Best teams bound for Super Bowl
January 22, 2014
Just some thoughts on the NFC and AFC championship games Sunday, and the upcoming Super Bowl.
First, I honestly believe the two best teams are advancing. The Broncos dominated an injury-depleted Patriots, even though Tom Brady can never be counted out of any game while the clock is still ticking. And the 49ers simply did not play well enough to win. Looking past the last-minute interception, the 49ers turned the ball over on three successive possessions in the fourth quarter. If you take a closer look at the statistics, the 49ers really did not have a good day offensively if you take away Colin Kaepernicks's 58-yard run that set up a second-quarter touchdown (the rushing total would have been 103 yards).
As for the postgame sideline interview Erin Andrews had with Seattle's Richard Sherman, who had just made a game-saving play in the end zone, I was tempted to weigh in on the social media forums chatter Sunday night. A few encounters I've had the last couple of weeks, however, were reminders to me that things are not always what they seem to be, and rushing to judgment usually is not a good idea.
Then on Monday morning I had second thoughts after reading a column contributed to Forbes.com by Tommy Tomlinson titled "22 Brief Thoughts About That Richard Sherman Interview."
Remember, two of the NFL's most physical teams had just moments before finished a highly emotional game to determine a trip to the Super Bowl. Everyone was a little extra amped up, and as everyone knows by now, Sherman is a highly intense football player who is always amped up.
There's another side to the story, too.
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The 25-year-old cornerback, now in his third season with the Seahawks, graduated from Stanford in 2010 with a degree in communications. He was a straight-A student at Dominguez High School in Compton. His Blanket Coverage, The Richard Sherman Family Foundation,strives to assist education to inner-city kids and provide materials and supplies for impoverished schools.
Here are my favorite two points written by Tomlinson: "But we — the media, and fans in general — don't know what we want. We rip athletes for giving us boring quotes. But if they say what they actually feel, we rip them for spouting off or showing a lack of class. … It's like we want them to be thinking, Well, that was a fine contest, and jolly good that we won. Which NO athlete is EVER thinking."
As for the Super Bowl, I'm going along with what Joe Santoro wrote in his column Friday about this being Peyton Manning's year. Manning came to Denver to play this game — and to win it.
Dave Price is sports editor for The Record-Courier