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:
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:
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:
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?
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:
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):
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:
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):
I'll tell you who does have clairvoyant powers—Media Day Man!
Meanwhile, poor Alex Smith (via Darren Smith of 1090 AM San Diego):
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):
Good man, Mr. Smith. You'll get a starting gig next year.
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:
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):
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
Seriously, it's annoying, Prime Time. At least someone asked Lewis about the story:
Oh, speaking of Lewis, quite a few people are interested in hearing what he has to say (via Albert Breer of the NFL Network):
Meanwhile, poor Dennis Pitta (via Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune):
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:
Flacco then laughed and said, "Maybe some way to find a way off of this podium?" Can't blame him there.
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):
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:
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:
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.