Reeling from Media Day

Media Day is over, but I’m still reeling. Unless you’re there, it’s difficult to comprehend. It’s basically an event within the event, the three hours of Super Bowl week where covering the “news” becomes the news. We chatted live with NFL Nation from the belly of the beast, and we have photo galleries set up of the Steelers and Cardinals.

My take from Media Day this year was that it was somewhat low-key compared to last year. Not that it wasn’t packed, not that there wasn’t a media frenzy, not that it wasn’t hot under the Tampa sun (which gave many of us one-sided sunburns), but it was a different vibe, almost, and I say almost, a sense of normalcy. Whatever that means.

There were highlights. Darnell Dockett of the Cardinals threw down the gauntlet early, proclaiming that rookie DRC (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) could out-dance any member of the Steelers. That challenge was met a couple of hours later. Filmed by Scott Hanson and the NFL Network crew, a group of Steelers formed in the bleachers, beat-boxing as cornerback Bryant McFadden broke it down in his own style. Whenever Hanson is involved, anything is possible. We are efforting video of this whole showdown.

There was TV Azteca — sans a reporter in a wedding dress proposing to Tom Brady — but Ines Sainz is still always a crowd favorite. There were some oddballs (they know who they are) and awkward moments. There was Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos. No Kellie Pickler this year. Still, I’m not the only one who thinks the whole thing was a little subdued.

Either way, Media Day makes Super Bowl week feel more like Super Bowl week. Raymond James Stadium is pretty sick, and should be a solid place to put on a good show Sunday. Both teams were loose, and the players seem to enjoy the whole thing. That’s good to see.

Time for a quick afternoon tour of Radio Row, and another update for you s00n.

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