I love football. I mean I LOVE football. And not in that silly girly way, like I just watch it because I don’t want to be a football widow, or I want to impress my boyfriend or something. No. I LOVE FOOTBALL. There is something very hot about watching a bunch of big tough guys chasing each other around trying to rip each other’s heads off. I know, I probably could benefit from some therapy. And I probably enjoy football for very different reasons than my man. Don’t judge.
I also love the Seahawks. That would be the NFC Championship winning, Super Bowl bound Seattle Seahawks. I love them just as much as I hate the San Francisco 49ers. Which is to say, a lot.
So when one of my favorite players, Richard Sherman, pulled off the NFC Championship game winning play against Michael Crabtree of the 49ers with seconds on the clock, I was a little excited. Sherman was too, as evidenced by his sideline interview with Erin Andrews. Missed it? Check it out here. Just don’t watch it over and over again like I do, come back and read on.
Ahhh it was so pretty. It was a hell of a play and everyone knew it. We beat our chief rivals, won the NFC championship, and were headed to the Super Bowl. That’s a BIG FREAKING DEAL. So why was everyone so shocked when Sherman gave this little speech?
But wait, there’s more. Did you know that Sherman played for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh back at Stanford? Rumor has it that Harbaugh might have had less than flattering things to say about Sherman, costing him some draft love. As far as Crabtree, the receiver who was supposed to catch that ball? Allegedly the two had words at a charity event (a CHARITY event!) which prompted Sherman to promise he’d settle it on the field.
Obviously as a Seahawks fan it’s probably not surprising that I take so much pleasure in this… but more than that, I loved Sherman’s unfiltered passion. The interview was pure adrenaline – the words of a guy who’d just made a huge play and won his team a spot in his sport’s biggest game. He was pumped up in a way few of us will probably ever get to experience. I was taken aback by all the hate spewed back at Sherman. He was called “classless”, a “thug”, and some other not nice things.
I was flabbergasted. He’s a BALL PLAYER, people! He’s paid to chase people around a field and try to strip them of a TOY. He’s pumped up minutes after whooping his arch rival in the biggest game (so far) of his career, and people are so flustered by a little trash talk? I guess if he’d used bad words, threatened someone with bodily harm, I might understand. Here’s the thing though - corners, receivers, those guys are the trash talk playmakers of football. Quarterbacks are typically expected to be the role models – leaders of the team, setting the standard. You might find the occasional trash talking QB, but that’s not what they’re usually known for. Punters and kickers? Let’s just say if Human Resources is a football team, these guys are the admins. Not big on strategy, but they’ll get in there and do the work that needs to be done to score a point or three.
Recruiters, like my buddy Sherman, are the HR playmakers. It’s our job to get in the other team’s heads – how to pick off their top talent. How to beat them at the offer game. When it comes right down to it, I’ve said WAY worse about competitors I’ve beat in recruiting. Does that make me a bad person?
Eh, whatever. I’ll save it for the (placement) field. You mad bro?