Super Bowl week is full of commercials being leaked early, nonstop analysis and a host of events leading up to the big game. But no tradition is quite as memorable or wacky as the annual Media Day.
With a collection of intriguing storylines and some big personalities on both teams (cough, cough, Richard Sherman, cough), this year's Media Day was especially one to look forward to.
Let's take a look at some of the noteworthy moments from the spectacle.
Denver Broncos Highlights
Just how crazy is Media Day? Well, the Denver Broncos entered the building through a throng of excited cheerleaders.
Seriously. Check out the team's official Twitter account:
And just take a look at Peyton Manning's interview set well before he even took the grounds, via Mike Petraglia of WEEI:
That was the calm before the storm. Here is Manning entering the madhouse, via the Sunday Night Football Twitter account:
One of the biggest storylines coming into this game is Manning's legacy and how either a win or a loss would affect it. Witty as always, Manning had a unique take on all of the legacy talk, as Fox Sports: NFL passed along:
Manning also noted that his focus remains solely on this game, per ESPN's Jay Harris:
He even addressed the now-famous "Omaha" call at the line of scrimmage, which has taken on a life of its own. Rich Cimini of ESPN has more:
Manning later fielded a few questions from his peers. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean captured both Randy Moss and Brett Keisel speaking to the legendary quarterback:
Keisel is a hero to hipsters, lumberjacks and hipster lumberjacks everywhere.
While Manning was the centerpiece of the Broncos media day, his teammates also weighed in on the big game. Wes Welker was another popular interview. He broke down what it meant to reach the Super Bowl, via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
He also talked about nerves leading up to the game and how important they are. Bob Glauber of Newsday quoted him:
Another huge storyline in this game is Denver's league-leading passing attack against Seattle's top-ranked secondary. Receiver Eric Decker is certainly excited for the matchup:
One player reversed course a bit during Media Day. On Monday, Jan. 27, Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie discussed the possibility of retiring despite being just 27 years old. Josh Katzowitz of CBS shared a few of his comments:
After the first contract [a five-year, $15.1 million deal with the Cardinals in 2008], I got a one-year deal, and it's hard to get another [big-money] deal. Just from being around, I've seen a lot of guys get to the point I am right now, and it's hard. You have to start thinking about life after football.
On Tuesday, he apparently distanced himself from those remarks, according to Kent Somers of AZCentral.com:
Finally, we round out the Broncos section with one of Rodgers-Cromartie's running mates in the secondary, Champ Bailey. From Nancy Gay of CSN Bay Area:
Here's more from Bailey, via the NFL's official Twitter account:
Not surprisingly, the Broncos were professional and toed the company line. They weren't boring, but they didn't provide any bulletin-board material for the Seahawks either. You'd expect nothing less from a John Fox- and Manning-led team.
Seattle Seahawks Highlights
Sherman may have been the focal point, but the entire team was ready for the madhouse. Here's Doug Baldwin before he appeared at the event:
But yes, the real story was Sherman, and the anticipation for his arrival was palpable. Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated hoped Sherman would ham it up a bit for the cameras:
Not surprisingly, throngs awaited the dynamic corner, via Tyler Duffy of The Big Lead:
If you thought that was crazy, just take a look at the Vine the NFL Network posted of Sherman heading to the podium:
Here's another perspective of Sherman's interview, via Tom Mantzouranis of MMQB.com on Instagram:
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated perhaps summed up the madness best:
But amidst the madness, Sherman also, you know, spoke. As usual, he provided fun and intelligent responses to an array of questions.
Here's one Sherman snippet, via Kimberly Jones of NFL Network:
He also expressed his desire to become a football analyst after he retires, a career for which Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News feels he's suited:
Sherman even handled some truly odd questions with aplomb. One reporter told Sherman she felt professional athletes going to strip clubs set a poor example and asked him his opinion on the matter. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk shares his response:
Sherman prefaced that by noting he doesn't attend strip clubs, so he probably wasn't the man to ask. But not surprisingly, he gave the right answer.
While Sherman was the main event, fellow wide receiver Golden Tate was styling with some tech on the podium. From Will Brinson of CBS Sports:
Meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch became a story after answering questions for a very short period—just over six minutes—before disappearing to the back of the room. He remained in the background on the floor and even did a brief interview with Deion Sanders on the NFL Network.
Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post summed up his afternoon:
This led to speculation about a potential fine for "Beast Mode." Eric Edholm of Yahoo! Sports addressed that and passed along this information regarding Lynch's media session, per NFL Network:
Pete Carroll certainly wasn't worried about Lynch's short appearance, responding to it with a pretty good line, which Jim Corbett of USA Today shared:
On Jan. 29, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe provided a statement from the Pro Football Writers of America discussing Lynch's appearance at Media Day:
Meanwhile, Kam Chancellor talked about one of his motivations on the road to the Super Bowl, according to Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated:
Folks hoping the Seahawks would be brash, colorful and full of sound bites were probably disappointed. Much like the Broncos, the team was more about business than being loud. It may not have made for the most memorable Media Day showing, but like the Broncos, the Seahawks will let their voices be heard on the field.
The Spectacle Never Disappoints
More than anything else, Media Day has become famous for terrible questions, people in costumes and a general sense of wackiness that permeates the event. While this year's version was a bit more toned down than in years past, it was still a spectacle.
There was Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News finding Waldo:
There was Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports coming face to face with Media Bane:
There was a marching band:
There was, um, whatever the heck this was, passed along by Michael Tanier of Sports on Earth:
Someone asked Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller about his favorite boy band:
And there were superheroes, because apparently Media Day is the sporting world's version of Comic Con. From Joe Posnanski:
Finally, there were awful, awful questions, highlighted by two absolute doozies passed along by Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated:
I mean, really? REALLY? C'mon.
All in all, Media Day once again lived up to its reputation. The truth is, this year's matchup is so compelling and presents enough juicy storylines on its own that the more, shall we say, enterprising folks in the media really didn't need to drum up too many shenanigans to pass along.
We're already too excited for the game itself to care about much else. And that's the way it should be.
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