- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 30, 2008

There are certain perks to covering a Super Bowl, which for Sir Scribble is No. 3: a week in a warmer climate than back home and dining on the company dime and a chance potentially to see history and meet up with other reporters.

But the bill came due on Super Bowl Media Day.

Nearly 4,000 media types were bused to Glendale and the University of Phoenix Stadium yesterday morning for the annual rite of passage: an hour with the Patriots, an hour to recuperate over a bad brunch, an hour with the Giants, a bus ride back downtown and then time to crank out passable prose.

A timeline of Media Day (all times Mountain):

8:45 a.m.: On the bus alongside columnist Dan Daly, covering his 24th Super Bowl. Daly and Scrib are dreading the bus ride … until the police escort arrives.

9:43 a.m.: First celebrity sighting, if you can call former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler a celebrity. She’s working for “The Tonight Show,” and she probably will ask better questions than Leno.

10:26 a.m.: Tom Brady gets a marriage proposal. It seems as if every single television journalist in Mexico is at the Super Bowl. This woman is dressed in a racy bridal gown and pops the question to No. 12. “That’s the first proposal I’ve gotten at one of these,” he said. “I’m a one-woman man.”

11:02 a.m.: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a possible candidate for the Washington Redskins’ job, declines to give Scrib the name of his agent or say whether he even has representation.

12 p.m.: The Giants get their turn in the spotlight.

12:20 p.m.: It takes a while — or maybe everyone is paying to much attention to the Mexican bride — but here comes the first religious question. It’s posed to Amani Toomer. Sir Scribble won’t bore you with the answer. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is peppered later with the same topic.

12:43 p.m.: The Michael Strahan Show is into its second half-hour. In a span of 10 minutes, he quotes the “Rocky Balboa” movie (“I actually didn’t mind that one.”) and sings a few notes of an Alicia Keys song. (“Don’t sing!” some Giants support personnel yell from the bleachers.)

1 p.m.: Several Giants practice squad players — wearing eye-black stickers that say “Kellie” and “Pickler” — get their picture taken with Deion Sanders.

1:04 p.m.: It’s over. Thank goodness.

Ryan O’Halloran

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