It’s officially Super Bowl week, folks. Monday brought the kickoff event, which used to be called Super Bowl Media Day but now holds the grand title of Super Bowl Opening Night.
The orchestrated spectacle served to introduce the contending teams to the fans on site, and to give the thousands of media people who won’t otherwise get a chance to talk to Tom Brady the opportunity to ask who his favorite Game of Thrones character is. (Who is it? He doesn’t know anything about pop culture. Oh.)
From players being quizzed on what Kanye and Kim named their baby to a dog interviewing a shark interviewing an Eagle, the evening in Minneapolis got weird.
Here’s some of what went down.
A night for the dogs
That’s Cowboys legend and NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin in a suit that may have been made from dog fur. Here’s a closer look.
Bill Belichick smiles
The Patriots had their media session first. Bill Belichick smiled. The NFL Network counted them. He almost got to 10.
This one did not make him smile:
Tonya Harding got an award-winning movie made about her this year. Nancy Kerrigan got a front row spot to talk to Bill Belichick. Neither of them seem too happy about it.
The most impressive thing you’ll see all day
The least impressive thing you’ll see all day
The second least impressive thing you’ll see all day
Austrian football: A thing
Doug Pederson wears dad jeans
We used to call Charlie Manuel Uncle Cholly. Does that make Doug Pederson Daddy Doug? Okay that sounds a little creepy nevermind.
Pederson was also asked if he was a tree what kind of tree would he be and without hesitation he said, “a Douglas fir.”
‘You know nothing, Tom Brady.’
Tom Brady knows zero about pop culture pic.twitter.com/mAIsLULV6f
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 30, 2018
This is a great answer to a bad question
Vikings fans booed the Eagles
Stay classy, Vikings fans.
Foles in the spotlight
Nick Foles did a sit down interview with Tom Brady, Malcolm Jenkins and Devin McCourty between team sessions, then had the full spotlight of media day on him as the Eagles’ starting quarterback. He is handling this nicely.
As for Carson Wentz…
Fletcher Cox still out there lying
Fletcher Cox is still letting the lie that he’s never watched the Super Bowl run wild even though that has been thoroughly debunked. He seemed to be having fun Monday night.
But when Cox was asked what movie makes him cry, he denies that he cries. Lies!
America’s most athletic family loves tacos
Speaking of food
This is a thing, I guess.
Swoop got a date
Smoking and drinking
Imagine getting paid money to go to Super Bowl media day just to say stupid things to people in hopes they don’t laugh, because the awkwardness of you not getting a laugh will make the studio audience and those watching at home laugh even more.
And while we’re on the topic of vices, Lane Johnson was asked about his promise to buy the city of Philadelphia beer if the Eagles win the Super Bowl. His response (while wearing a ridiculous hat and Jay Ajayi’s sunglasses): I ain’t scared.
Chris Long’s tattoo bet
Talk about being scared…
.@JOEL9ONE made a bet with his linebacker coach…
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 30, 2018
For reference, the face of the coach Long will have to get tattooed on his arm if the Eagles win looks like this.
Favorite tweet of the night, Vol. 1
I’m putting one of my tweets on this list because when you can make a not-so-subtle dig at the Patriots during an NFL Network cut to commercial you just have to do it.
Favorite tweet of the night, Vol. 2
There were a lot of very good tweets during media day. This is one of the best.
Favorite tweet of the night, Vol. 3
Andrew Perloff, one of Dan Patrick’s radio producers, summed up the night perfectly with this tweet.