Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin was more than a little fired up after the Seahawks' victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game.
And rightfully so. His 35-yard catch of a Russell Wilson pass on third down in overtime was a key part of the remarkable comeback that allowed the Seahawks to advance to the Super Bowl for a second straight year.
Here he is immediately after the game with Jermaine Kearse, who was at a loss for words after making the game-winning catch:
And here he is, still on the field in another postgame interview, calling out NFL Network's Deion Sanders:
See a theme developing here?
And Baldwin wasn't finished ripping the non-believers. Not even close. He went on an angry, animated, yelling rant toward the gathered media. He started by saying: "Are you ready for this?" Baldwin screamed outside the team's locker room, per ESPN.com. "Are you? How many of you ... doubted us? How many of you doubted us when we were 3-3? Y'all, I want you to write this down. Write this down, OK? "
The rest was captured on video:
I'd like to take a moment to address a few of Baldwin's points. When the defending Super Bowl champs are 3-3 after a loss to a St. Louis Rams team that entered the game at 1-4, that's a story.
When the Seahawks were 6-4, they were still three games behind the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West. And that just happened to be when Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was lost for the season to injury ... and weeks before backup Drew Stanton suffered the same fate.
And trailing 16-0 at halftime to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers with the way the Seahawks had played in the first half on Sunday? Sorry, dude, but in all those cases it doesn't seem completely unreasonable to think the champs were in at least some danger of missing the Super Bowl.
Seriously, it's nothing personal. Oh, wait, Baldwin doesn't care what anyone thinks about the Seahawks.
Or so he said ... which is kind of odd for a guy who spent a lot of time yelling at people about what they thought about the Seahawks.