Is there anything better than Media Day at the Super Bowl?
Few events combine Super Bowl hype, odd questions, funny sound clips and bizarre fans strolling around the field quite like the Tuesday spectacle does.
Here, we'll try to replicate the spirit of the day by accumulating some of the best, funniest and most memorable tweets from the Media Day extravaganza. Enjoy.
We start with the question that is surely on everyone's mind, via Cindy Boren of The Washington Post:
Is that guy who wore fur from head to toe at Media Day this year?— Cindy Boren (@CindyBoren) January 29, 2013
If he's not there, Media Day is starting out on a serious down note.
But don't fret, for there will be plenty of other odd characters to come. Like this guy, as Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out:
Super Bowl Media Day. First dumba** spotted. twitter.com/JeffSchultzAJC…— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) January 29, 2013
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...Media Day Man?
There will be plenty of time for more space cadets wandering about the field. For a moment, let's learn a bit about the history of Media Day via Michael Signora, NFL vice president of football communications:
Origins of Media Day date to Jan 1967 when Packers interviewed in their hotel rooms in Santa Barbara prior to SB I— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) January 29, 2013
It was a simpler time, for sure.
These days, this is what it looks like before the interviews even begin, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:
We love a spectacle, don't we?
If you can actually sell tickets to watch people being interviewed, this could open up new revenue streams for me... twitter.com/LesBowen/statu…— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 29, 2013
I think Bowen may be on to something...
As you might have guessed, Colin Kaepernick is going to be the center of attention for many during the San Francisco 49ers' time on the podium. As the Twitter feed of Bleacher Report shows us, Deion Sanders got to him first:
Prime time already has Colin Kaepernick kissing his biceps. It's going to be a long day for Kaep. twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 29, 2013
Expect to do that a lot today, Kaep.
One of the cool things about playing quarterback for the 49ers is all of the legends who came before you. Kaepernick told Sanders he got some advice from Steve Young this week (via Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated):
.@kaepernick7 tells NFL Net's Deion Sanders that Steve Young gave him two words to remember this week: Humility and Fierce.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) January 29, 2013
Fierce Humility is my Nickelback cover band. Well, it would be if I listened to Nickelback and was dumb enough to cover the band's music.
The next tweet is one of my favorites from early on in the Niners' segment. Offensive linemen do most of the grunt work but rarely get the spotlight. That wasn't lost on Joe Staley, as Jamison Hensley of ESPN found out:
49ers OT Joe Staley in looking at the large crowd around Kaepernick: "I'm so close to being cool."— Jamison Hensley (@espnafc_north) January 29, 2013
We think you are cool, Joe, for what that's worth.
You know who else is cool? Jim Harbaugh. You know who isn't clairvoyant? His brother (via Albert Breer of NFL Network):
Jim Harbaugh on brothers knowing each other's moves: "I'm worried about a lot of things, I haven't found that John has clairvoyant powers."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 29, 2013
I'll tell you who does have clairvoyant powers—Media Day Man!
Meanwhile, poor Alex Smith (via Darren Smith of 1090 AM San Diego):
Wanna get away? twitter.com/DSmithShow/sta…— Darren Smith (@DSmithShow) January 29, 2013
He didn't even get a podium. The injustice!
But seriously, Smith has handled this entire situation with a lot of class. That didn't change on Tuesday (via Jamison Hensley of ESPN):
Alex Smith on handling his demotion so well: "I wouldn't expect anything less from any of my teammates."— Jamison Hensley (@espnafc_north) January 29, 2013
Good man, Mr. Smith. You'll get a starting gig next year.
"I do thing I'm the greatest receiver to play this game." -- Randy Moss. Well okay then!— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) January 29, 2013
The greatest wide receiver to ever play was a Niner, but it was Jerry Rice. Sorry, Randy—you were the man, but you weren't THE MAN.
But hey, Media Day wouldn't be fun without a few quotes like that. And Media Day wouldn't be Media Day if players like Moss weren't garnering much of the attention in the first place, as Will Brinson of CBS writes:
Randy Moss having a bigger crowd than Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree combined is the perfect example of Media Day— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) January 29, 2013
As noted before, it's a spectacle. Nothing more, nothing less.
Of course, it's not all fun and games for everyone. Imagine being Mario Manningham today, unable to play (via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News):
Super Mario! ... Recalling his glory days of last year ... twitter.com/RVacchianoNYDN…— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) January 29, 2013
At least you had last year, Mario.
Just in case you were wondering, Jerry Rice has already responded to Moss' comment (via Adam Schefter of ESPN). And yes, Rice ended the conversation in one fell swoop:
Randy Moss said he's the greatest all-time WR. To which @jerryrice just said, "Put my numbers up against his numbers."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 29, 2013
Case closed, folks.
We close our Niners' section down with the team photo, and the head coach orchestrating the proceedings (via Albert Breer of the NFL Network):
Okay folks, it's time for my favorite segment—the Terrible Questions And Strange Costumed portion of this article! We start with Gregg Doyel of CBS, who is recording bad questions faster than a Pegasus can fly:
Worst question of media day: What type of lunchbox did you have as a kid? Best answer, from Crabtree: A paper bag.— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) January 29, 2013
New worst question: If you had a Pegasus what would you name it? Best answer, Frank Gore: Ask me a real question, man— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) January 29, 2013
For what it's worth, if Doyel had a Pegasus he would have to name it Greggasus, am I right?
Hey, remember when Cindy Boren was asking about Fur Man? Well, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News found the next best thing:
Does that guy know the Minnesota Vikings were eliminated in the Wild Card Round?
We're not done with the wacky outfits. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News is just clowning around:
That's a clown question, bro ... twitter.com/RVacchianoNYDN…— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) January 29, 2013
Meanwhile, Mardi Gras is in the house (via Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal):
You gotta love Media Day. Well, you at least have to be entertained by it.
Just in case you were wondering who would be this year's Ines Sainz, I have the answer for you—Katherine Webb (via Bleacher Report):
Somebody throw a bucket of water on Brent Musburger, stat! And yes, I've got more of Webb for you (via Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean):
Look who's working for Inside Edition at Super Bowl. Don't recognize her? Hint 1: Brent Musberger. Hint 2: AJ McCarron. twitter.com/jwyattsports/s…— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 29, 2013
Before we turn to the Ravens, here's one last "member of the media" I thought you would enjoy seeing (via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, who has been a must-follow on Twitter today):
I wonder if he knows the Royal Rumble already went down on Sunday night?
Alright folks, it's time for the Ravens' Media Day, or as I like to call it, the Ray Lewis Weeping Watch! We start with B/R's Dan Levy, who has been annoyed all day long that Deion Sanders keeps asking people about why Alex Smith didn't get a podium.
Hey Deion don't worry asking Ray Lewis about a report he used a banned substance, but PLEASE ask him about Alex Smith not getting a podium— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) January 29, 2013
Seriously, it's annoying, Prime Time. At least someone asked Lewis about the story:
Ray Lewis was asked about the deer antler spray, said he answered same Qs two years ago, won't acknowledge it as credible. "Next question."— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) January 29, 2013
Oh, speaking of Lewis, quite a few people are interested in hearing what he has to say (via Albert Breer of the NFL Network):
Did you know Ray Lewis is playing in the Super Bowl?lockerz.com/s/280178996— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 29, 2013
Meanwhile, poor Dennis Pitta (via Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune):
About 200 reporters at Ray Lewis' podium on Media Day, awaiting his arrival. Dennis Pitta's podium 15 yards away: twitter.com/UTgehlken/stat…— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) January 29, 2013
Joe Staley sympathizes.
Ed Reed has taken the stage (via Alex Marvez of FOX Sports):
I hope someone asks him about Ty Cobb—er, Tom Brady's—takeout slide.
If you thought we were done with terrible questions, think again! Greg Bishop of the New York Times passes along this beauty asked to Joe Flacco:
This is media day: Joe, if you could ask yourself a question, what question would you ask yourself? Flacco: What?— Greg Bishop (@nytbishop) January 29, 2013
Flacco then laughed and said, "Maybe some way to find a way off of this podium?" Can't blame him there.
Joe Flacco says saying cold-weather Super Bowl was "retarded" was "a bad choice of words." He apologized and said "I wish I hadn't said it"— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) January 29, 2013
And here's the media throng surrounding Flacco, via Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal:
Meanwhile, here's the media throng surrounding John Harbaugh (via NFL Media PR):
Somewhere, Dennis Pitta is shaking his fist.
As you might expect, Lewis is going to get some questions about his past. As you might expect, he'd rather not discuss some of it (via Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network):
Ray Lewis, about Atlanta murders: I live with it every day of my life. You take a break from it. I don't. I'd rather not speak of that today— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) January 29, 2013
Hey, at least he wasn't asked if he would have asked himself about the Atlanta murders. Got all that?
The day only gets worse for Dennis Pitta. Now, all of America knows how ticklish he is. Seriously (via ESPN):
That question made me really uncomfortable. Let's move on.
Chad Steele, Director of Media Relations for the Ravens, took this cool photo of the team in the locker room before Media Day began:
The calm before the storm.
Oh boy, you guys. If Randy Moss won Media Day, I'm afraid Dennis Pitta is losing it. Now he's wearing a purple wig. The floor is yours, Aaron Nagler:
Poor Dennis Pitta...lockerz.com/s/280185728— Aaron Nagler (@Aaron_Nagler) January 29, 2013
Couldn't have said it any better myself.
Media Day is coming to a close, which generally means things get a bit loopy. But Jacoby Jones is still bringing the funk, as he showed the NFL Network:
Is that bringing the funk? Do people still say "bringing the funk?" I've been doing these updates for a while, you guys, I think I'm getting loopy too.
I'll leave you with this, via Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports:
Ray Rice: "Hey diddle diddle my shades are looking frizzle." And I think that's a wrap from media day— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 29, 2013
I hope you enjoyed today's Media Day! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to take off these antlers, give Joe Staley a high five and try to forget that Dennis Pitta is a five or six on the ticklish scale.