Super Bowl Media Day in New Orleans
New Orleans - The most anticipated and or dreaded event (depending on who you talk to) has come and gone. I'm speaking about the Super Bowl Media Day Fueled by Gatorade. Five thousand journalists (legitimate and otherwise) from all over the world were given the chance to interview members of both the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens before a live audience, prior to Super Bowl 47, at the Mercedes Benz Super Dome. Some of the questions had nothing to do with the matter at hand, while other questions were well thought out. The coaches and players were good sports in replying to the various questions or didn't answer some inappropriate questions.
For the second year in a row, an enthusiastic crowd of several hundred fans set in the stands to take in the humorous events that unfolded before their eyes and ears. Many media outlets were surprised that people would pay to watch their favorite players or team being interviewed. Super Bowl Media Day Fueled by Gatorade was an economical way for fans to see players in person. Many of these same fans probably can't afford to attend the Super Bowl. The fans were given a gift bag that featured a little radio so that they could listen in on each interview from the fourteen podiums with players from each respective team. There were many Saints fans in the stands along with fans of both the 49ers and Ravens.
The 49ers came out first to be drilled by the gathered throngs of media outlets. Colin Kaerpernick and Coach James Harbaugh had the largest crowd of reporters waiting to speak to them. Several storylines were the remarkable chance of two brothers coaching opposite one another in the most important game of the year for an estimated crowd of 1 billion global football fans. The other popular storyline is the tremendous talents of Colin Kaepernick's leading his 49ers to the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
The Saintsations (New Orleans Saints Cheerleaders) signed autographs and posed for photographs with fans. New Orleans Saints players Derrick Sproles and Malcolm Jenkins signed autographs on opposite ends of the stadium to the delight of the limited number of fans fortunate enough to meet with the players.
Twenty minutes before the Ravens came out, there was a large gathering of reporters waiting to interview Ray Lewis. Many wanted to know what are Ray Lewis's plans after he retires from football. It's possible that he might work for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, or become a much sought after NFL analysis. Mr.Lewis could also have a promising career as a motivational speaker judging by the way that he responded to questions from reporters. Ravens coach John Harbaugh and quarterback also held court before a large throng of reporters.
Both teams took team photos at the conclusion of their interview session. A thought or two came to mind during Super Bowl Media Day Fueled by Gatorade: What are the chances of two brothers-both quarterbacks leading teams to the Super Bowl? Another possibility would be witnessing a father/son pairing battling it out in a Super Bowl within this decade.
Regardless of the headlines that come out of Super Bowl Media Day Fueled by Gatorade, everybody is looking forward to Super Bowl 47 turning out to be an awesome game. Let's hope that this game lives up to the hype.