My first Super Bowl Media Day came on familiar territory. I was in Glendale, Ariz., just four weeks ago for the Fiesta Bowl. University of Phoenix Stadium looks rather different now. Oh, the stadium seems the same, but the grounds have been transformed. The entire stadium grounds are fenced off, and the northern parking lot has been transformed into a virtual amusement park, including a Ferris wheel. I suspect this place will be nuts come Sunday.
Inside the stadium definitely was nuts Tuesday. Media Day has become more a media carnival than actual interview session. Here’s what I saw.
* The star of the show, without a doubt, was the girl from Mexico City who came prepared to coax a proposal from Tom Brady. She wore a mini-skirt wedding dress, with red high heels. Her camera crew was in tow. I’m told she went after Eli Manning, too, but I can’t personally vouch for that.
What’s she doing at the Super Bowl? At Media Day? Helping create the circus. The NFL loves this kind of stuff. Loves turning the Super Bowl into something much much more than a football game.
* Some blond gal from The Tonight Show — sorry, Jay Leno, I’m not a regular watcher — went around interviewing people asking silly questions. She chased Bill Belichick, who was very cordial and cooperative with mainstream sportswriters but didn’t seem in the mood for nonsense, so it’s a good thing she missed him. She also got the brushoff from Tedy Bruschi, the New England linebacker who in real life is not an imposing physical specimen. Bruschi just kept on walking to his station and didn’t stop for silliness. At one point, the bimbo did what most carnival acts do at Media day. Interview each other. She and Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier stuck microphones in each other’s faces and asked and answered questions.
The only question was, who was more made up? Frazier, before going on camera, got a makeshift makeover from a makeup artist, standing in the middle of 300 players and media members.
* The international press corps was well represented. A record 4,786 media credentials were issued for the game, and it wouldn’t surprise me if 1,000 were from outside the US of A. I knew this day was going to be different when, 10 minutes before the Patriots arrived, I went to Wes Welker’s station, and a TV crew from Denmark already was there. Amazing.
The internationals’ favorite topic is soccer. They love to talk soccer with any football player willing to address the subject. That doesn’t work with Michael Strahan, but someone like Welker, amiable and who grew up playing soccer in Oklahoma City, well, they were right at home. And Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes? Oh my lord. Tynes lived in Scotland until he was 10, so he was surrounded by people from the BBC and all over Europe. Talking soccer. It would drive you nuts.
* The most popular player, of course, was Brady, but Randy Moss and Eli Manning were bombarded, too. Some players were sat on small podiums with microphones and speakers. Up in the stands, chatting with writers, New England owner Robert Kraft stopped himself and said, “Randy Moss can really let it fly. I’m hearing his whole interview.”
Message Sent Successfully
Be Sure to Check Out Our Top Headlines
- 14862OKC Thunder: Thunder trio praise fans before potential departures
- 11951Oklahoma State football: Todd Monken thinks Wes Lunt should've stayed in Stillwater
- 8347Oklahoma medical examiner reports cause of deaths in Grand Lake boat crash
- 6661Oklahoma football: Sooners get pair of commitments
- 6166Soaring gasoline prices hurt Oklahoma City area retailers
- 5685Student shot dead during botched home invasion
- 4422Oklahoma City Thunder: Amnesty Kendrick Perkins?
- 4121Rockets guard Patrick Beverley bombarded with hateful Tweets after Thunder get eliminated
- 4098'Hatchet hitchhiker' arrested after attorney found dead
- 4034Report: OSU blocking Wes Lunt from transferring to the SEC, Big 12 and Southern Miss
Back to share with a friend form.
Add More Recipients