Here are my highlights from Super Bowl XVLIII Media Day:
I rode on a nice bus to New Jersey. I was bumped and jostled by approximately two-thirds of the 5,000 media members. I ate my first black and white. And I drove back on another nice bus.
Oh, yeah, I also got to hear the Broncos and Seahawks answers some really dumb questions. Sometimes I heard the answers, although most of the time I could barely hear anything at all.
But I was there for you, the reader, to take notes on what I could hear. I didn’t ride to New Jersey just to eat a free lunch and get a free coffee in a free cup (although those were nice).
Here, in no particular order are the 12 most interesting Seahawk answers to the dumbest questions at media day.
12. Russell Wilson on why his hair is longer: “I actually saw an 11th grade picture of my dad and I. When I was in 11th grade, we won the state championship. I had my hair grown out. I didn’t cut my hair the whole year for that season and my dad didn’t either, so it kind of inspired me for this year. That’s kind of why I have the Michael Jackson/Bruno Mars S-curl right now.”
11. Richard Sherman on what he thinks of New Jersey: “New Jersey has been great, man. It’s been a nice city. It hasn’t snowed as much as they said. Thank you, New Jersey for being awesome. You guys are amazing.”
10. Doug Baldwin on whether he’d rather have salsa or 7-layer dip Sunday: “What dip, salsa or 7-layer? Probably not salsa on game day.”
9. Golden Tate on the Super Bowl being broadcast in Spanish: “That’s awesome. I’m happy for it. That’s going to be another way to spread the word and spread football. … I spend a lot of time in Mexico. …”
8. Brenno Giacomini on what citizens from Massachusetts think about New Jersey: “They don’t like the Yankees. That’s all I could really tell you.”
7. Max Unger when someone yelled that Michael Bennett, answering questions next door, said he had a better beard: “Puuuulease! Stop yelling!”
6. Michael Bennett on whether he smokes marijuana: “Do YOU smoke marijuana?”
5. Bobby Wagner on what it feels like to play in really cold weather: “When the snow hits, it hurts. But in this game, I’ll take the pain.”
4. Michael Robinson on his favorite New York borough: “Brooklyn. Because one of my favorite people was from there.”
3. Kam Chancellor on seeing the sights of New York: “I want to check out New York. But right now I’m on a business trip. This is business.”
2. Malcolm Smith on what “Omaha” means when Peyton Manning shouts it before snaps: “I don’t know. Nobody knows. Well, nobody over here knows. If they do, they haven’t told me yet.”
1. Malcolm Smith again on the whole media-day experience: “There’s never been anything like this. Some of the questions we’ve been getting, there’s no filter.”
You can say that again.
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