I had a chance to catch up with Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett this afternoon. He was there with the folks from YesterYear Fantasy Sports, which is actually a pretty cool historical fantasy league where you play fantasy football with guys from the 70s, 80s and so on.
One of the things I was eager to hear from Dorsett was difference in media coverage between the Super Bowl he played in during the 70s and 80s and the zoo that it’s become today.
Trust me, football is king and football deserves all the attention it’s getting. It’s grown by leaps and bounds but you’ve got a whole lot of media outlets. It’s a world wide extravaganza. It was that way when I was playing but its gotten bigger, man, and rightfully so.
Personally, my first memories of the Super Bowl becoming a “Wow” event came in the early 90s when the Cowboys were (or are) America’s team. There were the Triplets, the media coverage and everything that went along with what we now associate with Super Bowl Week.
It’s the same but its just magnified. It’s all relevant. Back in the 70s, it was big then. It was huge. Now, the venues they play in, some of them are a lot bigger.
He did point out that the technology of it all has changed the most. It’s no longer the media talking with the athletes, then filing their stories that evening for the paper the next morning.
The media outlets…everything has changed technologically wise. It’s just become a bigger and better thing.
The technology has most definitely changed. Back then, someone like me wasn’t interviewing him then posting it on a website 30 minutes later.
Look for more stuff later on today and tomorrow morning on my conversation with Tony Dorsett. Cowboys fans should take note of his thoughts on Marion Barber, Felix Jones and the two-back system.