Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) gets shoved in the face by San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) while trying to shake hands after an interception by Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (not pictured) during the second half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Sherman vs. Michael Crabtree: Time To Let It Go

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We love rivalries in sports, particularly when they are between star players over a number of years. In today’s NFL, there are certainly rivalries but in 2013 there was no rivalry that received more notoriety than Richard Sherman versus Michael Crabtree. Apparently, Sherman is still upset with Crabtree.

The “Immaculate Deflection” coupled with Sherman’s postgame rant in the NFC Championship game was Internet gold, and Sherman cemented his reputation as a trash talker that could back up his game. As fun as that moment was for Seattle Seahawks fans, this particular story is starting to get a little old.

Certainly there is the reality that some players use rivalries to fuel their competitive drive. Seahawks fans want Sherman to keep his edge, but they also want him to make sure that his performance matches his mouth.

Now, I didn’t want to have to do this, but Sherman has left me no choice. In reference to the rivalry with Crabtree, I would just tell Mr. Sherman to “let it go,” but there happens to be a song with that theme. Notice I included the sing-along version for those of you who want to follow the words:

 

 

Yes, I just mixed Richard Sherman and the movie, “Frozen.” It had to be done. Admittedly, the song is not really about one-on-one battles between wide receivers and cornerbacks, but the general theme fits.

You want Sherman to maintain the swagger, because that is part of his effectiveness. However, you don’t want Crabtree to become a focal point.

Crabtree is not a terrible receiver, and there is exists the very real possibility that at some point he may burn Sherman. Besides, if Crabtree is such a sorry receiver he isn’t worth talking about, right?

Let it go, Mr. Sherman, let it go.

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  • JohnPaul Sein

    Lol ty!!!

  • johntheonly

    Reason usually would force me to agree, but not this time. If “the crabs” put his hand on my face like he did to Sherm in front of the home crowd, I would never let that go. While it’s true that we non-football player observer/fans “can’t quite sustain that drive”, it was not us who experienced the obscene dis that “the crabs” handed out in that pic, and we are not Richard Sherman, playing for honor and glory…not to mention a whole colony of semolians. This does not disrupt the ever-calculating Richard as it would lesser people….like us-so I would advise to “not recommend” a change of either attitude or tactics for the best corner in pro football, who seeks to maintain….even grow, that chip on the shoulder which spurs him on to bigger and better things, like helping the home team to extinguish a last second onslaught to help Seattle to enter, and ultimately win our first Super Bowl.Go Hawks!

  • Calibandawg

    Come on dude, it’s mindless entertainment. I say ‘let it go’ as long as it has traction.

  • scottm

    Well said JohntheOnly. If it keeps Sherm motivated, hate on brother! Although such talk would have been a bit over the top for my game, I absolutely know the feeling of wanting to shutdown an opposing player on every single play of every single game and I love Sherm for having that mindset.

  • wheelz808

    Once again, the MEDIA asks Sherman what he thinks and he gives his honest opinion. Then, the MEDIA, says…”let it go!”. Sherm and Crabs dislike each other. MEDIA… LET IT GO!

  • RegisHawk

    You’re making a snap-judgment based on what little you’ve seen of the situation. Crabs did something to make Sherman decide to punish him for the next several years. Now, Sherman doesn’t mind getting into twitter battles or over-reacting after a big game, but for the most part, he’s very calculating in his behavior, both on and off the field. The decision to make Crabtree suffer – for years to come – has to have a strong reason behind it.

    I suspect Crabtree not only did something to set Sherman off (probably at the softball game), but when Sherman tried to move forward regardless, Crabtree went beyond beyond to be a jerk (probably at the bar-b-que). Now he’s paying the price.