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Our shuttle bus packed with reporters is stuck in a traffic jam on the way to Super Bowl media day. The writers are getting restless.
Hundreds of reporters circled around the spot where Tom Brady is expected to stand at some point.
This guy calls himself Pick Boy, the newest Super hero, and says the Patriots and Giants insisted he come to #SuperBowlXLVI media day
This never gets old for Tom Brady. He walked out with a tiny camera snapping photos saying "I'm preparing like this is my first Super Bowl"
Gronkowski to an Extra reporter who said that she must wear a Giants bikini if the Pats lose - "well one good thing would come from a loss
Brady doesn't listen to much Madonna but he hopes she will play Vogue at #superbowl2012
Eli Manning: "It's always been a great goal of mine to play at Peyton's level". Colts fans in crowd errupted in cheers
Nickleodeon asks Eli Manning: "if you win, will you finally get the top bunk from Peyton?"
Patriots running back Benjarvus Green-Ellis says he will wear a special chin strap with his helmet in the Super Bowl that registers the amount of impact from a hit, advancing concussion research.
"I’m really wearing it just to improve the awareness for parents and things like that... You can get hit and you see your child out there, you don’t really know what’s really going on, but if you can see the light is blinking than you can have a coach or somebody check them out."
Even ready to pounce with my convenient little iPhone camera, I couldn’t capture every memorable little moment from media day. So I thought I would blog about a few more lasting impressions.
The number of times I was elbowed by another reporter today was nullified by the even higher number of lovely people from Indianapolis who told me to “have a Super day”. Really helpful and friendly everywhere.
The biggest non-athlete interviews of the day seemed to be:
- Spanish television reporter Inez Sainz of Azteca Deportes
- a Fox personality dressed as a dragon man
- a long-haired fan dressed in a Tom Brady uniform
- a guy from VH1 in vintage football gear, including a leatherhead
- a Nickelodeon personality wearing a super hero costume, tossing footballs to players
I totally adored the foreign press who went to great lengths to get “shout-outs” from the players. One journalist requested that Tom Brady proclaim into the camera, addressing a television host back in Japan, “hurry up and get to the Super Bowl, Audrey”. A German TV crew was asking any New York Giant they could grab to bellow out “Hey there Germany, enjoy the Super Bowl!”
Reporters with whom I chatted today have all been praising this as one of the best-organized Super Bowl weeks they have every covered. The setup of the media centre and the attendance at events in the street has everyone very impressed. Some spotty internet service late today had many journalists grumbling, but the media so far early in the week seems mostly without complaint.
I have shaken the bits of field turf from Lucas Oil Stadium out of my shoes, and I’m headed out into the streets in search of some more photos now. More soon.
#Superbowl2012 volunteer tells us #Indianapolis used to be so lifeless they'd have pigeon-shooting contests downtown with real shotguns
Common way of thinking here in #Indianapolis: We didn't steal the Colts from Baltimore. We just moved them late at night.
Matt Light has fun with reporters questioning about his illness - coughing on microphones, saying he was quarantined in a hamster bubble
Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light resurfaced today after missing media availabilities on Monday as well as Tuesday’s media day. The veteran player playfully dodged reporters firing in very serious questions about the nature of the illness he has been suffering over the last few days. Sipping coffee and bantering in the gregarious way for which he’s known, he coughed on reporters' mikes saying “oh, you’re going to want to wash that”.
He wouldn’t confirm whether it was a stomach bug but declared himself fit to play Sunday. Media needled him about the rivalry he has with Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, with whom he has had two altercations on the field. The Giant passed along some mock get-well wishes to Light at Tuesday’s media day.
“Please get well soon,” said Umenyiora, who has publicly stated his distaste for Light. “I hope to see you on Sunday. You are one of my greatest friends.”
Asked what he thought of Umenyiora’s well-wishes, Light cracked “that really got me over the hump.”
One reporter asked, quite seriously, if he had been quarantined from the rest of the Patriots.
“Yes, I’ve been in a big bubble. They put a wheel in there for me though, so I could work out.”
Journalists tried to make up for lost time with Light after not having the outgoing player at media day. Asked if he was disappointed to miss it, he quipped “oh yeah, I hardly slept at all thinking about it.”
Funny moment this morning that Bills fans will enjoy. In his morning press conference, Pats quarterback Tom Brady was speaking about how his parents have been so committed to traveling to watch him play throughout his career, "even to Buffalo, where the hotels aren't the nicest".
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in a delightful mood today, stifled a coy smile when asked what he thinks about the level of play in the Pro Bowl these days. "What I'm going to say probably shouldn't be what I should say to that question, so I'm going to let it go. What it was and what it is now … it's a lot different. (Then with a little laugh) I think I'll just stick to Super Bowl questions.
One of the things people are loving about #SuperBowlXLVI in #Indianapolis is the skywalks that connect attractions
Awaiting John Madden's tailgate-presser. Menu: roast pork, baked beans, burgers, chicken, dogs, beanie weanie casserole. Ate before I came.
Drew Brees wins NFL Fed Ex Player of the Year award, accepts by satellite.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski did not practice today in #Indianapolis (ankle)