Tomorrow is the famed Super Bowl Media Day, an irreverent event that happens every Tuesday leading up to the game. This magical day is infamous for a few reasons. For starters, it allows us to see the normally masked players in a different element, where they are exposed and only identifiable by the jersey they wear. It lets us see who they really are, and that isn't always the best thing. It gives the players the unfortunate chance to show off their senses of humor, usually less funny than they think it is.
Former Atlanta cornerback Ray Buchanan wore a dog collar during his day in the sun in 1998, after the Falcons were proclaimed underdogs. How hilarious! Try not to think about that brilliant bit of satire at a funeral, because you'll hardly be able to contain yourself.
The other problem with media day is that it gives the reporters a self-entitled chance to shine. I am not entirely sure why this happens, but it does. Ridiculous, nonsensical questions are asked, and journalism takes another step toward its untimely demise. Who can forget the year professional object Ines Sainz held a strongest bicep contest during the day? How about when a "reporter" asked for Tom Brady's hand in marriage? All prove the lack of importance that media day has. No one takes it seriously, but I watch it and hate myself for it afterward. It only leads to self-loathing.
So here's a preview of what's going to happen for both teams:
New England Patriots:
Probably nothing. Bill Belicheck has a strict "minimal personality" policy, although Tom Brady can occasionally appear personable and at times human. But outside of that, you're going to be seeing a lot of straight answers and ensuing snoring. Good times will be had by none during this portion of the event, except for Deion Sanders who is never not ecstatic about something.
New York Giants:
Look for Eli Manning's "dry sense of humor" and subsequent awkward situational comedy that will happen afterward. Other than that, I have no idea. Will Tom Coughlin's face become red during this? Will Victor Cruz be asked to dance salsa? Both things seem to be eminent, unfortunately in the latter's case. As for Coughlin the red-face militant, that could be great.
So that's what is probably going to happen during Super Bowl Media Day, a day, somehow, more over hyped than the Super Bowl. Enjoy!