It was football. It was a game. The aftermath was just part of football, said Kevin Sherman.

The much more subdued father of the flamboyant Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is taking his son's post-game antics in stride.

It's been two days since the Seahawks clinched the NFC Championship and the biggest take away from that game, aside from Richard Sherman's tip in the endzone that led to the game-clinching interception, is that Sherman has no love for 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.

That's putting it mildly.

Coach Pete Carroll pulled Sherman aside Monday and told him his sideshow was overshadowing the fact that the Seahawks were headed to the Super Bowl for on the second time in franchise history.

He was really clear that the last thing he wanted to do was take something away from our team, what we had accomplished, said Carroll.

Sherman penned a piece in Sports Illustrated filling the rest of us in on the back story between them. He said there was an incident at a charity golf tournament over the summer where Crabtree, according to Sherman's older brother Branton, tried to start a fight with Sherman.

Strike one.

Asked last week whether he thought Sherman was the best cornerback in the league, Crabtree said, I don't think so.

Strike two.

After Seattle sealed the deal on the field and Sherman said he walked up to Crabtree and said, Good game, good game. He extended his hand to shake Crabtree's and Crabtree shoved him in the facemask.

Strike three.

Sherman said he was just done and his adrenaline and anger took over. That said, Sherman is not sorry, or doesn't appear to be. In fact, his football coach at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif. said Sherman loves the attention.

When he's getting attention, now you have to interview him. And now you see how intelligent he is. Now you understand the method to his madness, said coach Keith Donerson.

What that method is, nobody but Sherman knows. Look for him to take a few days away from the camera but you can bet it won't be the last you hear from Richard Sherman before the Super Bowl.

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