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I Don't Want to be the Guy Everybody is Rooting For

My first reaction when I saw Richard Sherman's interview was surprise and a little shock at the raw display of emotion. After I had a minute to think, though... well, as is often the case, Swingers has expressed my feelings better than I can myself (jump to 1:08, the embedded video link isn't quite working right for me):

Personally, I'm tired of Seattle sports teams being the lovable feel good story that washes out in the first or second round of the playoffs. I want them to be the big, mean bullies that send other teams crying to the refs for help. I want fans to be dropping their monocles into their tea in shock when they see Michael Bennett doing his touchdown dance. And yes, I want Richard Sherman getting in people's faces and telling them how good the LOB is.

I think a lot of Seattle sports fans are happy being the plucky overachievers. You know, like the 1995 Mariners. I love the 1995 Mariners. Everybody loves the 1995 Mariners. They were right out of a sports movie, right down to the part where you see the big highlight and the text crawl says "they would go on to lose in the next series to the Cleveland Indians, but there's always next year."

I don't want this Seahawks team to be the 1995 Mariners. I want them to be the 1996-99 Yankees. I want them to be the team that everybody thinks is going to win it all, the team that does win it all, the team that wins so much that everybody gets sick of them.

Frankly, I don't care if the whole country is rooting for Peyton Manning to win the Super Bowl. I want our guys to go in there, hit the other guys in the mouth, and take the Lombardi trophy. And I'm kind of glad Richard Sherman seems to be thinking the same way.

He's a bad man.

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