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Pick Boy approached 49ers practice squad linebacker Nate Stupar, asking him if he wanted to race. Stupar declined, saying he wasn’t about to risk pulling any muscles for something like that.
“I would say that’s the first time I got interviewed by a guy with a cape on,” Stupar said. “It’s entertainment and it’s going to be fun to be around the entire week.”
Univision radio play-by-play announcer Rafael Hernandez Brito wore a Spanish-style wrestling mask for part of the session.
TV Azteca reporter Jose Marquez Zamora looked like a rodeo clown, with his painted face, round rubber nose and long, pointy shoes covered with light blue sequins. He said he was, in fact, dressed as a typical clown in Monterrey, Mexico, and wasn’t concerned about whether his interview subjects took him seriously.
“I don’t make interviews about serious stuff,” he said. “I only have fun with the players, so our viewers in Mexico get interesting stuff and also get entertained.”
Niners offensive lineman Alex Boone was asked about his hair style, which looks similar to a mohawk _ Boone calls it a rhino hawk _ and whether he had the best hair on the team.
“Absolutely. I think I get it from my mom’s side,” Boone said. “My mom’s got great hair.”
He added that he never in his career had been asked about his hair in a football interview, and then reflected on how the range of questions on media day truly sets it apart from a typical NFL interview session.
“Weird. Very weird. A lot of questions coming this way and some of them aren’t football-related, which creeps me out a little bit,” Boone said. “But it’s a trip, and I’m excited to be here.”
When players and coaches were asked to play along with a joke about the growing influence of social media in everyday communication, results were mixed and appeared to expose the generation gap between some players and coaches.
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and others were asked to answer some questions in hash tags only. The tags, which might look like (hash)SuperBowl on the website Twitter, are used to help social media users identify trendy topics.
“That would be very challenging to me,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know the hash tag world that well. I don’t have one. I don’t have a Tweeter (sic). I’m not real good at that.”
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was more cooperative, answering several questions in a row about his Super Bowl experience as a rookie with, “Hash tag, awesome.”
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