Angry Steelers, Gilbert Gottfried and a little strategy
Posted: Tuesday January 31, 2006 12:59PM; Updated: Tuesday January 31, 2006 5:40PM
Detroit native Jerome Bettis was mobbed the second he sat down today.
DETROIT -- When everybody's doing the same thing, and you need to do something just a little different ... when everything seems the same as it has been for time immemorial ... when all the words sound too familiar, all the jokes ring just a little too lame ... what can you do?
A Super Bowl media day memoir, of course.
"I'm not going to be a guy who sits up here and tells you lies," Joey Porter, the Steelers linebacker, says on the fake field at Ford Field, the beautiful indoor stadium in Downtown Motown. "You ask me a question, I'm going to give you an honest answer."
So I ask: Hey, Joey, do you think Kimo von Oelhoffen really gave CarsonPalmer's knee a little extra tweak to bring him down in that divisional playoff game a few weeks ago?
Porter looks like he's wants to pound me. And then he smiles. Or maybe not. My memory's a little fuzzy right now. And there's some incessant quacking in my ear.
Really. It's a quacking. A super annoying quacking, like that damn Aflac duck.
I turn around, and there he is. The Aflac duck. In the flesh.
"Who's going to win the game?," someone asks the duck.
"One of the teams," says Gilbert Gottfried, who provides the annoying voice for the duck and is here moonlighting for ESPN2.
"Oy vey," he says shortly after, surveying the scrum of bodies heaving back and forth over the Field Turf.
I could relate some football strategy that was discussed Tuesday morning, or pass on some of the heartfelt personal stories of the men who make up the Steelers. That's what a lot of the hard-working members of the fourth estate are trying to do here. It is, from what I understand, their job.
But Super Bowl Media Day long ago became more about the show than the game. Heck, you can make the argument, without trying too hard, that the Super Bowl itself long ago became more about the show than the game.