NEW ORLEANS – Scenes and observations from the NFL’s annual Super Bowl media day – interviews with players and team personnel from the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers on the field at the Superdome:
Terrell Suggs stood up, threw down his microphone, kicked over his chair with a back heel as he stepped down from his podium, and then kicked over a cooler.
Onlookers laughed, satisfied that the Baltimore Ravens’ mischievous linebacker had properly punctuated the frenetic, free-for-all known as Super Bowl media day.
Suggs plays a central role in one of the more intimidating defenses in the NFL, and at least some of the conversation involved football, and what it would take to slow down San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Sunday.
But media day is never just about football, not even when the players are interviewing each other. Posing as a reporter, defensive end Arthur Jones asked Suggs which staple of Louisiana cuisine he preferred, gumbo or jambalaya.
That’s a good question, and I’m glad you asked that, Arthur, Suggs said. Definitely gumbo.
Suggs also was asked if he is the best dancer in the locker room: No way. Be Nasty,’ (safety) Bernard Pollard – he’s definitely the best dancer. And I think if we get this done come Sunday, you all will get to see a good dose of it.
Katherine Webb credits a couple of camera shots of her watching the BCS national title game in Miami with landing her at the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
Otherwise known as Miss Alabama USA and the girlfriend of Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron, Webb has been hired by TV’s Inside Edition to be its game correspondent.
It’s so exciting and absolutely crazy at the same time. It’s happened so fast. I feel like I’m living on a plane, but it’s a great journey, said Webb, who was making her first trip to New Orleans for her first Super Bowl.
Webb, 23, who has been working on a fledgling modeling and acting career in Los Angeles, was hired to interview players and coaches during media day but wound up being interviewed herself. A colleague had to cut it short a few times, explaining that Webb had a job to do.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco apologized for his word selection in criticizing the NFL’s decision to hold next year’s Super Bowl outdoors at a cold-weather site.
On Monday, Flacco was asked about the game being played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
I think it’s retarded. I probably shouldn’t say that. I think it’s stupid, he said.
He was contrite Tuesday.
Obviously, it was a poor choice of words, he said. At home, I have a close relationship with Special Olympics. I didn’t mean to offend anyone.
Fans take it in
For the second year in a row, Super Bowl media day was open to fans for the price of a $25 ticket. They were allowed to sit in sections of seats along the sideline with good views of players on the field, and paid attendance was 5,479, according to NFL spokesman Michael Signora.
When fans walked in, they were given gift bags that included small radios so they could listen to interviews.
Dressed for occasion
The NFL says 5,205 reporters from 24 countries have credentials for the game, and some chose to work in costume at media day:
A correspondent from the Nickelodeon television network dressed as a super hero called Pick Boy, wearing black tights and a cape.
Univision radio announcer Rafael Hernandez Brito wore a wrestling mask.
TV Azteca reporter Jose Marquez Zamora was dressed as a clown.