No limits at Super Bowl media day, the ultimate freak show

Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:27pm EST
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By Steve Keating

PHOENIX (Reuters) - If the Super Bowl is one of the greatest one-day sporting events then Media Day is the ultimate football freak show, a zany mix of journalism, superheroes and players in an anything-goes media mosh pit.

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, who will meet in Sunday's NFL championship, faced the media mob on Tuesday as thousands of reporters circled the floor during a question-and-answer free-for-all watched by thousands of fans in attendance.

Very little is off limits at the annual Super Bowl Media Day.

Without a hint of shame, "Entertainment Tonight" reporters can ask Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to sing a Katy Perry song or New England coach Bill Belichick can get quizzed on what his favorite Joe Pesci movie is - and actually get an answer.

Strangely, it's also a day where retired figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, now fashion critics and red carpet interviewers, can work the room and not look out of place.

And if the scene is not surreal enough, it is a place where award-winning journalists struggle to have their questions heard above those from another accredited member of the media wearing a barrel and cowboy hat or a guy in a superhero costume.

There are players interviewing players, and television correspondents conducting intense interviews with mascots. Kids with microphones jockey for position with glamorous Mexican television presenters in towering high heels.

While Media Day has developed an irreverent tone and fun-filled vibe it is also very serious business for the National Football League.   Continued...

Jan 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks fans Meredith Grissom from Orlando, Florida and Allie Pfeiffer of Stockton, California during media day for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports