What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Hindsight being what it is, there a whole lot of football commentators who have a giant shitburger to eat this morning. For purposes of full disclosure, I did not see such a complete dismantling of the Broncos as the outcome of Super Bowl XLVIII. But I did see a Seahawks victory being entirely possible. There were lots of media types out there who did not, and some of them were downright dismissive of the NFC Champion.
It was pretty obvious last night that the Seahawks were out to prove something to the nay-sayers. Perhaps you don’t believe that. Perhaps you think last night’s manhandling of the Denver Broncos was just a function of another Peyton Manning big-game fold. The post-game comments made by Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin blew that illusion out of the water.
Baldwin was just one of the Seahawks to come into the Super Bowl with a chip on his shoulder. Baldwin had a major beef with ESPN blow-hack Cris Carter because he had said the Seahawks receivers “were appetizers because the team lacked a main course.” This led to a tasty post-game call-out of Carter; when someone asked Baldwin what he had to say about the criticism now that he was Super Bowl champion, the receiver didn’t pull punches. From the Everett Herald:
“OK, y’all listen to me loud and clear,” he said. “Y’all listening? Y’all hear me? For all y’all who called us, the receiving corps, average, pedestrian, appetizers—I’m not going to say any names, but he knows who he is—I respect what you did on the field, but stick to playing football, because your analytical skills ain’t up to par yet. You need to slow down and go back and not do it half-assed and put some effort into it, because you’re saying some stuff that didn’t really make sense.”
“That dude who said that we were appetizers, he told me to Google him, and I did Google him, but I didn’t see any Super Bowl appearances, and I also saw two losses in conference championships. I have a Super Bowl ring, and I would gladly show that to him. And if he doesn’t have time to come see it, tell him he can Google it.”
While Baldwin never let Carter’s name come out of his mouth, it was pretty obvious who he was talking about, especially when he referenced Carter’s lack of a Super Bowl ring. To be fair, there no law that says you have to have won a Championship to be a commentator, but Cris Carter is the last guy who should be talking about being an appetizer. I’m on record as saying he is underserving of his Hall-of-Fame status; largely because Carter defined a guy who was an “appetizer.” Sure, Carter never won a ring, but he also never was a “main course.” In other words, Carter was a classic “possession” receiver, who is calling out other guys for being “possession” receivers.
Carter’s biggest problem is that he really believes he is one of the all-time greats, when is really isn’t. The game has changed in the past thirty years, but we are determining greatness based on some old standards. Just because Cris Carter is 4th all-time in career receptions doesn’t make him the 4th best receiver of all-time; it means he played in a era when the forward pass was used far more than in previous eras. That false belief in his mind gives him license to sit on ESPN and say some of the stupidest whit ever heard, which is an accomplishment considering some of the electronic sewage that comes out of Bristol.
Regardless of what you think of Cris Carter, the most joyous thing to come out of the Super Bowl was the fact that somebody finally called out Carter on his bullshit. It’s been long overdue.