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After tweeting trash talk to Brady, Sherman turns to Megatron

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Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted some trash talk at Tom Brady after beating the Patriots. Now Sherman has found a new target.

With the Seahawks preparing to play the Lions and Sherman preparing to cover Calvin Johnson, Sherman is tweaking Johnson’s “Megatron” nickname by referring to himself as “Optimus Prime.” Sherman’s Twitter account now lists his name as Optimus Prime, not Richard Sherman.

For those who aren’t into Transformers, Optimus Prime is the leader of the good-guy Autobots, while Megatron is the leader of the bad-guy Decepticons. Former Lions receiver Roy Williams gave Johnson the Megatron nickname shortly after the Lions drafted Johnson in 2007.

Although Sherman is doing something different on Twitter this week, he downplayed the significance of facing Johnson.

Same challenge as every week,” Sherman told the Seattle Times. “I don’t care who’s out there. It’s the league, boy, they’re going to have a good receiver out there every week where it’s Fitz [Larry Fitzgerald], Steve Smith, you’ve got Brandon Lloyd. No different.”

And Sherman talking trash on Twitter is the same as every week, too.

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82 Responses to “After tweeting trash talk to Brady, Sherman turns to Megatron”
  1. beedubyatoo says: Oct 25, 2012 11:52 AM

    If you have to give yourself a self-serving nickname, you’re beyond pathetic.

  2. boyshole25 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:53 AM

    Keep your mouth shut and play. Ps you look like predator not Optimus

  3. thraiderskin says: Oct 25, 2012 11:53 AM

    I don’t know if this guy is good or the product of a way-underrated pass rush. That is the probelm I have with Sherman, yes he has made some plays, but perhaps balls coming his way weren’t thrown as well due to the d-front’s pressure. Either way, he is starting to remind me of D-Hall.

  4. butterstone84 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:59 AM

    Thats awsome. if he didnt talk any smack and just quietly changed his name! good to see people still realizing they can have fun in football.

  5. niners816 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:59 AM

    Brady, Harbaugh and now Johnson…this dude is getting annoying quick. And I hope the Lions destroy the overrated Seahawks.

  6. cwhat32 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:59 AM

    Sherman can talk if he guards Megatron 1 on 1 with no safety help. We all saw in the first 4 games last year what happens when you take Megatron on that way. 8 TDs, 4 games.

    Unfortunately, there’s no reason for any team to have their safeties help elsewhere. Unless somebody else on the Lions can step up. Ryan Broyles, you’re up.

  7. stangz11 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:59 AM

    Not so bold prediction of the week: Calvin Johnson with 2 TDs and 175 yards receiving

  8. blueandsilver9 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:59 AM

    Hope CJ shuts him up.

    I wanna see some slants, curls, screens anything to get Calvin the ball early and often instead of these deep shots. God damn Linehan.

  9. hatesycophants says: Oct 25, 2012 11:59 AM

    Poking a bear (Lion) with a short stick. Not smart.

  10. dblockdedicated says: Oct 25, 2012 12:01 PM

    The Seahawks have a pretty badass defense. Underrated as well.

    But I seriously hope Megatron destroys Optimus Prime this weekend and sends him back to Cybertron.

    Johnson NEVER speaks or talks trash. He knows he is a beast and he lets his game speak for himself. Sherman looks like a buffoon trying to talk his game up. I hope Sherman gets annihilated.

  11. mack2x says: Oct 25, 2012 12:02 PM

    The days of letting your play do the talking are long gone.

  12. rufio1984 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:02 PM

    I’d like to see him go the whole game man to man. I see him needing help.

  13. kilowog77 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:05 PM

    What a copycat. Everyone knows the real optimus prime is Charles Tillman, people started calling him that after he dominated Calvin Johnson last year. Also it is pretty shameless to try and give yourself a nickname, especially one that is taken. I hope Johnson destroys Sherman.

  14. monsterscream says: Oct 25, 2012 12:06 PM

    Dear Richard –

    We’re tired of you.

    Signed,

    Everybody

  15. sinjin1696 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:06 PM

    Lol, at least Sherman’s entertaining! And so far this season he’s backed up his mouth pretty well…

  16. dstep24 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:06 PM

    Sherman has pretty much shut down everyone he’s faced this season.

    He also leads the league in passes defensed (11), and has 3 picks.

    At 6’3, 200lbs, this will be the biggest test of his short career, and a fun matchup to watch.

  17. 49erstim says: Oct 25, 2012 12:06 PM

    You’ve gotta love the trash talk. He should’ve backed it up verbally though…..and not for nothing but Megatron killed Optimus Prime in the movie…and I don’t mean that sham that Bay called Transformers. :-)

  18. pftbad says: Oct 25, 2012 12:06 PM

    Looks like someone figured out the more you talk the more coverage you get. Media will always go with the easy story. Just what the league needs, another obnoxious loudmouth. Be sure to report everything this idiot has to say.

  19. goldrush36 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:08 PM

    Not a fan of Detroit in the least but I love watching Megatron put in work. Hope he drops a deuce and 3 tds on these arrogant chumps so their fans can make all their usual excuses. Last week many guaranteed their “far superior” D would steamroll the 49ers. I guess holding Gore to 8 ypc is considered great these days. Just another day at the office huh Sherman? Better hope Thomas has your back because I’ve seen Megatron beat triple and even quadruple coverage on several occasions to find the endzone and he’s about due for a breakout

  20. damnsureis says: Oct 25, 2012 12:12 PM

    Pretty original. Especially coming two days after my facebook feed was covered with comments and pictures calling Charles Tillman Optimus Prime after he shut down Calving Johnson on Monday night.

  21. ijahru says: Oct 25, 2012 12:13 PM

    Lets see how good he is when the refs start calling holding and illegal contact on him.

  22. pdillon1 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:15 PM

    Sorry Richard, I think Charles Peanut Tillman has already taken that title. You can not and will not do a better job on Megatron than him. Nice try though.

  23. tshirttom says: Oct 25, 2012 12:16 PM

    Stafford and Megatron will go off this week and make this guy look foolish.

  24. tjacks7 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:18 PM

    I hope Sherman doesn’t get any safety help. Leave him on the island and let’s see what happens.

  25. jimmylions says: Oct 25, 2012 12:20 PM

    I still don’t get it — so Optimus Prime looks like a Geo Metro, but turns into a fighting robot?

    Football has become so complicated.

  26. tombradyallday says: Oct 25, 2012 12:21 PM

    Sherman from the nutty professor just lost a division game. Good job mr klump

  27. kylexitron says: Oct 25, 2012 12:23 PM

    Where is the actual trash talk? I don’t see him putting Calvin down at all. Just a guy enjoying his job. Go media.

  28. waxthat says: Oct 25, 2012 12:25 PM

    Classless, just like his head coach.

    Pete Carrol takes all of Jim Harbaugh’s sloppy seconds.

    Baldwin
    Sherman
    Edwards

    The list goes on…

  29. JaminJake says: Oct 25, 2012 12:31 PM

    Great players don’t talk, they do. Sherman needs to realize he’s toying with the most physically gifted receiver since Randy Moss and that it might not be good to egg him on.

  30. offthelows says: Oct 25, 2012 12:32 PM

    I’m not sure Optimus Prime equates to “trash talking”, it’s a reflection of the matchup. Every week the CB facing Megatron is Optimus Prime so to speak

  31. bovice23 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:34 PM

    I look forward to Calvin and Percy embarrassing this guy the next couple weeks.

  32. granadafan says: Oct 25, 2012 12:42 PM

    He sounds like a loud mouth, but he’s having fun. We’re too used to players and coaches giving us the cliched and PC answers so as to not become bulletin board material or endure the wrath of “outraged” fans and media. As long as he can back up his talk, unlike a certain Rex Ryan, then let him have some fun with other players.

    PS, I hate the Seachickens.

  33. dadawg77 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:42 PM

    As a Bears fan Tillman is prime but would love to see Johnson shut out and the Lions lose another one.

  34. rickthefactor says: Oct 25, 2012 12:43 PM

    Professor Sherman needs to calm down and realize he’s not even that good as a corner back. He’s not even the best DB on their team. Just keep holding onto the wr’s you cover buddy.

  35. billsfan1 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:44 PM

    This is why I prefer hockey.. At some point, you know these two would have to fight.

    As far as that goes, im pretty sure nappy assed Richard Sherman would get his head curb stomped…

  36. ocdn says: Oct 25, 2012 12:44 PM

    Sherman already has double team coverage on CJ…………..himself and Linehan.

  37. homelanddefense says: Oct 25, 2012 12:46 PM

    Im sick of this guy already. He is a nice young player, but he needs a large dose of humility.

  38. brokentreehousemusic says: Oct 25, 2012 12:49 PM

    Take Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas off the field for a series and let’s see what Sherman is made of.

  39. ProDolphinsTalk says: Oct 25, 2012 12:49 PM

    Will he change his name to Starscream when Megatron slaps him around all day? Get real Sherman. I guarantee you that when lined up across from Calvin Johnson with no safety help you would get beat 50 out of 50 times.

  40. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 25, 2012 12:54 PM

    Optimus Prime fights for the good guys, but there have been occasional episodes where he ends up getting killed in an epic way. Careful what you ask for!

  41. olympiacham says: Oct 25, 2012 1:00 PM

    Wow?! Reading these comments it seems like most of you love the ‘no fun league’ and if someone wants to have some fun you bash him. Also pretty sure the best corner of all time was Neon Deon Sanders. And he never ran his mouth did he? Also guessing most of you didn’t know who he was until the Patriot game.

  42. blackfootkiller says: Oct 25, 2012 1:01 PM

    I like the cut of his jib…
    And for all of you who have probably never seen him play…
    He does back it up…

  43. wtfchiefs says: Oct 25, 2012 1:08 PM

    Did he say Fitzgerald and Lloyd are no different?

    I’m pretty sure they are a lot different…

  44. dgforreal says: Oct 25, 2012 1:18 PM

    One shall stand, one shall fall.

  45. lifetimeskinsfan739 says: Oct 25, 2012 1:19 PM

    This is just entertaining. If you’re bothered that much by other peoples confidence then you are the pathetic one.

  46. m3dman3 says: Oct 25, 2012 1:20 PM

    Demaryius Thomas already has been given the nickname Optimus Prime… So pick another nickname Mr. Sherman.

  47. scotchrocks says: Oct 25, 2012 1:22 PM

    Never heard of the guy. So maybe Johnson pulls an Arian Foster and asks him his name and to turnaround so he can read it.

  48. rufusporter says: Oct 25, 2012 1:26 PM

    Love Richard Sherman. The man believes in himself and never backs down. He sets himself up to look silly with these comments every week but so far has backed it up. Should be a good battle in Detroit.

  49. jprcox says: Oct 25, 2012 1:32 PM

    Sherman is one of, if not the, best CB’s in the game. C. Johnson is one of, if not the, best WR in the game. People need to relax if the players want to talk a little trash. I hate that the NFL is becoming a wussy game that everything not straight laced is a problem.

    This is all in fun – as these guys are probably friends.

  50. jwreck says: Oct 25, 2012 1:35 PM

    Dear Richard –

    We’re tired of you.

    Signed,

    Everybody
    ______
    Don’t agree, but I see where you’re coming from, and it is kind of weird that an up-and-coming young star in the league seems so interested in alienating the public and developing a DeAngelo Hall persona. On that note however-
    _______
    hraiderskin says: Oct 25, 2012 11:53 AM

    …he is starting to remind me of D-Hall.
    _____
    As I said above, they may have similar personality traits, but that’s where the resemblance ends. Sherman is very good tackler for a speedy cornerback, whereas Deangelo Hall always looks like he’s trying to bring his receivers down with a relaxing back rub. I don’t understand how a man can play football his entire life but still have worse tackling form than most of the players on my old pee-wee team.

  51. seahawkfan4evr says: Oct 25, 2012 1:43 PM

    freakin love it. Dude plays great against the top recievers and shuts them down three picks on the season. should have another one after this week.

    BRING IT ON LIONS

  52. aljack88 says: Oct 25, 2012 1:51 PM

    olympiacham says:
    Oct 25, 2012 1:00 PM
    …. Also pretty sure the best corner of all time was Neon Deon Sanders…..

    ———————————————————

    Couldn’t tackle for beans. Certainly not the “best of all time”.

  53. rpiotr01 says: Oct 25, 2012 1:52 PM

    He’s quickly gone from underrated break-out player to obnoxious SOB just ripe for a bruising.

  54. gbpackets says: Oct 25, 2012 1:53 PM

    Can’t wait til Calvin lights this guy up, and that’s coming from a Packers fan. Clown.

  55. allday38 says: Oct 25, 2012 1:57 PM

    Look at the “finally relevant again” 49er fans chiming in. Stop with the hate. How many passes did your WR’s get against Sherm? Not many huh! Go back to becoming the Santa Clara 49ers and find something else to whine about this week with your coach. Never heard so many complaints out of a 1st place team or their fans. We get it, you haven’t been good since 1995 and have forgotten how to win with class, it’s okay. Keep riding your hopes on Alex Smith and worry about your own team. Sherman is just having fun. Something not allowed by your team judging by that godawful smug look on your coaches face all the time.

  56. larryboodry says: Oct 25, 2012 1:58 PM

    Okay, so he’s not the most original ‘Optimus Prime’ CB in the league – Charles Tillman EARNED the nickname first – but I wouldn’t mind seeing him back it up this week.

  57. jeffsnow7 says: Oct 25, 2012 1:59 PM

    At least his nickname isnt peanut and isnt protected by a cover 2 shell…

    I like the new nickname and if he does well then he should keep it Those two will be going at it all night.

    This will be a big test for Megatron, Sherman will definitely bring it. Lets See how CJ81 responds…

    Go Lions!!!

  58. thefirstweaponofchoice says: Oct 25, 2012 2:02 PM

    Still doubt Sherman?… Watch the game Sunday. He is the best shut down corner in the league. So much that even Jimmy harbaugh has to bitch about how Sherman manhandled San Fran’s wideouts.

  59. hawkforlife says: Oct 25, 2012 2:02 PM

    “Same challenge as every week,” Sherman told the Seattle Times. “I don’t care who’s out there. It’s the league, boy, they’re going to have a good receiver out there every week where it’s Fitz [Larry Fitzgerald], Steve Smith, you’ve got Brandon Lloyd. No different.”

    I fail to see where the trash talk is. Looks to me like he called these guys GOOD and related that to Johnson. Is that an insult now?

  60. thefirstweaponofchoice says: Oct 25, 2012 2:06 PM

    He…. He… Pushed them, and threw them off their routes… It’s not fair… Did you see that?… That was almost five yards……. Red flag.

  61. cmutimmah says: Oct 25, 2012 2:07 PM

    With double safety help over the top the entire game, can we even say that the Shermanator is the reason that Calvin has a bad game, if in fact he does?

    It’s like a linebacker saying they’re going to shut down a running back and then having 2 safeties in the box on every play…

  62. itsthemelman82 says: Oct 25, 2012 2:10 PM

    So basically, players can’t have personality? Every athlete has to be vanilla and blow smoke up the opponents butt about how great they are… Some of you guys are A) full of it or B) never actually played a sport or competed in anything. Get over yourselves and stop being so bland.

    With that said, Sherm… you’re not OP! Peanut Tillman has been dubbed that in Chicago

    BEARS!!!

  63. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 25, 2012 2:12 PM

    Richard Sherman is starting to get as annoying as a Niners fan.

    Has anyone even heard of this guy before his thing with Brady?

    Messin’ with the wrong guy Sherman. Hope Calvin embarrasses you.

  64. mathomp3 says: Oct 25, 2012 2:20 PM

    I just really can’t believe that this was news worthy…. the guy hasn’t said anything about CJ, just changed his name on twitter….

    And for those of you saying Sherman sucks because you have never heard of him…that’s on you, the kid can play and is likely on his way to the Pro Bowl…unless Rodger gets rid of it….

  65. jlv3gem says: Oct 25, 2012 2:43 PM

    stangz11 says:
    Oct 25, 2012 11:59 AM
    Not so bold prediction of the week: Calvin Johnson with 2 TDs and 175 yards receiving

    ———

    I hope you’re right. I need a game from him this week so I can get a W

  66. tjh9985 says: Oct 25, 2012 2:57 PM

    How is this even “trash talking”? He changed his name on twitter as a joke…

  67. tjh9985 says: Oct 25, 2012 3:02 PM

    @niners816 If the Seahawks, who would have beat you if not for the dropped passes, are overrated, what does that make the 9ers?

  68. bearsoxass says: Oct 25, 2012 3:08 PM

    Just shut up! You and your lucky team.

  69. bobhk says: Oct 25, 2012 3:22 PM

    @tjh9985 says:
    Oct 25, 2012 3:02 PM
    @niners816 If the Seahawks, who would have beat you if not for the dropped passes, are overrated, what does that make the 9ers?

    ——

    If Sherman had not mugged the niners receiver on practically every passing play this would have been more like 40-7 in favor of the niners.

    Sherman and Baldwin come across as classless jerks for criticizing their college coach. They may not have had a chance without him.

    This whole seattle act (along with the moron Carroll) is wearing thin. At least win something of value before woofing.

    I liked Seattle a lot more when Holmgren was there. At least they won and Holmgren was an accomplished coach and a winner.

  70. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 25, 2012 3:26 PM

    aljack88 says: Oct 25, 2012 1:51 PM

    olympiacham says:
    Oct 25, 2012 1:00 PM
    …. Also pretty sure the best corner of all time was Neon Deon Sanders…..

    ———————————————————

    Couldn’t tackle for beans. Certainly not the “best of all time”.
    ————

    Watch film (since you obviously aren’t old enough to have watched him live with your own eyes and see otherwise). There’s a difference between “couldn’t” and “chose not to”, as a business decision.

    If all your thoughts are the product of some jealous talking head on ESPN or NFLN, your “opinion” is just a regurgitation of the nonsense that they have parroted for over a decade now.

  71. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 25, 2012 3:31 PM

    monsterscream says: Oct 25, 2012 12:06 PM

    Dear Richard –

    We’re tired of you.

    Signed,

    Everybody
    ————-

    Speak for yourself.

  72. jeffchadwick says: Oct 25, 2012 3:44 PM

    I stopped when I read someone post that Deion Sanders was the best corner of all time. Early entry for dumbest post of the season so far.

  73. hendeeze says: Oct 25, 2012 3:47 PM

    @tjh9985 the Niners were to dominating the run with a 8.2 yard per rush avg on the #1 rush dline in the league. It’s no wonder Sherman wasn’t contested when you could dive and trap up the middle all game. But don’t take my word for it. You can look at Gore’s stats, and the big W as proof.

  74. beastmode5150 says: Oct 25, 2012 4:42 PM

    He backs it up haters, sorry to break it to ya.

  75. szwhtsup123 says: Oct 25, 2012 4:46 PM

    I don’t know who this Optimumonline thinks he is, but I can’t believe Brady took that trash from him. Brady’s won 3 rings a few MVP’s – this guy hasn’t won anything but an ugly contest. When you win something then you’ve earned the right to talk trash. Till then you’re just a big mouth that will get shut soon enough!

  76. trollhammer20 says: Oct 25, 2012 4:46 PM

    Know what makes me the angriest about Richard Sherman?

    When I go the Seahawks’ official online store, or to the Nike jersey store, I can’t order a replica jersey with his name and number, outside paying $250 for an official custom job.

    Football is entertainment, and right now, Sherman is one of the most entertaining players in the league. Just look at all the comments he generates on boards like this one. Seems people either love him, or love to hate on him.

    Shut down Johnson this weekend, and even some of the haters may have to think long and hard when they go to cast their Pro Bowl ballots.

  77. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 25, 2012 4:49 PM

    Sherman’s legit. As evident by all the haters on this post. And the way this league favors offensive players, of course CJ should have a good game. The best receivers in this league will beat the best corners in this league 9 out of 10 times. It doesn’t mean that Sherman or any other corner should back down. He’s having some fun, good on him.

  78. goldrush36 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:16 PM

    allday38 says: Oct 25, 2012 1:57 PM

    Look at the “finally relevant again” 49er fans chiming in. Stop with the hate. How many passes did your WR’s get against Sherm? Not many huh! Go back to becoming the Santa Clara 49ers and find something else to whine about this week with your coach. Never heard so many complaints out of a 1st place team or their fans. We get it, you haven’t been good since 1995 and have forgotten how to win with class, it’s okay. Keep riding your hopes on Alex Smith and worry about your own team. Sherman is just having fun. Something not allowed by your team judging by that godawful smug look on your coaches face all the time.
    ________________________________________
    As opposed to never relevant at all Seahawks? Yeah just go ahead and hold on to those 5 or 6 seasons of winning football. Sherman is a damn good corner, but take away all the holding and shoving downfield and he is just above average. Funny thing is EVERY team they have played has mentioned their corners getting away with a lot. Then your counter is “most penalized team in the league” Well…….. since the regular officials have returned… they are the least penalized so try another excuse folks

  79. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:24 PM

    Seahawks have been to a Super Bowl since San Francisco last did nearly TWENTY years ago. I wouldn’t go there if I were you.

  80. goldrush36 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:41 PM

    Must’ve missed the part where they won it huh Mr Wright? Certainly didn’t miss the ref excuses though

  81. fwbrodie says: Oct 25, 2012 10:17 PM

    Richard Sherman is the best corner in the NFL.

  82. droop says: Oct 25, 2012 10:35 PM

    Tweety Bird better watch it before Sylvester the Lion eats him alive

    getting TOO comfortable in its cage

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