No event has more hype than the Super Bowl. There are storylines galore heading into this Super Bowl, but how many of them will really affect the outcome of the game? The circus around media day is unparalleled and is often the stage for a member of one of the teams to cause some controversy, and Tuesday was no different. Here are three players whose talk will outperform their play this week.
The first player to cause some controversy during media day was 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss. Although his production has been down, Moss has been a good citizen all year and has accepted his role with San Francisco.
In years past, Moss was one of the best wide receivers in the league, but as he realized his skills had diminished and this may be his last chance to win a Super Bowl, he had kept his ego in check, until Tuesday.
Moss created the first media firestorm of Super Bowl week when he told reporters the following: “I really feel in my heart and in my mind that I am the greatest receiver to ever play this game.”
This statement caused a lot of buzz throughout the media. Whether you think he is the best receiver of all time or not, this comment caused a distraction for his team, something Jim Harbaugh cannot stand. The fact is, Moss is not even the best receiver on his current team, and he will be a non-factor on the field on Sunday.
No player has more hype surrounding him leading up to the Super Bowl than Ray Lewis. Ever since he announced his plans to retire after the season, the media has not been able to get enough of him.
Other than the deer antler extract controversy, Lewis has not necessarily said anything controversial, but the over coverage of him has many fans wishing he would just go away.
The reason the media has such a fascination with Lewis is because his persona is so divisive. Some people look at him as the subject of a rousing comeback story, and others continue to view him as a criminal.
The media coverage of him far outweighs his production on the field. He is still an inspirational leader, but he is not the player he once was.
Colin Kaepernick has had unprecedented success for a first-year starter. His play has been stellar in the playoffs, but in recent days, much of the talk surrounding Kaepernick has been about his trademark of “Kaepernicking”—his patented touchdown dance where he kisses his bicep.
Instead of worrying about his touchdown dance, Kaepernick should be trying to find a way into the end zone against Baltimore.
For most of the season, the Ravens defense was not as traditionally stingy as most football fans have come to expect, but they have been able to step up their play in the playoffs.
Baltimore shut down Andrew Luck in the first round. They gave up a lot of points to the Broncos but were able to get a key interception off of Peyton Manning in overtime which led to the victory. In the AFC Championship Game, the Ravens were able to stifle Tom Brady and the Patriots No. 1 offense.
If Baltimore can win against two future hall of famers, they should have no trouble with Kaepernick. The Ravens have two weeks to prepare for his dual-threat attack, and that should be plenty of time for defensive coordinator Dean Pees to develop an effective game plan and limit the amount of “Kaepernicking.”