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Doug Baldwin: N-word is a term of endearment in the NFL

Doug-Baldwin-SeahawksThe NFL may ban the use of the N-word during games next season, but it does not sound like the Seattle Seahawks are going to stop using it in the locker room. On Monday, Richard Sherman called outlawing the N-word an “atrocious idea” that is “almost racist” in itself. Doug Baldwin seems to feel the same.

“I think it’s absurd,” Baldwin said Monday night, per Todd Dybas of The News Tribune. “I understand Roger Goodell and his safety council, or whoever they are, they’re trying to do this with good intentions. … Maybe. But, if you look at it, the only people who say the N-word on the football field are African-Americans. Whether whoever wants to agree with it or not, we have turned it kind of into a term of endearment.”

Like Sherman, Baldwin questioned the idea of banning one word when there are so many other inappropriate and derogatory things said on a football field during the course of a game.

“So, for the rule to specifically to hone in on one word, it’s kind of odd to me when there’s so many other things that are more offensive that have been said on the football field,” he said. “That word, like you’ve heard many guys say, they’ve never heard it towards them in a disrespectful way (on the field). It’s more of a term of endearment. Never heard it from the opposite race, so the only people they are really going at are African-Americans.

“If you want to ban offensive language, let’s ban all offensive language. Not one particular word that is only used by one particular group.”

It’s hard to argue with that. Whether you agree with the modern day use of the N-word or not, it seems ridiculous to ban a single word when so many others are thrown around. My guess is the rule will hardly ever be enforced even if it goes through. Referees can always pretend they didn’t hear it.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Cris Carter responds to Doug Baldwin

Doug-Baldwin-SeahawksThe first thing Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin did when he found a microphone after his team won the Super Bowl on Sunday was rip into ESPN analyst Cris Carter. Baldwin, who caught five passes for 66 yards and a touchdown, was furious that Carter and Keyshawn Johnson described Seattle’s receivers as “appetizers” before the NFC Championship Game.

Carter later responded to Baldwin with a simple message — get over it.

“For one, I never called them pedestrian,” Carter said. “I (said) the reason why they were on the field is because the two starting receivers happened to be hurt. I didn’t make that up. And I’m glad Doug Baldwin — I’m glad they’re playing well.

“But they’re not the only professionals to have someone say on TV, or a coach, that you couldn’t play. I got cut. So they need to get over it.”

Baldwin’s fellow wide receiver appetizer, Jermaine Kearse, hauled four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks receivers outplayed the Denver Broncos’ loaded receiving corps, which is something no one could have predicted. Baldwin earned the right to rub it in Carter’s face.

While I understand what Carter and Johnson were trying to say about Seattle dealing with injuries to Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice, Carter has still shown in the past that he is an idiot by making ridiculous statements about the game’s current receivers. He always comes off like a jealous guy who wants to protect his legacy.

Doug Baldwin rips Cris Carter after winning Super Bowl

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Doug Baldwin couldn’t wait to rip ESPN analyst Cris Carter after the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl on Sunday. And the undrafted wide receiver from Stanford just unloaded on the Hall of Famer.

“I’m not going to say any names, but he knows who he is. I respect what you did on the field. But stick to football,” Baldwin said of Carter via NJ.com. “Stick to playing football because your analytical skills ain’t up to par yet. You need to slow down, you need to go back. Because you’re saying some stuff that doesn’t really make sense.”

Baldwin was apparently chapped by Carter and Keyshawn Johnson describing the Seahawks’ wide receivers as “appetizers” prior to the NFC Championship Game between the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

“That dude that said that we were appetizers, he told me to Google him. But I didn’t see any Super Bowl appearances and I also saw two losses in the conference championship. I have a Super Bowl ring and I will gladly show that to him. And if he doesn’t have time to come see it, tell him he can Google it.”

Ouch.

[Related: Cris Carter responds to Doug Baldwin]

Those are some strong words from Baldwin. But I don’t know why he took it so personally. Carter is an idiotic commentator whose opinion, words, and analysis should not be taken seriously. Remember what happened with him and Calvin Johnson? That was all because Carter was so unprepared as an analyst that he forgot to mention Calvin, and then was too proud to add Johnson to his list when he realized he screwed up. I’m glad Baldwin took it to him.

As for the “appetizers,” well they played a great game. Baldwin led his team with 5 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown, while Jermaine Kearse, another undrafted receiver, had 4 catches for 64 yards and a TD. Baldwin caught all of the passes thrown his way. Not bad for a platter of sliders and some artichoke dip, huh Cris?

Doug Baldwin: Richard Sherman was ‘awful’ when he first switched to cornerback

Richard-Sherman-SeahawksOne of the reasons Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman feels the need to talk so much trash is that he has always been doubted. In the span of about five years, Sherman has gone from promising young wide receiver, to “awful” cornerback, to fifth-round draft back, to NFL dominance. Wait, who said he was an awful cornerback? His own teammate.

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin played with Sherman at Stanford. After showcasing his talent as a wide receiver during his freshman and sophomore seasons, Sherman injured his knee in 2008 as a junior. The following spring, he transitioned to the cornerback position.

“To be honest, when he first switched over he was awful, he was terrible,” Baldwin said Sunday, via Pro Football Talk. “He couldn’t backpedal, he couldn’t track the ball, and he didn’t really try to quick jam, because he would get lost at the line of scrimmage.”

Baldwin said Sherman received a tremendous amount of help from the Stanford coaches and was able to hone in on his skills. Not surprisingly, Sherman was never discouraged.

“He never in his mind had doubt that he would be one of the greatest, he’s always said that he was going to be one of the greatest whether he was going to be a receiver or a defensive back,” Baldwin said. “I had no doubt in him as well because I know how hard he works.”

Even those who do not appreciate Sherman’s arrogant postgame interviews can understand why he has such a large chip on his shoulder. He became the best cornerback in the NFL by being a film nut and a student of the game. He’s a prime example of hard work paying off in a huge way.