[Los Angeles Times]

For more than three hours Sunday, millions of Americans joyfully cheered a football game whose players are paid to be angry and callous.

But then, moments afterward, America was offended when one of those players spewed anger and callousness?

The national vilifying of the Seattle Seahawks‘ Richard Sherman for his taunting televised postgame remarks Sunday after the Seahawks’ 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game cuts to the heart of sports hypocrisy.

Everyone wants to watch their heroes make incredible plays under pressure, but few can stomach the depths of the emotion required to make those plays. After cornerback Sherman literally single-handedly sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl by tipping a pass away from San Francisco’s Michael Crabtree in the end zone, he plumbed those depths.

“I’m the best corner in the game,” Sherman screamed at Fox Sports interviewer Erin Andrews as a stadium rocked around him in celebration. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like [Michael] Crabtree, that’s the result you’re gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me.”

When Andrews asked who was talking about Sherman, he shouted, “Crabtree!” and then added, “Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”