SUN LIFE STADIUM, Fla. — Of course, while many make the mistake of thinking the players are the story at Media Day, I know better.
While the various hordes are out in force in South Florida this week (and Attila the Hun would be right at home here), they nearly all make the mistake of flocking around the likes of Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, Dwight Freeney and someone, I’m told, should be rightly referred to as a “rookie phenom” called Austin Collie.
I’m tempted to point out the error of their ways as, for all the brilliance that Manning and Co. bring on the field of play, the chances of them doing or saying anything remarkable in front of the massed phalanxes of microphones, Dictaphones and TV cameras are barely between “slim” and “none.” It just ain’t gonna happen.
But, if you look around the concourse at Joe Robbie, sorry, Sun Life Stadium, you find the true meaning of this annual media tango. Step forward the likes of Mireya Grisales (who I am reliably informed is a “personality” for Mexican TV station Telemundo), and the most deliberately eye-catching outfit since Marilyn Monroe stood above a New York City subway station vent and noted, “It’s a bit drafty, isn’t it?”
The delightful Ms. Grisales (or “top totty” as we might say in the UK), is clearly someone who believes that a smart appearance trumps a smart question any day of the week. Why waste time with a clever approach to, say, Reggie Wayne, when you can glide up in skin-tight jeans, thigh-high boots, the skimpiest of blouses and a bare midriff and get his immediate attention?
But then this is all about attention-seeking and headline-grabbing any way you can, and several TV stations have decided that scantily clad presenters are definitely the way to go (on Tuesday, at least).
And who am I to argue?
– 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.)