Who’s Who In Sports and Entertainment Came To Play Ball In Supporting Richard Sherman’s Foundation

Who says that Seattle Seahawks man-of-the-hour, Richard Sherman can’t pull a crowd. On Sunday, Sherman brought in over 22,000 people to Safeco Field to watch and support his second annual charity softball game. In attendance were Sherman’s teammates quarterback Russell Wilson, defensive end Michael Bennett, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and safety Earl Thomas. Even music’s hottest new group, Macklemore stopped by to play a little ball. However the highlight of the night was to see Laker’s Kobe Bryant pick-up a bat after 20 years and hit a solo homer. Kobe-Bryant-softball

“I respect these guys tremendously and it’s humbling, it’s not something you can put into words,” Sherman said before the game started. “You don’t wake up one day and be like I’m going to have Kobe Bryant, Nate Robinson, Lawyer Milloy playing in my softball game, and Macklemore. It’s something that happened and you’re numb to the feeling until like years later when you realize that was a pretty incredible event.”

richard+sherman+softball+game-4_jpg_BIM In addition to Bryant, other NBA notables such as Jamal Crawford, former Seattle Super Sonics stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton took part, as did Chris Hansen, the investor hoping to bring the NBA back to Seattle. richard+sherman+softball+game-24_jpg_BIM

“He’s a psycho like me,” Bryant said of Sherman. “I think it’s just mutual respect and I have a great amount of respect for people who work at their craft. When him and I met, we just talked and hit it off.”   “I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I’d much rather come here in the postseason than Oklahoma,” Bryant said.

richard+sherman+softball+game-21_jpg_BIM Richard Sherman’s Foundation is run by himself and his brother, Branton. The beneficiaries are Sherman’s Blanket Coverage Family Foundation and other local charities who supply under-privileged, school-age kids with clothes, backpacks, computers and athletic shoes “to even the field,” as Sherman put it. As a kid from Compton who made it to Stanford, he’s keenly aware of class distinctions and the negative vibe it creates.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Marcelle English

Should Richard Sherman stop commenting about Michael Crabtree?

Ever since his rant after the NFC championship game, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has made it clear that he’s not too fond of San Fracisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. Crabtree’s refusal to shake Sherman’s hand after a pivotal play was more than just unsportsman-like conduct. It was disrespectful and not the kind gesture Sherman is tolerating. If you think the disdain for Crabtree is over, think again. 

In an article on bleacherreport.com Richard Sherman will appear on the Discovery Channel’s American Muscle where he’ll talk about his feelings about Crabtree:

It’s much more of just I don’t like the dude. You know what I’m saying. And I think he’s sorry. So it’s really what it comes down to.

It was a solid game, and I knew he was going to be a little punk and walk off. He wasn’t going to come shake hands after the game, so I was like ‘alright, I’ll get you right before it. Good game.’

[…]

We had a little [beef] outside. Me and him had a little outside, a little something. I’m [gonn]a ruin that boy. 

It’s just about him, it’s just about Crabtree.

It’s not going to be something that goes away. I hope to play him every year for the rest of my career and choke him out. There’s not much else I can say about the subject. Nobody will understand it but him and me. That’s all that needs to understand.

It’s no surprise that Sherman doesn’t like Crabtree, but what is a bit interesting is that his level of anger against Crabtree remains. I think people like the “drama” that unfolds between competitive athletes because it adds excitement to the game, but this may be a bit more personal. Perhaps Sherman should stop commenting about Crabtree, and let his game speak for him.

No, it’s not that Sherman is a bad athlete. In fact, he’s proven that he’s dedicated, talented and spirited. He’s a team player, so whether or not people “like” Sherman, you have to respect how he approaches the game. Still, continuing to disparage Crabtree in the media when he claims to be the better athlete diminishes Sherman.

It will however, make us want to watch the match-up of the Seahawks. vs the 49ers on Thanksgiving Day and on December 14th.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Fights among squads with Seahawks and Redskins represent typical behavior during mini-camps

When the news broke about Richard Sherman getting into a fist-fight with team member Phil Bates there were raised eyebrows and gasps of shock. Calm down, people. For the NFL, this is business as usual. Just ask RGIII.

When his fellow  Redskins DE Doug Worthington pulled the face mask off of the helmet of teammate Mike McGlynn, it didn’t surprise him at all. In fact, he like the energy:

“Yeah, there was a helmet thrown. I’ve never seen a guy take another guy’s face mask off his helmet,” said Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. “That was impressive. But emotions are high, guys are ready to go. We’ve been at it for a while now. … I like it, I like the intensity.

“I think everybody’s ready to put the pads on.”

Yeah, it might be time. Unfortunately they can’t do it. Per NFL CBA rules, teams cannot put pads on until their official training camps start next month. Redskins coach Jay Gruden says that’s the “rub”:

“It’s very difficult for them to handle these shorts, these practices without pads,” Gruden said in reference to the big guys in the trenches. “You tell them stay off the ground and don’t hold and don’t grab. But you tell them have great pad level and be physical, and it’s hard to do that in shorts. I think in order to get a great look at the offensive and defensive line play, you’ve got to put the pads on.”

That’s probably true. In the meantime, try to behave yourself men. You’ll have your chance to slam each other next month. Besides, you’ll need to save that energy for your division opponents. 

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Colin Kaepernick, Ricardo Lockette and Quinton Patton won’t be charged in incident with the strange woman

To no one’s surprise, Colin Kaepernick won’t be charged in an incident with a strange woman and two other NFL players. In April a woman came to an apartment where Colin Kaepernick, Ricardo Lockette, a Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, and Quinton Patton, a 49ers receiver were hanging out. The woman wouldn’t leave, got naked in a bedroom and then said she couldn’t remember how she woke up in the hospital. While speculation loomed, it was a phone call made by Lockette reporting that the woman refused to leave that saved the day. 

Actually charges were never filed. It was simply a complaint being investigated.

“The key issue to really clarify, because a lot of people have been screwing this up are talking about charges being dropped. That’s untrue,” Ed Griffith, public information officer for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office, confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Thursday.

“Charges were never filed. The woman came to the cops and said she may have been sexually assaulted. So that was viewed as a complaint. She made a complaint and there was basically no evidence that there was a sexual assault. The complaint was investigated and found to be unfounded.”

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The truth prevailed, but not after much speculation and presumed guilt. We should really stick to “innocent until proven guilty”. This situation underscores that mantra.

Now that the cloud of suspcion is removed, the 49ers quarterback can fully enjoy his $126 million.

No that his has been dropped and these men have been under public scrutiny, should the police release the woman’s name? What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Richard Sherman Wants ‘Legion of Boom’ on Madden 15 Cover With Him

One thing that almost all players that have appeared on the cover of the E.A. Sports Madden video game have in common is that during the season they appeared, their performance was not so top notch. When the announcement was made last week that Seattle Seahawks CB, Richard Sherman was going to grace the cover, I’m sure a number of fans grumbled knowing the superstition of the ‘Madden curse’. 

In an un-selfish gesture, Sherman says that he wants Seattle’s entire Legion of Boom secondary to join him on the cover.

“It’s a great honor for me and my teammates, the Legion of Boom,” Sherman said after Seahawks OTA practices Monday, the first day he spoke to local reporters since the “Madden” announcement by game publisher Electronic Arts. “I’ve been trying to get the Legion of Boom on the cover and E.A.’s been fighting me.”

“So if everybody wants to start a petition to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, here’s an open invitation. They won’t let me do it.”

Who knows if E.A. Sports will agree to this, probably not, but it was a huge gesture extended by Sherman to the men who help him continue be who he is. 

Sherman who beat out Cam Newton for the spot, will be the second Seahawk on the cover and only the third defensive player. 

“It was cool. It was really cool,” Sherman said. “It was a great experience. It’s always an honor being picked for ‘Madden.’ It’s a fun deal.”

Whether or not we will see the entire Legion of Boom on the cover of Madden 15, this I’m sure will only help Sherman next season continue an amazing run and break the curse.  

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Marcelle English 

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