Sports Has a Way of Humbling those that Need it

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Often times you hear people say the “sports gods” delivered justice or “ball don’t lie” whenever the refs blow a call in a game and the team that got hosed, eventually got what the deserved. For example, when the San Francisco 49ers’ Navarro Bowman wasn’t awarded a forced fumble and recovery on the San Francisco two yard line, then on the next play the Seahawks fumbled the snap and the ball ended up being recovered twenty yards down the field from where they should’ve gotten it. That happens often, don’t believe me, just check your twitter feed during a big game. But, I also believe the “sports gods” have a way of handing out humility for those who think they’re bigger than the game.

Sunday, 49ers Anquan Boldin and Colin Kaepernick received a dose of humility. Last week against the Carolina Panthers, both players displayed selfish acts that aren’t in line with those who respect the game or their opponent. Every time Boldin caught a pass he got up in the face of a Panther defender, beat his chest and shared a few words—He caught 8 passes for 136 yards. We can only imagine what he said, but judging by the reactions of his opponents, it wasn’t pleasant. Actually he’s been acting that way for a while, just watch the Baltimore Ravens playoffs and Super Bowl run from last season.

Yesterday against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, Boldin had 5 catches for 53 yards and a touchdown, but was quiet verbally and competitively when it was clutch time. So was San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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What goes around comes around.

You could say he needed a dose of humility after he mocked Panther Quarterback Cam Newton’s Superman celebration after he scored a touchdown in their Divisional round match up. In that game, Kaepernick was 15 for 28 passing for 196 yards and a touchdown pass to go along with 15 rushing yards and said touchdown. Why he choose to mock Newton is besides me. In my opinion, in order for him to go there, he had to have some ulterior motive. Maybe he was trying to send a message to Newton and the sports world that he was the better of the young up and coming QBs, not the guy who was picked 35 spots ahead of him in the 2011 NFL Draft. When asked about it after the game, Kaepernick would only say he was just having a little fun.

Humility reared its head in his game Sunday against Seattle. Three fourth quarter turnovers and one of them in the final seconds as his team was making a move to win the game.

Which brings me to the point of moving this topic further. Seahawks Defensive Back Richard Sherman is all the talk this week after he caused Kaepernick’s final turnover when he batted the ball and it was intercepted by Linebacker Malcolm Smith in the end zone to send Seattle to the Super Bowl.

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Was Sherman sincerely showing good sportsmenship?

As he was celebrating his great play, he opened up the door for the “sports gods” to send humility his way. When he slapped Michael Crabtree on the butt in a taunting way and flashed the choke sign to Kaepernick, he set the stage for the humble bug to bite him on sports biggest stage in two weeks. Can you imagine the headlines and caller comments on sports talk radio if Sherman is the goat of Super Bowl 48?

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Sherman’s antics have led to some misconceptions about his character.

Right now everyone is commending him on his great play and several former players are justifying his actions and post game rant. Let see what everyone says if he blows the game for his team when the ultimate prize is on the line. No offense to Colin Kaepernick, but he’s no Peyton Manning. Manning is just the type of player who can take advantage of a weakness in Sherman’s game.

I’m not saying the Seahawks will lose Super Bowl 48, but don’t be surprised if there is a play or several where Sherman is exposed and looks like the goat. Sports does that to us. One play you can go from hero to zero. One week you can look like a future Hall Of Famer then look like a bust the next.

One time Super Bowl winning Head Coach Mike Ditka said it best Monday on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in the morning”, respect the game and it will respect you.

We will see in two weeks how the game and the “sports gods” feel about Sherman’s NFC Championship antics. Recent history shows it may not be too kind. Just ask Kaepernick and Boldin.

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