22 Brief Thoughts About That Richard Sherman Interview
Janill Gilbert stashed this in People
Here is the ones that stand out for me:
4. Sherman graduated second in his class in high school and also graduated from Stanford. So not only is he not a fool, odds are he’s smarter than you and me.
5. His degree from Stanford was in communications … which might explain why, while he seemed to be hollering like a crazy person, he didn’t curse and looked into the camera the whole time.
8. If you stick a microphone in a football player’s face seconds after he made a huge play to send his team to the Super Bowl, you shouldn’t be surprised if he’s a little amped up.
9. Ninety-nine percent of on-field interviews are boring and useless. The TV networks do them anyway for the 1 percent of the time they get a moment like Richard Sherman.
10. As a reporter and writer, that raw emotion — whatever form it takes — is exactly what I hope for. That’s why media people fight for access to locker rooms. After players and coaches cool off, most of them turn into Crash Davis, reading from the book of cliches.
17. (I understand that it was a big play — Bowman recovered a fumble at the goal line, although the refs called it the other way. It deserved another look. But still: Can’t you crop out Bowman’s crumpled knee, or put a black bar over it, or something? After one or two replays, isn’t it just injury porn?)
Injury porn? is this a new term? Hope that guy's ok, it looked brutal, unless he's got some really stretchy ligaments.
I agree that Richard Sherman is crazy like a fox. I think he realized at the beginning of his career that cornerbacks -- with the sole exception of Darrelle Revis -- get no attention and therefore no TV coverage and no endorsement money. Sherman decided to work the system to become notorious and therefore rich! Remember that Sherman is on a 5th round rookie deal, without endorsements he makes peanuts.
Also, if Sherman were a wide receiver we would be yawning at his outrageous ways because we've been conditioned by years of Randy Moss and Ochocinco and TO and all the other trash-talking diva wideouts. We accept that this is part of the personality necessary to play the position. But defensive players have until recently been pretty interchangeable. Sherman sees that this hurts their earning potential, and he has decided to stand out by any means necessary.
And it's working! I've noticed that Richard Sherman is now endorsing the very same headphones as Colin Kaepernick, as well as CenturyLink and several other products. So his campaign is working perfectly.
You both make excellent points. "Injury porn" is unfortunately an old term.
"Done saying I'm done playing." ~Richard Sherman: