By now you’ve all seen it. When outspoken Seahawks CB Richard Sherman went ballistic on Erin Andrews (video below), just moments after sealing a trip to the Super Bowl for his team, he became the central focus of an entire nation. Sherman went Muhammad Ali on everyone, declaring himself the “best corner in the game”, and calling out 49ers WR Michael Crabtree as “sorry” and “mediocre”. It’s been all over the internet, television and radio since last night, and seems to be almost the only thing anyone seems to want to talk about from last night’s NFC Championship game.
The reaction on Twitter was swift, and quick to judge Sherman as a “thug” or worse, as middle America clearly still isn’t comfortable with the living, breathing personification of a talented, arrogant and black athlete. Forbes published a thoughtful article outlining 22 things to keep in mind about Sherman’s display, which is definitely worth the read, and Sherman provided his own defense this morning on MMQB, saying that his beef with Crabtree stems from an off-season incident at a charity event, where reportedly Crabtree refused to shake Sherman’s hand and tried to fight him.
It goes back to something he said to me this offseason in Arizona, but you’d have to ask him about that. A lot of what I said to Andrews was adrenaline talking, and some of that was Crabtree. I just don’t like him.
It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am. I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person.
But people find it easy to take shots on Twitter, and to use racial slurs and bullying language far worse than what you’ll see from me. It’s sad and somewhat unbelievable to me that the world is still this way, but it is. I can handle it.
But this display should have come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Sherman’s career, and knows he plays with his heart on his sleeve, is wildly confident in his abilities, and has never shied away from speaking his mind. Remember when he destroyed Skip Bayless on First Take, much to the delight of sports fans everywhere? Heck, NFL Films even did a feature on Sherman back in October entitled, “The trash-talking cornerback”, which provides tremendous insight into the man, and what motivates him. You should watch it. And furthermore, if there’s ever going to be a time for an athlete to talk this kind of trash, last night was most certainly that moment for Sherman, who had literally just moments prior delivered the play that sent Seattle to football’s biggest stage.
Putting a microphone in Sherman’s face with his adrenaline pumping like that, and you know you were going to get unfiltered, raw emotion … and that’s just what we got, to the point that it almost seemed like Sherman was being interviewed by Mean Gene Okerlund after a WWF match. Well, thanks to the magic of the interwebz, we can see exactly what that would look like:
WWF MASH-UP VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP
Chargers QB Philip Rivers is one of the more petulant players in the NFL, and during yesterday’s playoff loss to the Broncos, Rivers turned in one of the brattiest performances of his career.
Rivers threw tantrum after tantrum while being continuously frustrated by the crowd noise in Denver, and after burning yet another timeout in the 2nd half, Broncos DE Robert Ayers brilliantly mocked young Philip’s latest hissy-fit, kicking and stomping at the dirt like a child:
Well played, Robert. Well played.
It was a rough day for Packers fans. In the midst of today’s NFC Wild Card loss to the 49ers, fullback John Kuhn executed perhaps the worst rendition of the Lambeau Leap in history.
After giving Green Bay the lead in the 4th Quarter, Kuhn ran toward the crowd looking to celebrate with the Packers faithful in the traditional fashion, but his vertical leap seemed to suddenly fail him miserably:
It looks as though Kuhn may have slipped on the net used to catch field goal kicks, which was laying on the ground, but still … not a good look.
This one comes to us from GIF-maker extraordinaire LSUFreek, who turned an already-awesome GIF of Andy Reid running into the locker room and celebrating his undefeated Chiefs’ win over the Texans on Sunday into an instant classic.
By simply adding a brick wall and an “OH YEAH” to the action, Reid is transformed from a run-of-the-mill jovial lug to the living, breathing embodiment of the Kool-Aid Man.
It’s almost too perfect:
For those of you too young to get the reference, video of a classic Kool Aid commercial from the 70′s after the jump.
In case you missed it, Eli Manning had a rough opener last night in Dallas. Peyton’s younger brother threw two interceptions in the Giants’ first three possessions, setting an ugly tone for the rest of the game, in which New York finished with SIX total turnovers.
Despite all that, the Giants somehow found themselves within one score late in the game, largely due to Manning’s ability to bounce back for 4 touchdown passes (including 3 to Victor Cruz). But with the Giants attempting a game-winning drive with less than two minutes remaining, Manning’s short pass to Da’Rel Scott bounced off the backup RB’s hands and into the awaiting arms of CB Brandon Carr, who took it nearly 50 yards to the house, sealing the win for the Cowboys.
As if right on cue, Manning unleashed his first hangdog Manningface of the season, along with plenty of terrible, whiny body language to go with it:
At this point in his career, it’s just Eli being Eli.
This is just fantastic.
The Baltimore Ravens brought an ice cream truck to training camp on Monday to deliver some sweet, cool relief to the Super Bowl champs, who are suffering through camp in the middle of the sweltering summer heat. As it turns out, not even the biggest, baddest men on the planet can resist the song of the ice cream man, as evidenced by the reaction of Arthur Jones.
Watch as the 315-lb defensive end turns into a big (huge) kid, exploding with excitement over the arrival of the Miss Twist truck:
Last night, Super Bowl XLVII brought us one of the more surreal moments in sports history, as the power in the SuperDome went out during the 3rd quarter last night, leading to a 34-minute delay in play.
The outage came shortly after the Ravens took a commanding 28-6 lead, and the lengthy delay seemed to allow the 49ers to regroup and regain some momentum once the lights came back on. And even though Baltimore was able to hang on for the victory, the conspiracy theorists are already out in force suggesting some sort of foul play.
CBS’s 60 minutes crew was on hand and had their cameras rolling in the NFL’s control room as the lights went out, and captured this remarkable footage of the outage and its immediate aftermath:
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During one remarkable stretch in the second quarter of Thursday’s 49-19 beatdown of the Jets, the Patriots reeled off 21 unanswered points in 52 seconds, punctuated by one remarkable play that encapsulates the entire Jets experience this season.
Watch as Mark Sanchez tries to hand the ball off to nobody, then elects to take off running before getting taken out by his own lineman’s rear end. As if that weren’t enough, the impact of Brandon Moore’s buttocks on Sanchez is so great that forces a fumble that gets returned 32-yards for a touchdown:
Ouch. After this most recent embarrassing display, even Fireman Ed is giving up his post as the Jets’ unofficial mascot. This might be a new low for Jets fans everywhere.
UPDATE AND BONUS SIMPSONS-THEMED GIF AFTER THE JUMP
With the Patriots in London this week for today’s game against the Rams - as part of Roger Goodell’s ongoing plan for global domination - demonstrative tight end Rob Gronkowski already became a hit with local fans when he spiked the microphone at a pre-game press conference.
And when Gronkowski scored a touchdown in the second quarter of the Patriots 45-7 rout of St. Louis at Wembley Stadium, he further endeared himself to the home crowd when he paid tribute to British culture by doing his own unique version of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace … finished off by his patented Gronk spike, of course:
Video of the play HERE.
Gronkowski went on to have a monster day, finishing with 146 yards and 2 TDs … and after his second score, Gronk showed off his anglophile side once again as he munched on fish & chips and downed a pint in the back of the endzone.
No, not really.
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RGIII gets crushed by Sean Weatherspoon, leaves game with a concussion:
Barry Colefield gives us the return of the “Don’t tase me, bro” sack dance: