We’ve moved into Day 2 of Super Bowl coverage and the topic of Richard Sherman’s postgame words fueled much of what was written for today.
A few thoughts before we move to the links:
> I’m not sure if the reaction to Sherman’s comments is more representative of the viewing public or what the media latches on to. Typically, I explain to people not in our business who use the sweeping phrase “it’s the media,” that consumers essentially control the media. If everyone clicked on stories about economic inequality at the same rate something about Kim Kardashian’s derriere is viewed, then there would be a lot more stories about economic inequality. You, as the consumer, dictate that. Though, I am troubled by how quickly this topic overshadowed the game. Most reporters were on the field postgame and saw some tweets fly by about the interview, but had no idea this was the main storyline coming from a ferocious and classic game. The oversimplistic narrative, “Richard Sherman goes crazy” shoving a game of that pedigree to the back-burner is disheartening, frankly. And, I’m probably hypocritical for starting us off today on the topic, though it would be almost impossible not to considering the amount written and idea behind this post each day.
> The reaction to Sherman, for me, is just another case in what has been a banner year for naivety as it relates to the NFL. It’s an odd relationship the country’s most popular sport has with the general public. The NFL is not every day life. It’s the NFL. The most violent sport in the country. As Max Unger said after the playoff game against the Saints, everyone in the lockerroom has to be somewhat off kilter to do this for a living. Think of what LaMichael James had to convince himself of Sunday in order to return kicks again after getting demolished by Ricardo Lockette. Or, how players kept working the pile while NaVorro Bowman was screaming on the ground. When some of the realities of the NFL world — from homophobia and racism in the lockerroom to players needing to enter a state of mania to play the games — result in lectures and shock from the “real” world, I always wonder what these people think it is they are watching.
> Lastly, within the reaction specific to Sherman — who is scheduled to meet with the media Wednesday — there appear to be obvious sociological issues in play here, too. I’ll leave it at that.
> Our Dave Boling tackled the Sherman topic. Boling says he’s worried that sample will have people misconstrue who Sherman really is.
> Dan Wetzel at Yahoo! Sports does his usual excellent job when talking about Sherman, saying attitude and bluster like that is necessary to survive in the NFL.
> Ray Ratto says Sherman is unafraid and unchanged.
> I don’t usually link to the Paper that Shall Remain Nameless, but thought this was a nice take on the topic from Larry Stone.
> And, Peter King’s take.
On to other stuff:
> I wrote about the Seahawks moving forward and starting to eye Peyton Manning.
> Our Don Ruiz is with the Broncos and writes that Denver expects a physical Super Bowl.
> 710’s Danny O’Neil with three things we learned in the NFC title game.
> Focus on Peyton Manning at Seahawks.com.
> MMQB writes about two unknowns who are sparking the Broncos’ defense.
> The Broncos were defending Wes Welker on Monday following Bill Belichick’s criticism of a hit by Welker that knocked Aqib Talib out of the game.
> If you want to keep up with the Post’s coverage of the Broncos, here’s the link to their blog home.
> NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league is considering dropping extra points.