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When Randy Moss, Slovenian television and the Middlebury College magazine are covering the same event, you just have to wonder if things have gone too far

NEWARK, N.J. — “Media Day” is a dumb name for what happens on Tuesdays of Super Bowl Week. Because on the Sunday through Friday before the game, the media is inundated with opportunities to talk to players and coaches, who trying 110 percent with great work ethic to say absolutely nothing of substance. Instead, it should be called “Circus Day.”

Coby Fleener came up with that. Young Fleener, the Colts’ tight end and fledgling journalist (and former college teammate of Richard Sherman), is working for The MMQB. He attended his first Media Day at the Prudential Center today, and I asked him when it was over what he thought.

“Circus,” he said. “A circus atmosphere. I have no idea how you’d get any stories out of that.”

Come now. The Middlebury (Vermont) College magazine was here, to do a story on Stephen Hauschka, the Seattle kicker who attended the school. Thomas Jefferson, in white wig, was in the house. Where’s Waldo was here, photobombing every photo op and video standup he could, leaving them with a “Where’s Waldo?!” Randy Moss was in the house for FOX, dressed sharp, yelling questions to Percy Harvin and anyone he could jostle close to … Randy Moss, who was in the Super Bowl last year and who still takes quite a lot of getting used to as a media member. And Slovenian TV reporter Neza Pavcic was here, attending her first Super Bowl, and she interviewed me not far from where Martin Brodeur regularly tends goal. (Or used to.) She was quite excited when I revealed—exclusively to her—that I once had lunch in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. And I was very glad that the people in Slovenia will see on the evening news tonight that the weather could be an issue in this year’s Super Bowl.

Those are stories right there, Mr. Fleener.

Actually, the enduring memory I’ll have from the day is watching Richard Sherman leave his podium near center-ice after his 45 minutes of queries (One: “What advice would you give Justin Bieber?”) had ended. Four or five security guys ushered him out of his area as 25 or 30 cameras jockeyed for position to shoot stills or video. Not covering a receiver—simply walking out of the arena. I was standing with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, watching. 

“Now we know who’s the king of the Super Bowl this week,” he said. “Look at that. He’s being treated like a Beatle.”

The other thing players were stunned to see: fans in the stands … watching the players being interviewed. “This is love right here, straight up,” said a perplexed Marshawn Lynch, staring up into the rafters, at the folks in the upper deck watching the scene. “They came to watch people get interviewed? This is amazing right here, man.”

The NFL has credentialed so many people, and allowed so many D-list celebs to get in (and D-list wannabes), and encouraged so many babelicious types to attend, that “Circus Day” is now what Tuesday is at the Super Bowl. It’s schticky. It’s entertainment. It’s what the NFL wants. You can find a little football, but not much. I found Seattle secondary coach Marquand Manuel and had 10 good minutes with him … but that’s only because no one else knew who he was. So we actually could talk football. An oasis! A football oasis! Talking matchups, and the intimidating factor of Kam Chancellor.

It’s the little triumphs on weirdo days like this that matter for me. That, plus Slovenia wanting to know how I enjoyed my drive through the country.

Go to The MMQB’s Super Bowl hub for all of our coverage of SB 48.

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28 comments
BarrySoetoro
BarrySoetoro

Truly a circus---and all the clowns were there.

BarrySoetoro
BarrySoetoro

Peter's pet--sherman--and he has a degree from Stanford in "jock communications".Code for let'um pass.

Redskins
Redskins

Bla bla bla, let's kick it off!

EdJohnson
EdJohnson

Peter:

In the video I saw, it appeared every player and coach was wearing an NFL-provided warm-up jacket bearing the appropriate team logo, player number, et cetera.  I realize it's another thing for the NFL to sell, but I'm getting tired of how stage managed and homogenized the NFL and Super Bowl have become.


Strap it on, and play football!  I may be hopelessly naive, but last time I checked, the game was still the thing.

cheo255
cheo255

King, you've helped with this particular part of the circus with your enabling of Richard Sherman. Congrats. Pat yourself on the back. You're both a couple of attention-starved dopes.

bobmidd
bobmidd

It's all about the money now...pure insatiable greed. The NFL under current leadership will turn into the WWF IN 5 years, and Richard Sherman will lead it there

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

The stupidest thing is they apparently told the players they have to put a gatorade towel on their shoulder while being interviewed.

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

Just tell me what time Sherman gets shot out of a cannon and the bearded lady (read: Bruno Mars) goes on.

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

OK, I knock Petey for his shameless New England homerism and his constant (read: perpetual) complaining about how he doesnt like the fact its a cold weather SB (still waiting for you to get to 60 PK so i can win the pool). but some of these comments are really just trolling. I enjoy his non-football thoughts because there entertaining (EXCEPT political stuff, even stuff i agree with: I come here to ESCAPE politics!! and that goes double for religion) If you hate him that much why click and comment? Do you really think people are basing their opinions on a writer based on an anonymous internet comment board? (Well, there may be a few who actually do that, but if so, then good riddance to their exit from the site)

DiamondMask
DiamondMask

Saw the pictures taken from the podium by Sherman. It looked like a circus. Sounds like you made that Slovenian reporters day Peter. I can't imagine she cares that much about the Super Bowl being from Slovenia and all.

Joshua13
Joshua13

Why is Slovenian TV so remarkable? Making weird remarks about another country just makes you look ignorant. Oh never mind, Peter King is back. America is dying to know what your hotel served you for breakfast and the color of the mint on your pillow.

drudown
drudown

@cheo255  


Oh, boo.


Enabling? Peter King has "enabled" Richard Sherman, how, exactly? It's a FREE COUNTRY. And I find it quite hypocritical that the segment of our SHARED society that have the "biggest problem" with Richard Sherman…is the one trying to use UNLAWFUL means to "enable" gerrymandering or, worse still, UNLAWFUL impediments/undue burdens to "enable" MINORITY VOTING. Tell me, are you "more outraged" or "less outraged" by Sherman's "me-me-me" attitude- than the FACT our OWN REPRESENTATIVES in Congress purported to "shut down" our own government, or purport to "entertain" the idea of  "accepting  Bitcoins" in lobbying instead of EXCLUSIVELY insisting on US CURRENCY or- my favorite- POISONING our own PEOPLE in, gee, Pavilion, WY- by "fracking" the beneficial use out of the LAND THESE US CITIZENS owned- to say nothing of, oh, I don't know, DEFILING the POTABLE WATER and threatening our National Security interests. Are you REALLY going to come on Peter King's own blog and b*&%$# about him, as if, in the end, the FOREIGN money that rules the GOP isn't "enabling" the WEAKENING of the Bill of Rights? Get real. 


Enough your collective veiled racist innuendo. Put your cards on the table. We can start with: why should ANY reader give credence to your collective, conclusory babble when you don't even have the guts to flesh out WHY any reader should what "feel" wronged by Richard Sherman, by- gee, I don't know, the FORMER SLAVES that were brought here and purposely neglected. Now, if you WANTED TO HELP the African American "class" of citizens, ok, fine- let's talk about SOLUTIONS to making our Nation a better place. But instead, you just want inculcate divisive rhetoric and issue prior restraints on political speech. "Oh waaah, it offends me, waaa"


Is that so?


More than the GOP REFUSING to the collect INCOME TAX from US Corporations as it concurrently tries to BANKRUPT our EPA, Court System and- drumroll please…


the PUBLIC EDUCATION and PENAL SYSTEM and LAW ENFORCEMENT that holds our State together?


So, maybe having Sherman "in your face" is a "good thing" to reiterate it is, after all, about the TEAM and the WHOLE over the needs of the FEW.  I'm white and my sister looks like Erin Andrews. What, am I supposed to "get with it" and hate on Richards Sherman for some unascertained reason? What, because you and your buddies "just don't get rap" or think this or think that? Nonsense. I just think you fleshing out your thoughts on that matter and, gee, I don't know- explaining why you choose to litter Peter King's OWN blog with your non sequitur "attention starved dopes" drivel. 


What are you…the old guy in the Muppet Show? 


"I don't either of them or the black one's dreadlocked shenanigans." It's life. We're all a little different on the outside. So what? Besides. It's football. Your team mates are black. Some are brown. A few are yellow. And the rest of us are white. What, you want me and readers to "hate" other Americans that look "differently" from me even though we're all BROTHERS? That kind of 50's BS…the sad part is, it's just a soundless, empty throbbing in the inter webs. It is like some BS "distress code' that we all hate each other when, in reality, we all get along. It's YOU and the abject bigotry that nobody likes. It doesn't fit in what America is. Just google Arnold's "who do you want to be in life" and then "just get back to us" on where you "contributions" fit into that worldview. I dare you to.


Football- like the military or any other bonding experience- it makes us all brothers. Away with racist junk. It's just empty and worthless like confetti. So STFU and remember Rudy T's words:


NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE HEART OF A CHAMPION.


Ps. Go Seahawks.


Er, after the Bolt. So to speak.

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

To the grammar police: I meant "they're entertaining". I promise it will never happen again. 

CMFJ
CMFJ

@Joshua13  


He's not making "weird remarks about another country".  He's using that as an example of how far reaching press interest in the NFL is and that he's pretty sure people in Slovenia don't really are if he was there.  That seemed pretty clear. 


Peter King is back?  From where?  You mean from yesterday's column?  


And your last sentence shows about the same level of reading comprehension as the rest.  

TheVon
TheVon

@drudown @cheo255 Ha Ha.  I guess you'll be super disappointed to learn after your little "Republicans are racists" tirade that Breitbart Sports supports Richard Sherman 100%.  


Politics and sports should never mix.

Realist
Realist

@drudown @cheo255 Okay, so I didn't read your entire novel. I figured after the first 2 sentences you were just repeating yourself anyway. But dude, you need to calm down a little. Take the blinders off and you'll see the truth. Not the blue and green truth. The truth.


George
George

@CMFJ @Joshua13 Thanks for taking the time to weigh in, Peter!

Have a beer and a coffee on us, and be SURE to tell all of your loyal sycophants about it.

:D


DiamondMask
DiamondMask

@decredico@CMFJ@Joshua13 

I have no patience for people who jump on a comment line just to insult the writer. It's not about Peter King - it's about you being a fool. How sad that this is how you have fun.

berdosux
berdosux

@decredico@CMFJ@Joshua13What a great argument!!  I especially love how you showed evidence and gave examples as to why you think the way you do. 

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