One of the reasons why we blog is to have a strong forum where ideas can be exchanged freely and effectively. I am very proud of the track record of commenters at this NY Giants blog site. For the most part, everyone has been able to share their views with decorum and respect for each others' voice. We have learned a lot from each other without compromising our values of propriety.
It is with this consistent view of the respect for others that this NY Giants blogger was offended by the unsportsmanlike conduct of Richard Sherman. We know about the trash-talking that goes on in between plays. And we also understand that Sherman can maintain civility between himself and Wide Receivers if no words are shared (see Larry Fitzgerald of the AZ Cardinals). Michael Crabtree is no angel, and we would not be surprised if he started this lovefest. At this point, Richard Sherman decided he was going to end it.
After the final defensive play, a tipped ball by Sherman which was then intercepted by Malcolm Smith, Sherman crossed the field to trash talk Crabtree one more time and was flagged with a personal foul.
Ron Jaworski: "When you purposefully go across the field to try to humiliate another player, I think that is where you draw the line."
We agree. Wayne Dyer articulates what is going on with most conflict:
"How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours."
"When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out- because that's what's inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside."
"Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you."
I'd rather lose a game with professionalism than win one without it. Bill Walsh articulated this in his book which we have highlighted here before- The Score Takes Care of Itself. It is a shame that such a great physical football game should be marred at the end by a lack of respect. I love professional football and the sportsmanship it needs to uphold.