Super Bowl Media Day begins tomorrow January 28th at 9:30 AM CST. It will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Approximately 5,000 media members will be credentialed and if you don't work in the press corp, you can go by buying a ticket for $28.50.
Yes, I'm serious, people shell out close to 30 U.S. Dollars to watch reporters get into a swarm/gang bang/mosh pit style conglomerate of humanity; strictly for the purpose of hearing canned responses and cliches from highly paid NFL football players. Like Jim Cramer says, "there's always a bull market somewhere."
Lots of people watch Super Bowl Media Day; both on television and in person.
Imagine the tremendous size of the swarm that will be around Richard Sherman at Super Bowl Media Day! Think about how many times you'll hear the same tired and predictable questions from reporters with zero original thoughts and no refreshing story angles:
, what does this game mean to your legacy?"
"Richard, how do you feel you've been misunderstood by people these past ten days?
"(Any Seahawks player) Tell us about how important the 12th man is"
"(Any Broncos player) Tell us what makes Peyton so great"
ESPN NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty told me at Chicagoland Speedway this past summer:
"the NFL slaughters everything." Remember, this is a current NASCAR guy, and former NBA and college basketball guy talking. Certainly, Super Bowl Media Day, and Super Bowl Sunday itself, verify that observation. Sunday IS OUR national holiday.
A question I get all the time is "who is the biggest person you've ever interviewed?"
I always say "depends on what you're into. The answer is different for everybody."
Former Vice President Al Gore is the only person
I've had an exclusive with who's won the popular vote of a U.S. Presidential election. Danica Patrick probably is the most
popular, or at least the most polarizing, individual (see the avatar for this website), Dan Marino the most accomplished athlete
. Sir Alex Ferguson is the most accomplished coach (think Phil Jackson and Casey Stengel combined of the English Premier League,
and unlike 99.999% of my interview subjects, he's been knighted. Alex Morgan was probably the most beneficial though
, as she always gets the most page views.
The point is, it all depends on where you're from and what you're in to. Just like trying to designate what league/sport is the runner-up as our national past time. We know what's number one with a bullet.
Second place is not even remotely close to the NFL. And here's how we did the sports popularity power rankings...