Super Bowl: Postcard from New York No. 4

Another day during Super Bowl week meant another day at the Seahawks team hotel to interview Pete Carroll and players.

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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