It is one thing to be embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks on your own turf before a national television audience, it is another realizing Colin Kaepernick has regressed as spectacularly as Robert Griffin III over the past two years. And it is quite another for the National Broadcasting Corporation to set up shop on your team’s midfield logo and have Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman eat turkey. But the San Francisco 49ers sat, sulked and allowed it to happen? Apparently there is no pride left in the team’s locker room.
A page from hockey, NASCAR, boxing or professional wrestling needed to be taken Thursday night. The post-game proceedings had to be interrupted. It could have been anyone. Patrick Willis or someone else inactive last night could have done something. Or it could have been any special teams/fourth-line enforcer type. Maybe Jonathan Martin’s good friend Richie Incognito needs to be on the roster.
Here is what somebody, anybody representing the 49ers should have done. The table, turkey and trimmings needed to go. Someone needed to make a beeline towards the makeshift stage. Hopefully, Michele Tafoya would have been running for the hills at the sight of a crazed football player. I assume Russell Wilson would stand his ground while playing peacemaker. That would have left the table, turkey and Richard Sherman. My alternate ending has the table on the ground and Sherman wearing the bird.
Security would have then intervened as Sherman likely pushed, shoved and ran his mouth, attributes he excels at even better than being an All-Pro cornerback.
I would worry about the fines, suspensions and other repercussions later. San Francisco’s season and Jim Harbaugh’s tenure is likely done anyways. The one unwritten rule in sports is not to let the opposition dance on your shield, and NBC gave Sherman and Wilson full license to do just that.