The Lee Side: Sporting world gone crazy

As I suspected, the National Football League conference championship games last weekend were well played.

Posted on 1/25/14

By Lee Coleman

Congratulations to old school future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos and the future of the NFL Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks for advancing to play in Super Bowl 48 next week.

Manning and New England quarterback Tom Brady battled for the 15th time in their long careers and the game reflected the class and respect each player has for the game.

Not in Seattle. The Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers did what I saw coming.

Meeting for the third time this season, this game was absolutely vicious.

With no love lost between the teams, it showed as the game came down to the closing minutes with Seattle prevailing.

But after the game, the whole world knows about the tirade by Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman when interviewed by Fox reporter Erin Andrews.

Considered one of the best defensive backs in the game, Sherman made it clear he was the best and showed complete disrespect for the 49ers, Michael Crabtree and above all, his team and himself.

He has spent all his time since Sunday apologizing to anyone who would listen but the truth is, that game was broadcast for the whole world to watch and Sherman seemed to think he was bigger than the game itself.

Sorry. Not only did Sherman exhibit loud mouth punk antics in front of so many young kids watching, he lost the right to ever consider himself a role model again.

I am hopeful Manning and the Broncos teach him a very valuable lesson in humility in the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, did you hear the story about a 14-year old California Little Leaguer throwing his helmet in celebration after scoring the winning run against the team of his former coach?

The coach, Alan Beck, was struck in the Achilles tendon by the helmet, causing it to rupture and tear.

Terrible accident indeed. A torn Achilles tendon takes about six months to heal.

But that isn’t stopping Beck from suing the child and Little League Baseball for $500,000 in pain and suffering and another $100,000 in lost wages and medical bills.

What is the message here?

“He (Beck) is a good guy who was volunteering his time and now, he is in a wheelchair. Who’s the victim here?” asked Beck’s attorney Gene Goldman.

Beck or an overzealous 14-year old baseball player?

All parents and their kids who participate in youth sports are the victims.

The system is broken. This lawsuit will potentially set a dangerous precedent for all youth sports.

It is said kids will be kids and do stuff like this but does that make it right? No.

Does it make it right for Beck to sue this kid? No.

The true message of this unfortunate event will be lost in this litigation.

But who wins? Nobody.

Unless you ask Richard Sherman.

He’ll tell you and anybody else that will listen.

The silver lining? None.

Sadly, role models sometimes forget what is really important.

Professional or amateur.

Coleman is the editor of the Republican and can be contacted at