Super Bowl Media Day 2015: Best Moments, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJanuary 27, 2015

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Super Bowl media day is equal parts press conference and circus—I mean, come on—but at the very least, it always produces plenty of memorable sound clips and moments. 

This year's edition, featuring the typically close-to-the-vest New England Patriots and typically boisterous Seattle Seahawks, was no different.

Of course, one particular Seahawk isn't nearly as candid as the rest. Marshawn Lynch, who has made it quite clear many times he has absolutely no desire to talk to the media, appeared for the mandatory four-and-a-half minutes and answered every question with the same, short sentence:

Even NFL legend Deion Sanders, who got a little out of Lynch at this event last year, was stoned on his questions. Although, as Arash Madani noted, Beastmode did break slightly from the script:

Arash Madani @ArashMadani

Lynch answers each of Deion Sanders's questions with the same, "I'm just here so I won't get fined," then tells Prime to "stay blessed."

ESPN's Ed Werder noted the fine he was able to avoid, while NFL.com's Albert Breer added more details on that front: 

Ed Werder @EdwerderRFA

#NFL source says Marshawn Lynch treated with $500K fine if he failed to be available for Media Day. "I'm just here so I don't get fined."

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Per NFL PR, players don't need to be there the whole time. Marshawn Lynch may be OK on this one. League was monitoring.

Some don't like the way Lynch dodges the media, but Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, via Q13 Fox Sports' Aaron Levine, put it into perspective: 

Aaron Levine @AaronQ13Fox

Love this from Sherman: "Putting Lynch in front of the press is like putting a reporter on field and asking him to tackle Adrian Peterson."

Quarterback Russell Wilson also gave his thoughts:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Russell Wilson, when asked what one NFL rule he would change: "I wish everybody would stop fining my man Marshawn."

Fortunately for the media, there are plenty of other Seahawks who consistently provide good quotes. Michael Bennett, in particular, always has something entertaining to say and was practically made for this event. 

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett, NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, The News Tribune's Gregg Bell and ESPN passed along examples of the seemingly endless stream of memorable lines from the defensive end: 

Dave Birkett @davebirkett

Michael Bennett, the best quote in the NFL, just said he's the 2nd most handsome guy in the world, after Denzel http://t.co/Bd6Vd2okZ4

Gregg Rosenthal @greggrosenthal

Michael Bennett on Vollmer: “He has that German strength"

Gregg Bell @gbellseattle

#Seahawks crackup, former Tampa Bay DE Michael Bennett "I'm thankful not to be a Buc"


"I just love my beard. Moses had one; Genghis Khan had one. Just good guys man. Jesus had one too." - Michael Bennett http://t.co/k8LOFSJZME

There was a headphone controversy as well. Sherman was asked to watch a video and sing along at one point, and as Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today's points out, he chose the wrong headphones:

Amid the craziness at Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day, someone gave Richard Sherman an iPad with some headphones. The request? To watch a video and sing along with the beat.

That, however, could happen only with one adjustment. An NFL assistant quickly took the headphones away. Sherman would have to listen to the music on the speaker. The headphones were Sony. The NFL partners with Bose. Sherman is an ambassador of Beats by Dre.

The NFL has a strict rule in place that prohibits players from wearing or using products while their logo is visible until 90 minutes after the conclusion of a game.

That also includes all team-mandated press conferences. 

It remains to be seen if he'll be fined for it. 

As for the Patriots, tight end Rob Gronkowski was unsurprisingly one of the main attractions. Among the many highlights, he revealed his childhood crush was Pamela Anderson and then did a little Katy Perry karaoke to win an XBOX One. 

FanSided's Twitter feed gave a look at the latter:

But the rarest sight of the event came from Gronk's head coach. Bill Belichick, quite possibly in a good mood because he was wearing flip-flops, actually cracked a smile. 

BusinessInsider.com's Cork Gaines has the proof: 

And in case you're wondering what Belichick's favorite stuffed animal is, Jerod Mayo's young daughter had you covered with one of the harder-hitting questions of the day:

NFL Network @nflnetwork

Little girl: "What stuffed animals do you like?" Bill Belichick: "I like a little puppet that you can put your fingers in. A little monkey."

On the more serious side of things, Brandon Browner, who received some heat when he made comments about targeting the injuries of former teammates Sherman and Earl Thomas, attempted to clear things up. 

ESPN's Mike Reiss and Terry Blount passed along his quotes: 

Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

"What I said wasn't coming from a bad place," Brandon Browner, after noting he has a "Legion of Boom" tattoo. Says he knows his intent.

Terry Blount @TBlountSports

Browner on his targeting comments: "Those guys are my brothers. There are no hard feelings. It's just part of the game."

Browner, via 710 ESPN Seattle's Jessamyn McIntyre, relayed Sherman's reaction:

Jessamyn McIntyre @JessamynMcIntyr

Brandon Browner says he talked to Sherman about comments re hurting them: "He hit me with a LOL, told me I just made it harder for my WRs"

Ultimately, when it comes to the actual Super Bowl, there aren't usually a lot of real takeaways from media day. Still, while it can be a little ridiculous at times, it gives fans an interesting, oftentimes quirky look at some of their favorite athletes. 

Now that it's out of the way, though, focus can hopefully shift back toward the biggest game of the year. 


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