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January 30, 2014

Super Bowl spectacle crosses into the absurd

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If Manning wasn’t attracting the most attention, it was cornerback Richard Sherman back in the spotlight, though in somewhat less dramatic fashion than his performance after the Seahawks’ victory against San Francisco in the NFC championship.

Sherman was asked about less-than-saintly ways of professional athletes and their trips to after-hours establishments.

Question:  “As far as money is concerned, all of you football guys have gone into the strip clubs and are raining (money) down on the strippers. I think that is a bad example for our young ladies. How can we stop that?”

Answer:  “Well, I’ve never gone into a strip club and thrown money, so I couldn’t tell you. I guess trying to understand that there are other avenues, there are other ways you can make money, that women can do anything they want in this world.”

The crazy thing about Media Day is that it’s an accepted way of conducting business. Why anyone would pay a journalist -- real or otherwise -- to attend such an event is pure craziness. It's even harder to comprehend why 7,000 fans paid $28.50 to sit in the bleachers high above the rink to watch these shenanigans.

The NFL passes Media Day off as time to enjoy a carefree moment before the annual showdown that offers fame and fortune to the winner and frustration and hard feelings to the loser.

Maybe it’s that strange concoction of athleticism and absurdity that somehow works in making the Super Bowl the most hyped event in sports. Look at it this way: It's an event during which more than 1.2 billion chicken wings will be consumed - and nearly 50 million cases of beer - by fans watching the game.

That aside, it’s more than a little puzzling that someone in a strange costume would ask a behemoth of a man if he thinks a leprechaun would make a good pet.

Tom Lindley is a CNHI sports columnist. Reach him at tlindley@cnhi.com.

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Tom Lindley is a CNHI sports columnist. Reach him at tlindley@cnhi.com.

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