Joel's time in Miami is simultaneously winding down and revving up. Here's the best of Arrowhead Pride's coverage of Super Bowl XLIV so far:
I spent yesterday afternoon on a Reebok yacht introducing the new ZigTech shoe. A few of the folks in attendance included Shane "Sugar" Mosley Santonio Holmes, Eli Manning, Chuck Liddell, Molly Sims (I like!) and Chad Ochocinco, among others.
I had a chance to catch up with Drew Brees’ trainer, Todd Durkin, who is tremendously more fit than I am. He was there promoting his partnership with Under Armour, and even showed me these core shorts which A) looked almost like underwear and B) are supposed to be a big help when you work out.
(Note: Not that I would know since I don’t, you know, work out)
I had a chance to spend a few minutes with former Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant this afternoon. Bryant, as many of you know, is a potential top 10 pick and arguably the No. 1 receiver on the board.
My how times changed.
The winner of Super Bowl XLIV will take home $83,000. But don’t feel sorry for the loser – they’ll snag $42,000.
OCNN strikes again. This time it was Chris Cooley asking Roger Goodell a question that I’m sure Chad Ochocinco (who couldn’t be there) would be interested in.
Cooley asked Goodell to comment on the uniform fines and players’ behavior on and off the field.
Specifically, Cooley asked if there was an alternatives to fine "other than cash."
I learned very quickly down here in South Florida that the two teams in the Super Bowl are treated like, well, Super Bowl teams. The security is heavy and detailed.
I already touched on NFL security, which drew the attention of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, but here are a few photos from a standard day for the Saints at their team hotel.
As I was walking out of the media center this afternoon, I noticed quite a bit of security nearly pushing me out of the way and escorting a short man into the building and up the stairs.
That man may be short but he’s a major power player in the future of the NFL.
DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFL Player’s Association, conducted a press conference this afternoon and painted a bleak picture regarding the possibility of a lockout effectively stopping the games starting in 2011.
He admitted to BBS that they were in "disarray" and that he feels bad for some of his teammates that are still on the team.
I had a chance to catch up with Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett this afternoon. He was there with the folks from YesterYear Fantasy Sports, which is actually a pretty cool historical fantasy league where you play fantasy football with guys from the 70s, 80s and so on.
One of the things I was eager to hear from Dorsett was difference in media coverage between the Super Bowl he played in during the 70s and 80s and the zoo that it’s become today.
Over the last six years, EA’s Madden video game series has correctly predicted the winner of the Super Bowl on five occasions. The lone miss was the upset heard ‘round the world when the Giants beat the Patriots in 2007, so that’s understandable.
Madden once again simulated a game and predicted the winner to be….
Let me set the scene for you…
On the left in the picture above is Martin Gramatica, former Bucs kicker, lining up as a receiver. This is moments before a man from the crowd yelled, "Gramatica, can you throw? Who are you going to kick to?"
Next to him is former Raiders receiver Tim Brown. And snapping the ball is another former Raider, Marcus Allen.
There's a lot more where that came from. Click here to check out all of Joel's just tremendous coverage of Super Bowl XLIV.