Just The Facts

Feb. 08, 1993
Feb. 08, 1993

Table of Contents
Feb. 8, 1993

College Hockey
College Basketball
Super Bowl XXVII
Super Bowl XVII
Point After

Just The Facts

On Media Day, players and press searched for the true meaning of the Super Bowl

Fun facts about football's ultimate test of stamina...Media Day:

This is an article from the Feb. 8, 1993 issue Original Layout

•Number of huge tour buses needed to carry 900 members of the media to Dodger Stadium for a one-hour session with each team: nine.
•Number of commuters giving friendly waves and thumbs-ups to media as police stopped traffic on the Hollywood Freeway at morning rush hour to let the buses through: zero.
•Price of delicious media breakfast of. Danish, juice, marmalade, coffee, tea and milk before Media Day began: free.
•First thing said by Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Alvin Harper, standing at his podium, waiting for the reporters to hit the field: "People, can't we all get along?"
•Number of times 335-pound Cowboy offensive lineman Nate Newton's weight was mentioned: 37.
•Number of times Buffalo Bill wide receiver Andre Reed said, "We're a lot more relaxed this year": 11.
•Number of times Reed looked relaxed during the session: zero.
•Price of delicious media luncheon of waffles, sausage, pasta and salad at Dodger Stadium: free.
•Answers players gave when asked to complete the sentence, "Media Day is about as much fun as...":

" a pit bull a root canal"—Dallas offensive lineman Kevin Gogan;

"...being in labor. It's long and excruciatingly painful"—Buffalo tight end Pete Metzelaars;
"...getting trampled by a thousand horses in a very small pasture"—Newton.

•Number of credentials granted The Dallas Morning News, the Encyclopedia Brittanica of sport sections: 31.
•Number of reporters the Morning News had covering Somalia: two.
•Price of delicious media dinner of chicken wings, fresh-cut vegetables, homemade pasta in marinara or cream sauce, plus unending supply of cold beer at Bud Bowl press conference at the Century Plaza Hotel: free.
•Amount claimed on expense accounts by most media members for the day's meals: $52.37, plus tips.

TWO PHOTOSCHRIS COVATTABuffalo's Bruce Smith drew a crowd (opposite top), the Bill scrubs did not, and the Cowboys practiced for the off-season banquet circuit.PHOTOJOHN IACONO[See caption above.]