Comments on: Still talking about Richard Sherman? So are Schmitz Park Elementary fifth-graders West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:31:50 +0000 hourly 1 By: Chuck Boardman Sun, 09 Feb 2014 00:55:41 +0000 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.

By: luke Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:46:20 +0000 i think oscar did a great job on his and also mine was really good

By: Mike from HMB Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:47:51 +0000 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.

By: Genesse Hill student Sun, 26 Jan 2014 01:16:22 +0000 Oscar has wisdom well beyond his years.

By: SchmitzMom Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:43:49 +0000 Great idea, Mr. McCall. And congrats to all the students for their thoughtful words!

By: KC Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:38:39 +0000 Kudos to Mr. McCall for having the creativity to work w kids on this! Very cool.

By: Cait Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:29:12 +0000 I love Oscar’s response – very well thought out and well written!

By: jf Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:26:02 +0000 Wow. I’m not just impressed with the kids but this teacher for grasping the opportunity to engage his kids. Well done.

By: Alphonse Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:11:39 +0000 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.

By: Mr. McCall Sat, 25 Jan 2014 01:04:33 +0000 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.

By: leamk Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:49:37 +0000 “……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!

By: Smitty Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:30:58 +0000 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.

By: Bob Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:15:17 +0000 Excellent comments Will. It is not supposed to be about him.

By: Stephanie Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:44:28 +0000 Oscar all the way for the Win!! Way to support #25 GO HAWKS!!

By: leamk Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:29:23 +0000 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!