Spat Between Deion Sanders, Pat Hanlon Spices Up NFL Net's Media Day Coverage
An argument yesterday between NFL Network's Deion Sanders and Giants Senior VP/Communications Pat Hanlon was "beamed to the free world via the NFL Network" in the wake of Sanders landing the only interview with Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch during Super Bowl Media Day, according to Bob Raissman of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Hanlon, who was NFL Net's guest analyst for Media Day, with a grin said, "Prime got him. Hey, they said Prime didn’t tackle anybody (when he played). Well, he just ‘tackled’ Marshawn Lynch." Raissman notes while Hanlon "was delivering the word," NFL Net's Marshall Faulk -- who was "taking this whole Lynch thing way too seriously -- glared at the PR man." Sanders then said, "I’m about to go into Beast Mode (on Hanlon). Name one game when you didn’t see me (make tackles) -- especially against the Giants. Show me the tape. See, I get offended when people say that." Hanlon then was "looking for a way out." He said, "When I think about you, I think about you breaking (kicker) Brad Dalusio's leg (in 1999) returning a kickoff." But Sanders shot back, "Let’s not get off the subject." Hanlon: "We can replay the tape. I didn’t say you didn’t tackle. I said THEY said you didn’t tackle." Hanlon added that he "didn’t sense any tension on the set." He even "gave Sanders credit for the interview and introducing Lynch to a large audience not familiar with him." Raissman: "We will at least credit Hanlon and Sanders for carbonating a flat drink" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/29).
READY FOR PRIME TIME? Sanders took a beating on Twitter yesterday for his role in Media Day. SI.com's Richard Deitsch had several anti-Deion tweets, writing, "It's the annual day of the year where it's fun to count how many times Deion Sanders references Deion Sanders. Bet the over." He later wrote, "Like Deion Sanders, I plan on telling Fox Sports president Eric Shanks that 'I appreciate you, man' after we interview later today." FoxSports.com’s Jimmy Traina: “This is my first time ever watching Media Day. I can honestly say Deion Sanders interviewing players is the worst thing I've ever seen on TV." Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk wrote, "Deion Sanders is not making anyone forget Mike Wallace." The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly sarcastically wrote, "Just saw the Marshawn Lynch interview with Deion Sanders on NFL Network. Sanders deserves an Emmy. Talk about a great interview session" (TWITTER.com, 1/28). Meanwhile, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel said Media Day "takes time away from serious reporters" like Sanders before airing a clip titled "Good Questions with Deion Sanders." After showing the clip, Kimmel said, "They say there are no dumb questions. I think they are wrong, and I think he asked all of them" ("Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC, 1/28).