Football could benefit from some Harry Potter-style spells and jinxes.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman brought a little Potter magic to Wednesday's team press conference, sporting a Gryffindor robe and school tie, along with a magic wand and Potter-style glasses. He stepped up to the podium to the tinkling notes of the Harry Potter theme song.
It wasn't simply a Halloween costume for Sherman. He knew his stuff.
When asked what was tougher -- Sunday's slugfest with the Arizona Cardinals or Harry's favorite sport -- Sherman again proved he was no wizarding novice. The man knows his Quidditch rules.
"Five quarters of football is pretty tough, but Quidditch -- the beaters, the chasers, trying to find the golden snitch, things like that -- that's tough," Sherman said. Still, he acknowledged a five-quarter football game was probably a little harder.
Sherman also identified "Order of the Phoenix" as his favorite Potter book.
Sherman's fandom didn't go unnoticed by Potter author J.K. Rowling, a Brit for whom "football" is a completely different sport altogether. Someone on the Seahawks' PR staff, quick, get her a "12" jersey.
Hawks fans hope the Potter magic lingers till Sunday, the day before Halloween, when the 4-1-1 Seahawks take on the 2-4 New Orleans Saints in the Superdome. Maybe Sherman can lend some of his magic to quarterback Russell Wilson and use a Confundus charm on the Saints' defense.