What the Sherman sideshow says about us

What the Sherman sideshow says about us
January 21, 2014, 8:45 pm
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Maybe we have finally figured out the true meaning of a 15-second postgame interview. Which is none whatsoever.
Ray Ratto

It’s snowing now in New York. It probably won’t be next Sunday. Poor Richard, I hate your almanac, and I’d hate you if it weren’t so clear that (a) you’re fictional, and (b) that if you weren’t, you’d have been decades ago.

But thanks for getting our hopes up, you mythical dead bastard.

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The real tragedy of the Richard Sherman story is this: We are getting from “Did you see that?” to “God am I sick of that” far faster than in most Super Bowl weeks. Maybe our tolerance is waning, or maybe we are already getting our pre-Super Bowl hate on, or maybe we have finally figured out the true meaning of a 15-second postgame interview. Which is none whatsoever.

[RELATED: Richard Sherman: Unafraid and unchanged]

No, that last one can’t be true, because we keep doing it.

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Roger Goodell wants to think about eliminating the extra point from football, an issue nobody cares about because it would have to provide evidence of burnt-out hospitals to reach the level of trivial. Moreover, this will be difficult to get owner support for, as the extra point itself actually costs almost no money (the NFL owes a great deal to the guy who invented the end zone net).

But, being the insidious mastermind he is, Goodell can then make the case for the owners that long snappers can have their salaries cut by a third, and kickers and holders by more than half.

Now THAT’s legacy-building.

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And speaking of which, the winner of the first Commissioner Bud Selig Leadership Award is . . . Bud Selig. And that’s as it should be, because as anyone will tell you, the only way to make sure of your legacy is to write your own.

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Safety Eric Reid is going to the Pro Bowl, thereby depriving us of the opportunity to say that the 49ers refused to attend Sunday's fraud en masse. Sigh.

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The Cleveland Browns are streamlining their operation, and waiting until training camp or whenever the hell Jimmy Haslam feels like hiring a coach is just the start. The real plan, as it turns out, is to have the Browns’ results play out on Madden 2014 to cut down costs on players, management, travel, equipment and everything else. Roger’s interest is piqued.

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No, this just in: It looks like Mike Pettine has decided he’d like to be a coach in the National Football League, even if it’s the Cleveland part. You just can’t talk to some kids.

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I don’t care what your politics are, I’m not telling you mine, and your political views on any topic are neither welcomed nor even respected. I hate your politics, and I definitely hate your sharing them with me. Still, this ought to be a federal law for sure.

That said, Li’l Mitchie doesn’t get a lot of lift here. Maybe the promo should have been for healthy food and sneakers.

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Today’s Warrior take: Andre Iguodala isn’t selfish enough often enough. There’s a happy medium here, he is one of the smartest and most well-rounded players in the league, and he should know that five shots and three assists per game (re: Indiana) isn’t it.

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Today’s Pacers take: If you had to choose at gunpoint between having Stephen Curry or Paul George on your team, you win either way. That said, I’d take George and laugh at the bullet.

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And finally, anyone want to bet that John Tortorella’s Kindle won’t have a single fresh fingerprint on it when his 15 days are up?