It’s the big game before the big game: Media Day

Members of the press gather at Lucas Oil Stadium before Super Bowl XLVI Media Day. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)

INDIANAPOLIS — Thought we’d never make it to Lucas Oil Stadium, thanks to some tight security, but we’re coming to you live from what will be the Giants’ sideline five days from now.

It’s Media Day, an event that has become as synonymous with the Super Bowl experience as the game itself.

Media Day is open to the public for the first time ever, and all 7,300 tickets were scooped up at $25 a pop. This speaks to both the popularity of the game and how well-known this particular event has become.

Hundreds of reporters are milling around the field 15 minutes before the Patriots are scheduled to come out. The Pats will step on the field at 10 a.m. and be available to the media for one hour. After a 60-minute break, the Giants will saunter out at noon for their own hour of availability. Then it’s over.

Watching from home in the past, it always seemed like Media Day was some kind of marathon event, where every player was forced to remain on the field until a Jay Leno crony could ask him if he wore boxers or briefs. Jay Leno is the worst.

Fans mostly are sedate right now, which is understandable. When Chris “He-could-go-all-the-way” Berman was briefly interviewed on the big screen, he drew a smattering of applause when he said Indianapolis “has already set a record for kindness.” This struck us as something Shooter McGavin would say after winning a tournament at the beginning of “Happy Gilmore.”

We’re about to head into the crowd to speak with some fans. We already saw a dude on the field dressed as a 1930s football player. Surely, he’s hilarious.

– Dan Hanzus

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