MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Mooooooo.
On the bus on the way to Media Day at Super Bowl 44. Ready to elbow peers from Boston to Baton Rouge out of my way so I can ask
This is Super Bowl number 25 for me, and I'm not particularly sentimental about it. It's a Groundhog Day type of week for me and those who have covered a lot of these games. The buses run like Swiss watches, the schedules are tight and unbending, and the quotes are homogenized and almost always meaningless. But hey, Super Bowl fever! Catch it!
Three quick points while crawling through morning-rush-hour traffic on I-95 toward the stadium, before getting to your e-mail:
Here's what Warner told me about Martz, his offense and his role in it: "What was perfect for me was that Mike drew the game up exactly the way I always wanted to play football -- with a lot of quick decisions to be made. He wanted to play decisively, not be afraid to make decisions and live with them. And I had the great toys at my disposal in that offense. I played exactly the way the offense was drawn up by Mike. It was a perfect marriage.''
I'd be surprised if Martz didn't have a positive impact on Cutler. The Bears still need to rebuild that sieve of an offensive line, and no draft picks in the top 70 of the draft doesn't help. But improving the line is vital to help Martz and Cutler succeed, because this could be another one-and-done year for Martz if the Bears don't produce a winning record.
The Saints would be wise to work on the Colts as if Freeney is healthy as a horse, because you never know how he'll look Sunday at 6:30, with the wonders of modern rehab. But it's going to be very difficult for him on one healthy wheel to get the kind of torque he needs to be a powerful presence on the blind side of Brees.
Now onto your e-mail:
I actually think this is a very good idea -- if
I have quite a few of those, but I would say that my favorite one happened after
The game was played in Miami. It was a hot and humid evening. Young spent two hours doing interviews with every TV affiliate he could find after the game. At one point, he turned to me and said, "Can you get me something to eat or drink? I'm exhausted." I found him cookies and red Gatorade. Eventually we got into his limo with agent
About five minutes into the trip, Young, cramping up and feeling nauseous, let loose a stream of cherry vomit all over Steinberg's shoes. "Well, Lee," I said, "You'll never wash those shoes again." Later, in his suite, Young laid on his bed and had to get two IVs because he was so dehydrated. And when someone in the Young party yelled out, "Joe Who?" in reference to
On Twitter and in e-mail, I heard from a lot of MMA fans saying similar things. You are probably right. I have never been to an MMA event and perhaps I am misjudging the character of the crowd. I just thought it was a funny line, and if I offended you and any other MMA fans, I apologize.