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‘Sherm’ has a new definition thanks to Richard Sherman’s interview with Erin Andrews (video)


The title of this here post is of course implies no insinuation that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was in fact tripping off “sherm” — a joint dipped in PCP — during his post-game interview with FOX Sports’ Erin Andrews. That would be a ridiculous and irresponsible accusation.

But the unhinged, spastic and over-the-top performance by the loquacious defensive back following the Seahawks’ NFC Championship Game win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday certainly exhibits all the tell-tale signs of someone under the influence of sherm usage.

That’s why someone with more time on their hands than myself should prepare a new definition of “sherm” and post it to Urban Dictionary:

Sherm: an athlete or any other celebrity that unreasonably behaves like a crazed lunatic during a live television interview, frightening the reporter.

Of course, the Twittersphere, nay — the entire Internet — exploded nearly immediately after Sherman’s histrionic diatribe in which he simultaneously spewed a vitriolic diatribe directed at 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree while praising himself as the best cornerback in the world.

The setup for Sherman’s post-game performance was his clutch tip of a Colin Kaepernick pass into the end zone that caromed off the corner’s hands into the waiting arms of linebacker Malcom Smith for the game-clinching interception.

“I’m the best corner(back) in the game,” Sherman hollered at a befuddled Andrews . “When you try to come at me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re gonna get.

“Don’t you ever talk about me,” Sherman screamed.

When Andrews asked who exactly talked about him, Sherman went full-on “sherm” mode:

“Crabtree,” Sherman angrily retorted. “Don’t open your mouth about the best or I’m going to shut it for you real quick. LOB.”

“LOB” is of course a reference to “Legion of Boom,” the nickname of the Seahawks secondary.

Obviously, the video is worth repeated viewings, as there is something new to pick up on with every subsequent playback.

 The fallout of Sherman’s post-game rant was unsurprising. Later, Sherman apologized to Andrews, but did not back down from his assessment of Crabtree.

“I was making sure everybody knew Crabtree was a mediocre receiver,” Sherman said. “And when you try the best corner in the game with a mediocre receiver that’s what happens.”

Crabtree refused to bite in response to Sherman’s taunts (via the San Jose Mercury News):

Asked what Sherman said to him, Crabtree said: “I ain’t getting into that. He knows what time it is. We’re on the field and he ain’t doing nothing. That’s one play he made. … That’s probably the only play he made the whole game.”

Told of Sherman’s postgame rant on Fox, Crabtree smirked and said: “He’s a TV guy. I’m not a TV guy. I play ball. He makes one play, he talks.”

The three involved parties (Sherman, Crabtree and innocently, Andrews) all took to Twitter to further discuss the incident.

Good on Andrews. Always the consummate professional, that Erin Andrews.

To put a nice little bow on the entire incident that instantly achieved stuff of legend, here’s pro wrestling’s Mean Gene Okerlund interviewing Richard Sherman (via Kissing Suzy Kolber):

Fantastic. That Richard Sherman is such a Sherm. See? It already works!