One of the reasons why we blog is to have a strong forum where ideas can be exchanged freely and effectively. I am very proud of the track record of commenters at this NY Giants blog site. For the most part, everyone has been able to share their views with decorum and respect for each others' voice. We have learned a lot from each other without compromising our values of propriety.
It is with this consistent view of the respect for others that this NY Giants blogger was offended by the unsportsmanlike conduct of Richard Sherman. We know about the trash-talking that goes on in between plays. And we also understand that Sherman can maintain civility between himself and Wide Receivers if no words are shared (see Larry Fitzgerald of the AZ Cardinals). Michael Crabtree is no angel, and we would not be surprised if he started this lovefest. At this point, Richard Sherman decided he was going to end it.
After the final defensive play, a tipped ball by Sherman which was then intercepted by Malcolm Smith, Sherman crossed the field to trash talk Crabtree one more time and was flagged with a personal foul.
Ron Jaworski: "When you purposefully go across the field to try to humiliate another player, I think that is where you draw the line."
We agree. Wayne Dyer articulates what is going on with most conflict:
"How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours."
"When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out- because that's what's inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside."
"Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you."
I'd rather lose a game with professionalism than win one without it. Bill Walsh articulated this in his book which we have highlighted here before- The Score Takes Care of Itself. It is a shame that such a great physical football game should be marred at the end by a lack of respect. I love professional football and the sportsmanship it needs to uphold.
First, great point, dbs50, about Eli and no-huddle.
Re Sherman: People are disposed to be sympathetic to him because of his story: straight outa Compton to Stanford. Thus, they're especially disappointed.
Also bear in mind he plays the second-most high-pressure position besides QB. TDs and long pass completions can kill a cornerback's confidence. He's constantly trying to artificially pump his ego. On top of that, CB's have to deal with pass interference penalties, which only add insult to injury with their false assumption that every pass interfered with would be caught.
Cornerback: they may be well compensated, but they put up with hell.
My thoughts exactly. I've been too busy today to follow what I'm sure are the many attempts to exonerate Sherman, whether by claiming he was provoked by Crabtree, or implying it's somehow "racist" to believe that even, perhaps especially brutal sports like football and hockey should give way at the end to a gentlemanly code of conduct and sportsmanship, or that it's OK to talk smack, even after the game's over, so long as you can "back it up." I don't agree with any of it, but let's just address Sherman's postgame attempt to pin this on Crabtree. But if that's all it was, why did you have to run over to Kaepernick after the INT and make a slashing hand gesture to the throat? Because he "disrespected" you by throwing in your direction? When simply trying to make a play in the course of a football game constitutes "disrespect," the term has lost all meaning. I was really appalled by Sherman's classlessness in winning and hope that Peyton and the Denver WRs can figure out a way of teaching him a thing or two.
On another matter entirely, I'm very encouraged by everything I've read about Ben McAdoo, in particular the excellent piece by Connor Orr in yesterday's "Star-Ledger." I find the argument that Eli's not cut-out for an offense that would rely more on West Coast principles to be frankly absurd. First of all, there will still be plenty of opportunities to throw the long ball. It's not as if Aaron Rodgers hasn't dissected us with many such throws in the past. More to the point--even if Eli isn't the most accurate passer in the world, he's certainly accurate enough, especially if properly coached, to complete the slants and screens and seam routes that we've been calling for. Think about it--when have we typically seen Eli at his best? When did we first realize, years ago, even before the SB run of '07, that he was better than his often pedestrian statistics, with his low completion percentage and high number of INTs, indicated? In the TWO-MINUTE DRILL. In NO-HUDDLE SITUATIONS. At times when there was more emphasis on quick plays, picking up yardage any way possible, not overthinking things, improv, improv, improv. I strongly believe that the right coach, a coach who sees this asset in Eli's game and is willing to exploit it, can make a huge difference. Obviously, TC is still the coach, but the sense I'm getting from the various things he's said since the hire, and from the fact he's made further changes to the coaching staff since, that he's on board. And I don't have problems with many of the things often described as central to KG's offense in isolation. Power running, play action, looking to go vertical--these are all good in moderation. The problem comes when you don't develop the short-yardage, RB and TE-oriented passing and YAC offense to go with it. When you go 4-wide empty backfield and try difficult-to-complete 20-yard fade routes on 3rd and 2. You get the point.
I agree Andy. Totally classless. They'll never do it, but I wouldn't shed a tear if the NFL suspended him from the Super Bowl for actions detrimental to the game or something along those lines (between that and his postgame interview). Exuberance and celebration is one thing. Being a classless low life is another.
Some of the comments on twitter trying to defend his actions were forcing me to post on it. Stuff like the judging, casting stones, yada yada. SILENCE IS JUST AS BAD. Last night I read that Sherman apologized. Mark Schlereth, one of the few who called Sherman out for unprofessional conduct on Sunday, remarked on Monday that maybe there was something there given that RS apologized. No, said the throng of haters, who ripped him again, claiming the only reason RS was apologizing was because of media pressure. These people have completely lost their compass.
One last remark- to win a game that could have gone either way and show that lack of humility further illustrates the absurdity of the actions. It is never appropriate to act w disrespect, be it 38-0 or 23-17. But if that game has a single play going the other way, you're a loser.. So the madness of the behavior is even more stark than ever. I can't prove it, but I'll throw it out there... Steroids? Roid rage? There have been plenty of rumors about SEA players. All I'm saying is that what I saw from RS did nothing to quell those ideas.
@ultimatenyg Could be roid rage. But occam's razor dictates that he's probably just a punk hothead with a way overblown ego. Those are all over the NFL; maybe he's just somewhat worse than the norm.
I'm not sure who I'd like to see win. I had been leaning Seahawks out the small part of me that doesn't want Peyton to pull even with Eli in the one major area Eli's got the advantage.
But with the Sherman debacle, it might have me leaning the other way.