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Revenge of the Nerd

Hi all/any who choose to click on this.

I'm a Seahawks fan and think Richard Sherman is the man. Take that however you want, I don't think that it biases my opinion on this.

Richard Sherman is not a thug or even a meanie. He's a overall nice guy who likes the sense of brotherhood that sports gives and also enjoys competing (a lot). Also important: He is not the perfect hero we sometimes paint him as. He is an obsessive nerd, and he's winning matchups and games and is shoving it in the faces of the cool-kids-table in the NFL.

I'm gonna lay out one more premise here. Wide receivers are the cool kids of the NFL. They're fluid overall athletes who score points and are tall and don't have to be the franchise man (and thus can actually speak their egomaniac minds) and change their names to OchoCinco and who get to do touchdown dances. Sports have always come naturally to them. They're used to winning their matchups and scoring touchdowns. Sherman is a bit too nerdy for their liking.

Listen to Sherman on the sideline. He isn't saying "I'm just better because I'm the man." He's saying "Don't throw on me. Don't try that." or "Earl they're gonna keep testing you with those route combinations. Stay home." or other stuff that mean things to the LoB that we don't understand because we're not at practice every day. Now, he also says things like "They called this a matchup. Mismatch." and other stuff that's pure smack. But in the smack you can hear the nerd. He tells receivers their routes are sloppy. He tells players things they don't like to hear or, worse, he tells them things that coaches have told them for years and that they ignored.

Sherman is not the traditional great player (I think Earl is much closer to that) in his attitude. Sherman is the best little-brother I've ever seen (other than Reggie Miller) and he plays the ultimate little-brother position. Cornerbacks exist to get punked.

He's the nerdy little brother who beats you and then tells mom about it. And then he tells twitter about it. Can we really blame players for getting mad at him?

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