First, there was his less than gracious postgame interview after Seattle’s 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game; you may remember that Sherman proclaimed himself to be the best cornerback in the NFL. Emotions were running high after Sherman tipped a pass from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that was intercepted by Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith (above, right). It’s easy to see why Sherman referred to himself in superlative terms after he helped punched the Seahawks’ ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII.
The week that leads to the Super Bowl is commonly referred to as “Media Week.” This time provides the opportunity for Super Bowl participants to provide sound bites during interviews. This time, Sherman decided to metaphorically “tug on Superman’s cape” when he questioned the arm strength of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning by saying that Manning threw ducks. It’s an odd label to give a quarterback like Manning, who tossed an NFL record 55 touchdown passes in 2013, just two years removed from season ending neck surgery while with the Indianapolis Colts.
Manning is one of the NFL’s all-time greats who would like nothing more than to win his second Super Bowl title. It wouldn’t be wise for Sherman to antagonize Manning, considering that he has the skills and experience to make Sherman and his defensive teammates look foolish on the Super Bowl’s national stage. Sherman’s detractors maintain that the cocky cornerback should keep his mouth shut and feel honored and privileged to share the same field as Manning.
Super Bowl XLVIII has gotten much more interesting now that Sherman has refused to back off on his comments. That only adds to the intrigue, because Super Bowl XLVIII has become more than the Broncos vs. the Seahawks. It’s now a case of good vs. evil. Manning either annihilates Seattle through the air (most likely at Sherman’s expense) on his way to victory, or Sherman will intercept a Manning pass and return it for a touchdown that spurs the Seahawks to victory. Whatever happens, the frigid landscape that is Super Bowl XLVIII just got that much hotter.