In case you missed it, I found some wonderful entertainment value in Richard Sherman’s postgame performance on Fox Sports.
I wrote about my amusement in a RosenBlog on Monday and in my print column Tuesday.
I drew a lot of reaction, and some of it was even clean.
You can read the comments on the RosenBlog here. Feel the love.
But I also wanted to share some of the emails I received, such as this one from Michael S.:
“If you really feel this way, I pity you.’’
Sorry, but I don’t recall asking for your pity. And indeed, I write what I feel. That’s why it’s called the RosenBlog. Connect the dots, pal.
Bob H. sent along this prescient message:
“Good Day Steverino,
“How long ya figure it will be before we hear about this guy being involved in a domestic dispute, road rage incident etc. . .?
“Warms the cockles of my heart to see guys like you give your stamp of approval for the boorish behavior that has become regretfully too common with pro athletes. However, I guess being 'not boring' is his saving grace, Jeez…
“'Admit it, you liked it'"? No, Steve I expected it.
“Have a nice day.’’
Having one, Bob. Thanks for your kind thoughts.
Here’s Dave L.’s email:
“I frequently enjoy your anti-bobble-head perspective on sports writing. It is genuinely refreshing but your 'Tthank you, Richard Sherman' article takes the cake. Thank you! I’ve been sick of listening to the political pundits…er, I mean, 'sports reporters' debate the poor sportsmanship of his post-game interview. I say, good for him. He should get fired up! He’s going to the Super Bowl! Actions speak louder than words, and his words backed up what he put on the field. I’m glad to see him share (sans swearing as you pointed out) an emotional side that is often guarded and discouraged by the mother ship. Thanks again for the good read.’’
Hey, wait, how’d that one get in here?
Let’s get back to drinking the haterade, such as this email from Anson O.:
“I think it’s safe to say that the message taken from your article is not supported by the majority. I have no evidence of this but my gut tells me that a majority of football fans think Sherman is a classless (piece of fecal matter). I understand that the NFL is in the entertainment business but most fans enjoy the football game part of it more than the side show interviews. I’m not so naïve that I don’t think vulgarity exists in the game. I can only imagine the conversations that are held on the field and in the locker room but during player interviews, I’ll take dull and cliché vs. thug talk. I don’t know you but my guess is you don’t surround yourself around funny, colorful or 'real' guys like Sherman. He’s probably a little too "real" and 'colorful' for you. The manner in which he interviewed wasn’t to entertain us; it was to show us how hard he is."
Quick question for you, Anson: Would you use the word “thug’’ to describe Richie Incognito, the Dolphins lineman who was suspended for bullying that included racial slurs, or do you save that description for dreadlocked-wearing African-Americans?
And then there’s this one, reprinted as received:
“I was a regular reader of your column until now. I find it absolutely incredulous that you condone the behavior of this classless, inappropriate conduct on national tv. Sherman is the poster child for what is wrong with NFL football today i.e. African American players with their constant jawing, fighting, and celebrating after making the most routine play that they are expected and overpaid to make.
“This is not ‘entertainment' my friend. Football is hard enough to watch as it is, and for enablers like you to side with this mutt, makes my stomach turn.
“’Sherman ought to be the rule, not the exception’---you are such a (rectum).
“Mr. T. Hutchison (ex Rosenbloom reader)’’
I guess I could use someone’s pity now that we in Rosenbloomville will be forced to carry on without a racist idiot such as yourself.Copyright © 2015, RedEye