Now that Super Bowl week is here, the entire world is focused upon the NFL and its two championship contenders. This year, it's the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, and both teams have several interesting characters who will be asked to produce sound bites during Super Bowl Media Day.
Thousands of credentialed media members will travel to U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix on Tuesday to gather the best tidbits from the Super Bowl participants. The NFL will also offer a limited number of fans an opportunity to attend Media Day by purchasing tickets to the event. During Media Day, fans will sit in the stands and watch as the media interviews members of the participating Super Bowl teams on the floor.
Super Bowl Media Day
Super Bowl Media Day
This year's event has a few key storylines to look out for, including the DeflateGate scandal and the tenuous relationship between Marshawn Lynch and reporters. Reports have already indicated that the NFL will fine Lynch increasingly heavily if he is unwilling to fulfill his media responsibilities, which should make his portion of Media Day a highly anticipated segment.
Even if he might just be making it worse on himself trying to get out of these interviews, Lynch's silent battle with the press stuff is rather interesting. Still, Lynch probably won't be the most captivating Seahawks player of the day. That honor could go to either Richard Sherman or Michael Bennett, who both have strong opinions and aren't afraid to share them.
Bennett tends to be all over the place in his interviews -- he's talked about a cousin he can't date, and went into too much details after he took a celebratory bike ride following the NFC Championship. Sherman, on the other hand, speaks his mind, even when it could get him in trouble. Most recently, he suggested that the Patriots wouldn't be punished for DeflateGate because team owner Robert Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell are friends.
Between the Seahawks providing -- or not providing -- premium quotes and the Patriots trying to steer the topic away from their latest scandal and to the Super Bowl itself, it should make for an interesting Media Day. Here's how you can watch:
How to Watch
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix
TV: NFL Network
Online Streaming: NFL Now