The San Francisco 49ers and The Seattle Seahawks have been in an arms race to see who can stockpile more talent and run away with the NFC. In the process they have become bitter rivals. Place them both in the NFC Championship game with the winner going to the Super Bowl and watch the magic happen. I like sports when rivals don't like each other. Today's sports climate is different. Two supposed rivals hang out after the game and pop champagne together. I'm pretty sure in the glory days of sports this didn't happen often. Maybe because we live in a digital sports world where Twitter and Instagram feed us news instantly. Maybe it's because the contracts are so big they have to celebrate together. Whatever the reason, we can all agree that today's sports world is a lot less hostile than in years past.
These two team hate each other. The players, the coaches and the fan bases. Right from the opening kick-off it was getting chippy.
The game was tight and came down to one play with seconds left on the clock. The Seahawks forced one last turnover in the end zone when Malcolm Smith intercepted a deflection by Richard Sherman. Sherman was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after the interception, for flashing the choke sign and taunting Michael Crabtree.
In Sherman's post game interview. He was wildly animated.
"I'm the best corner in the game," noted Sherman. "When you try me with a sorry ass receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you gonna get. Don't you ever talk about me. [...] Don't you open your mouth about the best or I'm gonna shut it for you real quick." It was classic WWF material."
At first glance his actions may come off as low-class. Some people were calling him a thug. I only saw one thing. An elite athlete who showed he has heart. He loves the game and takes it seriously. He talked tough and backed it up.
Giants fans were quick to say that Richard Sherman was not the class of athlete we sign. But I'm quick to reply aren't we the franchise who showcased Lawrence Taylor? Some of out greatest wins were fueled by controversial athletes.
John Mara has brought up looking at talent who may have off-field issues
"Certainly you want guys coming in there healthy and don't have any off-field issues, but that's not necessarily what you get coming out of the colleges and sometimes you have to take those risks," noted Mara. So Mara, when Sherman is finally available maybe the Giants should take a look.