I've now had two bags of Lays potato chips -- the only food available apparently for miles -- and no lunch or dinner, so I'm thinking it's probably time to leave my self-imposed hibernation in the Super Bowl Media Center at Tampa's Convention Center.
Reflecting on the action-packed day, a few memories stick out -- and yes, that video of Edgerrin and possibly others is coming. Maybe later tonight.
Until then ...
1. Even though it was early, the Arizona Cardinals definitely got the better media facility of the two teams. And apparently the Cards picked to have the early session each day ... I thought it was so the extreme majority of Pittsburgh media could get a little more sleep.
Maybe it's something about living in a coal town that gives you a haggard look.
Actually, I think everyone in the media center has that look right now. Must be something in the chips.
2. All day long I've been staring over at a Pepsi can not far from my computer. It has a bunch of dirt-looking stuff on the top, and I thought it might be some kind of kindergarten/Super Bowl media plant-a-seed-in-a-pop-can project.
So stupidly -- this is how you get here in the Media Center at night -- I reach over and pick up the can. Still can't tell what the stuff is. Now it looks like maybe brown grass or something?
So I put it right under my nose and sniff.
Duh. Chewing tobacco.
And I thought sportswriters had nothing in common with the pro athletes we cover.
3. There's something mildly creepy about following a rabid pack of middle-aged men upstairs to go to a Faith Hill press conference -- she's singing America the Beautiful at the Super Bowl this year.
4. I just looked over to my left and saw a group of three writers wearing orange, white and green matching jackets. Kinda made them look like a team. Star Trek-esque or something. Maybe the NDN should consider this. Ideas?
5. I'm starting to feel like Larry David's date in that episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm when they're at the movies and she starts squirming in her seat. Whether you know this reference or not, it's probably sufficient to signal that this blog is over.
See y'all tomorrow for more from the Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner) press conference and the Walter Payton Man of the Year press conference.