Media Day (cont.)
11:41 a.m.: SI.com's Don Banks checks in on the phone from Media Day: "I thought it was the tamest Super Bowl Media Day in my 19 Super Bowls. It could be that the move indoors, while a fairly strong Florida sun blazed outside, has kind of mellowed everyone out. But some of it is the Colts and their team persona which is pretty much all business all the time. But it was painfully shy of much theater of the absurd, and I thought pretty shy of headlines all the way around." Banks spent the first 10 minutes next to Freeney's podium and says Freeney did not seem optimistic about playing. "Freeney said if I'm not playing, we should be all right, which kind of tells you his mindset." Freeney disclosed that he has owned an oxygen chamber for the past two years. Most importantly, Banks says he has not seen anyone wearing a wedding gown.
11:17 a.m.: Freeney is leaving his podium. Slowly. In flip flops.
11:16 a.m.: Newark Star-Ledger sports columnist Steve Politi tweets: "The Colts are boring. Where's Rex Ryan to liven things up when you need him?"
11:10 a.m.: Peyton Manning said he "has no reaction" to the Saints chatter about getting to the quarterback. Asked about NFL players' safety, Manning said the league "is trying to protect the players and their lives after football. Is it a dangerous sport? Absolutely. 100 percent. But I think the league is trying to do everything it can to keep the players as safe as possible."
11:04 a.m.: So I see The Blind Side was nominated today for an Academy Award as best picture. (Nice flick, but a little light for a Best Picture nomination, no?) Speaking of entertainment, we've seen little of the nonsense from Super Bowl Media Days past: No reporters wearing wedding dresses, and no marriage proposals. At least as of now.
10:56 a.m.: Like what I'm hearing from Colts center Jeff Saturday. Smart and thoughtful answers. "Even if we don't win, I can tell you where Peyton Manning will rank among quarterbacks," Saturday said. "The top of the list." Comcast Sportsnet reporter Tom Curran tweets that Saturday said of backup quarterback Curtis Painter: "He's a good guy. Me and [fellow offensive lineman Ryan] Deim sit behind him in meetings and flick at his head." Worth noting here is the Colts allowed 13 sacks this season -- the fewest in the NFL.
10:53 a.m.: Colts coach Jim Caldwell is asked if he has any regrets not going for the perfect season. "None whatsoever," he said. "Our goal was to get here, where we are today." Caldwell said that Freeney is a "quick healer" so "don't count him out just yet."
10:44 a.m.: Palm Beach Post NFL reporter Edgar Thompson tweets that Freeney was using an oxygen chamber for his ankle. The ankle is a Grade 3 sprain with a torn ligament. There's not as many media around the Colts other defensive end Robert Mathis, who is now being buttered up by Mariucci. Mathis said he can play on both sides, depending on what happens with Freeney. Of his defensive line coach, John Teerlinck, Mathis said he "eat, sleeps and dreams sacks."
10:42 a.m. : Colts wideout Pierre Garcon is wearing a bandana on his head with the flag of his native Haiti.
10:40 a.m.: Colts wideout Reggie Wayne on the South Beach scene: "Miami is always going to be Miami. But you'll be a bigger rock star if you win this game." Wayne said he asked Freeney how his ankle felt and Freeney told him "it's coming along."
10:31 a.m.: Manning is trying to become the 11th player in NFL history to win the MVP and Super Bowl in the same season. He's got a big crowd around him. "The Saints may come out and play something entirely different than what we've seen," Manning said. "This is an an unfamiliar opponent. This is a team with a lot of players I have not played against. So the more you can get familiar with these guys, the more comfortable you feel."
10:22 a.m.: And we're off. NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci just said 34-year-old Peyton Manning is still a kid. (Glad this guy's not covering the X-Games.) Deion asked Freeney how his ankle is. "It's day to day," said Freeney. "Hopefully, by toward the end of the week it starts to get better." As for how long he can go, Freeney said that decision will be made Friday or Saturday. Freeney said he will definitely have pain and is trying to get the swelling down. "It's kind of early, it just happened last week," Freeney said. "We still have some recovery to go." Looking at Freeney's ankle, it looks pretty swollen. NFL Network's Warren Sapp just went bold on Freeney: "He's done."
10:12 a.m.: Super Bowl Media Day is usually held on the playing field but today its indoors on the concourse level of Sun Life Stadium because of yesterday's rain. The NFL Network's Rich Eisen looks as if he's broadcasting from the fifth floor of a Holiday Inn and he's going to have to fill for another 15 minutes because things have been pushed back 30 minutes today. There's already a deep throng to speak with Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, and the throng is led by Deion Sanders, who will likely talk more than Freeney.