Richard Sherman has been accused of taunting Michael Crabtree on the field after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, but you could actually argue that he didn’t. While Sherman had plenty of unkind words for Crabtree during his postgame interview with Erin Andrews, what he said directly to Crabtree wasn’t bad at all.
Sherman was mic’ed up during the game, and NFL.com’s SoundFX aired some of the footage on Wednesday night. If you watch the video of the game-clinching interception, you’ll see that all Sherman said to Crabtree was, “Hell of a game, hell of a game.” Crabtree then shoved him in the face.
So I guess you could argue that Sherman didn’t say anything bad. However, even he admitted in his postgame interview with Ed Werder that he doesn’t like people “running their mouth” and was basically telling Crabtree “nice try” by sprinting over to him.
Sherman didn’t swear or insult Crabtree to his face, but it’s probably safe to say he wasn’t being genuine. We already know the hostility between the two players dates back to an offseason charity event, so I don’t blame Crabtree for thinking (or knowing) that Sherman was mocking him. We all know what “hell of a game” really meant.
In the final seconds of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, an official somehow ended up on Derek Fisher’s back. Fisher and Patty Mills went to the ground to fight for a loose ball, and one of the refs who came into to break up the ensuing scrum ended up standing over the veteran point guard.
When Fisher tried to get up, the ref ended up straddling him like he was a horse. He appeared to ride Fisher for a couple seconds before hopping off his back and letting him get up. Naturally, that inspired SB Nation’s Brian Floyd to create a clip of the hilarious situation set to Ginuwine’s “Pony.”
And the internet strikes again. The world just wasn’t as funny a place before we could do stuff like this.
GIF via @cjzero
- Derek Fisher
The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft was the “Mr. Irrelevant” of the least relevant draft in football. Yes, Smith went last in the Pro Bowl draft, which was shown on NFL Network from Hawaii on Wednesday.
Smith went to Jerry Rice’s team, but what’s funny is that he wasn’t even picked. Players often went in pairs based on position so that the teams would be equally matched in those terms. Deion Sanders had the option of Nick Foles and Smith for his final pick, and he chose the Philadelphia Eagles QB. That meant Smith went to Rice’s team.
“It was new for me sitting in that green room that long,” Smith told NFL Network’s Chris Rose.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, these great players actually were offended if they weren’t taken in the fantasy draft. Sure, these guys have egos and pride, but the game is meaningless. Smith still admitted to Rose that he did feel somewhat chapped about being the last guy picked.
“Yeah, a little bit,” Smith said when asked if he was chapped.
I’ve been a well known Alex Smith detractor for years, so you know I think his spot as the last player picked was well deserved.
- Alex Smith
Jayru Campbell, a high school junior quarterback at Cass Tech in Detroit, may be in danger of losing his scholarship offer from Michigan State after being caught on video bodyslamming a security guard at school on Wednesday.
Word of the events from Wednesday began to spread over social media. A video purportedly showing Campbell bodyslamming the security guard was posted to Instagram and was widely shared. The video was later removed from Instagram, but it was uploaded to YouTube. One of his high school teammates discouraged fellow students from sharing details and media from the event on social media:
Y'all please don't put any videos or pictures or anything of what just happened it can lead to the worse things
— Mike Weber (@mikeweber25) January 22, 2014
Though it’s nearly impossible to see who bodyslammed the security guard based on the video, multiple people have said it was Campbell. Campbell’s coach also confirmed to WXYZ that Campbell got in trouble at school on Wednesday, but the coach did not elaborate on the details.
Click on Detroit says Campbell is in police custody.
According to Rivals, Campbell is a four-star recruit and third-best player in Michigan. He received scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin, in addition to MSU.
Campbell is suspended for the start of the 2014 season because he punched an opponent in the handshake line after a semifinal loss in the state playoffs in November. He was also suspended 3-5 days from school for that incident.
You can see Campbell pushed away from the handshake line around 40 seconds into this video and then getting pushed away and wrestled to the ground by his coaches:
- Jayru Campbell
Tucker filmed a video on the “Confessional Cam” during the Pro Bowl draft on Wednesday night and was hilarious. He cracked a George W. Bush joke, and then he did a great Richard Sherman impression by dropping a “this is a joke, right?” before walking off.
I think Tucker was even funnier than the dudes from “This Is the End” on the cam. That was great.
Here’s his funny interview from when he kicked six field goals in the Ravens’ win over the Detroit Lions in December.
- Justin Tucker
If there’s one thing Genie Bouchard’s management team isn’t lacking, it’s confidence. The agent for the 19-year-old Canadian tennis player believes his client can become the most marketable female athlete on the planet.
Bouchard’s agent, Sam Duvall, believes Maria Sharapova is the standard for marketable female athletes, but he thinks Genie can surpass the four-time major winner.
“Marketability-wise, I think she can be the most famous tennis player in the world,” Duvall told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“She’s got the personality, she’s got the game, she’s got the looks. She speaks two languages [French and English] and the crossover appeal is great. Aussie fans love her, French fans love her … I think she is very rare, let’s put it that way.”
Bouchard is from Montreal, where most residents are bilingual, which explains why she can speak English and French.
Bouchard has won just over $500,000 in career prize money and reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, which has been her best performance at a major thus far. Unfortunately, facing Li Na was a tough draw, but the advancement is a great sign about her future prospects.
“I really think she has the ability to be more marketable than Maria [Sharapova]. She speaks the two languages where the four grand slams are played. Maria was Genie’s idol when she was younger but now they’re competitors.
“But if Maria is the bar, Genie has the ability to exceed that bar. She has to perform on the court to do that, and Genie knows that. Maria has won four slams. Her marketability, if she [Bouchard] performs, I have to say is better than anyone on tour. She is the total package. It’s unbelievable how focused this girl is.”
Bouchard definitely has the potential to be marketable, she just has to take care of her end on the court by winning. You probably noticed how much Ana Ivanovic dropped off the map when she struggled after reaching the finals of the Australian Open and winning the French Open in 2008. It took her a few years to become relevant again. Caroline Wozniacki has also dropped off because of her play, but she’s had a boost thanks to her relationship with Rory McIlroy.
What does that tell us? I guess if Bouchard’s development as a player doesn’t go as planned, she can always date Justin Bieber to get her name out there.
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- Genie Bouchard
Chipper Jones was just trying to do something helpful around the house when he cleaned out his fireplace on Wednesday, but he inadvertently ended up starting a mini forest fire in his backyard.
The former Atlanta Braves legend tweeted about the entire affair. We’ll let him take it from here:
Lol. Tried to do my daily chores and cleaned out the fireplace. Went and dumped the ashes. Alls good right? Nope. Set the woods on fire! Ugh
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) January 23, 2014
I got firefighters all over my place! Thank you Roswell Fire Dept.
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) January 23, 2014
Chipper’s girlfriend, Taylor Higgins, tweeted a picture of how it looked:
— Taylor Higgins (@lilgeorgiapeach) January 23, 2014
Yikes, that actually looks pretty scary. Hopefully the fire department handled the situation.
Come on, Larry Wayne, you should know better.
H/T Sporting News
- Chipper Jones
Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski says Howard will be part of the pool of available players for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain this summer. Joining USA Basketball now could put Howard in line to be a part of the Olympic team for the 2016 Games in Brazil.
Howard was a part of Team USA for the Summer Games in 2008 at Beijing and helped the country win a gold medal. Woj believes that playing for Team USA and helping the country win a gold medal could help Howard’s image, which has taken major hits over his waffling the past few years. We completely agree. Howard is the best center in the league and should provide a boost for the country in international competition.
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- Dwight Howard
“The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays. Because they know,” Sherman said Wednesday, via Deadspin.
“I know some ‘thugs,’ and they know I’m the furthest thing from a thug. I’ve fought that my whole life, just coming from where I’m coming from. Just because you hear Compton, you hear Watts, you hear cities like that, you just think ‘thug, he’s a gangster, he’s this, that, and the other,’ and then you hear Stanford, and they’re like, ‘oh man, that doesn’t even make sense, that’s an oxymoron.’
“You fight it for so long, and to have it come back up and people start to use it again, it’s frustrating.”
Sherman is right — he is the furthest thing from a thug. “Thug” is defined by Dictionary.com as “a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.” He’s nothing of the sort. Now Aaron Hernandez, well, he would definitely fit the description of a thug. But not Sherman.
Sherman acted like an a-hole on the field after setting up the game-clinching interception in the NFC Championship Game. He taunted his opponents, mocked them and he was the opposite of classy. And then he went nuts in his postgame interview, going on a rant that I found to be funny and entertaining more than anything else. Others were put off by his emotional outburst.
But you know who I blame most for the conversation turning racial? The media.
Here we are three days after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers to advance to the Super Bowl, and we’re still discussing Richard Sherman. Since Sherman is the best cornerback in the NFL, we should be discussing him. Some, like John Madden, just wish we weren’t discussing his postgame antics.
Madden discussed Sherman on SiruisXM NFL Radio Wednesday, calling his postgame trash talk “embarrassing.”
“I think it’s too much,” Madden said, via Pro Football Talk. “To me, it was kind of embarrassing. … Kids are watching this, and kids copy the players. I have grandkids and I know what they do because I see them. If a player is wearing a certain color gloves, they have to have that color gloves. A player two weeks ago wore red shoes, I had a grandson came to the game and he had to wear red shoes. The jerseys — they wear the jerseys and they copy everything those guys do.
“And to be a great one, they don’t know which things they should copy, and they think that’s how they have to play. I think if any apologies ought to be made, it ought to be to the kids. That’s not the way we do it. … I thought it was embarrassing.”
Sherman went to Stanford and chose to pursue his education there because it is such a respected academic university. He became the best cornerback in the NFL by being a film nut and student of the game. He is a very intelligent 25-year-old man, but some felt as though his verbal assault on Michael Crabtree took away from what the Seahawks accomplished as a team. Madden touched on that as well.
“He took away a lot from the other players on his team,” he said. “Guys played their butts off, guys coached their butts off, and pass rushed and tackled and special teams, and then it got to be all about one guy. In a team sport, that’s wrong,”
I don’t think that’s what Sherman intended, but it was certainly a consequence. He has earned the right to talk trash because he backs it up. I’d just call it poor timing.
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