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Dammed if you do Richard Sherman, Dammed if you don’t.

My opinion; I was taken back by Richard Sherman’s interview last week just like the next fan. Screaming at the television audience dam near scared the hell out of Erin Andrews as he bad-mouthed and belittled Michael Crabtree a player who had just lost a championship game – showing little or no respect for his team and the team that lost a huge game.

Even Commissioner Goodell suggested that there was no place for Richard Sherman’s behavior in the NFL.

Well, we need to back up here a little folks, and take a look at what friends, family and coaches have been asking of Richard Sherman and the other seventy players who were on the field at the end of last weeks game.

From the day Richard Sherman put on his first athletic supporter and climbed into his Pee Wee football uniform someone have been screaming in his ear about being ‘the best he can be’ – ‘kicking ass and taking names’ – ‘take no prisoners, Richie, understand, no prisoners’ while playing the violent game of football. Put yourself in Richard Sherman’s shoes, last week. We take our sports real serious here in American and haven forbid that game should be decided by a bad call or a funky play to end the opportunity of a lifetime.

Yes, Richard Sherman is one of the best defensive players in the NFL and he has an immense ego. From the moment the game started between two great teams, Richard Sherman and his teammates where playing for their lives against a 49er team feeling the same pressure. Ya, I know,‘ go out there and have fun” – bunk! We can’t have it both ways here in America all though we sure try like hell, where we ask players to do what ever it takes to win and then bad mouth them and pile on them when they do.

There was one play left in the NFC Championship game that would determine who was going to the most watched sporting event in the world, The Super Bowl – one play!

The call from the 49ers sideline was in my opinion brilliant by targeting Sherman. To that point, either Richard Sherman or Michael Crabtree had been much of a factor in the game, and just maybe Sherman would underestimate where the ball was going. Well, he didn’t and he made a hell of a play to ice the game.

What ever Richard Sherman does to call on his competitive nature to play at such a high level shouldn’t be attacked but understood – call it an adrenalin rush but don’t call him a lousy player because he was doing what comes natural to him during four intense quarters of professional football.

Something we wish we all could do!

Book it Dano!


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