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No Shortage Of Quotable Moments At Super Bowl Media Day

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome today hosted Super Bowl Media Day, and SI.com’s Don Banks wrote on his Twitter feed: “Proof the economy is recovering: The clown quotient was notably higher at media day, after couple down years. Travel budgets are back.” The N.Y. Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano: “Media Day in a nutshell (pun intended): A TV Azteca reporter is interviewing a yodeler who was interviewing a clown, while I Tweet about it.”

The following are a collection of quotes from NFL Network and ESPN’s coverage of the festivities:
  • ESPN’s Mark Schlereth, on fans being allowed to participate in Media Day: “It has become this big spectacle and they do a great job here of giving people access to these players.”
  • NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, on 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s trademark move of kissing his bicep after scoring a touchdown: “He best have some Chapstick because he’s going to be asked to do that quite a bit as he’s sitting up there at that podium.”
  • Cowboys VP/PR & Communications Rich Dalrymple, on NFL Network’s Deion Sanders speaking with Kaepernick before he had chance to sit at his media platform: “There’s media that have been here since 8:30 in the morning and I need to tell you they hate when the NFL Network hijacks a press conference. They hate it.”
  • NFL Network’s Melissa Stark, responding to Dalrymple: “Now you’re one of us.” 
  • Stark, on 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh: “He was funny and he was charming. There are other days when it’s painful to watch his answers.”
  • NFL Network’s Mark Kriegel, on 49ers WR Randy Moss stating he was the greatest wide receiver ever: “Now you know why Randy Moss doesn’t talk to the media because this is probably a pretty ill-advised thing to say.”
  • ESPN’s Herm Edwards, on players handling Media Day: “First of all, have fun with it, but you don’t want to make the headlines tomorrow. You prefer to make the headlines Sunday night after the game.”
  • Eisen, on the throng of media waiting at the podium for Ravens LB Ray Lewis: “I don’t think you could reasonably call that crowd around his podium standing-room-only. That was huge.” 
  • Lewis, on being asked about his murder trial in '00: “This is not the appropriate time for that because the sympathy I have for that family or what me and my family have endured because of all of that. Nobody here is really qualified to ask those questions.”
  • Dalrymple, on Lewis being asked about the murders: “It is called Media Day and you better be prepared for that question as you’ve been for X-number of years since the incident took place. … I do think he handled it in a pretty effective way.”
  • Lewis, on an SI article linking him to PED’s: “Why would I give that any press?”
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