What's your view on trash talking in sports?

Leading Off: It’s time to temper postgame antics

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 - 7:29 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 - 8:16 am

Heard enough of Richard Sherman?

There will be more – Sherm The Shouter is just warming up. Prepare for an avalanche of sound bites from the Seahawks cornerback next week in the lead-up to the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.

We’ve unearthed the roots to why Sherman seems to lead the free world in trash talking.

His father. True story.

Kevin Sherman drove a garbage truck on some of the worst streets of Los Angeles County. He’d park his ride outside his son’s bedroom window, idling at 3:45 in the morning, a reminder of his hard labor.

Sherman was motivated to have a better life. He was second in his graduating class at Dominguez High School in Compton, missing the top honor by a fraction, and it still fuels him. Had he been tops in his class, Sherman would have spoken at his graduation as the valedictorian. He’s been chirping since.

Sherman played angry at Stanford, and he competes with rage now.

There’s nothing wrong with being motivated by a cause, but sometimes athletes’ words are too much. We’ve heard too many athletes at all levels – high school, college and professional – spout this tired line after a victory: “No one thought we’d do it.”

No one? Not even Mom?

We applaud athletes playing with a chip on their shoulders, but fans will applaud even louder if the postgame antics are tempered.

We’re not suggesting athletes should be boring, just that there’s no need to go off either.

What to watch I

NBA, Indiana at Kings,

7 p.m. , Ch. 10: The Kings will use Google Glass during the broadcast, but we’d rather see DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.

What to watch II

X Games, ESPN, 7:30 p.m.: Top snowboarder Shaun White won’t compete, but tonight’s action should whet appetites of Winter Olympics fans.

Today’s poll

What’s your view on trash talking in sports?

• It’s fun, within reason

• There’s no need, ever

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Thursday’s poll results

Who will win Super Bowl XLVIII ?

•  Denver Broncos: 75%

•  Seattle Seahawks: 25%

Total votes: 171

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