Thoughts On Media DayJanuary 30th, 2013
Tuesday at Super Bowl Media Day, Joe hustled all day for interviews and photos. Hopefully, they’ll keep you both informed and entertained in the coming days.
Some thoughts on Media Day as Joe is wrapping up an 18-hour day in the Big Easy, with only two beers consumed.
There was a record of over 5,000 media members credentialed. But for some reason, it seemed much more subdued than years past. No dancers, no would-be brides proposing to quarterbacks, no belly dancers, scant superheroes.
And Joe heard Ray Lewis hollering about something.
But there was an abundance of scantily-clad Latina reporters working for Spanish-language networks. Bless their hearts.
That noted, of all the women at Media Day, Joe can state without hesitation that the most beautiful woman was Molly Qerim of NFL Network. A stunning woman.
OK, since you asked, Joe will rate the top six.
An unknown reporter from a Spanish-speaking network.
Allie LaForce of CBS Sports.
Melissa Stark of NFL Network.
Ines Sainz of TV Azteca.
Again, the scene was subdued, and the second session, with the Ravens, was less populated by the Fourth Estate. Joe wonders if the laid back atmosphere had something to do with Bourbon Street?
To set the scene, each team selects about a dozen players, including the head coach, who have their own podiums, surrounded by fencing and often dozens if not hundreds of reporters. The rest of the team mingles with the press, almost like guys in college trolling bars for the evening’s conquest. It’s a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.
Joe tried to speak to 49ers tackle Anthony Davis about Greg Schiano since Davis played for Schiano at Rutgers. It sure seemed like there may be frayed nerves between the two. When Joe asked Davis if he would be the success he became without playing for Schiano, he replied, “Yes.” Then, Joe asked him three questions about Schiano and David replied either “I’m not talking about Schiano,” or “I’m not answering any questions about Schiano.”
Two odd answers Joe overheard from players (not knowing what the questions were):
“We have a mens locker room.”
“This isn’t tennis. I don’t play tennis, I play football.”
Mostly, the players are really cool with reporters as they are still giddy from winning their respective conference title games. Media Day is often the time when it finally dawns on players that, yes, they are playing in the Super Bowl.
Of course, the prettier the reporter is, the more likely players will do something odd, though 49ers tight end Brian Jennings was teaching Mo Rocca of the Cooking Channel how to do pushups.
No, Joe doesn’t know why.
Photos coming later this morning.