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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Sherman OK and entertaining Thursday

By Terry Blount

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said he's fine and ready to go, despite missing practice Wednesday with what was listed as a hip injury.

"I saw Peyton [Manning] got a day off, so I thought, ‘Man, where's my day off?'" Sherman said laughing. "Let's come up with something so I can rest, too. But I'm good. I just needed some rest."

Sherman was on his game as a resident quote machine during his weekly gathering with the media. He comes into the auditorium every Thursday to talk to reporters immediately after quarterback Russell Wilson talks.

Richard Sherman
"I don't want to be an island," Sherman said. "I want to be more of a tourist attraction. You stop here, I take your money and you go."
Wilson has a few clichés he says every week, so Sherman made fun of him when he was asked about how important it was to win Sunday before the bye week.

"We want to go 1 and 0 every week," Sherman said in a slow, robotic fashion. "I'm just messing with you guys. I'm trying to give you guys my Russell impression."

Sherman usually is in press coverage, one-on-one with the opponent's best receiver. If there's a safety blitz, he sometimes is left all alone to cover his man or get beat. In the NFL, it's called being on an island.

"I don't want to be an island," Sherman said. "I want to be more of a tourist attraction. You stop here, I take your money and you go."

He also asked which team he would rather see lose this weekend in the game between 7-2 New Orleans and 6-3 San Francisco.

"Could they both lose?" he joked. "To tell you the truth, I think it's a win-win for us either way. We have to do what we've got to do the rest of the season to make our dreams come true, anyway."

The Seahawks play the Saints on Dec. 2 in a "Monday Night Football" game in Seattle, then face the 49ers in San Francisco the following weekend.

"One of them has to lose," Sherman said of the game in New Orleans Sunday. "But if we take care of our business the rest of the season,  we'll be in a good spot."

In closing, Sherman was asked what he thinks about his school, Stanford, having a four-game winning streak against USC. The Cardinal will try to make it five in a row Saturday in Los Angeles.

"It used to be very lopsided in SC's favor," Sherman said. "With all due respect to my coach [Pete Carroll coached at USC before coming to the Seahawks in 2010], it has changed. Nerd Nation has taken over, and not a lot of people approve of that. But nerds rule, kids."