Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Richard Sherman is winning... everything


By now, everyone on the planet with a TV, radio, laptop or media device has heard the infamous post-game rant of Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman. No doubt as I type, someone has found a way to turn it into an Antoine-Dobson-esque Autotuned track with bass and syncopation not to mention animation perfect for YouTube.

Be that as it may, whether you liked the delivery, timing, brashness or not – you cannot doubt for a minute that the ultimate winner in this entire debate is none other than Richard Sherman.

He used both brains and brawn to get on a path to success – he maintained Honors-level grades at Stanford, arguably the most respected university west of New England. He is a Pro-Bowl level player on his way to the Superbowl. He had Dr. Dre on the sideline with him since he just launched a Beats by Dre headphone publicity run. He has his own line of “Shutdown” accessories for sale. He’s in a Nike commercial with Kobe Bryant where he kinda looks like the better athlete.

AND he has every media outlet in the nation hanging on his every word, tweet and Instagram post
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I have to admit, I didn’t 100% love the rant. If you’re the greatest, let others recognize you for that. You don’t have to tell us. You most especially don’t have to shout it at us. But I never dismissed him as being a round-the-way thug who let his mouth run away with him. (NTTAWWT – Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That)

I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. And I hate the quick-trigger reaction of “some people” who simply cannot abide seeing a person of color succeed and then talk about their success. President Obama strolling to the podium at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner with “All I Do Is Win” playing on the speaker – EPIC. BeyoncĂ© singing about being a Grown Woman with the awesome line “Bitches, I run this” in the chorus – here for it. Kanye… no, he needs help. Bless his heart. Let’s move on.

For those who say that race has nothing to do with the reactions we’ve seen to Sherman’s uber-enthusiastic self-aggrandizement, I invite you to scroll though the comments sections of any other of the gajillion articles currently floating around. Wince-worthy. As we say in the community – “MLK ain’t go to the mountaintop for this.” The dream is yet unrealized, good people. But I digress, back to @RSherman_25.

Richard Sherman won. He won the game, he won the internet, he won the endorsements, he's winning his life. What next I wonder? What happens next? Now that the eyes of the world are on you and you have one the largest platforms at your disposal – what do you do with it? Do you use the microphone for good or for gain? One thing I do know, we’ll all be watching.


What did you think of Sherman’s speech? Do share…

15 comments:

One Chele said...

Muhammad Ali would tell everyone he's the greatest of all time and we love him for it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY6_3Y7OOo8

One Chele said...

Dude is fine. That's all I have to contribute.

One Chele said...

Maybe his comments were in poor taste, but this is football. In one of the most violent professional sports, you've gotta expect some winner's braggadocio, or to put it simply: trash talk ain't nothin' new. What's funny to me is all the white folks saying he was "yelling like a crazy person". Crazy people don't speak in complete, coherent sentences and maintain direct eye contact. We all got sucked into his self-made hype machine and I'm glad the brother for making the media machine work in his favor. Proud to call him frat too :-) #dovelove #blupham

One Chele said...

Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought most of the Ali love from the general public came much after he retired, or at the very least towards the very end of his career.

One Chele said...

If Sherman was yelling like a crazy person, what was Jim Harbaugh doing in that same game?

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/1/19/5325978/jim-harbaugh-sideline-tantrum

One Chele said...

When "we' are confident, cocky or letting all that swag hang out cause we are the ISH, it really pisses some folks off. Trying to make us feel ashamed or like we need to tone it down is something that folks fall back on to keep us in our place. It has happened to me, and I know that in this highly talented group, it has happened to all of us at one time or another. I say let bruh be him. There ain't no shame in patting yourself on the back once in a while - ESPECIALLY when you can back that up. To me, it is just like when they get ticked off with them Williams girls, cause ummm, they can back it up.

One Chele said...

Sometimes "WE" do it to ourselves. You should see my Twitter or Facebook timeline and note how many black folks think he was out-of-pocket and 'setting us back'. SMH

One Chele said...

Richard Sherman plays a high-stress position in a gladiator sport. He had just made the biggest play in the biggest game of his life to send his team to the SUPER BOWL! So he felt like letting off some steam. As others have said below this goes on all the time. I also submit if he had been talking to Pam Oliver or any male sideline reporter this would have been no big deal. He said it to a blonde white woman and Twitter damn near broke. Let's don't forget that imagery is a big reason why this is a story. What's so bad about it, I knew as soon as it happened how this would go. I have been a black man in Amerikkka for a long time...

One Chele said...

A lot of times "we" have crab in the barrel disease. Someone is doing better then, they must be doing something to get over - not just working hard. Someone is shining - they don't really deserve it. Someone proud of themselves, for what, they ain't really doing nothing special. In other words, sometimes we are just stupid. LOL

One Chele said...

Yes Ma'am... that he is...

One Chele said...

2014 looks like it's shaping up to be a breakout season for #TeamUppityNegro


it's about time. Can we get jackets made?

One Chele said...

Black male exhuberance is very scary and deeply threatening to white America.

One Chele said...

#TeamUppityNegro....dead! Where would them jackets be sold at? I need one of those and I WILL get extra letters too...African, Educated and Paid!!!!

One Chele said...

Exactly!

One Chele said...

Make mine XXL in black. (Probably the only color they come in)

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