If you watch ESPN's horrific "debate" program "First Take," (and under normal circumstances, our first question would be, WHY?), you know that its two primary instigators, Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith, are empty, pompous gasbags with no credibility whatsoever. As Smith himself might say at a volume that is impossible to express with sufficient font size, THOSE ARE FACTS.
When Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman went on the show Thursday morning, you had to expect fireworks -- after all, Sherman is himself known for putting himself out there with some inflammatory remarks. The first-team All-Pro is one of the best at his position in the business, but he does rub some people the wrong way by expressing his greatness in some interesting ways. His recent Twitter beef with Darrelle Revis was one of many examples.
So, when Bayless apparently opined that Sherman wasn't in Revis' class (using all of the tape-watching he puts in when he's getting his devil horns polished every morning), Sherman had quite a few things to say about it. A transcript of the most incendiary portion of the conversation, courtesy of ESPN's Mike Sando:
"I believe my numbers speak for themselves," Sherman told Smith. "My tape speaks for itself. My tape is my resume. That is what I leave it up to. You can say whatever you want. Skip can say whatever he wants. But Skip, whenever you refer to me, whenever you speak to me, whenever you address me, address me as 'All-Pro Stanford graduate' because those are some accomplishments you'll never -- you can aspire to, you'll never accomplish."
Sherman was just getting started.
"You have never accomplished anything," he continued, focusing on Bayless. "So, but, um, those things are on my resume, those are what I've done, it's my second year in the NFL going into my third. I mean, you tell me who's wrong."
Bayless: "OK, I'll accept that. I think I've accomplished more in my field than you have in yours, though you're just getting started."
Sherman: "So, I'm at the top of my field. I'm All-Pro. I'm one of the best 22 players in the NFL. You're going to brush it off, but I don't think you're the best 22 anything. In sports, in media, in anything."
Bayless: "That's debatable."
Sherman: "You think more of yourself that you actually can prove."
Bayless: "OK, do you think you are better than Darrelle Revis is right now?"
Sherman: "In my 24 years of life, I'm better at life than you."
Bayless: "OK, all right, that's fair, all right."
Sherman: "Let's get down to brass tacks."
Bayless: "Let's not get personal here. I just want to know --"
Sherman: "It's not personal. It's resume."
Bayless: "Do you think you're better than Darrelle Revis is right now?"
Sherman: "I'm better than you. I have nothing to say about him. That is pretty much done. My numbers speak for themselves."
So, yeah. That happened. And we just watched more "First Take" than we have since Rob Parker vomited all over himself and ruined his career on national television. When, oh when, will this ridiculousness end?