SUN LIFE STADIUM, Fla. — Give peace a chance. You might think that’s a strange message to be sending out just before the Colts and Saints do fierce battle for football’s highest honor.
But that didn’t stop Vic “The Brick” Jacobs presenting the most unusual angle I found at Media Day. Regular listeners to Vic’s FOX Sports Radio presentation will probably find nothing strange in the pseudo-Zen philosophy offered by this master self-promoter.
Resplendent in his full-length kimono (I kid thee not), 1960s hippy paraphernalia, genuine fur hat — “I’m the last of the fur-trappers!” — and a self-styled Zen-stick (actually a South American rainstick that simulates the sound of rain when you turn it upside down), Jacobs cut arguably the most distinctive figure of the day.
Stopping alternately to “interview” wandering players or be interviewed by curious fellow media members (count me in that latter category), he insisted this year’s Super Bowl is all about peace and harmony.
Or, as he put it: “Tranquility, harmony, purity and respect.” Eh? Come again, son?
He explained: “I am basically promoting the message of tranquility for this year’s game. Once you master the divine techniques and the art of peace, no enemy can dare challenge you. The art of peace is total emptiness. And, when you are totally empty, you are totally full.”
I was urgently looking around for the men in white coats when he offered a gem of rare munificence. “Peyton Manning is the absolute example of being totally fluid. He is at peace with the game.”
So, does that mean the Colts are a lock for their second Vince Lombardi Trophy, then?
He had the perfect answer for that, too. “Even excellence can be flawed,” he offered, mystically, and then melted away into the crowd.
-– Simon Veness
(U.S.-based British writer Simon Veness has infiltrated the ranks of NFL.com for Super Bowl week with his transatlantic take on events.)