Super Bowl Media Day at Raymond James Stadium
They arrived by bus, boat, jet or car. I’m referring to the plethora of international media who converged on the field of Raymond James Stadium for Super Bowl Media Day.
We were once again fortunate to have pleasant weather for this event. The thousands of reporters on the sideline of the field made it seem much hotter.
The Super Bowl Media Corp was gathered together to see and asks questions of members of the Super Bowl teams-Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburg Steelers.
Super Bowl XLIII has some history making on the line. Mike Tomlin is seeking to become the second African American coach to win a Super Bowl, and he and his team is hoping to become the first team to win their six Super Bowl (i.e., A Six Pack) for their fans. The Cardinals is hoping to win their first Super Bowl for their loyal fans.
The Arizona Cardinals were the first team to take the field for Media Day. Kurt Warner, Anquan Bolden and Coach Whisenhunt and the rest of the Cardinals fielded questions from the throng of reporters for an hour.
The media were treated to a nice breakfast brunch for an hour before the final team graced the field for Media Day. Rod Woodsen and Terrell Davis joined the Media for Brunch.
Coach Mike Tomlin, Hines Ward, Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu and the rest of the team fielded similar questions from the throng of reporters for the final hour of Super Bowl Media Day.
I noticed a recurring theme that kept popping up as I listened to various questioned presented to each team. The players all answered questions posed to them about their faith, family and football. The Cardinals were not concerned about going into the Super Bowl as an underdog. The Steelers down played the fact that they were favorites to win Super Bowl XLIII. The defense of both teams spoke highly of the challenges they face in stopping the opposing offense. Likewise, the offense of both teams addressed the challenges they face in scoring on the opposing defense. Both coaches spoke highly of the leadership of their opponents. Several members of both teams got a free salsa dance lesson at Super Bowl Media Day. The media corps was entertained by Steelers players performing a rap song at the conclusion of Super Bowl Media Day.
Super Bowl Media Day was a serious day on many fronts. There were some comical moments as well. We all laugh at one reporter roaming around in women’s clothing; several questions were posed to the players that were too funny to answer seriously.
Super Bowl Media was a great way to kick off the final stretch leading up to Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, Florida on February 1.