Super Bowl week is a gauntlet. Players, coaches and members of the media wake up, put on their best impressions of composure and head out to join the circus at media row.
The raucous scene can easily overwhelm even veteran reporters (ask Rick Reilly), but sideline correspondents like Erin Andrews, who make their living slugging through crowds, are perhaps the best prepared to deal with it.
Andrews knows how to navigate chaos, as the Fox Sports correspondent believes she illustrated after the NFC Championship Game earlier this month. Richard Sherman ranted, she responded and the deluge of “scared” remarks concerning Andrews’ reaction immediately flooded social media.
Au contraire, my friends. Andrews was not scared, but she did admit to harboring one regret regarding her interview with the Seattle Seahawks cornerback. Andrews was concerned she hadn’t asked Sherman a quality follow-up question in the wake of his rant.
“I asked him to take me through the play,” Andrews told Nick Klopsis of Newsday. “It wasn’t even a question, which I was disappointed about because you need to ask, ‘what, when, where, why?’”
“It wasn’t anything about, ‘He’s frightening me. He’s scaring me,’” Andrews said. "It was more about, 'My follow-up question better be really good, because I know that this is going to go viral and this is going to be a big deal, and if I don't ask the right thing, then I'm going to be crucified.'"
Andrews wasn’t scared and doesn’t plan on worrying about the Richard Sherman show any longer. She has preparation to do for Sunday's game, which means taking in the sights, studying and jacking a few keepsakes for the scrapbook.
Oh, and Andrews got her nails did—football style.
It should be noted that Andrews will be suited and booted for the Super Bowl. She has tried on a number of different outfits for Sunday’s game, according to Glamour’s Lindy Segal.
Click here to see the outfits. My personal favorite is the first one, an ensemble I have titled, “There Will Be Scarves.”
With that, it’s safe to say America’s favorite sideline reporter has foamed the runway for the big game. Should the Seahawks win, be on the lookout for another emotional Richard Sherman interview. Suffice it to say Andrews would like another crack at it.
There will be scarves. So many scarves.