they act like it in any context other than the field we want to pretend like we didn’t turn them into what they are. Richard Sherman is a cocky loudmouth and he deserves to be.

    Feel free to comment anytime on http://www.thejulesye.com and I’ll keep checking out your page too.

  6. Great take, it is nice to read someone who put actual thought into the situation. I am not a Seahawks fan at all, but credit needs to be given where credit is due. Sherman has backed up every word he has ever said, and because of his fiery post game interview we got tiny glimpse of what it might be like lining up against him. I find that refreshing.

  7. I really like this. You make a lot of really good points about this. And you know, what I think it really comes down to is the fact that athletes are really nothing more than entertainers. The post-game spectacle is part of the package deal, and Sherman is just playing it up. I’m not a diehard Seahawks fan, in fact, I really don’t have a favorite NFL team. I just really like the game. And I like this part of it too.

  8. Excellent post my friend. The sad reality here is that the racial constructs that define humanity are always at ply when it comes to black male athletes. They have been depicted as thuds and predators of white women under the auspices of white supremacy. In truth, his behavior is what a fan wants. If it is your team and your player — this is less of an issue; however, for the vast majority of the nation — he is what the media makes him out to be, a typical athlete black athlete.

  9. Nice piece. No question that Sherman can flat out play and the fire is nice to see as well. Cant wait to see Crabtree and Sherman go at it next year when Crab is fully recovered. Should be a dynamite match-up for years to come.

  10. really liked your piece. loved the title. the problem i have with Sherman from all of this is that he puts mostly all this on himself. yea he grew up in a bad neighborhood and really wasnt a high prospect on the draft boards, but you shut up all the haters by playing great and not doing post game rants. it took away from the seahawks furious comeback and the story on all the sports shows were about Sherman’s post game comments. i never saw a point to putting a target on your back like that and try to prove people wrong by doing the very things that make them hate in the first place.

    1. I agree a lot is self brought on. At the same time he has always been a smack talker and if you notice, he isn’t upset by all the attention it has brought. It’s other people and the media who are upset by it. So as long as his tongue doesn’t say truly terrible things about his team, or coach and he keeps performing I don’t personally see problem with it. Thanks so much for your comment! Sports is so unique in its ability to draw all kinds of opinions and that’s what we need!

  11. This was excellent. My thoughts exactly. Most people just think of this guy as a thug but forget the fact that he has a degree in communication. This is one smart dude.

  12. This was a great piece… Sherman made a big play, and has backed up all of his big talk throughout his career. People always say never change who you are and yet Sherman is being looked at as a “thug” and “classless” for doing what he has always done. The hypocrisy…

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