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You've heard the story tons of times by now, but that doesn’t make it any less spectacular. Twenty-two months ago, Peyton Manning came to Denver, not knowing how, or if, his tale would continue. Now he prepares to take over the Big Apple, one win away from winning that elusive second Lombardi. He'll stare down the loquacious Richard Sherman, who made headlines of his own Sunday, and the Seahawks

“A lot of that was adrenaline.”

That’s going to be part of Super Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman’s newest column in The MMQB, which you can read (or shred) this afternoon. Sherman batted the potential game-winning touchdown away from Michael Crabtree with 22 seconds left, and was still in full-on woofing mode when FOX’s Erin Andrews corralled him moments after Seattle’s 23-17 win over San Francisco. “I’m the best cornerback in the game!” he yelled. “When you try me with some sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get!!!” Sherman spent the evening getting raked over the social (and news) media coals, as if he were some black-hatted pro wrestler. “I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person,” he writes, and … well, you’ll see it later today. I’ll have more on Sherman, the player and the columnist, a little further down in the column.

So it’s a Seattle-Denver Super Bowl, one full of intrigue and new story lines, seeing that almost every player in the game will be new to the Super Bowl stage. Every player but one. Peyton Manning is back for his third Big One, and Sherman will have to work hard to get in Manning’s head. “You can’t get in Peyton’s head. If you get in his head, you’ll get lost,” Sherman said.

One more note from the NFC: Second straight season San Francisco lost driving for a touchdown on its final offensive play of the season, with Colin Kaepernick lofting one high into the right corner of the end zone for Michael Crabtree, who, both times, strained for the ball about six yards deep in the end zone near the sideline stripe. Incomplete, intercepted. Last year Baltimore in the Super Bowl, this year Seattle in the NFC Championship Game. What a cruel bummer of a coincidence.

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(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

DENVER — “Proud of you, bro,” Cooper Manning called out to Peyton Manning in the Broncos’ locker room Sunday, and a minute or so later, the family gathered around a showered Peyton at his locker. Club employees kept the media from hearing family business. Peyton’s back was to the room, his upper torso bare; Cooper, the older brother, to his right, and Eli, the younger, to his left. My eyes found the scar on the back of Peyton’s neck, the remnant of one of his four surgeries to repair a neck problem that threatened to force him into retirement a couple of years ago.

Four neck surgeries. And he just threw for 400 yards, his third-best playoff total in 22 postseason games.

At age 37, in a conference championship game, against Bill Belichick’s team.

“Kinda makes this special,” said dad Archie, standing off to the side.

Kinda.

Twenty-two months ago today, Peyton Manning was signed by the Broncos. Amazing what can happen in that time. Two teams that pursued Manning and lost, Arizona and Tennessee, have whacked their head coaches since. Two other teams that pursued Manning and lost, Seattle and San Francisco, met for the NFC title Sunday with kid quarterbacks playing. And Manning has lifted a team, and a region, to the Super Bowl, long past his expiration date. I saw a family walking in Denver Saturday with the dad and two girls all in orange MANNING 18 jerseys. The guy in front of me at Starbucks Sunday morning had an “OMAHA! OMAHA!” Manning T-shirt on, and I guess you know what that’s about.

“Are you a football fan? You like the Broncos?” I asked my thickly accented cabdriver Saturday morning.

“I like Manning,” he said.

The economic impact of the man alone seems amazing. I’ve been in town four times since Labor Day—for the season opener, this game, and twice for SI Sportsman of the Year stuff—and don’t kid yourselves: If Manning had signed with Arizona, I’d probably have been in the Valley of the Sun four times since Labor Day. A lot of people would have. And now the Super Bowl will get the added boost of Manning trying to win his second Lombardi Trophy, as if a New York/New Jersey Super Bowl needed extra luster. Just as Eli won a title in his brother’s stadium in Indianapolis two years ago, now Peyton will try to win a title in Eli’s stadium in New Jersey.

“It was a test of faith and trust in the process and I knew I was going to put all the hard work I had into it and try to improve. But I couldn’t predict that we would be at this point. And I had no idea how I was going to be physically, no idea how the team is going to come together.”

So, about that beatdown of the dreaded Patriots … Before he rejoined his family to celebrate the win, Manning stopped in a hallway outside his locker room to relive some of what made this game go so well.

Manning knew this was going to be a good day. He knew most of the week it would be. One thing that’s happened here is the trust he’s built with rookie offensive coordinator Adam Gase this year. “I really like Gase,” Manning said. “It’s a compliment to him. I like playing for guys that are smarter than me and work as hard as me. Gase is there before I get there in the morning.”

(Paul Spinelli/AP)
(Paul Spinelli/AP)

This week, Gase decided to put a play in the game plan that raised eyebrows in the offensive meeting room. The fourth tight end on the team, Virgil Green, had played in 47 games for the Broncos over his three Denver seasons. He’d never run the ball once. In his 48th game, Sunday, Green had a running play in the plan. “Pretty different,” Manning said. “You know, Belichick prepares them for everything. But a run by Virgil Green was not on their hit chart anywhere. We have some formations with three receivers and two tight ends where you had an empty set and throw and Gase said We’re just going to put Virgil back there and run it. And he really made a heck of a run.” Gain of six, midway through a 93-yard touchdown drive.

“That’s what I like about Adam,” Manning said. “He’s always working, always thinking. We email each other at night ideas, and bounce ideas off—‘”

“Anything like that this week?” I asked.

He thought a minute, then brought up the run by Knowshon Moreno six plays after the Green run. Third-and-10 from the New England 39, midway through the second quarter, Patriots playing two safeties deep with four other defensive backs on the field. As Manning got the call in his helmet from Gase, the offensive coordinator reminded him: “We need about five yards for a field goal here.” Manning went to the line, saw the big gap over right guard, saw the two safeties deep, and paused his cadence. He went to the line and changed the call.

“All week,” Manning said, “[Gase] said, ‘Don’t be afraid to check to the run if you get that look.’ And when he told me we needed five yards to get in field-goal range, he was saying, ‘If you like the look for the run, check to it, and don’t think twice about it.’ Sure enough, the seas kind of parted there.” Gain of 28.

But the play Manning loved involved a little game he and Gase play.

“He and I have a rule,” Manning said. “We can’t talk after practice on Friday. We say, ‘We’re not talking Friday once we leave, we’re going to our families.’ And so he said on Friday, ‘Call me if you get a chance. I have a good thought for a play around the 5[-yard line]. But I said, ‘I’m not calling you. You email me your idea, and I’ll voice-memo you whether I like it or not.”

“Voice memo?” I said. “Like recording on the phone, then emailing it?”

“Right,” he said. “I record it and email it.”

Manning liked Gase’s idea. Inside the 5, on an early down, the Patriots were inclined to bring one or more safeties down close to the line. “Not a good look to run the ball,” said Manning. On 1st-and-goal from the 3 midway through the third quarter, Gase called the play—for a run, not a pass. And when Manning got to the line, he saw the safety cheating down, and so Manning changed the play to a pass. “We got the perfect look,” Manning said. Demaryius Thomas pressed cornerback Alfonzo Dennard toward the corner of the end zone, then broke quickly to the post.

Wide open. Touchdown.

So Manning was planning to take at least a few minutes Sunday night to reflect on where he was 22 months ago, and where he is.

“I think it certainly is important to take a moment to reflect and to savor the moment and the win,” he said. “I can remember that time well two years ago. I asked every question of every doctor to give me some kind of timetable. Can you give me some kind of definite answer about how I’m going to feel? And none of them could. It was a test of faith and trust in the process and I knew I was going to put all the hard work I had into it and try to improve. But I couldn’t predict that we would be at this point. And I had no idea how I was going to be physically, no idea how the team is going to come together. And choosing the Broncos, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker were significant in that process. From what I’d studied of those two receivers, I thought that if we got in there and really worked at it, and I did make some strides and improvements like I hoped I would, that we could form a good passing game. And add Wes Welker this year, and Gase has been the perfect guy … “

It’s been a better marriage than Manning could have hoped for. Denver is 28-7 (an .800 winning percentage) since he walked in the door. But it’s that 29th win that Manning’s been seeking for a long, long time, and he’ll go off Broadway to get it. You want drama with your Super Bowl? I’ll give you drama: Peyton Manning trying to win his second world title and change the debate about his legacy in the first, and probably only, Super Bowl ever to be played in the biggest market in America.

* * *

The NFC game, and the aftermath, was wacky.

Four key characters in the NFC Championship Game:

Richard Sherman. To sum up: Sherman made the clinching play in the Seahawks’ 23-17 win over the Niners. Sherman writes for The MMQB. I am the editor-in-chief of the site. I am 56. I did not like what he did seconds after the game, screaming answers angrily to questions by FOX’s Erin Andrews. I’m not a big fan of belittling opponents, and neither, apparently, are you, because many of you on Twitter wanted Sherman drawn and quartered. However, I’m not firing Richard Sherman. I’m not muzzling Richard Sherman. I asked him to write for us for the season, and write he shall do. I don’t have to like what a man says to the cameras to give him a forum to discuss intelligent football topics, which is what Sherman has done for the last six months for The MMQB. Now, when I saw what he said, my first reaction was: That’s why the NFL has a cooling-off period before allowing writers into locker rooms after games. In the five minutes before Sherman’s outburst to Andrews about how great he was and how worthless Michael Crabtree was, Sherman batted the potential game-winning pass into the arms of a teammate, winning the game for Seattle. He ran after Crabtree, said something, got flagged for taunting him. Then Crabtree pushed Sherman away by the facemask, and the Seahawks ran out the final 22 seconds of the game. Emotions were still high, and Andrews got Sherman to talk. He woofed to America the way he woofs on the field. As I said, it’s not how I would react. But he didn’t sugarcoat his opinions. We ask players for the truth all the time, and they so rarely give it to us that we’re shocked when they do. NFL Films did a good story on Sherman that you might want to watch to understand him.

In My Defense

On the day after his game-saving play—and the divisive, exclamatory interview that followed—Richard Sherman explains why he said what he said about Michael Crabtree. FULL STORY

NaVorro Bowman. What a tough game this is. Bowman was the best defender for the 49ers Sunday, with 14 tackles, and that is not rare. He suffered a likely torn ACL, while offensive guard Mike Iupati broke an ankle. The ACL injury came in a pile near the goal line, with the Seahawks threatening to score—and the embarrassing thing for Gene Steratore’s officiating crew was that replays showed the fumble on the play was clearly recovered by Bowman and he was down, in screaming pain, and still holding on to the ball. Then, when players started diving in for the fumble, the ball got stolen from Bowman. But now Bowman has a race on his hands. Opening day is seven and a half months away; he’s become as valuable as any single 49ers defensive player. We don’t even know the extent of his injury yet, but whatever it is, it’s certainly no lock he’ll be ready to start the 2014 season on time.

Colin Kaepernick. I know about the three turnovers in the last 11 minutes. That cannot happen, and it did, and it cost San Francisco the game. But the touchdown pass he threw is one of the most amazing throws I’ve seen covering football. Running to his right, Kaepernick elevated and, with both feet off the ground, snapped off a perfect spiral, which went 26 yards in the air and landed perfectly in Anquan Boldin’s hands. An amazing throw. A rope. It would have been great if he was standing flat-footed. He’ll get better and learn when to take chances and when not to. But there are so few guys who come into the NFL with the ability to do what Kaepernick did on that throw.

Kam Chancellor. Player of the game. The advantage Chancellor brings into a game is his size (6-3, 232 pounds, large for a safety) and his aggression. He separated Vernon Davis from the ball in the second half on a bang-bang play that Davis got the worst of, and he made Michael Crabtree short-arm a pass later, with the ball falling incomplete. “Alligator arms,” fellow safety Earl Thomas said from Seattle. “Receivers always know where Kam is. He’s our enforcer.” And he picked off Kaepernick when he was late to a spot in front of the receiver—purposefully. Chancellor made an acrobatic fingertip pick on the ball. “You have to know your job in this defense on every play,” said Thomas. “He’s a great student.” But he’d be nothing without the big stick he carries. In the Super Bowl, the collisions between him and Julius Thomas could be legendary.

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fuggetaboutit909
fuggetaboutit909

broncos had a relatively easy time with the pats on both sides of the ball..... that is about to change.  I thought going into championship Sunday that the broncos would load up to stop the run since there is no pass catchers on the pats that keep you up at night.  percy harvin looms large right now and so does beast-mode.

fuggetaboutit909
fuggetaboutit909

win win as a football fan..... no real "villans" on either side of the aisle IMO.  both manning and wilson are seemingly wonderful people. 

Buck2185
Buck2185

Peter, I know you must be extremely butt hurt that your Patriots got completely beaten in all aspects (so much for your "Patriot running game" will be the deciding factor in their victory over Denver prediction...). But, on the plus side - You now can slip into our Patriot jammies, with your Patriot binky and blanky, and watch the Superbowl with your little Tommy....

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

Other than his over the top interview (its worth pointing out the language was fine), I've got no problems with Sherman. This increasingly vanilla league needs characters like him in the game. 


If anything, the league mandated rule of a "cool down period" before any reporters can enter the locker room should apply to the post game interviews on the field. I've been watching this game for over 30 years and I can't say that the on-field interview right after the game ends brings that much added value to the telecast. My .02¢

JakartaDean
JakartaDean

Peter, I think you should reconsider your ongoing support for Sherman, especially after what he wrote this week.  Not just for the interview (you wrote angry, but I saw rage) but the complete package.  His taunting and woofing on the field are part of the package (he wrote and asked not to be judged by what he does on the field -- I don't believe he can ask that).  He wrote that he was trying to offer Crabtree a handshake but he didn't extend his right hand, so it looks like he was lying about that.  I don't like trash talk, but I can get over it, as you said.  When you throw in his vitriol in the Erin Andrews interview and his lying on MMQB, I don't think he is the guy you want on your team here.

Jonjoe1959
Jonjoe1959

Hey, remember that Chicago Bears Super Bowl Beat-Down of New England. Well, Denver's Fans will demand an arrest after the Butt-Whipping they're about to receive at the hands of the Seahawks.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

The game is in New Jersey, not New York.

KevinB2014
KevinB2014

“Winslow sprang to an upright position.”


not sure I needed that level of detail

JohnnyNacho
JohnnyNacho

If Peyton is able to win the Super Bowl in the first cold weather city, outdoor Super Bowl then yes the critics and skeptics about his playoff demise will certainly have to show respect.  However, if he doesn't....then I'm not sure he would ever be able to live it down.

bobbie johnson
bobbie johnson

More excuse making for bad behavior by Peter King.  Poor Richard Sherman didn't get the "respect" he deserved, so he has the right to act like a complete moron on national television.  Poor Richard Sherman grew up in Compton and is black...therefore he's not responsible for his behavior.  We need to "understand" his plight.  Sherman is a good player, but he's not as good as Revis was a few years ago and never will be.  Revis was doing his magic with no pass rush for years.  Sherman has better players around him.  

thomasoverley
thomasoverley

Not a SF fan in fact a can not stand them, but for him not to write about some of the just horrible calls in the NFC game is astounding

MikeA2386
MikeA2386

Haven't been reading your work much this year Peter (not a fan of a the new MMQB look / page), but as always there are some cracking pearls of wisdom in there. Loved the Jim Caldwell quote (if only the Shermanator played in Detroit!), the "Golden Tate" factoid, the link to Scott Fujita's article and the story about NYG's Pope. Those are the kind of snippets that will likely always bring me back to MMQB while you're here :)


PS Ask your Aussie correspondant how the Aussie media reacted to Richard Sherman's post-game 'rant'. When the NFL makes front page news on the Australian Fox Sports website you know something really good, or something Rodman-esque happened.

RuKdingMe
RuKdingMe

Peter, Sherman has proven himself unworthy of your association.  The needless, classless taunting of Crabtree; giving Kaepernick the choke sign; the mad-man rant; and the utterly self-serving rationalization of his actions.  


If you choose to associate with bad characters, their actions reflect onto you.  The clicks aren't worth it! 

HughJardonn
HughJardonn

Who cares about Sherman?

1) The SeaChickens, a mediocre road team, won't be playing the Super Bowl in that noise box they call home.

2) The refs, as good to them as they have been all year, will not be favoring them over Peyton.  

3) Well, why go on? In two weeks Sherman will have every excuse in the book after Peyton humiliates them.

fletchman1313
fletchman1313

Welp, I'm no longer reading Richard Sherman's column.  That was disgusting.  You won the game... why you mad, bro?


He might come up with some sort of justification on why he did it, but I won't be reading it.  That's how damn pissed off I got after he went running his mouth about Crabtree and about being the best cornerback.  If anything, that's EXACTLY what the pro-wrestling heel does.  


And I was actually rooting for the Seahawks!  Imagine that!


Sherman's lost a reader.   Well, at least one.  It was a very good column too.  

MichaelWaters
MichaelWaters

I think King's term "full-on woofing mode" says it all about Richard's blusterous interview.   It's male game culture, the part most of us can't know because we're too far away.    Erin, and we, got a full-on taste of it.    Yeah, it's coarse.   But it's honest too.   Don't we want honesty? 


I liked Carrol's comment about Sherman, which I'll paraphrase:  Richard Sherman is an incredible young man, and I think we've reached an understanding about not reflecting poorly on the team.   


Or something like that.


I thought it was genius.    Loving AND reprimanding.   That's an art.

Dr Steve
Dr Steve

I don't have an issue with Sherman; not my way of acting, but if he walks the walk, he can talk.


Kaepernick is young, too early to judge him.  but it was waaay too early to anoint him.


So Belichick runs Edelman into DRC, and it's clean football, but Welker hits Talib and it's dirty pool.  Pffft


Maybe it's time to rethink Brady.  The Patriots won 3 SB off a strong defensive core and Brady went 9-0 in he play-offs.  Since the core broke up, Brady is 9-8.  And can we drop the 10-5 against Peyton already?  The guy who plays at home is the guy who typically wins (Brady 9-1, Manning 4-1).


Quite simply, I think this SB will be determined by weather.  Manning doesn't have the arm strength anymore to handle the elements.  Seattle is a different team on the road; without a 110 dB of noise, their defense doesn't get the same rush.  Take the big play away from Wilson, and he really struggles.  All of this would point to Denver in good weather.   Unfortunately for Manning, the year he makes the SB is the year they decide to play in cold weather.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

What legacy? Payton is a regular season stat padder and a playoff choke artist.. the one year he won the superbowl... guess what? it wasnt payton.. the media can put out all the crap they want, people such as myself whom watches the games know better...

Manning has always had weapons to throw to.. this year is no different... but if anyone thinks Manning is going to man up,  go into Jersey and crush the best defense in the NFL they are dreaming... 

I thought this was the broncos vs Seahawks... people are upset when Sherman makes it about him, but its O.K when its all about Manning...

blynder
blynder

Belichick's comments, about W.Welker DELIBERATELY seeing to injure another player are, in my opinion - WAY, WAY, WAY worse than anything P.Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sidney (R.Sherman) said immediately after the game.  The play, "illegal" in the NFL rules, happens in every game by every team.  Belichick saying a former team member, whom he had a strenuous relationship with, deliberately tried to injure another player BASED ON ONE PLAY is disrespectful, gross and way more offensive than what P.Sherman 42 Wallaby Way Sidney (R.Sherman) said.

No outrage here (or across the country) for that piece of sound-bite-ery that he left as a fetid, steaming pile of fun for a Monday Morning presser.

onemoremile
onemoremile

Pick plays are illegal, as I understand it.  A pick is offensive pass interference.  Denver seems to run a pick on nearly every pass play.  The whole purpose of lining up two or three receivers in a bunch seems to be to facilitate a pick.  Why does the league not enforce the offensive pass interference rule on these pick plays.  I would also like TV commentators to stop calling them "rub" plays.  A pick is a pick and it is illegal.

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

Both games were great, and it looks like we may have a classic SB. It's comical to still read comments about how in love PK is with Payton after seeing the masterful game he just played. How can you not admire Payton and respect the journey he has just been through. I sure hope the Broncos have a similar performance in the SB.

As to Sherman, I don't appreciate his brash style, but to judge his worth on such a trivial episode is nothing short of foolish, and in some comments, flagrant racism. Sherman is a bright, articulate, and passionate person, and I sure would be happy to have him on my team. Read more about him and there is much to admire. If you're concerned about your kids, set a good example as a parent. Don't lay responsibility on Sherman. Look at the good work he does with inner city kids to see the example he sets that is far more accurate and meaningful than this episode. It's interesting to see how little money he is being paid (along with Russell) with his level of performance - far less than Crabtree.

As to those who threaten PK if he doesn't fire or censure Sherman, please do us all a favor and never, ever read MMQB again, let alone post your nonsense. I guarantee, you will not be missed. I enjoy MMQB, and I really like Sherman's column and many of the other articles published throughout the season. Too bad there are so many narrow-minded folks who cannot appreciate a point of view different than their own.

Mark B.
Mark B.

Handing the ball to a tight end in the backfield was Denver's turnabout to a 46 yard run by Aaron Hernandez (remember him?) from the backfield during the playoff game 3 years ago when NE beat the Tim Tebow-led Broncos. Yesterday's play was derivative, and effective, but not innovative.  Even as a NE fan, there is nothing to say but that the Broncos won every phase of the game that mattered yesterday. Finally, I hope it sleets during the superbowl and the NFL gets repaid for its colossally stupid decision to play the game in NJ.

Zeshan
Zeshan

Denver's offense rank: 1 (TD/TO ratio - 71/26; pts scored: 606)

Seattle's defense rank: 1 (TD/TO ratio - 20/39; pts allowed: 231)

Denver's defense ranking: 19 (TD/TO ratio - 44/26; pts allowed 399)

Seattle's offense ranking: 17 (TD/TO ration - 41/19; pts scored: 417)

On the numbers, I'd say Seattle looks good. But Sherm himself wrote an article for SI calling Manning the smartest QB he's played against.  Gonna be a helluva game.

SolidStateMind
SolidStateMind

Look.  You can hate Sherman, but *own* it, fercryinoutloud.  You're not really upset about the sound-bite.  Worse has been said by many, many other people- both athletes and non-athletes.  We live in a time where everything that could possibly be said has been, in front of a camera to boot.


Ignore the good things Sherman has done if you want.  But OWN it-- don't try to make the lame argument that 15 seconds of tape somehow magically completely devalues all the man has done in the community and with providing educational opportunities for the underprivileged. 

Maybe you don't like Stanford grads.  Maybe you hate guys who will 'rub it in' when they defeat an opponent.  Hell, maybe you don't like the 'Highlighter Green' accents or any of the Seahawks' colors, or their mascot.


But just SAY IT and don't try to excuse yourself by providing a paper-thin excuse.  Your sanctimony just makes you look idiotically shallow.

tanjeem
tanjeem

Peter, this was not expected of you. Your backing of Sherman shows very little understanding of football as a team sports. So yes Sherman had two tackles and one deflection in a very important game. And he calls himself the best for THAT. Does he think that they won this game because of him? And you blame the press interview on Adrenaline. Really !! A Shower and 1 hour does not cool him off. 

mbrayca157
mbrayca157

Sherman's comments show poor sportsmanship. Your defense of him is your choice. My choice is to stop reading your website unless you repudiate him ie fire him..

SCHUBE63
SCHUBE63

Peter - The word is the NFL is looking to eliminate the extra point kick because it is to automatic.  Rather than eliminate it why not move the holder 2 yards closer to the line of scrimmage?.  This would give the defense a greater opportunity to block the kick and would force the kicker to get the ball up higher in a lesser amount of time.  Making the extra point kick hardier will decrease the automatic nature of it (a good thing) and might even encourage teams to go for 2 points more often.  Your thoughts?

mikep99
mikep99

Peter, I get your logic, adrenaline and the moment excuse. The only problem is that an hour after all this happened, after he took his shower and cooled down. He took the same tactic and his antics were inexcusable. I have enjoyed your writing and opinions for years, never wrote on a blog, but you plain missed this one. I now question your ability to be as objective as you've been through the years. Letting him write for you may have clouded your judgement and you took the safe path as a result. I don't think he;s a bad peson, but he is trying to get headlines at  every opportunity. In watching this with my 14 year old kids, he is everything wrong with athletes. I don't need him to be a role model, but it would be nice that he was able to demonstrate sportsmanship. He's an intelligent person which is why you hired him, but if all he's going to do is shout with hopes of getting attention, I'd give him a timeout. 

IdahamCooper
IdahamCooper

@JakartaDean Dude, wake up. Sherman clearly offered his hand to Crabtree. But since you failed to see/recognize it he's a liar. 


As far as what you believe re:asking for judgment of his character on the field... who gives a damn what you believe?!?  In the grand scheme it does not matter.


Interesting point made by King... Bronco staffers blocked the MEDIA from hearing the Manning family conversation after his win (In the Locker Room, no less), yet Sherman gets vilified for open expression (Non profane) after making the play of his life. (As men we've all dreamed of being in that type of situation growing up).


SO my question is: How would react/respond??

shotokb
shotokb

@JakartaDean You might want to check your facts.  The video with audio clearly shows him extending his right hand to shake Crabtree's as he says "Hell of a game".

fuggetaboutit909
fuggetaboutit909

@bobbie johnson I give sherman a better than good rating but you are absolutely correct when you say that revis did not have the team around him when revis was the best with the jets.... and the level of talented receiver/quaterback revis shut down week to week was vastly better as well.


defending passes thrown by kaepernick to crabtree is nice but shutting down randy moss when brady is throwing to him is in a whole other universe.

Jonjoe1959
Jonjoe1959

Bobby Johnson, what kind of Moron are you? It's just Trash-Talking and Great Theater. Hell, Hollywood couldn't write a better script.

fuggetaboutit909
fuggetaboutit909

@thomasoverley there were some bad calls BUT the niners were not really hurt by those calls given what happend in the game.


for example navarro's fumble recovery for example would have been on the 1 yd line but the niners ended up with the ball on the 11 instead.

Jonjoe1959
Jonjoe1959

Thomas-get-Over-it. Please, not the, Blame it on the refs argument. Grow-up.

slickwilly
slickwilly

@Dr SteveThe time for talking is before the game, not after you've already won. That's just trying to embarrass you're opponent when they can't defend themselves and is completely classless. That would be like someone talking trash about Sherman when he's out with a broken leg.

rckymtn4
rckymtn4

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler The Manning detractors have the same narrative concerning his playoff record. If he loses then it's all on him, but if he wins then the opponent was weak, he didn't play very well, etc. If you want to be fair and honest you either look at all his playoff games and how he performed or just give him the credit for the wins, not just the losses.

Bronco64
Bronco64

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawlerThese teams don't pee a drop if Peyton doesn't do what he does.  Nobody is sniffing a SB!  It's rare to make it to a SB multiple times, let alone win one.  Give some respect and credit to the accomplishments that have been made by a great player.  I certainly respect Sherman's game, regardless if I think he's decided he needs to be a media hound...Fact of the matter is the Seahawks D was probably good enough to make this run without him.  Can't say that about the Manning or Marshawn Lynch...

kcronin87
kcronin87

There is a difference between a pick (illegal) and a rub (legal).  The rub is a receiver running a route who might ultimately catch the ball.  Admittedly that receiver's route is designed to "free up" a teammate by interfering with a defensive player, but it's still a legitimate route.  The pick is a receiver running a route designed to interfere with the defender -- without any real possibility that the receiver might make a catch.  That's the distinction Belichik was trying to make.  I really dislike him, but he's right in this case.

blynder
blynder

@onemoremile 

ALL TEAMS run those pick plays.  They are "illegal" but happen in ever game.  So they need to have better rules about what a rub/pick play is.  I'm guessing that will come this off-season.


rckymtn4
rckymtn4

@Mark B. If I wasn't a Bronco fan I would agree with you that I hoped it would sleet. It was a dumb idea when the game was awarded and is still dumb.

SolidStateMind
SolidStateMind

@tanjeem  apparently YOU are the one who doesn't understand how team sports work at a high level.  Why do you think that the NFL *mandates* a cool-off period for the player? Fact is, many of these players can do what they do only by feeding that adrenaline and anger to keep them going when their muscles are screaming for rest.  For example, Bill Romanowski is on record saying that pre-game, he had to spend time psyching up, imagining the opponents killing his loved ones, raping his wife, torturing his friends, etc. to get himself to up to game-time intensity.


And that sort of thing isn't all that uncommon.

That you don't know/understand this is proof that you are ignorant of what is really required to play at a high level.

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

Don't let the door hit you... What examples of good sportsmanship have you been known for?

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

So what else do you know about Sherman? Did you check out the link to NFL Films? Are you aware of his community involvement? Have you had any of his life experiences?

SportPage
SportPage

@mikep99 I agree with most of your statement, although I found this sentence worth a chuckle.


"I now question your ability to be as objective as you've been through the years."


King has never been objective when the subject is the Patriots.

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