As we approach another Super Bowl, there is always an entertaining moment/s during media week where reporters can catch the greatest sound bites ever. This week is no different with this year’s cast of characters starring the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. But this year’s leading man is none other than the streetwise and book smart superstar cornerback himself, Mr. Richard Sherman.
Sherman is an exciting personality. He has the ability to keep his name in people’s mouths. Love him or hate him, he’s got your attention. Sherman definitely had a lot to say regarding all things Patriots. Be it Deflategate, the reputation of Tom Brady, or how Commissioner Roger Goodell handles his relationship with Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft. He is a man that doesn’t mince his words. He draws the ire of many sportscasters because he is intelligent, and very confident, and he will let you know about it. Just recently he shot down a reporter who asked him if he was the best cornerback in the NFL. After he refused to answer, the reporter prodded again asking him who was the best between him and Darelle Revis, to which Sherman replied, “I don’t answer pre-school questions” and continued to admonish him for his perceived lack of journalistic credibility. But that’s Mr. Sherman for you. You see, years ago he has already answered that question. Therefore, he saw no need to answer it again. He will answer questions he feels worthy of answering. And that is what the media doesn’t like. A man in control, not being controlled.
Then you have his counterpart, the enigmatic, comedic running back they call “Beastmode” aka Marshawn Lynch. His recent one word answers and phrases to the reporters for all questions has been the talk of social media of recent weeks. To the delight of sports fans nationwide they love the way he handles the media. Even Russell Westbrook took a page from Lynch’s book when he was recently interviewed after a game. Lynch has received a lot of backlash to the point that Seahawks fans created an online petition telling the media to “Leave Beastmode Alone!” One can only imagine what Lynch will have to uh “say” this week.
On the other side of the ball you have the Patriots with “Deflategate”. Owner Robert Kraft has now jumped into the fray proclaiming his team’s innocence and expects and apology from the NFL after the investigation supports their innocence. He strongly defended his coach and quarterback’s honesty and integrity. “I’ve known Bill and Tom for 15 years. They are my guys. They are my family” Kraft said, “We’ve had many conversations and I do not know them to ever lie to me”. That’s interesting coming from the owner when they have already been found guilty of “Spygate”. As Richard Sherman pointed out in one of his press conferences, he doesn’t expect a hefty penalty for this alleged illegal activity as Goodell has created a personal relationship with Kraft with the occasional house visits. Can all this affect the outcome of the game? Probably not. But for the casual fan, there’s enough back-stories behind these two organizations to determine who you would like to root for…if you choose to use it.