Super Bowl Media Day is a circus. The pre Super Bowl festivity has little to do with football and more to do with random questions and topics brought up by media professionals from just about every news network and publication you can think of. The experience was completely new for every player on the Seahawks, except for wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, who was a member of the San Francisco 49ers last season.
Most of the Seahawks seemed to enjoy the moment with thousands of “reporters” in their face asking them ridiculous questions that had little or no relation to Sunday’s matchup.
Quarterback Russell Wilson was asked what he plans to eat before the Super Bowl and responded saying, “Just normal stuff.”
When asked what his favorite food was, defensive lineman Michael Bennett said, “European truffles.” That led me to doing a search of “European truffles”, and after seeing them they don’t look too enticing.
Wide receiver Golden Tate carried a camera with him, which is typical, to record the media circus surrounding him. His fellow receiver Lockette was interviewed by Thomas Jefferson.
Yeah, it’s that type of event. Super Bowl Media Day usually takes place in the stadium where the Super Bowl will be played, but NFL officials were concerned about the cold and possibility of snow. They decided to hold t to stage media day in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
To no surprise, cornerback Richard Sherman was the Seahawk that garnered the most attention. The best cornerback in the league had more than 100 people around for the entire time he was at his podium. Sherman answered a bunch of questions, but, some of the questions that stood out had to do with Justin Bieber, fashion, his hairstyle, and the women of New York City. As each question came in, Sherman answered with thoughtfulness, respect and a smile on his face. If you watched his NFC Championship postgame rant and then heard him speak at Media Day, you would think you were listening to two totally different people.
Sherman’s teammate, running back Marshawn Lynch, didn’t care much about Media Day. In fact, to avoid a hefty fine from the league office, Lynch spoke to the media for 6 minutes and 21 seconds. When asked by Deion Sanders if he liked media attention, Lynch responded by saying, “Nope, I’m just about action. You say ‘hut,’ and there’s action. All the unnecessary talk, it don’t do nothing for me.” “I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?”
Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll made light of Lynch’s media phobia. “I thought he did six great minutes from what I heard,” Carroll said. “Some comedians make a career on that.”
“He’s got strong feelings about it,” Carroll said. “We try to help him as much as we can, so that it fits together. He’s quiet and to himself in public settings, and I think he feels way more comfortable not being involved very much. He’s much more outgoing and gregarious when he’s with the team.”
Super Bowl Media Day was entertaining, but the talking is over, we’ve waited long enough. Is it Sunday yet? And which team is you’re Superbowl picks for Sunday?