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New York: Super Bowl XLVIII media day

Published: January 28, 2014, 4:21 pm, by Paul Klee

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Super Bowl media day is a popularity contest.

Peyton Manning placed first. Richard Sherman, second. Eric Decker was a narrow third. In a tie for fourth…. everyone else.

Here’s what it sounded like inside the Prudential Center across the river in Newark.

There’s what it looked like inside the biggest media event of Super Bowl week (above). The first question was fired at John Fox. You guessed it: how will the weather affect the Broncos on Sunday?

Fox said the same thing Peyton Manning said about 10 minutes later.

“We’ve played in all kinds of weather this year,” Manning said. “I think that is going to help us.”

The media doesn’t help itself at this over-the-top production. A woman shouted a wedding proposal to married heartthrob Eric Decker (above right). Another woman appeared dressed for a lingerie contest (not pictured, I prefer to keep my job). Another player was asked if the Super Bowl is “a must-win game.”

Phewww.

While the largest throng of cameras surrounded Manning, the soon-to-be MVP, even Air Force grad Ben Garland couldn’t escape the absurdity.

Big Ben was asked if he could recall his strangest dream. Read his answer in Wednesday’s Gazette.

Finally, Eric Decker encountered the doozy:

“What’s your favorite part of your wife’s body?” a credentialed media member actually said.

“All of it,” he answered.

Now is it game time yet?

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