Super Bowl: Postcard from New York No. 4
And it’s safe to say that many players, while not rude about it, are ready to be done with us after being available so often to such a huge group of media.
When I saw Max Unger today, I asked him if he was sick of us yet, he joked, “yeah, but that started long before this week.”
Following today’s press availability, I did some writing, then with the weather warming slightly — I think we hit 30 today — decided it was time to get out of the hotel for a few minutes and wander around. Times Square, as you might imagine three days before the Super Bowl, was quite a zoo. A big stretch of it has been closed to traffic and renamed Super Bowl Boulevard.
There were TV broadcasts set up there, a big slide, a stage featuring performances by casts of various Broadway shows — the cast of Rock of Ages looked a little cold singing “Don’t Stop Believing” — a set of goal posts fans could attempt to make a kick through, and a lot of people. So many people. Based on my incredibly unscientific research, I’d guess Seahawks fans outnumber Denver fans by close to a 2-1 margin. Speaking of fans, it’s pretty crazy to step out of a restaurant in Manhattan and see two guys in Richard Sherman jerseys having a smoke, then hear a shout of “go Hawks!” from a group walking by on the other side of the street, which happened at dinner Wednesday night.
Other things you see in Times Square: some strange individuals. You can find people evangelizing in just about any city, but it seems like a uniquely New York thing to hear a man shout, “Tim Tebow is a false prophet,” followed by a man passing by exclaiming, “Oh (shoot), he just called out Tebow.”
The afternoon walk ended with a visit to the famous Carnegie Deli — the corned beef was delicious — then it was back to the hotel for more work ... Uh-oh, gotta run. I just got an email about the “Fish Bowl” which is apparently competition for the “Puppy Bowl.” Can’t sit on big news like that.
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