Super Bowl Notebook: It's All About the Hate
Well, we are three days in Radio Row in New York City, and we are still waiting for our first solicitation of a prostitute from an NFL Man of the Year candidate. Or drug bust. Or hotel assault.
Because right now Super Bowl build-up week is a whole bunch of talk about Peyton's legacy, Marshawn Lynch's disdain for talking, the weather, and Warren Sapp's idiocy. It's like an all you can eat buffet asparagus, crackers, and tap water.
Let's assess where we are on this Super Bowl week:
Peyton Manning hates "legacy" talk. So here's where we appear to be on this Peyton Manning "legacy" situation. If the Broncos win the Super Bowl, Manning can stake a claim to the title of "greatest quarterback ever." If the Broncos lose, then it's another entire offseason of talking about how the regular season really means nothing for Manning. Fun, fun.
For his part, Manning has totally downplayed this story line:
"I've been being asked about my legacy since I was about 25 years old. I'm not sure you can have a legacy when you're 25 years old. Even 37," Manning said in response to the first such query. "I'd have to be, like, 70 to have a legacy. I'm not even 100 percent sure what the word even means."
leg·a·cy --ˈlegəsē, noun: a thing handed down by a predecessor
For what it's worth.
Richard Sherman hates himself for what he did last Sunday. Ever since going crazy in his post-game interview with Erin Andrews right after the NFC Title game, a rant in which he called San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree "mediocre" (a stance Sherman repeatedly clung to throughout the following week), Richard Sherman has seemingly been doing quite a bit of self analysis. Gradually, over the last few days he has chipped away at what he did to the point where he damn near apologized earlier this week in his column on SI.com's MMQB website:
No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is. That's not mine. It belongs to Irvin Himmel. Somebody tweeted it at me after the NFC Championship Game. If I could pass a lesson on to the kids it would be this: Don't attack anybody. I shouldn't have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did. You don't have to put anybody else down to make yourself bigger.
As a fan of Sherman's post game tirade, there's part of me that hates seeing him somewhat backtrack on what he did, but I get it. Technically, he still hasn't said the word "sorry," which still leaves open the possibility for the ultimate heel play, where Sherman says after the Super Bowl: "I'd like to say to Michael Crabtree, that I'm sorry....I'm sorry I DIDN'T CALL YOU MEDIOCRE BACK DURING THE REGULAR SEASON!!!"
Heel turn, complete.
Marshawn Lynch hates public speaking. How boring is this Super Bowl build up? We've had daily updates on Marshawn Lynch's disdain for upholding any media obligations. Tuesday, it was his leaving Media Day after six minutes so as to avoid $100,000 in fines. Wednesday, Lynch pulled the same stunt, leaving shortly into a media session with the Seahawk running backs.
Look, Lynch shouldn't be such a baby about these media sessions. it's part of the job, just do it. That said, the PFWA can climb on a high horse like few others. Their statement on the Lynch situation:
"Several of our long-standing and high-profile members were appalled by Mr. Lynch's conduct and refusal to answer any questions. We find the statement that by the league that 'Players are required to participate and he participated' to be an affront to our membership. However, we are encouraged that the league will continue to closely monitor this situation."
AN AFFRONT!!! THEY'RE APPALLED!! THE PFWA WILL NOT BE IGNORED!!!
Warren Sapp hates Michael Strahan. When both were finalists for the Hall of Fame for the first time last season, Sapp got in, and deservedly so. As a pass rusher from the defensive tackle position, he sent personnel people searching for the "next Warren Sapp," and frankly, they're still looking. Great player. Unfortunately, that's not good enough for Sapp. You see, Strahan didn't get into the Hall of Fame last year, and Sapp seems hellbent on keeping him out this year as well.
At Tuesday's Media Day, Sapp had this to say about Strahan:
"I don't think his résumé stacks up," Sapp said, listing Tony Dungy, Walter Jones, Marvin Harrison and Derrick Brooks as more deserving candidates on this year's ballot. "Four straight Pro Bowls and a mythical sack record. When you really measure it up, he comes up short, except you all are giving it to him."
We had Sapp on our radio show Wednesday evening and he reiterated his stance on Strahan, citing once again the "mythical sack" and even implying that Bubba Franks (a fellow Miami alum of Sapp's) was his mole that told him the whole sack was a quasi-work.
For his part, Strahan's transition to post career success has been virtually seamless, as he's part of FOX's pre game show and co-host of a highly successful morning talk show with Kelly Ripa. Sapp has found a home screaming on the NFL Network, but hasn't come close to Strahan's success as a media member/TV personality.
This certainly adds an interesting wrinkle to this weekend's announcement of the Hall of Fame's 2014 class.
Everybody hates Russel Wilson's hair.
Just let your soul glow, Russell ... pic.twitter.com/IoKItKgFnT— Sean Pendergast (@SeanCablinasian) January 27, 2014
I don't know quite what Wilson is thinking here. Is his hair an homage to Coming to America ? To Dan Marino, circa 1983? To dead poodles?
People laud Wilson's decision making as a quarterback, all evidence in that picture to the contrary.
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