The schedule surrounding the 2011 Super Bowl can be a little wacky at times. Sometimes you're leaving at 6:30 a.m. to hear some of the players talk and other times you're up until 1:00 a.m. at a Super Bowl party. In other words, don't expect to get a lot of sleep with the amount of stuff going on during the week.
Here's what Thursday's schedule is looking like:
-Both the Packers and Steelers will meet with the media this morning. By this point, the questions are a little more geared to football with a lot of the strange questions getting asked at Tuesday's Media Day. The players have now been asked the same questions probably 50 times so the answers become a little more stale. But for you football junkies, there's still a lot of interesting stuff being talked about.
-At 12:15 p.m. the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award will be presented to one of five finalists -- Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and New York Giants. The members of the winning offensive line are expected to be there which means if there are any members of those offensive lines in Dallas that's a dead giveaway as to the winner. I can't say that I've seen any of those offensive linemen here (yet).
-At 1:15 p.m., the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year will be announced. The five finalists are St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford, Cleveland Browns S Joe Haden, New England Patriots CB Devin McCourty, Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh and Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Williams. I can tell you for certain that Bradford and Suh are in Dallas so they may be the front-runners at this point. Those two players are also believed to be the front-runners for the AP rookie of the year award, which will be announced on Friday.
-At 2:15 p.m., there will be a press conference with the 2011 Super Bowl halftime performance -- Black Eyed Peas. I was born with zero musical abilities so there probably won't be much insight coming from me on that front.
-At 3:15 p.m., perhaps the press conference of the week is coming. That's when NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith will speak. This is a significant event because of the lockout that's believed to be coming. Last year at this press conference, Smith famously said the chances of a lockout were at a 14 on a scale of 1-10.
-By the evening, we'll be checking out the Madden Bowl. This is where we'll see NFL players going against each other in Madden. Players scheduled to attend include Saints QB Drew Brees, Eagles QB Michael Vick and Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco.