Still talking about Richard Sherman? So are Schmitz Park Elementary fifth-graders

January 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 16 Comments

(Photo tweeted by Richard Sherman – new fan-gear shirt he’s selling)
If you think you’ve heard every viewpoint imaginable about the famous Richard Sherman TV moment right after the Seahawks‘ NFC championship win last Sunday – here’s one more: Schmitz Park Elementary fifth-grade teacher Chris McCall e-mailed us and a couple of citywide news organizations, explaining, “I asked my students to sound off on their blogs about Sherman’s tirade. Their comments are unedited, but interesting. So, I thought I might try to get a few published by sending them to you.” We’ve already had more than a few (presumed) grownups speak out about this, so why not hear from younger fans? Read on for the (unedited, as sent) fifth-graders’ thoughts:

I think Richard Sherman did not overdo it. He grew Compton LA around guns drugs and gangs. He worked hard to graduate and get into Stanford and graduated in high school at the top of his class while his friends are probably being sent to jail. He worked so hard to be the best cornerback in the nfl and he is not allowed to brag about that? Imagine the feeling you have worked very hard your whole life and you are jumping as high as you can trying to save your team from losing by 1 point and you stick your hand out and know if you fail all that work is over and you let your team down and the second the ball hits your hand you know its over and you won. We put up with a lot of junk from pro athletes and if somone who worked hard to b the best claims he is the best cant we just let him have his win? Why Cant we accept people that are louder and more proud than others? He earned that win and being a good sport is important but aren’t winners allowed to cheer? He earned it.

- Oscar

i think he did that because Crabtree was talking smack to sherman during the game so i think he did the right thing. and sherman was soooo excited that they were going to the super bowl so he was getting really happy . and i bet he couldnt believe that they won. i think Crabtree was being a bad sport so thats why sherman did that. but i do think it is wrong that he said he was the best player in the league. and after sherman tipped the ball sherman was trying to shake Crabtrees hand but crabtree punched sherman in the face mask

- Luke

I have mixed thoughts about what he said. First of all I think that he was just super excited and he was happy that they were going into the super bowl and he was just speaking without thinking. Also i think his excitement got the best of him. But I also think that what he said was not nice to his team or the 49ers. What he said wrong about his team was that he was making the impression that he won the game and without him they would have not won, which was not true. Because the win was a result of teamwork. Also what he said about the 49ers team was unsportsman-like. He was saying horrible things about Crabtree, like, “when you mess with Sherman you go ddoowwnn!” “So don’t mess with me.” But it’s his reputation on the line and what he says effects what people think about him. To conclude, I have mixed thoughts about what Sherman had said.

- Linda

Seattle seahawk’s Richard Sherman was being recorded on TV when he said some not so nice things about Crabtree on the 49ers. I think he should’t have said anything like that on TV in front of all of the people worldwide. And he should have said that his whole team won not just him. I think that was wrong on what he did . I think it is wrong because he is role model to younger people and they look up to him and if they saw him bragging on tv they would think they could do it too.

- Kambel

About his comment I think he should have said something but a nicer comment. Also I think he was wrong about that he was the best player. i think he should have said ” I just want to thank my team for playing well and I am very excited to go against the broncos and against the one of the best QB’s there is”

- Bennett

I do not think Richard Sherman should have done what he did and I also don’t think they should interview players right after the heat of the game when that certain player is really mad. But bragging about being the best in the league is not good and I do not think he should have said anything at all. He is really good but him bragging about it ruins it all an takes away the respect he would otherwise get

- Will

We would also love to hear from students about other topics – e-mail us any time at editor@westseattleblog.com – We also have invited older students from time to time, after receiving “op-ed”-style essays, to publish them in the WSB Forums for open discussion, so that’s always a possibility too. Thanks to Mr. McCall and his students!

16 Comments

  1. Oscar for the win!

    Oh wow, a 25 year old pumped up on adrenaline after a big game was loud and a bit obnoxious while endangering no one anywhere even a little bit. Surely, next you will tell me another tall tale. Perhaps the sky was blue today. What of water? Is it wet?

    Comment by blockedpunt — 2:07 pm January 24, 2014 #

  2. Some of the most reasonable comments I’ve heard on the matter! The entire thing has gotten blown way out of proportion. The thing that shocks me most about the outrage is that it’s FOOTBALL, an extremely aggressive sport. People just *watching* football scream and swear at the TV and yet Sherman is expected to walk off the field after that game and politely and calmly speak *only* words guaranteed not to rub anyone the wrong way…? Those who were so offended might be better off watching a more gentle sport, like ice skating. Well said, kids!

    Comment by leamk — 2:29 pm January 24, 2014 #

  3. Oscar all the way for the Win!! Way to support #25 GO HAWKS!!

    Comment by Stephanie — 2:44 pm January 24, 2014 #

  4. Excellent comments Will. It is not supposed to be about him.

    Comment by Bob — 3:15 pm January 24, 2014 #

  5. I love Sherman and think this thing has been blown WAY out of proportion……..

    ……BUT had Crabtree caught that pass and had the same post-game reaction, Seattle fans would be in an uproar about his lack of class. He would have become public enemy #1 at the Clink next year.

    Also, hundreds of players are interviewed minutes after a game and NONE of them had his reaction.

    It was out of bounds. But it time to move on.

    Comment by Smitty — 3:30 pm January 24, 2014 #

  6. “……BUT had Crabtree caught that pass and had the same post-game reaction, Seattle fans would be in an uproar about his lack of class.”

    That’s part of what I don’t understand. Since when is football considered “classy”? I was at a pub watching the game like thousands of others, and I wouldn’t consider the environment, atmosphere, or the behavior of the fans “classy”.

    “Also, hundreds of players are interviewed minutes after a game and NONE of them had his reaction.”

    Really? NONE? Are you sure about that? That’s AMAZING!

    Comment by leamk — 4:49 pm January 24, 2014 #

  7. Thanks for posting this so fast! I think that is will be a valuable learning opportunity for my students.
    Some of them may want to edit their comments once they realize that they have an audience – so Tracy, could you allow them to do that on Monday?
    Having grown up in Pittsburgh and watched The Steelers win four while I was in elementary school – well I can relate to their enthusiasm.
    -and yes, super bowl XL was totally unfair.

    Comment by Mr. McCall — 5:04 pm January 24, 2014 #

  8. Mr. McCall – When all the cries of “But what about the CHILDREN?!?” arose after Sherman’s rant, I was thinking what a great opportunity it would be for parents who were so vocally upset about what their children would take from it to explain to their kids why they felt it was inappropriate. It’s awesome to see that you’re putting this into action, and better yet, letting the kids say why they did or didn’t think it was OK.

    BTW, I grew up as a die hard Cowboys fan during that same time period and did we ever hate you guys! I was so upset after XIII that I got to stay home from school the next day.

    Comment by Alphonse — 11:11 pm January 24, 2014 #

  9. Wow. I’m not just impressed with the kids but this teacher for grasping the opportunity to engage his kids. Well done.

    Comment by jf — 11:26 pm January 24, 2014 #

  10. I love Oscar’s response – very well thought out and well written!

    Comment by Cait — 11:29 pm January 24, 2014 #

  11. Kudos to Mr. McCall for having the creativity to work w kids on this! Very cool.

    Comment by KC — 6:38 am January 25, 2014 #

  12. Great idea, Mr. McCall. And congrats to all the students for their thoughtful words!

    Comment by SchmitzMom — 4:43 pm January 25, 2014 #

  13. Oscar has wisdom well beyond his years.

    Comment by Genesse Hill student — 5:16 pm January 25, 2014 #

  14. Excellent Linda; Here’s the best of what I’ve seen written about the incident from Drew Forrester of WNST radio in Baltimore.

    I don’t know if Richard Sherman is a thug.

    But I do know this about him — and this is precisely what I thought after I watched his post-game tirade on Sunday.

    He’s a poor representative of a champion.

    That’s all.

    I didn’t say he was a bad guy. Didn’t say he was a fool. Not even saying he’s a jerk.

    But a player reaching that level of success should know how to behave after winning the conference championship and moving on to the Super Bowl.

    What happened Sunday was anything but that.

    After Denver beat San Diego in their home playoff game a few weeks ago, Peyton Manning – on the field – had this to say when asked about the Broncos impending meeting with the Patriots and the inevitable “Manning vs. Brady” storyline.

    “It’s the Broncos vs. the Patriots, not me vs. Tom. These two teams have worked awfully hard to get to this point and we’re looking forward to the challenge of battling the Patriots for the right to go to the Super Bowl.”

    He didn’t take any potshots at the Chargers or Philip Rivers or the San Diego defense.

    Mariano Rivera wouldn’t have ever acted like Richard Sherman did last Sunday in Seattle.

    Rivera was a champion — at all times.

    I could go on and on about “winners” in sports history and how the true champions – the icons – the guys like Montana and Rice and Jordan and (Magic) Johnson and Jeter wouldn’t have ever done what Richard Sherman did on national TV.

    Those guys all had a microphone stuck in their face too, plenty of times, and never came across as anything but a winner.

    Prior to every varsity golf match at Calvert Hall, I gather our twelve players together and one of them leads the team in this prayer:

    “Father, we thank you so much for the physical and spiritual health that is necessary to compete this afternoon. We ask that you provide us with the ability to deal with victory or defeat with equal degrees of humility and respect and we ask you return us and our opponents home safely so we can continue to enjoy the blessings you have bestowed upon us. Amen.”

    “We ask that you provide us with the ability to deal with victory or defeat with equal degrees of humility and respect…”
    That’s my self-assigned task — to make my young man understand that winning happens and losing happens — and you need to learn how to deal with each of those with the same level of humility and respect for the game and the opponent.
    Unlike a lot of people across the country, I didn’t rush to judgment about Richard Sherman on Sunday night. I saw him for what he showed us he was on Sunday night.
    He’s a helluva football player, but his behavior after the game wasn’t representative of what you’d see from a true champion.

    That’s it.

    Comment by Mike from HMB — 1:47 pm January 27, 2014 #

  15. i think oscar did a great job on his and also mine was really good

    Comment by luke — 3:46 pm January 27, 2014 #

  16. Chris,
    From Tampa Bay, Sherman sounds like he must have
    been an affirmative action admit to Stanford.
    The guy is a jock doing his postgame number on
    the opposition. Nothing different about that,is
    it? These NFL guys aren’t Rhodes Scholars, right?

    Chuck B.

    Comment by Chuck Boardman — 4:55 pm February 8, 2014 #

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