Super Bowl: Media Day Experience

February 1, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Marissa Belske

Super Bowl Media Day has long been a time for reporters with a crazy side to express themselves.This year, four unsuspecting SMU journalists got to experience the fast-paced and unpredictable nature of Super Bowl Media Day.

SMU senior Kimmy Ryan interviewed former Mustang Emmanuel Sanders at the 2011 Super Bowl Media Day. (PHOTO BY MARISSA BELSKE / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

With a past history of interesting antics, such as marriage proposals and unique questions, I walked into Jerry’s palace expecting the unexpected. As we walked into the billion-dollar structure from the freezing cold outside, I was immediately aware of the magnitude of this event. We walked down on the soft turf of the Cowboys stadium and that is when the madness began.

One journalist from NickToons was dressed up as a superhero at the 2011 Super Bowl Media Day. (PHOTO BY MARISSA BELSKE / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

With the chance to see football greats such as Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers, I was slightly star struck. But I wasn’t the only one amazed at the magnitude of Media Day. Many of the athletes themselves were recording Media Day on their own personal electronic devices.

“Media Day is a lot of the same questions, but like everything is part of the process. You just have to go through it so I don’t mind it,” said Steelers offensive tackle and former Cowboy Flozell Adams.

Not only were the current stars of the Super Bowl at the event, but the all-time greats were also there. We had a chance to see and interview Deion Sanders and Warren Sapp. On the way out, we ran into Chad Ocho-Cinco. For a SMU student who has always had a passion for sports, it was very surreal.

While most of the media at Media Day were there to be professional, there were a few who drew attention to themselves. One reporter was in a blue cardboard box that looked like one of the players’ podiums. He went around the field asking players to interview him.

A Telemundo reporter went around asking players to interview him at the 2011 Super Bowl Media Day. (PHOTO BY MARISSA BELSKE / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

SMU's Kimmy Ryan interviews Vic the Brick from FOX Radio. Brick was one of the many journalists who showed up dressed in their own unique way. (PHOTO BY FERNANDO VALDES / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

Radio host Vic “The Brick” Jacobs, a host on the Fox Sports Radio network based in Los Angeles was dressed to impress as well. Vic “The Brick” sported a leopard shirt with fringe, three layers of vintage rabbit fur, a two-tone wig and oversized sunglasses.

“I rock a lot of fur,” said Vic.

There were many high-profile women that attended Media Day as well. Swimsuit model Brookyn Decker was there for Entertainment Tonight and Ines Sainz for Azteca TV. You may remember Sainz as the woman whose call to fame came after hearing catcalls in the New York Jets’ locker room earlier this year.

“It’s my first Media Day,” Decker said. “It’s a lot more intense and crazy than I expected. It is really fun to meet the guys that play the game.”

At the end of the day, Super Bowl Media Day was unlike anything I have ever experienced. What began in 1986 as Picture Day has transformed into a true spectacular of media life.

SMU junior Brittany Levine interiviewed many Steelers at the 2011 Super Bowl Media Day. (PHOTO BY MARISSA BELSKE / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

(Daily Mustang reporters Brittany Levine, Fernando Valdes and Kimmy Ryan contributed to this article.)

Video and Editing by Fernando Valdes

Super Bowl Media Day from on Vimeo.