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Super Bowl week -- Friday
January 30, 2009 - Buck Frank
The coaches are now finished with the media. They can now concentrate on the tasks at hand. Both Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Tomlin represented themselves well with all of the interviews this week -- it's easy to see why they have their teams in the Super Bowl.
It's actually chilly today in Tampa. I had to break out a jacket and put away the shorts. There's also a slight drizzle. (No, John Mehno, I'm not starting to put "izzle' at the end of all my words -- at least not yet.)
The NFL Network crew moved indoors and made Radio Row an extremely crowded place. (Jim Rome still has a lot of room to work, though.) If you haven't been watching NFL Network, it replayed Super Bowl XIII on Thursday night (Steelers over Cowboys), and is scheduled to show Super Bowl XIV tonight (Steelers over Rams).
I picked up my gameday press credential earlier today and immediately was relieved to see "PB' on it. That means I'll be sitting in the press box for the game. With so many media covering the game, you never know where you may end up. Some media have "auxillary' on their credential. In Detroit, those seats were a roped-off area in the stands. I'm not sure where those will be in Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.
I'll explain the process of getting Super Bowl credentials in a later blog.
Yesterday afternoon, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rolled into town with a press conference. Springsteen was very candid. Probably three times as many media showed up for that press conference than the ones for Tomlin and Whisenhunt.
You can feel the excitement starting to build here in Tampa. You see more people checking in at hotels, traffic is getting more congested, and the next two nights are the big party nights.
And also, Neil Rudel, I did wear a dark shirt and light pants for Media Day Tuesday. I think I saw several hundred other media people wearing the same.