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:
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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.
One of the more interesting stories in the NFL last week was that undercover Seattle cops were planning on dressing in visitors’ team gear at Sundays’ Seahawks-49ers game, in an attempt to identify and remove unruly fans.
Well, one Seahawks fan saw right through their attempt at entrapment, and called out the most obvious narc in the building:
Back to the drawing board, SPD.
It’s official. Seahawks fans are loud. And now they have the Guinness World Record to prove it.
During last night’s Seahawks-49ers game, Seattle fans attempted to set the world record for the loudest stadium crowd ever, with officials from Guinness on hand at CenturyLink field to record the feat. And during the 2nd quarter, when Michael Bennett sacked Colin Kaepernick, the stadium reached an ear-splittingly loud decibel level of 131.9, beating the old record of 131.76 for a soccer match in Istanbul.
But they weren’t done there. Later, during the third quarter, the “12th Man” shattered their own record with a deafening 136.6 decibels during a Seahawks defensive series, giving them full claim to the title of loudest fans in the business. Granted, there might be some validity to the notion that the acoustics at CenturyLink were designed to amplify crowd noise, and that the Seahawks may have been guilty of piping in artificial crowd noise in the past … but that shouldn’t diminish just how loud it really does get it that stadium. Heck, they even created a seismic event a few years back, remember?
As a point of reference, the pain threshold for a human being is at 130 decibels … so 136 decibels is pretty off the charts, and enough to make ear plugs required accessories for anyone venturing into the Hawks Nest. More context via Mashable.com:
A public-health project called “Dangerous Decibels” reports that the sound a jet plane makes from 100 feet away clocks in at 135 decibels. The site also says the “maximum permissible exposure time” to a sound of 115 decibels without sustaining hearing damage is about 30 seconds. It doesn’t list maximum exposure times for anything louder.
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This is probably entirely fake, but props to the folks at Madden 25 and EA Sports for following up on last week’s viral video of Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson betting an eyebrow on last night’s 49ers-Seahawks game.
Here’s video of Kaepernick going through with his punishment, and shaving off his left eyebrow:
Again, this is most likely fake (and looks to have been shot at the same time as the commercial … notice that Colin doesn’t have his newly-grown beard either), but either way, we like the follow-through. We’ll just have to check out this week’s press conferences to see if Kaepernick is still sporting both eyebrows.
As if we needed any more reason to tune in for this weekend’s 49ers-Seahawks game, the two young gun QBs taking the stage have upped the stakes even further: Seattle’s Russell Wilson and SF’s Colin Kaepernick have made a wager that whoever loses on Sunday has to shave off one of his eyebrows.
The bet took place during a commercial for Madden 25, and it’s all on video, with both quarterbacks shaking on it … which I’m pretty sure means it can be upheld in a court of law.
Kaepernick: “Big game on Sunday.”
Wilson: “Yup. You know what we should do? Whoever loses has to shave an eyebrow.”
Kaepernick: “Alright. Hope you don’t like your eyebrow.”
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As we kick off the 2013 NFL season tonight, we are graced with this incredible set of NFL team sigils, in the style of the house sigils from Game of Thrones. For those of you who are geeks for both the NFL and GOT (like us), this is pure nirvana.
Created by internet hero DJroomba, aka Tim Proby, the complete gallery of all 32 teams (even the Jets) can be found here, and includes several variations for each club. We’ve posted some of our favorites below, and saved the best for last in the Patriots and Browns. Enjoy your new desktop wallpapers!
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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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In advance of the much-hyped Harbowl (or “Super Browl”, if you will), Reddit brings us this absolute gem from the Harbaugh brothers’ childhood.
Check out young John and Jim decked out in their Baskin Robbins little league unis, with the elder John towering over the befuddled looking Jim:
And after some incredible interweb sleuthing, we uncovered a few more classic shots from the Harbaugh family archives, which reveal that Jim has been making that same exact face since he exited the birth canal.
PS - how bout that local little league BR sponsorship still paying dividends 30+ years later, eh?!?
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So this exists.
Hard-nosed 49ers head coach – and former NFL QB – Jim Harbaugh once appeared on an episode of Saved By The Bell: The New Class. As Screech’s cousin. Take a minute to let that sink in.
The video evidence is below, with Harbaugh paying a visit to The Max to have lunch with his favorite cousin Screech. He’s also conveniently there to provide counsel to a troubled teen who’s considering quitting football after pulling a DeSean Jackson and prematurely celebrating a touchdown.
And even though everyone knows that The New Class was a wildly inferior installation in the Saved By The Bell cannon, this is still a tremendous find.
At the time (somewhere between 1994-97), Harbaugh was quarterbacking the Indianapolis Colts, and probably wasn’t the most instantly recognizable athlete in the country. So despite the piped-in cheering when Jim enters, the script makes sure the audience knows exactly who it is we’re looking at. You know, since they’ve never mentioned this supposedly close relative of Screech even once in the history of the show. But because Dustin Diamond so obviously looks like the lost Harbaugh brother, it’s totally believable.
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