Philadelphia has a Rocky statue. Pittsburgh has an Immaculate Reception statue. Detroit's getting a Robocop statue. Now Seattle wants in on the act.
Two Seahawks fans are trying to raise money to build a statue commemorating "The Tip," Richard Sherman's famous redirection of a pass to Michael Crabtree in January's NFC championship game. Sherman tipped the ball to Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith, killing San Francisco's last chance at a comeback in a 23-17 game.
The Tip sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl and vaulted Sherman into the American consciousness thanks to his immensely entertaining postgame interview. It might be the finest moment in Seattle sports history, and Seahawks fans Joe Michaels and Chris Bauer want it honored in bronze.
“That was a moment that was so perfect and so important to this city," Michaels told local radio station KJR. “We thought, if that moment meant so much to so many people, it’s worth celebrating in a big way like never before.”
Starting July 28, they'll be starting a crowdfunding campaign to raise $250,000 to build the statue at BuildTheTip.com. A YouTube video features a rough conceptual sketch of the statue:
You'll note that Smith is not included in the statue. That's because the idea is for fans to stand near the statue and pose as Smith, waiting for "the tip" to come to them.
Still up in the air (get it?) is the statue's location; the Seahawks have not commented on whether there would be a place for it at CenturyLink Field. But, really, come on, Seahawks. You know everyone wants this.
No word on whether there'll be a bronze Erin Andrews nearby for fans to imitate Sherman as well, but heck, if there are a few bucks left over, anything's possible.