Miracle on 34th Street and Richard Sherman

Remember the scene in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street where C.F. Cole, owner of Cole’s Department Store, announces “We invite you to ask yourself this one simple question: do you believe in Santa Claus?” Following that question the music cues to a lively rendition of Joy To the World as the people of New York begin putting up signs proclaiming they believe too…Well that scene is playing over and over and over in my mind as try to grapple with the utter disgust I have for the response to an overly passionate football player’s comments, seconds after winning the game and sending his team to the Super Bowl.

The last two days I have been shocked, disappointed and disgusted by the comments and opinions that are circling the internet after Richard Sherman’s post game, out of breath, extremely adrenaline ridden, interview with Erin Andrews. How can a thirty second interview cause an entire nation to boycott and racially profile someone? For those of you who believe I’m just “another Seattle fan”, I invite you to rewind with me back to the moments before the interview…

In the final seconds of the NFC Championship game, Colin Kaepernick throws a pass to Michael Crabtree to win the game and send the 49′ers to the Super Bowl. Picture perfect plan until Seattle’s Richard Sherman leaps up and deflects the ball, swatting it right into the hands of Malcolm Smith for the interception…winning the game for the Seahawks.


Lets stop right there. Be honest. Put yourself in Sherman’s shoes. YOU just made the play in a HEATED AGGRESSIVE GAME, beating your rivals in the final second of the game, sending YOUR team to the SUPERBOWL for only the second time in franchise history…..and right after that trying to shake hands with Crabtree, who shoves getting shoved away and pushes you down…then having a microphone shoved in your face and then being asked how are you feeling/take me through that play.

Yes, his adrenaline was flowing….whose wouldn’t???!! Don’t you think you would be a little bit excited, pumped, crazed too?

In an op-ed article on Monday’s MMQB, Sherman shared that moment:

“I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me. I patted him, stuck out my hand and said, “Good game, good game.” That’s when he shoved my face, and that’s when I went off.”


The part I find funny is that nobody is wagging a finger at Crabtree after pushing Sherman in the face following the final play. Is that good sportsmanship? Nope, everyone is just angry with the comments made by Sherman, not the unsportsmanlike conduct shown by Crabtree.

I think it’s outrageous that everyone is judging him based on a brief outburst in an interview taken on the field minutes after being rebuffed and physically shoved by Crabtree. Yes he was loud and cocky, but there was no cussing even with all the adrenaline flowing, and long time tension with Crabtree. He has earned the right to be a little cocky when you make the winning play and are headed to the Super Bowl.

If you have watched any other interview from Sherman, before or after, you would see that he is a young man full of passion for the game; anything but violent or crazy as people seem to think. I believe you have earned the right to be a little cocky going from the streets of Compton, graduating from high school with a 4.0+ GPA, a degree in communication from Stanford (the league interrupted his masters degree he was working on), tied second in the league for intercepted passes and first in the league for defensed passes, he found a nonprofit, Blanket Coverage to make a positive difference in the lives of children by providing school supplies to those in need..AND did I mention his team is heading to the Super Bowl!

He is way more than his short outburst made in the heat of the moment on the field. In a sport that has seen its’ fair share of arrests and other controversies, IMHO a little running off of the mouth seems rather mundane.

Even Erin Andrews weighed in on the interview and how she wasn’t scared or felt in any danger, in fact she got a hug afterwards:

“I don’t want this to look like I was upset with him, I was frightened, I felt threatened, we all like Richard Sherman a lot at Fox,” Andrews said. “At that moment I saw how crazy it was going to blow up, and I wanted to make sure people knew it wasn’t a situation where I’m a victim and he acted like an idiot.”

In fact, Andrews said it “was awesome” and she “loved it” when Sherman went bananas on camera afterwards.

“You expect these guys to play like maniacs and animals for 60 minutes,” Andrews said. “And then 90 seconds after he makes a career-defining, game-changing play, I’m gonna be mad because he’s not giving me a cliché answer, ‘That’s what Seahawks football is all about and that’s what we came to do and we practice for those situations.’ No you don’t. That was awesome. That was so awesome. And I loved it.


There are only two things I see as unforgivable about the Seattle/49ers game. The rowdy fans that had the audacity to throw food and garbage at the injured 49ers player and everyone who is quick to judge Sherman based on one interview.

Unless you have followed Sherman BEFORE this interview and have seen him in action I don’t think you have any right to judge. Seattle LOVES him and we are happy he’s on our team and not yours. Oh, and did you forget that SEATTLE beat out the rest of the NFC to go to the Super Bowl. They aren’t just going because of “chance” they earned their way there and deserve it.

Going back to the Miracle on 34th Street scene: do YOU believe in Richard Sherman? I know I do and am beyond proud and excited to see the Seattle Seahawks play in Super Bowl XLVIII. GO HAWKS!

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Parts of this post was written and researched by my cousin, Brandi Fields. It was reposted with permission to be written in the first person.
5 Responses to Miracle on 34th Street and Richard Sherman
  1. Crystal
    January 22, 2014 | 11:43 AM

    I have to say that I used to LOVE football when I was younger but I haven’t watched it in years! Although I know my facebook feed has been blowing up lately with it! :)
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  2. Ashley
    January 22, 2014 | 12:10 PM

    Ugh Thank YOU SO MUCH for writing this. You hit the nail on the head. Love!
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    • cori
      Twitter: Corisbigmouth
      January 23, 2014 | 7:57 PM

      DRIVES me crazy all the negativeness that has come from his comments IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT. It’s nearly been a week and I’m still fuming!!

  3. Meghan
    January 25, 2014 | 1:09 PM

    This is great! I didn’t know anything about Sherman’s background, so that’s cool to read. I didn’t even realize what had happened with Crabtree, that he had been so rude after Sherman tried to shake his hand, when I first saw the interview. So my first reaction was thinking it was a little rude to brag about himself personally instead of saying, “we’re a great team!” or something. It seemed not very team-oriented, to me. But, at the same time, I knew they’d just freaking WON and he had a huge part in that, and of course he was all pumped up. Then upon realizing the stuff with Crabtree that had JUST happened, it all made even more sense why he was so amped. But that’s how sports is. Like you said, it’s a really intense, excitable, competitive game that had just ended, so it’s all perfectly understandable. I feel like the news media blew it way out of proportion, making it a much bigger deal than it should be. As for Erin Andrews, that’s good she said all that, but she did kind of give him a look during that interview that seemed like she thought he was an ass. But whatever. I’m glad she at least said she supports him and loved the interview. It was no big deal, really. We just have sensationalistic media that like to wig out over stuff, and I wish they (and everyone) would focus on the positive, and spread some of that around. I think it’d be great if more people were talking about the great things athletes do, and charities they support or create. Then maybe more people would aspire to do that kind of thing, and we could all be paying it forward a little more, you know? Anyway, thanks for writing and posting this, it’s great. :)
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    • cori
      Twitter: Corisbigmouth
      January 25, 2014 | 5:38 PM

      Thanks for your comment Meghan, I’m happy to hear that I’ve changed at least one person’s thoughts on this situation. I agree with you that the media just blew it way out of control. The media …love ‘Em and hate ‘Em!