Radio Row kicks into high gear

Rich Eisen, Maurice Jones-Drew and Warren Sapp strike a pose Wednesday. (Alix Drawec/NFL)

Radio Row exploded Wednesday into a fever dream of celebrity and NFL stardom.

Want in on the show? Check out our rapid-churning Super Bowl blog, a detailed account of the day that was. For you die hards, here’s a few gems that slipped beneath the cracks:

  • Butler Blue II, the adorable mascot of Butler University, stole the show during his brief cameo on The Row. A few fun facts about the only English Bulldog we know with a personal Twitter account (@ButlerBlue2): The 7-year-old has been a mascot since he was just 7 weeks old; the school dubs him “America’s dog”; and he was scheduled to judge Wednesday night’s final round of the Super 46 sandwich contest. Like we said, adorable.

Butler Blue II surveys the scene. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

  • Simona De Silvestro drives a fast car, but she needs some help with her fantasy team. The top female Indy Car driver in 2011 caused a stir in the media center early Wednesday as she made her way through Radio Row. Hailing from Thun, Switzerland, De Silvestro — tagged with the slightly obvious alias of “Swiss Miss” — says she’s rooting for Tom Brady on Sunday. Mainly because the Patriots’ star QB was a bright spot on her ill-fated fantasy team, which hit troubled waters when she “messed up” the bye weeks. As for her every-day car, she drives a Lotus Semora. “I drive pretty slowly around town, because I can go really fast in a race car. So, yeah, I kind of drive like a grandma.”
  • As 81-year-old Pat Summerall wound his way through the media masses, his longtime broadcasting partner, John Madden, was believed to be stationed downstairs for an afternoon news conference. NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus hustled to the meeting room to chat with the legendary coach and video-game icon but instead found Madden addressing a baffled gang of reporters via two 50-inch plasma screens from somewhere far away. Madden managed to present the Saints with an award for best offensive line before the event morphed into Prilosec OTC-themed corporate hype-fest.

– Marc Sessler and David Ely

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