If you, an NFL fan, think the offseason is long, imagine how hard it is for players. They're amped up for five months and idle for seven (ten if you're with Cleveland). And when your entire persona revolves around a need for attention, well, you've gotta get eyeballs however you can.
Witness: Richard Sherman and DeAngelo Hall, a couple cornerbacks who are absolutely convinced that they are the best player on the field at any given moment. In the offseason, that "field" extends to Twitter, and both of them spent much of Thursday night looking to shut down the other.
Sherman got into a little snipefest with former Patriot LeGarrette Blount over whether Sherman or new Patriot Darrelle Revis was a better cornerback. That, friends, was merely the appetizer to this brawl. It seemed to begin innocently enough, with Hall taking the wise-elder route:
@RSherman_25 I know you can't wait for your turn young fella. Stay patience and keep working.— DeAngelo Hall (@DeAngeloHall23) March 13, 2014
Hall tried to go the Jedi-wisdom route, all the while subtly reminding Sherman to know his role:
Ah, but Sherman was having none of that:
@RSherman_25 it's easy to say that when you covering Ducks on one side of the field. Ask my old sidekick Nnamdi he out the league already.— DeAngelo Hall (@DeAngeloHall23) March 14, 2014
And from there, it escalated quickly:
@DeAngeloHall23 I checked ya film! It was rough.... Have some pride bout ya play— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 14, 2014
Hall tried the you-ain't-nothing-without-your-team angle:
@RSherman_25 just make sure you stay in Seattle cause without that pass rush you are who we thought you were. 5th rd PK no speed good hands— DeAngelo Hall (@DeAngeloHall23) March 14, 2014
And then spun his longevity into a positive:
@RSherman_25 man you better start praying now that you can do what I do 10 years in the game.— DeAngelo Hall (@DeAngeloHall23) March 14, 2014
The dueling stats began:
@DeAngeloHall23 let me know when u ever have an 8 pick season.... Please....I'll be awaiting that call— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 14, 2014
And finally, everybody just calmed the heck down:
@RSherman_25 no beef at all young fella. I'm a dog you bark at me I'm barking back PERIOD....— DeAngelo Hall (@DeAngeloHall23) March 14, 2014
To my followers sorry you all had to see that.... But if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything!— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 14, 2014
Verdict? We're giving this one to Sherman in a split decision. But neither man backed down. Going to be fun when these two play later this season.
Now, can't minicamps start already? These guys don't know what to do with themselves.