Jim Szoke: Super Bowl Opening Night

The work and fun of Super Bowl officially got underway on Monday night with "Opening Night," the event previously known as Media Day.

Media Day used to be the Tuesday opportunity for media to collect interviews with all of the players and coaches at one time. It has grown to become a combination of standard football reporters to also include people conducting interviews dressed as super heroes, leprechauns, wedding brides, etc.  One network used a puppet to do their questioning.  I watched Panthers tight end Ed Dickson win an X-Box and a "fat head" poster of his wife for correctly answering questions about her.

The event was moved to primetime for the NFL Network to televise and fans actually pay money to get a seat in the San Jose Sharks arena to sit and watch a glorified media session.

You can listen to my interview here with Panthers safety Tre Boston just after he had been quizzed by a lovely Spanish speaking TV reporter.