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Media Day Follies - Part 1

Could the era of quasi-celebrity journalism be over? Has the worm turned?

Judging by the turnout at media day down here in, maybe, just maybe, it has. Refreshingly enough, there was a lack of poseurs holding microphones here. A year ago, everywhere you turned on media day there was some hackneyed "talent" like Tom Arnold or Gilbert Gottfried running around. Today, not so much.

I spoke to Len Shapiro and a few other writers who have been covering the Super Bowl much longer than I have, and they all agreed that this was indeed, a rare media day without such madness. Sure ET and Access Hollywood had their people scurrying around asking questions as only they can, but for the most part it was someone who actually does this kind of thing for a living.

The trend du jour was religion. Seemed like whichever player of coach I bounced around to, there was someone from a religious network asking some sort of faith-based question. Okay, I take that back - usually they were asking like four straight God-centric questions. It was pretty rampant.

The Bears have already done their thing, and they all seemed to be in good spirits and taking the drudgery of the day in stride. Muhsin Muhammad was loving it - the man has the gift of gab - and generally enjoyed the litany of odd or irreverent queries tossed his way, doing some verbal gymnastics a la The Greatest. "I'm doing my best Muhammad Ali rope-a-dope," the receiver said.

Okay, I've got plenty of good stuff to post, but I gotta run to the Colts for now. Will have more stuff in an hour - if I am able to get on-line while riding the media bus - or in a few hours if I have to wait until I get back to the media center. for those wanted a taste of what is to come however, google Ines Sainz. TV Azteca is my new favorite network.


By Jason La Canfora  |  January 30, 2007; 12:04 PM ET
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