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:
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ESPN's Ed Werder noted the fine he was able to avoid, while NFL.com's Albert Breer added more details on that front:
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:
Quarterback Russell Wilson also gave his thoughts:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Browner, via 710 ESPN Seattle's Jessamyn McIntyre, relayed Sherman's reaction:
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.