Best Twitter Reactions to Richard Sherman's Performance in Super Bowl XLVIII

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Best Twitter Reactions to Richard Sherman's Performance in Super Bowl XLVIII
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Before Super Bowl XLVIII’s first snap went sailing past a bewildered Peyton Manning, Richard Sherman threatened to break the Internet.

His post-game rant to Erin Andrews after the NFC Championship logged millions of views on YouTube, filled two weeks of TV time and spawned some wonderful parodies.

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If you still had no idea who Sherman was after all of that, the Internet had the lowdown leading up to kickoff.

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As the hours of pregame coverage wore on, Twitter kept a close eye on Sherman.

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With all of the kerfuffle surrounding Sherman’s presence in the big game, it should not have come as a surprise that his name was rarely called throughout the game.

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Tweeters were left to account the more banal moments of the Sherman experience.

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Play with Photoshop.

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Or make critical post-Edwardian comparisons.

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But then, with two minutes gone by in the third quarter and Seattle ahead 29-0, Peyton Manning finally directed a pass Sherman’s way!

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Two plays later Sherman actually surrendered a completion.

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Seattle fans held their collective breath when Broncos tackle Chris Clark bowled Sherman over, causing him to stay on the turf momentarily. But all was well.

Even the British media understood the shellacking that was taking place on America’s biggest stage.

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Early on in the fourth quarter, Sherman injured his ankle for real. If people were polarized about him before this play, this took it to a new level.

His haters rejoiced, reveling somewhat disturbingly in the notion that Sherman "had it coming."

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His defenders defended.

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And snarkers got snarky to great comedic effect.

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Sadly, it was the end of the Richard Sherman Super Bowl Experience.

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And Twitter was devastated.

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Though some saw the glass half full.

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The Super Bowl never really got started. In fact many people, including myself, are still waiting for kickoff. But Sherman and Seattle earned the Lombardi Trophy, meaningless Broncos records aside.

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Some people were apparently watching a different game.

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Those fearing a post-game press conference without the injured Sherman were given a real treat.

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Though it wasn’t vintage Sherman.

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If the haters were wondering how Sherman decided to celebrate, comedian Hannibal Buress had the lowdown on his whereabouts.

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This happened.

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The display of class continued the morning after, on both sides of the ball.

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And from the man himself.

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But he had to let a little gamesmanship out.

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And numbers don’t lie.

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But the NFL is a business and money never sleeps. Less than 24 hours after winning Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle is already having their quest to repeat put under a microscope.

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Regardless of how the offseason unfolds, we will always have this Sherman memory courtesy of SB Nation.

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