Tom Brady prepares for two weeks of Richard Sherman trash talk
Jeff Howe & Karen Guregian, Boston Herald:
One storyline sure to be addressed over the next two weeks will deal with the last time the Patriots traveled to Seattle and played the Seahawks in 2012. The Seahawks won, and afterward Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman got in Brady's face to deal out some trash talk.
“Truthfully, at that time, I thought he was coming up to say, ‘Good game.’ That’s all I thought it was," Brady said. "It was loud after that game so I didn’t really hear anything. And then I went into the locker room after the game and everyone said that whatever it was the next day, that he said he was, I don’t know, talking trash to me. I just thought he came up and said, ‘Good game.’ So that was all a bit of a surprise to me.”
New England QB Tom Brady wanted the writers to make it quick at the press conference following the Patriots drubbing of the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7. Tom wanted to spend some time savoring the win with his teammates. He didn't want to waste any energy in discussing the doubters following the 2-2 start, and the debacle in Kansas City.
Having played in five Super Bowls, Tom Brady is well aware of the distractions that confront the players on the biggest stage. The fact that the Patriots are listed as slight underdogs to the Seattle Seahawks is insignificant. “Whatever it is, it is," he said. Tom has plenty of practice in staying focused and eliminating the "noise."
Seattle CB Richard Sherman suffered an elbow injury early in the fourth quarter. While trying to force Packers RB James Starks out of bounds on a 35-yard run, Sherman collided with teammate Kam Chancellor. He was checked by the team doctors, but did not miss any action. Sherman was clearly protecting his left arm pinning it against his chest as he lined up.
Surprisingly, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers did not take a chance in throwing in Sherman's direction or in running his way, either. Sherman was grimacing on each play at the line of scrimmage. Richard is scheduled for an MRI to determine if his left elbow is dislocated. He claims that he will be fine for Super Bowl XLIX.
And all this time, I thought it was Richard Sherman who had started the "war of words" with Tom Brady. It was October 14, 2012 when Tom Brady conjured up Richard Sherman following the Seahawks, 24-23 win at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The opening kickoff can't come soon enough.
Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.