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Patriots Media Day observations

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We’re here at Lucas Oil Stadium for Super Bowl Media Day, and while my media colleagues wolf down their buffet spread I’ll offer up a few observations:

1. The fans loved it. Many of the journalists who view Media Day as a chore scoffed when the NFL announced that it would sell tickets. But the thousands of fans who turned out today sure seemed like they were enjoying themselves — cheering, laughing and generally having a great time. The NFL could easily sell many more tickets to Media Day if it wanted to, as evidenced by the fact that I saw someone scalping tickets outside Lucas Oil Stadium. The fans are here to stay.

2. Rob Gronkowski doesn’t seem concerned about his ankle. Gronkowski is out of his walking boot and seemed completely comfortable. He was joking around, laughing and generally acting like a guy who expects to be good to go on Super Bowl Sunday.

3. People still want to talk to Chad Ochocinco. As a bench warmer for the Patriots, Ochocinco wasn’t given one of the spots at a podium and was instead just milling around inside Lucas Oil Stadium. But he was still mobbed by reporters — at one point I saw exactly one reporter talking to Logan Mankins, who did have a podium, while about 30 reporters fought for a position around Ochocinco.

4. Bill Belichick remains in a good mood. We’ve talked all week about how Belichick seems calmer, more relaxed and just happier to be here than he has been at past Super Bowls. Belichick was asked plenty of questions about his coaching legacy, and he always answered that he was just honored to be mentioned in the same sentence as coaches like Chuck Noll and Vince Lombardi. He seems to be genuinely enjoying himself and grateful to be back at the Super Bowl.

5. Media Day remains more about the spectacle than the sport. Occasionally you can hear people talking about the game (and we’ll get into more of those quotes later today) but what you see more of is players getting interviewed by superheroes.

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30 Responses to “Patriots Media Day observations”
  1. tb12eatitbitches says: Jan 31, 2012 11:51 AM

    Championship!!!!!

  2. rexismybff says: Jan 31, 2012 11:53 AM

    “Belichick was asked plenty of questions about his coaching legacy, and he always answered that he was just honored to be mentioned in the same sentence as coaches like Chuck Noll and Vince Lombardi.”

    ========================

    And I’m sure Lombardi and Noll would be “honored” to be mentioned in the same sentence with a convicted cheater like BB.

    errr…. maybe not

  3. pastabelly says: Jan 31, 2012 11:55 AM

    Belichick does seem more relaxed. As a Patriots fan, I want him to be his uptight and arrogant self. Why mess with the formula? He’s turning 60 this year and maybe the Ghost of NFL Future has paid him a visit. I can see him coaching until Brady retires and then shifting to GM and handing the keys over to McDaniels.

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:56 AM

    “what you see more of is players getting interviewed by superheroes.”

    Really ? Superheroes ? Who’s there ? Batman ? The Avengers ? Kung Fu Panda and the Furious Five ? Didn’t know they were NFL fans too ROFL

  5. rc33 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:01 PM

    Giants better not lose.
    The laughing will be endless.

    Better not lose.

  6. vandalay1 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:08 PM

    rexismybff should go play in traffic…what time do the jets play in the superbowl this year? oh, right, they don’t and never will so suck it db!

  7. patsfanforevah says: Jan 31, 2012 12:10 PM

    @rexismybff – dude… your team is on vacation and not playing. go find another site to troll.

  8. 3octaveFart says: Jan 31, 2012 12:10 PM

    “Bill Belichick remains in a good mood.”

    And why not?
    Goodell assured him the “fix is in…”

  9. mrl7265 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:25 PM

    Just checked the NFL record books. There is no * near any Patriot records or Superbowl Victories! There won’t be one next to this Superbowl Victory either. It’s great when people hate, then you know you are at the top of the mountain!

  10. sj39 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:32 PM

    The fix may well be in. BB to retire.

  11. dyims says: Jan 31, 2012 12:32 PM

    Once again people (for what that’s worth) such as rexismybff and 30octaveFart are showing their true intelligence level – which by the way seems to be less than 20 – blogging like imbeciles on a pats story. We know who rex’s team is but 30octave is too much of a coward to say who he/she/it really roots for.

  12. boblavoie says: Jan 31, 2012 12:40 PM

    Once again 3activefarts:
    You are showing your ignorance. So tell me, why bother even watching? Or if you are so sure “the fix is in” how much do you have on the game. Grow up.

  13. sj39 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:44 PM

    dyims, they are both right. Since when do you have to be a Pats fan to comment on a Pats story? BBs legacy is that of a cheater.

  14. wikidpissah says: Jan 31, 2012 12:59 PM

    rexismybff says: Jan 31, 2012 11:53 AM

    “Belichick was asked plenty of questions about his coaching legacy, and he always answered that he was just honored to be mentioned in the same sentence as coaches like Chuck Noll and Vince Lombardi.”

    ========================

    And I’m sure Lombardi and Noll would be “honored” to be mentioned in the same sentence with a convicted cheater like BB.

    errr…. maybe not
    =================================
    Great week to be a Jets fan.

    Your coach will soon be mentioned with his father and the hundreds of others who failed to lead a team to the Super Bowl. Of course he IS the all time leader in guarantees.

  15. havok82 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:03 PM

    If the fix is in and it favors the Pats, pencil me in for liking that. I will happily take that. Will it wash away the sting from 2007? Nope…but it will be really, really nice.

  16. steviethewiz says: Jan 31, 2012 1:03 PM

    Sure Little Bill is in a good mood. He knows he is going to CHEAT AGAIN for another tainted win *************** Once a cheat always a cheat – sorry choward heads that you feel bad about this but don’t blame us; we didn’t cheat, Little Bill did………….and got caught – lost a first round draft pick and was fined so why mad at us? I mean you don’t want to see Floyd Landis back riding do you? how about Tim Donaghy? you want him back as a referee? Can we let Rosie Ruiz back in the marathon? How about you sitting next to a card counter at the black jack table – you want him to continue to cheat you out of your money? well we don’t want Little Bill the Cheater in the NFL either so sue us you fools. Forever enjoy your ************* tainted wins.

  17. acdc363 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:06 PM

    Cheating is the new winning

  18. bozosforall says: Jan 31, 2012 1:31 PM

    patsfanforevah says:
    Jan 31, 2012 12:10 PM
    @rexismybff – dude… your team is on vacation and not playing. go find another site to troll.

    __
    Same thing that Yankee fans told Red Sox fans in October…yet the whiny Boston wusses still trolled…and trolled…and trolled.

    Go eff yourself, putzfemforevah.

  19. bozosforall says: Jan 31, 2012 1:33 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 11:56 AM
    “what you see more of is players getting interviewed by superheroes.”

    Really ? Superheroes ? Who’s there ? Batman ? The Avengers ? Kung Fu Panda and the Furious Five ? Didn’t know they were NFL fans too ROFL

    __
    Try looking at the attached picture, Pats fan moron.

  20. CKL says: Jan 31, 2012 1:48 PM

    sj39 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:44 PM

    dyims, they are both right. Since when do you have to be a Pats fan to comment on a Pats story? BBs legacy is that of a cheater.
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    You don’t have to be a Pats fan to comment on Pats threads. However there’s a special name for people who post on almost all Pats (or other teams’) threads with the same tiresome junk over and over and don’t even post on their own teams’ threads much. Just shows us, among other things, that they have nothing to bring to the table as far as football related knowledge. So if the shoe fits….

  21. superbowltruffle says: Jan 31, 2012 1:49 PM

    LOL Jets fans. Hahahahaha. I love this.

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:53 PM

    “Try looking at the attached picture, Pats fan moron.”

    LOL I may be a moron but at least I don’t have to ask Mommy if I can use her computer to make my posts about mean ol’ Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

    And if my team had already been eliminated I wouldn’t be pathetically spending all my time making those posts. Maybe someday a girl will finally talk to you and you can find something else to do with your time.

  23. habsman says: Jan 31, 2012 2:00 PM

    Three shiney clean untainted Lombardi’s. I know because I’ve seen them.

    What are you going to do about it? Haha. Cry? Thought so. And cry some more.

    The fix is in? WooooHoooo! Number four!

    All you hater, are you nervous? Going to cry some more on Monday?

    Wow, the haters are getting more and more nervous as game time approaches.

  24. whatnojets says: Jan 31, 2012 2:29 PM

    Giants will clobber the “Pats”!!

    Giants 45 Pats 10

  25. qdescendency says: Jan 31, 2012 2:40 PM

    Poor Logan… One reporter???

  26. jkcranshaw says: Jan 31, 2012 2:45 PM

    rexismybff says: Jan 31, 2012 11:53 AM

    And I’m sure Lombardi and Noll would be “honored” to be mentioned in the same sentence with a convicted cheater like BB.

    errr…. maybe not

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Ya… because Chuck Noll’s 4 SB’s weren’t won by teams on more anabolic steroids than the East German Olympic Team… I can see why he would be embarrassed to be associated with BB.

  27. pattyarbuccholz says: Jan 31, 2012 2:46 PM

    Bozo and Rex,

    You’re both pathetic and sad little men. I feel terrible for both of you.

    Here we are in Boston getting to enjoy article after article basking in the glow of 8 championships in 11 years (with the chance for a 9th), and there you are trolling an NFL message board crying out for some attention while spouting whiny nonsense. It’s embarrassing. Go away. It’s clear that no one wants you here.

  28. watters7 says: Jan 31, 2012 3:21 PM

    Didn’t the Pats go 17-1 after they stopped “cheating” in 2007? Come up with some new material to mask your jealousy. Just accept the fact that the Pats are the best team of the past 10 years.

  29. devikesfan says: Jan 31, 2012 3:22 PM

    Belichick has an appreciation of history…he realizes not many men have done what he has.
    Looks like he has taken a moment to appreciate that fact. Good for him!

  30. jkcranshaw says: Jan 31, 2012 4:51 PM

    watters7 says: Jan 31, 2012 3:21 PM

    Didn’t the Pats go 17-1 after they stopped “cheating” in 2007? Come up with some new material to mask your jealousy. Just accept the fact that the Pats are the best team of the past 10 years.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Exactly….

    Pats since Spy Gate:

    16-0, AFC East, AFC Champion, Super Bowl (lost)
    11-5, without Brady missed playoffs
    10-6, AFC East, Playoff Appearance
    14-2, AFC East, Playoff Appearance
    13-3, AFC East, AFC Champion, TBA

    Jests since Spy Gate:

    4-12, Missed Playoffs
    9-7, Missed Playoffs
    9-7, AFC Championship (lost)
    11-5, AFC Championship (lost)
    8-8, Missed Playoffs

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