Thanks to John McCain, Richard Sherman suddenly finds himself in good company

Richard Sherman has taken a lot of flak for his post-game interview with Erin Andrews. But with the conversation beginning to shift from “class” (specifically, lack thereof) to “race” (specifically, ism thereof), and with the revelation that Erin Andrews couldn’t be happier with how her interview turned out (and with it becoming ever more clear that it was not entirely unforseeable), Sherman’s fortunes just might be beginning to change for the better. Communications masterstroke, indeed.

There came no better indication of the shifting winds than earlier this afternoon, when John McCain was asked for his thoughts on the Super Bowl:

“I think Denver [will win],” McCain said Tuesday during a radio interview with Phoenix’s KFYI.

“You know, everybody is such a [Peyton] Manning fan and that loudmouth from Seattle sort of epitomizes the Seattle team to me, but I’m sure I’m going get in trouble for that one, too,” the Republican senator said.

Presumably, that loudmouth is Richard Sherman, though that Senator might just as easily be referring to the 12th Man.

Anyway, wonderful reason to root for the Broncos. Of course, everybody is a Manning fan (for the record, just one slot ahead of Russell ‘the man’ Wilson in jersey sales), and of course Richard Sherman is perfectly representative of his teammates. Go Broncos.

That’s fine; rooting interests don’t have to be rational, and I don’t expect John McCain will be alone on Super Bowl Sunday for many of these very reasons. But I do want to take this opportunity to note a burgeoning trend. This isn’t the first time John McCain has stuck up for winning the right way.

Here’s what he had to say after Barack Obama dared to take credit for the mission that took out Osama Bin Laden:

“The thing about heroes,” he told Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly, “they don’t brag.”

Richard Sherman, Barack Obama – I’m starting to notice a pattern. Let’s see if you can figure it out:

BO:LOB::OBL:49ers

Two observations here. One, the 49ers ruin everything. Two – even more interesting than putting SF in the same category as an evil terrorist – John McCain seems to have a thing for sticking up on behalf of second place. I wonder why.

Let’s just hope the trend continues on February 2nd.

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