Cooley plays reporting game at the Super Bowl
Finally, the difficult life of the sports reporter is receiving a little appreciation. Well, not from everyone, but at least from Chris Cooley (who truth be told, has always appreciated the media.)
Cooley has been a correspondent this week for the Ochocinco News Network and has been covering the Super Bowl festivities, just one of the 4,600 credentialed media members in south Florida.
"The week's been awesome," Cooley said this afternoon, seated at the OCNN booth on Radio Row. "It's gone super fast."
OCNN boasts a four-man news team - Cooley, Ray Rice, Darnell Dockett and, of course, Chad Ochcocinco -- and they've been tweeting, shooting videos, writing blog posts on the OCNN site. Cooley has also been posting updates on his own web site.
"Yesterday was wild," Cooley said of Media Day. "On TV, you really only see the interviews; you don't see all of the commotion. It was weird. We got into the Colts, and they said, hey, why don't you go interview Dallas Clark and you go here and there. I thought I could just walk up and ask Dallas Clark a couple questions. It was 10
minutes before I could force myself to the front of his line. You try to make eye contact and get your question in. You definitely appreciate what reporters go through.
"But I got my question in, and I talked to Dallas for a little bit. It was funny because all the guys, once they recognize me, then you get a smile and, 'What are you doing here?'"
Ochocinco tweeted on Tuesday, ""Please mainstream media, don't be mad at me for doing the job you guys have failed to do correctly, giving the fans what they really want," but then wrote on ESPN.com that the Colts and Saints players didn't give him interesting answers.
"I think the biggest thing is, you've got to ask something crazy to get something crazy," Cooley said. "It's a little intimidating. You know you want to get something good, but it's intimidating to ask them. I was happy with what guys said."
While Cooley has been conducting interviews, he's also been the subject of a few - about 75, he estimates. And when we spoke this afternoon, we chatted about the Redskins and some of the changes the team has undergone. We'll have that for you soon.
February 3, 2010; 3:12 PM ET
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