Richard Sherman: What you Lose when Winning is Everything

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Richard Sherman had a great game. He in fact made the game ending play. 30 million people saw it. In his post game impromptu interview he drilled it home and screamed his greatness to all, like he was creating a rap song — in addition he insulted his individual match up, Michael Crabtree. And it was wrong. Wrong for sports, wrong for the NFL, wrong for the Seahawks and wrong for every young athlete aspiring to greatness at her sport.

I get the backstory grew up in Compton, went to stanford, academic and athletic all-star. If you are really that great and are secure in your greatness, you don’t have to bring it up. Let someone else do it for you.

When I was an investment banker working on Wall Street just out of college on the largest trading floor in world, one of the senior traders gave me a tip “Those that say don’t know, those that know don’t say”. If you have to remind the world how great you are it masks a deep seated insecurity.

Sportsmanship is the real loser in todays professional sports — Its a dying element at every level. We see it with all the cheating in sports with PED’s. We see it on Wall Street and in banking with all the insider trading cases. As the father of a son who plays competitive junior tennis I see sportsmanship losing even at a very young age. I would rather my son lose than to have him gloat like that as a winner, and I think that mindset will make him the better man for it.

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