Video: “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree…”
posted at 8:23 am on January 20, 2014 by Ed Morrissey
The hilarious end to a strange, error-filled NFC championship will live in memory far longer than any of the game that preceded it. Erin Andrews caught up with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman moments after his deflection allowed a teammate to intercept Colin Kaepernick and beat the San Francisco 49ers, but Sherman hadn’t quite calmed down yet … at all:
Yes, this wasn’t the classiest sideline interview, but there’s more to this story than just this interview. San Francisco’s receivers do a lot of trash talking during the game; Anquan Boldin got so bad about it during the Panthers game last week that the commentators were practically begging the refs to toss a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct before Boldin touched off a brawl. Sherman had just gotten a flag for giving some of it back, and was clearly sore over that, too. Still not a good reason to go off like this on camera, but there is some more context to it, too.
But … isn’t this why networks go on the sidelines and get these interviews in the first place? They want to catch the players at their most emotional in order to get something other than a series of cliches about “it’s all about team,” give credit to [other team] for playing a tough game,” and so on. Usually players are smarter or have enough experience to avoid falling into those traps, but Sherman … not so much.
Denver will beat Seattle anyway in two weeks, whether Sherman remains corked up or not.