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Look, I know I’m quite high on Richard Sherman, you know I’m quite high on Richard Sherman, because he’s a brilliant football player.
I feel that he is the best cornerback in all of football. Many other Seahawks fans do as well, but there are still quite a lot who have doubts. And, pretty much anyone who ISN’T a Seahawks fan thinks he sucks. All of this comes down to his personality. I think it’s great, and it’s great for the game of football to have these types of personalities. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a Seahawks fan. I thought Primetime was awesome, I thought OchoCinco was awesome, and I even enjoyed the things Terrell Owens and Randy Moss would do to drum up publicity that wasn’t necessarily football-based. These are entertaining guys in a league where they are doing everything they can to suck the fun right out of it. Because a bunch of old, white men long for the 1950s where slow, lumbering oafs simply handed the ball to the ref after a play ended and everyone fucked missionary style and only missionary style.
Regardless of how you feel about Richard Sherman’s off-field verbal gymnastics this past offseason, he still has to go out there and prove that he’s the best in the game. Which means, of course, that all eyes are going to be on him. Which can be good or bad. Let’s face it, if you want to make a name for yourself in this game in a hurry, then talk as much shit as possible. Because, once that spotlight is on you full-time, if you show up and back up that shit-talk with your actions, then you WILL be seen as the best in the game. The flip-side of that, of course, is that when you get beat, that will ALSO be seen by everyone because the spotlight is on you.
Not only does Richard Sherman need to show up this year and be just as dominant – if not moreso – than in 2012, but he has to come out of the gate on fire. If he shows up in Carolina and Steve Smith burns his ass for a bunch of yards and touchdowns, then everyone will dismiss Richard Sherman out of hand and all the work he has done up to this point will be for naught. But, if he comes out and forces a couple turnovers and plays the lockdown corner I think he’s capable of, then he immediately jumps to the Best In Show status and everyone else is his second banana.
I tend to freak out about a lot of things when it comes to sports, but shit-talking isn’t one of them. Richard Sherman knows what he’s capable of. If shit-talking makes him better, then so be it. We need more shit-talkers in sports. If they’re going to start throwing flags every time anyone celebrates for any reason, I’m going to need SOMETHING to keep me from falling asleep.