Curious Artificer: “Immediately prior to the "interview", though, he was also flagged (correctly) for unsportsmanlike conduct, for getting into Michael Crabtree's face and taunting him. That could, theoretically, have cost his team the game. That was why I thought he was a classless jerk even before he opened his mouth on camera.”
k5.user: “So a deadspin article talked but no link/back story on sherman's issue/problem with the other team's coach. Anyone know the background on that ?”
Tom Brady On Richard Sherman: "We Win With Graciousness"
Deconstructing the Richard @RSherman_25 rant using Puppet Theater tonight on @ESPNOlbermann 6 ET ESPN2
Ha! Not even close! Loved the emotion! #nocliche Can't wait for NY RT @fawcett_is_2k: I'm sorry @RSherman_25 scared you tonight
eriko: “Yes, and that's an automatic penalty -- any threatening gesture at an opponent is automatically Unsportsmanlike Conduct. The flag would have been thrown automatically.”
Sherman was just getting started.
"You have never accomplished anything," he continued, focusing on Bayless. "So, but, um, those things are on my resume, those are what I've done, it's my second year in the NFL going into my third. I mean, you tell me who's wrong."
Bayless: "OK, I'll accept that. I think I've accomplished more in my field than you have in yours, though you're just getting started."
Sherman: "So, I'm at the top of my field. I'm All-Pro. I'm one of the best 22 players in the NFL. You're going to brush it off, but I don't think you're the best 22 anything. In sports, in media, in anything."
Bayless: "That's debatable."
Sherman: "You think more of yourself that you actually can prove."
Bayless: "OK, do you think you are better than Darrelle Revis is right now?"
Sherman: "In my 24 years of life, I'm better at life than you."
Bayless: "OK, all right, that's fair, all right."
Sherman: "Let's get down to brass tacks."
Bayless: "Let's not get personal here. I just want to know --"
Sherman: "It's not personal. It's resume."
Bayless: "Do you think you're better than Darrelle Revis is right now?"
Sherman: "I'm better than you. I have nothing to say about him. That is pretty much done. My numbers speak for themselves."
muddgirl: “Dissing another player directly is a pretty big faux pas in the NFL, but I agree that a lot of people were reacting to Sherman's intensity and emotion rather than his words, often with racist assumptions about black men. The diss itself doesn't even make sense to anyone who's not following the whole 9ers/Hawks soap opera.”
I want to say to you as I move to my conclusion, as we talk about "Where do we go from here," that we honestly face the fact that the Movement must address itself to the question of restructuring the whole of American society. There are forty million poor people here. And one day we must ask the question, "Why are there forty million poor people in America?" And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I'm simply saying that more and more, we've got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life's market place. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, "Who owns the oil?" You begin to ask the question, "Who owns the iron ore?" You begin to ask the question, "Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two thirds water?" These are questions that must be asked.
-- The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Aug.6, 1967
Golden Eternity: “It's just shit-talking for the sake of a trumped-up rivalry narrative.
The 49ers and Seagulls are in the same division, and there is a real rivalry. There is a legit psychological aspect to "trash talking", imo. If you can create mental states of humiliation and anger in your opponent they probably will tend to make more mistakes and pay less attention to the game. The other thing about "trash talking" is it can be a lot of fun and a game in itself. See rap music.”
When you're a public figure, there are rules. Here's one: A public personality can be black, talented, or arrogant, but he can't be any more than two of these traits at a time. It's why antics and soundbites from guys like Brett Favre, Johnny Football and Bryce Harper seem almost hyper-American, capable of capturing the country's imagination, but black superstars like Sherman, Floyd Mayweather, and Cam Newton are seen as polarizing, as selfish, as glory boys, as distasteful and perhaps offensive. It's why we recoil at Kanye West's rants, like when West, one of the greatest musical minds of our generation, had the audacity to publicly declare himself a genius (was this up for debate?), and partly why, over the six years of Barack Obama's presidency, a noisy, obstreperous wing of the GOP has seemed perpetually on the cusp of calling him "uppity." Barry Bonds at his peak was black, talented, and arrogant; he was a problem for America. Joe Louis was black, talented, and at least outwardly humble; he was "a credit to his race, the human race," as Jimmy Cannon once wrote.
All this is based on the common, very American belief that black males must know their place, and more tellingly, that their place is somewhere different than that of whites. It's been etched into our cultural fabric that to act as anything but a loud, yet harmless buffoon or an immensely powerful, yet humble servant is overstepping. It's uppity. It is, as Fox Sports's Kayla Knapp tweeted last night, petrifying.
gyc: "Rush Limbaugh's a Richard Sherman fan too."
Rush Limbaugh: "Sherman writes a weekly piece, and the guy's smart. He's football smart, but he's got great grammar, great vocabulary. That's why this outburst yesterday surprised a lot of people who know the guy 'cause he really is a smart guy."
The Word "Thug" Was Uttered 625 Times On TV Yesterday. That's A Lot.
The Politics of Smack Talk
Chris Hayes talks with Jelani Cobb about NFL player Richard Sherman’s explanation of what it means to be called a “thug” in today’s society.
NFL fines Seattle's Richard Sherman for taunting
The NFL has fined Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman $7,875 for taunting tied to the recent NFC Championship Game, a league spokesperson said Friday.
Seattle Seahawks' 12th Man - Room of Silence
How far would you go for your team, with everything on the line? FOX Sports 1 invited members from a Seattle Youth Football League to watch the NFC Championship between their hometown Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers and proposed a challenge. If they could stay completely silent for the entire game -- no talking, no cheering -- they could win a cash prize for new equipment and improvements to their facilities.
The N-Word By Any Other Name
Prior to Sherman’s observations, the first time that I really became aware of it was during the Trayvon Martin trial. The question of whether Martin was a “thug” became part of a public debate, without anyone really defining what “thug” meant in the first place. Walking mustache Geraldo Rivera (in)famously asserted that Martin had been wearing “thug wear” at the time he was shot, and suddenly people zeroed in on the hoodie – a common enough item in most people’s wardrobes. It was a distraction; an easy way out. Fewer asked Geraldo if he meant something else when he said that Martin “looked like” the “people” who had been supposedly ransacking Zimmerman’s neighborhood, although I have a feeling that many of us – black or white or otherwise – had a damned good guess.
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