Mo Rocca reports live from Detroit at the site of this year's Super Bowl

January 29th, 2006

Best and worst from Super Bowl media day
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Ah, media day at the Super Bowl. It's like the night before the prom. There's anxiety, tension, exuberance, and lots of concern over which bunch of guys are going to score the most by the end of the big night.

Ford Field was a mob scene today. Think “award show red carpet” with Bill Cowher's chin instead of Charlize Theron's eyes, Rich Eisen instead of Ryan Seacrest, and men wearing tights instead of ladies sporting Yves Saint Laurent. Lining the corridors pre-Media day, I felt like I was walking through the “Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame”. There they were — the prime time players: Chris Berman, Rich Eisen, Dr. Z from Sports Illustrated.

In the same breath, it was a circus. Carnies were everywhere; including me. Here's a recap from the best, the worst, and the silliest stuff from media day:

Best stadium of the day — Ford Field.

Incredible joint. Not to knock my beloved Giants Stadium, but this place is something else. Walking the halls, you feel like you are strutting through one of those themed Vegas casinos. If the “Paris Hotel and Casino” had a 50-yard line, $8 beers, and a bunch of Barry Sanders memorabilia, you could call it Ford Field South.

Best investigative reporter from an NBC late-night talk show – Mo Rocca.

The former Daily Show correspondent was working as a roaming correspondent for The Tonight Show. The I Love the 80's talking head with a penchant for wearing “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” tees had several Seahawks confused when he asked how it felt playing for a Canadian football team. Funny stuff.

All in all, media day was a blast. But the week's just begun. There are still plenty of press conferences, media sessions, and parties to look forward to.

Man, I love prom season.