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Do You Want A ‘Richard Sherman’ Type In The NHL?

from Sean Gentille of The Sporting News,

Is what Richard Sherman did more disrespectful than, say, Shawn Thornton's seek-and-destroy run at Brooks Orpik, or what James Neal did to Brad Marchand a few seconds before? Be honest — and then ask yourself, Why did I dislike what Richard Sherman did in the first place?

Another way of looking at it: the hockey community turned itself in a knot when Peter Gammons referred to it as a "minor sport" on Sunday morning in the wake of the Canucks-Flames debacle. In the big picture, he's wrong, because a $3.5 billion industry, by definition, can't be minor. He's also speaking when his own house isn't exactly in order, but that's another issue entirely.

But if you are willing to concede that hockey is, at best, fourth or fifth in the American sporting conscience, and if you are interested in growing the game — if you think it's the greatest game of all, and if you want it to get the attention it deserves — you should be willing to admit that the weird, hypocritical Fun Police act that regularly unfolds isn't helping. At all.

So yeah, let's see a few more Richard Shermans. Let's see some self-awareness. Or, at minimum, let guys have fun in the heat of the moment when they do cool stuff. It doesn't need to get more complicated than that.

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So yeah, let’s see a few more Richard Shermans. Let’s see some self-awareness. Or, at minimum, let guys have fun in the heat of the moment when they do cool stuff. It doesn’t need to get more complicated than that.

Oh is that was Sherman was doing, having fun in the heat of the moment after a “cool” moment? Cause it sounded and looked an awful lot like a self-important, ego maniacal and partially retarded thug berating a fellow competitor after a great performance and win. Shocking coming from an NFL player, eh? This ass clown, quite simply, represents everything that a professional hockey player is not.

But if you are willing to concede that hockey is, at best, fourth or fifth in the American sporting conscience,

I am. Who cares?

and if you are interested in growing the game

I’m not. I give less than a shit if America’s mainstream sports fans embrace hockey.

you should be willing to admit that the weird, hypocritical Fun Police act that regularly unfolds isn’t helping. At all.

So calling out Peter Gammons on his near-sighted remarks regarding a sport that he no doubt has very, very little knowledge of has something at all to do with the fact that Richard Sherman is an attention seeking man-child??

After reading this I figured the author to be an idiot, but now realize that he’s a complete idiot. Go Broncos!

Posted by godblender on 01/20/14 at 05:35 PM ET

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Comparing what Sherman did with what Thornton did is like comparing words to, I don’t know, sticks and stones.

What a lame article. Anyone seeking to make Sherman’s antics into a larger lesson on sports culture is an idiot with nothing useful to say. Since the man first walked upright, before he started the first fire in a cave, receivers and corners in the NFL talked sh*t to each other.

Posted by awould on 01/20/14 at 05:55 PM ET

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I agree 100% with godblender. Here is the sum total of what happens to me and my family and friends when the popularity of the NHL goes up in the US: ticket prices go up. That’s it. I’m sure the league, the players, etc love it when hockey’s popularity increases, but I could not care less.

Posted by harken23 on 01/20/14 at 05:56 PM ET

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We’ve already had Sean Avery.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/20/14 at 06:06 PM ET

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One more reason to not watch the NFL.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/20/14 at 06:07 PM ET

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That interview confirms the thug mentality of the NFL and the NBA.  Sports where the criminal exploits of the players on and off the field run rampant. May hockey never ever emulate or tolerate that behavior.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 01/20/14 at 06:28 PM ET

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I don’t want a Richard Sherman type in the NFL, why would I want a Richard Sherman type in the NHL?

This guy is just loud, obnoxious and laughable.  I love hearing guys like Dr. J and Bill Russell talk about their careers.  Do you think anyone will give a damn about Richard Sherman the day after he loses a step and is no longer worth the headaches that having him on a roster gives you?  He’s an idiot and it’ll cost him money the same way it eventually did TO, Chad Johnson and Randy Moss (two of those three are the best of the last generation of wide receivers and could still be playing but they aren’t worth the headaches).

I would, however, like some more candid players who also have some class.  A few dozen Brett Hull types would be awfully nice.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 01/20/14 at 06:45 PM ET

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This sounds just like Nick Lidstrom after his 4th Stanley cup and 6th Norris trophy.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 01/20/14 at 06:54 PM ET

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I thought it was great. Interview a guy 2 min. after the biggest play of his life that propels his team to the Superbowl, he should be fired up. Love it or hate it that was honest raw emotion, which is far more interesting than the practiced bland cliches we usually get.

Posted by vansteve on 01/20/14 at 07:26 PM ET

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If hockey interviews were conducted immediately after the ends of games rather than 10 or15 or 20 minutes later we’d likely see a lot more ‘emotion’ in post game quotes than we already do.

That said, hockey has had a lot of ‘characters’ over the years.  Roenick, Hull, Chelios, tons of guys with tempers and a willingness to talk while that temper was up.  That really doesn’t matter, though, because the NHL could have 100 Sherman’s and it wouldn’t make it something other than hockey, and it’s the sport that drives interest, not the individuals.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/20/14 at 07:41 PM ET

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and then ask yourself, Why did I dislike what Richard Sherman did in the first place?

Code for : if you don’t think this is awesome you are racist.

Posted by SlimChance on 01/20/14 at 11:47 PM ET

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He is a very thoughtful person and one who does a lot for his community. If you had bothered to research the situation you would see how he got fired up and frankly, I would like more emotion and heart in the regular season of hockey. Its way better than watching these wings snooze through and piss away another winnable game.

Posted by aerodude on 01/21/14 at 12:33 AM ET

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Everyone needs to read a little more into the Sherman-Crabtree rivalry.

For starters, Sherman tried to shake Crabtree’s hand and said “Good game”. That’s when Crabtree shoved his face.

Crabtree also slighted Sherman previously when he knocked his talent level.
And Sherman also said that Crabtree disrespected him during the offseason.

The NHL needs more of this in my opinion. The players are like robots. They say the same BS cliches over and over again.

Another thing I like about the Sherman-Crabtree incident is that Sherman got even ON THE FIELD by playing within the rules.
He didn’t cheapshot him or punch him in the face. He got even on the scoreboard. Where it counts.

The NHL is about having temper tantrums and ‘getting even’ when things don’t go your way.
Just look at a guy like Iginla. He used to live for starting fights with 1 minute left because his team wasn’t winning. It’s like watching a 2-year-old throw himself to the ground and kick and punch until he gets his way.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/21/14 at 09:36 AM ET

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Sherman’s outburst was odd and maybe not very classy, but it was clearly an emotional moment for him and it bothers me a lot less after reading the explanation Hank1974 provided.  It would be nice to see some emotion out of hockey players, but hockey is a sport that frowns upon anyone that expresses themselves as an individual, so I don’t see that changing soon.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 01/21/14 at 11:22 AM ET

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That said, hockey has had a lot of ‘characters’ over the years.  Roenick, Hull, Chelios, tons of guys with tempers and a willingness to talk while that temper was up. 

And these guys also have a skin color that does not make them targets for words like “thug” when they have “passion.”

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/21/14 at 12:57 PM ET

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What the hell does skin color have to do with this?

When did JR, Hull or Chelios ever scream into a camera, “I am the greatest forward/d-man in the game”?  When did they ever publicly, personally and intentionally demean a fellow player?  (Well, maybe Chelios v. Bettman, but that was more of an empty threat.)

For me, it’s all about the anti-social behavior.  These NFL types are all about themselves, not the team, not the city, not the organ-I-zation.  It’s not good enough to win, they have to win and humiliate the opposition.  I am so sick and tired of watching some no name running back or receiver make an average 8 yard run or catch and jump up and give a first down signal, while they are behind on the scoreboard by 20 points.

Passion and energy are great, especially when enthusiastically spreading that through out your team in the huddle, on the sidelines with the “attaboys” or in the locker room with the “we did its”.  Unfortunately, the NFL seems to encourage the negative passion and negative energy displayed publicly.  Not to mention, these players seem to take that behavior off the field where the murder raps, dui’s and sexual misconducts run rampant.  Makes me wonder.

Why can’t athletes show class and dignity ala Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson?  There are a great many GOOD examples to be followed in the NFL.  Why do they choose to celebrate the Shermans of that league?

TV networks don’t show fans jumping on the field during a game because they don’t want to encourage that behavior.  But they’ll jam all the self serving braggadocio down our throats until we turn the channel.

Well, I got news for you Mr. Goodell, between your Shermans on the field, your Hernandez’ off the field, and the infinite number of commercial interruptions during the game, I have turned the channel.  To hockey.

Posted by Bill from GR on 01/21/14 at 02:17 PM ET

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And these guys also have a skin color that does not make them targets for
words like “thug” when they have “passion.”

Very true.
You should see some of the responses Sherman has gotten via twitter.
If you ever needed proof that racism is alive and kicking….

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/21/14 at 02:18 PM ET

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and then ask yourself, Why did I dislike what Richard Sherman did in the first place?

Code for : if you don’t think this is awesome you are racist.

Posted by SlimChance on 01/20/14 at 10:47 PM ET

Please. If Avery had screamed “Don’t you open your mouth about the best!” when Kathryn Tappen asked him a question, Bettman would have given him a 10 game suspension,  forced him to check into a psychaitric hospital and not a single voice would have come to his defense.

Sounds to me that you’re excusing a guy for acting like a jerk under the premise that black athletes don’t know any better, which is not only ahistorical, but far more “racist” than not thinking “this is awesome.”

Posted by larry on 01/21/14 at 04:46 PM ET

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