Monday, January 20, 2014

You want it raw? DO YA?

Put me in the camp as loving the Richard Sherman post-game interview with Erin Andrews after the Seahawks won yesterday's NFC Title game. Not only because Sherman can back all of his talk up as an All-Pro who won on the game-deciding play, but because it was strangely coherent, and 100% entertaining. Also watch how EA thinks it's going to be a generic athlete interview, and is thinking of her next question, and then realizes after about 5 seconds that it's not.

Look, we have these postgame interviews because we want to capture the emotion of the moment. Well, we got it! And now some people are complaining (and often on a racist tip) because Richard Sherman is saying what was on his mind? C'mon man! It beats lame clich├ęs.

But that's not my favorite NFL playoffs postseason interview. That's still when Bart Scott talked to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio after the Jets upset the Patriots 3 years ago. In addition to it being an awesome "No one believed in us!" kind of rant, punctuated by Scott saying he "CAN'T WAIT!" for next week's AFC title game, watch how Sal just rolls with it when Scott gets started, and he keeps the interview entertaining and informative.

But both Bart Scott and Richard Sherman have a ways to go to top the man with the best mic presence- the late, great "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Here's him at his (coked-up?) finest, and watch how masterful Mean Gene Okerlund is at working his way through it. "But the beat goes on...."

Now if Richard Sherman was cutting a WWE promo, we wouldn't think a thing about what he said. Come to think of it, at 6'3" and put together, he's definitely got a future in the field after the NFL life ends.

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