Richard Sherman has apparently inspired Americans across the country. Some have gone to the lengths of placing billboards trolling him, while others are using his trash talking tactics to back up their local government.
Portland city commissioner Steve Novick decided to take Sherman’s lead, and give The Oregonian newspaper a piece of his mind.
Novick released the following statement on his official website for the city of Portland:
The Oregonian has spent the past couple of weeks trash-talking the city council. They’ve written things like: “you have to wonder sometimes whether the Portland City Council actively pursues mediocrity…” They’ve had a “live chat” on “Does Portland deserve a better city council?” They’ve repeatedly crossed the line between criticism and contempt.
And so far, the members of the City Council have kept a dignified silence. But after watching Richard Sherman’s post-NFC championship game explosion the other day, I’ve decided, the hell with that. Let’s have some fun. If the Oregonian wants to trash-talk, let’s trash-talk. Let’s give the fans something to talk about. Because we can do it better than they can. We can out-trash-talk the Oregonian on the field, off the field, or in an alley.
You want to talk about mediocre? A paper that only delivers four times a week, now that’s mediocre. You want to question our commitment to jobs? Seriously? The paper that specializes in firing people – good people like Ryan White and Scott Learn – wants to talk about jobs?
We’re the best City Council in the league. And we’re not going to be bullied by some sorry Orange County right-wing publisher. We’ll be here after you’re gone, Mr. N. Christian Anderson III – after the Newhouse family wakes up and realizes that it’s economic idiocy to try to foist a Fox News paper on a progressive readership.
And don’t think for a minute that anything you write will have any influence on us at all. Lions don’t concern themselves with the opinions of sheep.
– Steve Novick
Dear Oregonian, you’ve been served. Somewhere, Erin Andrews is applauding Novick’s approach.
[Thanks to SB Nation for the hat tip]