The Herald Bulletin

January 29, 2014

Seahawks hard team to love


The Herald Bulletin

---- — For most Colts fans it is easy to figure out which team to root for in this Sunday's Super Bowl.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is still well-loved in this area for both his accomplishments on the field and his generosity of spirit and time off it.

It is my opinion that the large majority of football fans in this area will be rooting for the Broncos come Sunday.

It is also obvious who fans in Denver and Seattle will be pulling for, but what about the rest of the country?

Seems to me that the Seahawks are presenting themselves in a way that would make it tough for fans without an allegiance in the game to cheer for them. Just based on the exploits of Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch, who could really get behind that team?

Sherman has been nicey-nice since the team arrived at the game's site in New Jersey actually hoping that people will either forgive or forget his outburst 11 days ago after making the game-saving play as Seattle defeated San Francisco in the NFC title game.

It is said that it is easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission, but I don't think that applies here. Sherman's mindless rants and boasts have been the subject of much discussion and all of the apologists for his behavior have been highly unconvincing.

It is easier to believe that the real Sherman came through after that game than it is to believe that his statements since, which seem less genuine and more orchestrated, are who he really is.

His statements after the win over the 49ers weren't all in the heat of the moment as he repeated them in a press conference held at a time when the emotions should have had time to cool. For me, he will need to do more than act like a human being for a couple of days before I am convinced he isn't the raving chest-thumper he showed after the NFC title game.

Now there's also running back Lynch and his performance the past two days during media access times.

The league mandates participation in these events from all players and Lynch gave the media 6.5 minutes of nothing usable during Tuesday's media day and more of the same on Wednesday where he told the media that he was only attending the function to avoid being fined by the NFL.

All fans can determine on their own whether players should be obligated to speak with the press. The lack of cooperation actually hurts the fans as much if not more than it does the media as the fans want to hear from players on their favorite teams.

But it is an NFL rule and a part of the player contracts that they need to be available.

It all adds up to a couple of reasons why it seems that more football fans should be pulling for Denver instead of Seattle in this Super Bowl.

Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh can be reached at rick.teverbaugh@heraldbulletin.com or at (765) 640-4886.