Sunday, January 26, 2014

Think You Know Richard Sherman After His "Rant"? Maybe Not

Richard Sherman, corner for the Seattle Seahawks, was maybe a little too excited about his team's 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. After winning the game, Sherman was interviewed and he gave the following responses that sparked controversy. 
The Q&A with Andrews went like this:
Andrews: "The final play, take me through it."
Sherman: "Well, I'm the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you gonna get! Don't you ever talk about me!"
Andrews: "Who was talking about you?"
Sherman: "Crabtree! Don't you open your mouth about the best, or I'm gonna shut it for you real quick! LOB!" (That's a reference to the Seattle defense's nickname, "legion of boom.")
Crabtree is a player for the San Francisco 49ers and he was about to catch the winning touchdown, until Sherman batted the ball down and a fellow defensive player for the Seahawks caught it. 
From my point of view, this was bullying another player. Crabtree was upset about the way the ball was thrown and how he didn't catch it and send the 49ers back to the Super Bowl. Why did Sherman feel the need to bad mouth and trash talk another player that has just as much passion and love for the sport as he does. Had the roles been reversed, I'm sure he would have been fussing and ranting about how bad a call was.
For me, Richard Sherman is acting like a child when he bad mouths another player. Which is the number one reason that I dislike the Seahawks and their coach. Granted my team didn't make it, but I still despise Sherman. If you are going to say something like that about another player, at least be a man and talk trash about him to his face!

  • How does the author support his claim? Use evidence from the selection to support your answer.

The author supports his claim that Sherman was in the wrong by bringing up the conferences and backing it with the actual post game interview. The author also brings up how Sherman says "[He] shouldn't have attacked another player (Think You Know Richard Sherman After His "Rant"? Maybe Not. Memmot, Mark)."

Memmot, Mark. Think You Know Richard Sherman After His "Rant"? Maybe Not. Article. The Two-Way. 22 Jan. 2014. Web. 24 Jan. 2014.  <

Samia, Mark "Richard Sherman." Photograph. Flickr. Yahoo, 27 July 2013. Web. 26 Jan. 2014. <>

Friday, January 10, 2014

Death Threats For Woman Who Showed College Athletes Struggle To Read

UNC students and teachers alike are fired up that Mary Willingham called out just them alone. According to her research, between 8% and 10% of UNC' s 500 student athletes. Why is she so worried about it? Coaches and professors are on top of these things and Roy Williams has put three of his freshman and two sophomore players on the bench until they can bring those scores and reading levels up.

I'm in English class and I can read. And even if I couldn't, I'm pretty sure that some of teachers would help me and see if I could get extra help. Much like Williams and the professors at UNC.

My question to Willingham is why did you single out UNC and file a report on them? Or better yet, is it any of your business? If Roy Williams and all the coaches and professors are working to resolve this problem, leave them alone and let them do what they are paid to do. I'm pretty sure that seemingly perfect schools like Duke and NC State have these problems. UNC had every right to fire back at her for sticking their business out there.

The central idea of the passage is to show that UNC is capable of retaliating and making sure that their students are getting the absolute best education. So if they are working to fix the current problem, then it's simple: Leave UNC and their students alone!

Ganim, Sarah. Death Threats For Woman Who Showed College Athletes Struggle To Read. Article.             CNN. 9 Jan. 2014. Web. 10 Jan. 2014. <>