Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Calvillo shows Richard Sherman how it's done

    On a day when Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman was still being discussed and in some cases celebrated for his obnoxious tirade on live television,  Anthony Calvillo provided a welcome contrast in professional decorum at a news conference announcing his retirement from pro football.
   A lot of tears were shed among Calvillo and the other Alouettes VIPs in attendance, but it was appropriate emotion, unlike Sherman's childish  outburst at the end of the NFC Championship game.   The notion of Sherman's trash talk being a welcome break from the usual athlete cliches doesn't hold up to scrutiny, either in the big picture or in specific comparison to Calvillo.   During a 20 year CFL career, Calvillo rarely - if ever - resorted to cliches.  He's too thoughtful and passionate to be intellectually lazy, and his strength of character precludes him from losing his composure to anger or spite.
   It's easy to be an uncouth punk.   Staying on the high road is hard work.   For honour, dignity and unfailing professionalism,  Anthony Calvillo is in the same class as Jean Beliveau, and that's an infinitely higher class than the Richard Shermans of this world.  

1 comment:

  1. I don't believe Passion, and emotion should be described as classless. I'm not taing anything away from Calvillo's retirement, but to keep going on about Richard herman when to me he showed true raw emotion, where it was supposed to be, just seems dumb. I don't want to watch a guy play a brutal game, then come off and be like, good show lads. They say whoever wants i more will win the game. Sherman proved he wanted it more, for the same reasons I like Heavy Metal for it's aggression, I like Sherman for his passion and Realism. Also note he was only shouting, he didn't throw out any profanities. And be honest if it had been Tom Brady you probably would have celebrated it as well.