SOME BEHAVIOR IS ASSHOLE BEHAVIOR
A Cranky Opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old with very little expertise on the topic opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, they are wrong, but they are welcome and please…no name calling. That goes for you, you big stupid head!
Richard Sherman is a defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks. Last week he made a game saving play which put his team into the Super Bowl next week. Richard Sherman is a very good football player, one of the best defensive backs in the game.
Richard Sherman is a very intelligent man. He graduated at the top of his class in High School, a school that only graduates 60% of its students, so just graduating is an accomplishment. Richard Sherman graduated from Sanford University, one of the top schools in the nation and is working towards a master’s degree.
Richard Sherman has not had it easy. He comes from Compton, California, a very tough neighborhood. He is blessed with intelligence and extraordinary athletic ability and he has developed those blessings through hard work and made it to the top of his profession.
At the end of last week’s game, Richard Sherman gave the choke sign to the 49ers quarterback. He patted the 49ers receiver, whom he so successfully defended, derisively on the butt and trash talked him. He then went on national TV and ranted like a lunatic about how great he is, how bad the 49ers were, and a lot of trash-talk bravado.
Richard Sherman is an African American. Many of his defenders have gone on to intimate that the hubbub over his rant is all racist.
I think that Richard Sherman is an extraordinary person. He has overcome a difficult environment, he has overcome racism, and he is at the top of his profession. Richard Sherman is not a thug. He has never been arrested or been in any trouble at school or with the law.
Richard Sherman’s behavior after last week’s game was the behavior of an obnoxious, classless ass. It should not define Richard Sherman. It is probably not who he is. His behavior was probably just an extension of his passion for the game and a continuation of the trash talking behavior many athletes assume to push themselves and to get in the head of the opposition.
These athletes work themselves into a frenzy before every game; just watch the pregame team huddle rituals made famous by Ray Lewis of the Ravens. It takes a while to come off that frenzy and that is part of what was behind Richard Sherman’s classless, bad sport, obnoxious behavior.
Richard Sherman behaved like an ass after last week’s game. It does not define him as a man, but he did behave like an ass. No racism, no animosity, just an honest appraisal of his behavior. It was no big deal,
He did act like an ass.
He is better than that.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.