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Blazers’ Robin Lopez defends Seahawks’ Richard Sherman (VIDEO)

Jan 20, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT

Sunday belonged to the NFL as far as most sports fans were concerned, as the conference champions were decided and the Super Bowl matchup was set between the Broncos and the Seahawks.

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman made headlines with his excited postgame rant on live television, but Robin Lopez, big man for the Blazers and fellow Stanford alum, defended Sherman a day later, saying that emotional investment is a large and acceptable part of professional sports.

Check out Lopez’s comments in the video clip above, and my two cents on the matter is this: There was nothing wrong with what Sherman said, although I think we can wait a few minutes after the final buzzer sounds to allow these guys to let some of the adrenaline drain before turning on the cameras and sticking the mic in front of their face.

  1. Gordon - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    “…although I think we can wait a few minutes after the final buzzer sounds to allow these guys to let some of the adrenaline drain before turning on the cameras and sticking the mic in front of their face.”

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    Amen to that. Sideline reporters are the most useless evolution in the coverage of sports. They add no value whatsoever, in any sport.

    • borderline1988 - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      Except that well after the game, on the podium, Sherman repeated his sentiments and didn’t back down one iota in his humiliating of Crabtree and boosting his own ego.

      I heard an interview with Herm Edwards, who I think made an excellent point (I’m summarizing in my own words):
      “what he did took away from the team. No one’s talking about the guy who actually made the interception, no one’s talking about that incredible Lynch TD run, etc. Instead, all we hear about is Sherman and his ego-boosting rant. It’s one thing to say something like that right after the play happened when your adrenaline is sky-high, but he continued the rant when he was dressed in a suit. Peyton Manning was second-guessed all week, and he goes out and plays an incredible game, yet he acted with class, dignity and respect from the moment the game was over. Sherman could do well to learn from him”

  2. thomaskouns - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Great clip. Respect his candor.

    And what does the media expect. These guys bash each other’s heads in for 48 minutes in one of the most brutal
    and physical sports and then we expect them to be ‘Jeeves The Butler’ when they speak…..

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      I think some of the comments about Sherman is ridiculous.
      He talks but he walks the walk.
      I’m no fan of his but he made the big play.

      • money2long - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        quick question. are you a mayweather fan ?

    • ranfan12 - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      Lol, it was funny when he shouted out M.O.B. though

      • drewdatwit84 - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        actually, he yelled L.O.B., as in Legion Of Boom, the name he gives the collection of himself and his fellow Seahawks defensive unit.

      • ranfan12 - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        Oh ok thanks for that. I was listening to hard haha

  3. justanacehole - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Richard Sherman is the biggest db in the NFL.

    • justanacehole - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Oops, I meant best db.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Just because he’s good doesn’t give him license to act like a dingus. Barry Sanders is one of the best players in the history of football, after a big play he would hand the ball to the referee and run back to the huddle to get ready for the next play, not squawk about how amazing he was and make obscene gestures to the other team.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      yeah, he graduated from Stanford too, he probably has his Masters.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        He has a degree in communication.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      money2long, not really a fan of boxing.

  4. teambringitstrong - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Just because he’s good doesn’t give him license to act like a dingus. Barry Sanders is one of the best players in the history of football, after a big play he would hand the ball to the referee and run back to the huddle to get ready for the next play, not squawk about how amazing he was and make obscene gestures to the other team.
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    And he quit

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Yes, at some point, every athlete reaches a point where they will have to retire. Unfortunately, even the best athletes cannot play for ever. That is not quitting, it’s the natural progression of life.

      • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        i agree with you, however barry sanders did not retire because of “the natural progression of life” he quit in his prime..just like jim brown.

        and as far as him not talking..every player is different some beat their chest..others are silent assasins

  5. reesesteel23 - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    although I think we can wait a few minutes after the final buzzer sounds to allow these guys to let some of the adrenaline drain before turning on the cameras and sticking the mic in front of their face.”

    CORRECTION

    “……to let some of the Adderal drain…..”

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