I suppose by now you have seen the interview that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gave to Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews after the NFC Championship game Sunday night.
What a gift Mr. Sherman (and I better call him mister) gave to me. Sunday afternoon I had no idea what I was going to write about this week. So at least Sherman’s interview has done some good.
All that was missing was Sherman trying to pick up Erin Andrews like Lang did to Rocky’s wife Adrian.
“Hey woman, maybe you’d like to come get yourself a real man.”
I’ve heard the arguments on both sides.
“He is passionate.”
“He is a moron.”
I tend to lean towards the latter.
People who aren’t humble tend to get humbled in a big way. That bodes well for me since I hope to see Peyton Manning win another Super Bowl.
My biggest concern in this whole, made-for-TV saga is the fact that kids do watch these games and are bound to catch some of the postgame. Kids are so easy to influence. And I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t want my kids acting that way.
I already see it in so many sports. I see Little Leaguers and high school baseball players staring down their home runs and flipping their bats and I’ve actually seen high school basketball players yanking their jerseys off when they foul out and such (which I’ve never understood, by the way).
Where is commonplace to see these types of behavior? In the big leagues. I doubt the big leaguers learned it from the youth. Certain things are part of the game and certain things are introduced by misguided and egotistical personalities.
We will classify Sherman’s little postgame rant, basically stating that if Chuck Norris were a receiver that he could cover him, as the egotistical thing.
I can see kids now running around, telling everyone how great they are. At a certain age it’s cute. As they get older it’s poisonous. Who wants to play on a high school team with some joker who thinks they can beat up Chuck Norris?
I bet if you asked Richard Sherman in elementary school what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would say he wanted to be Richard Sherman.
All jokes aside, teaching kids and young athletes that sports and team play isn’t about them and asking them to sacrifice for the betterment of the greater good is hard enough without the Richard Sherman’s of the world spouting off at the mouth.
He needs some humble pie.
-Josh Peterson is the editor of the Manchester Times. He is a Tennessee Press Association award-winning writer and photographer. His column, “From the editor’s desk” won TPA first-place honors for best personal humor column. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105. Click here to follow him on Twitter @joshpeterson29