The Seattle Seahawks clinched their second ever NFC Championship crown as they defeated the San Francisco 49ers in heart stopping fashion, 23-17 at CenturyLink Field. Trailing by six points late in the 4th quarter, the 49ers drove down the field and were in great position to win the game on their final drive. On first down from Seattle's 18-yard line, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wanted it all as he threw to the end zone, looking for his top target Michael Crabtree. However, the pass was deflected by Seahawks Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman and was eventually intercepted by third-year linebacker Malcolm Smith. The victory was sealed, Seattle had won a trip to the Super Bowl, and the celebration was underway...or was it?
Richard Sherman was flagged for taunting Crabtree after the play was over, but that wasn't even the half of it. Sherman could have also been flagged for his verbal assault on FOX reporter Erin Andrews in the post-game interview. Yelling at the top of his lungs, he stunned Andrews with his tirade about how Michael Crabtree had disrespected him numerous times throughout the game. Caught in the cross-hairs of a psychotic rant from Sherman, Andrews had the look of someone who didn't want to be standing next to such a maniac.
Sherman's interview sent ripples through the twitter universe as his name became the day's most popular hashtag. As expected, most people were rubbed the wrong way by Sherman's antics. After all, Richard Sherman is known to be a jerk, and although he is a Stanford graduate, he makes absolutely no sense a vast majority of the time. His pompous attitude and arrogant nature makes it very easy to view Sherman as a symbol of all that has gone wrong in pro sports.
I on the other hand, found Sherman to be wildly entertaining and his bizarre post-game interview was much more interesting that the typical boring cliche-filled interviews I usually see. I would much rather watch Sherman spew his non-sense at un-suspecting reporters than watch a very calculated and precise Peyton Manning during his press conferences. Since we the fans are not good enough to play on the field with these guys, it is in our nature to want to find out what really goes on in-between those white lines. In my opinion, Richard Sherman gives us a much more accurate view of what that in-game atmosphere is like, more so than any other player in the league. For me, being raw, un-filtered, and un-cut is a welcomed change from the typical jock-talk of "leaving it all out on the field", "needing to make big plays", and "giving it 110%".
Sure, Richard Sherman embarrassed himself and scared the living bejesus out of poor Erin Andrews. And yes, his un-filtered, incoherent hooting and hollering may turn some viewers off. But for my money, Richard Sherman represents what sports entertainment should be all about: It's not politically correct, it's not for the faint of heart, and it probably won't even make sense to a logical person. But it will keep you tuned in and it will keep you on the edge of your seat.