Super Bowl Media Day continues to be a surreal deal


NEW ORLEANS -- Another Super Bowl Media Day is in the books. As always, it was a zoo.

Take a look at photos from Super Bowl XLVII media day session with the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.

Around The League was on the ground at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Some takeaways from this year's event ...

» Alex Smith lost his starting job and he didn't even get a riser. Cold-blooded. We can't imagine how happy he must have been when this thing was over.

» Walking through the crowd, I heard English, Spanish, German and Japanese. Probably missed some, too.

» There was a shockingly large crowd assembled around David Akers.

» The wacky persona rundown: We had a creepy rodeo clown, a 30-year-old man dressed as a boy superhero and Vic "The Brick." There also was a guy from Telemundo dressed as a royal monarch of some kind. Loco.

» The schlub-reporter-to-attractive-women ratio is improving in New Orleans with each day. Katherine Webb was in the building. As was Ines Sainz. This being a Super Bowl event, and not 1969, she knew she was safe from any New York Jets.

» You could have guessed, but Jim Harbaugh wore his standard outfit: Niners hat. Black shirt. Tan khakis. Sneakers. He has the wardrobe variety of a character from "The Simpsons" at this point.

» A reporter from something called the "OMG Insider" was handing players a cardboard cutout shaped as a hashtag. Some players went along with it (Terrell Suggs), but others seemed completely mystified by the exercise (Justin Smith).

» Speaking of Smith, he has a tattoo of the Anheuser Busch logo on his massive left arm. This is a man who has never tasted a wine cooler.

» Former NFL vice president of officiating and current Fox rules guy Mike Pereira was walking around holding a penalty flag. It's unknown why.

» I spent a few moments examining Joe Flacco's hair. It's short, neatly combed, no product. It's remarkable in how unremarkable it is. His dad probably would explain it with a different word.

» We overheard San Francisco 49ers guard Joe Looney get asked -- and I quote -- "Who's your favorite black person?"

Super Bowl Media Day can be strange.

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