Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch shortens his answer-on-repeat
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch spoke with reporters during a press conference at Arizona Grand in Phoenix on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (Peter Casey/USA TODAY Sports)
Marshawn Lynch has shortened his one, catch-all answer to all reporters’ questions from seven words to five.
On Tuesday, the press-averse Seattle Seahawks running back said, “I’m here so I won’t get fined” a half-gazillion times to reporters’ questions at his Super Bowl XLIX Media Day podium.
On Wednesday, at the Seahawks’ quieter access period with the press, it was, “You know why I’m here.”
Lynch did, however, preface his five-minute presser with what sounded like these words:
“It’s the only thing that can change from yesterday. I’m still the same person I was yesterday, and I’ve got the same thing for you that I had yesterday.”
There’s one more session of NFL-mandated media access for Lynch -- on Thursday morning, in an identical setting to Wednesday’s in a massive tent of sorts on the property of the resort where the team is staying.
Then he doesn’t have to worry about saying anything publicly to anyone until after the game against the New England Patriots.
But, hey, what if he’s named Super Bowl MVP?
You know the tradition -- where Disney’s cameras catch up to the MVP on the field, moments after the game’s conclusion, and someone asks, “Hey, Marshawn Lynch! Where are you going after the Super Bowl?!”
And in keeping with tradition, Lynch would answer with a big smile, “To Disney World!!”
Lynch’s head coach, Pete Carroll, was asked on Tuesday if Lynch would uphold that tradition.
“He might,” Carroll said. “Or he might say, ‘I’m going back (home) to Oakland.’ I don’t know.”
Sherman has a question for Goodell
So, Richard Sherman, what would YOU ask the commissioner at his annual Super Bowl address on Friday?
Based on his comments here this week before Super Bowl XLIX (Sunday, 6:30 p.m. EST, CTV/NBC), the Seattle Seahawks’ star cornerback seems to be have a hot steaming pot of dislike for Roger Goodell simmering on his back-burner.
Or boiling on the front one is more like it.
The commish’s annual Friday news conference at Super Bowl week begins at 1:30 p.m. EST. NFL Network will carry it live.
Goodell is sure to be grilled on all the scandals and controversies of the past six or seven months, on the field and off.
I asked Sherman on Wednesday what question he’d put to the commish.
“I’d ask him, ‘Why doesn’t he do this weekly, instead of annually?’”
Sherman dislikes it that only players, head coaches and some assistants are mandated by the league to talk to the press weekly, or up to four times weekly in some cases, during the season.
Malcolm Smith still valuable to Seahawks
Last year at this time in Super Bowl week, hardly anyone knew who Malcolm Smith was. Or wanted to interview him.
This year, it’s pretty much still the case.
Even after the backup Seahawks linebacker was named MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII. His stellar performance in Seattle’s 43-8 demolition of the Denver Broncos hasn’t changed anything.
I asked the barely-bothered Smith on Wednesday if he can allow himself to think about what it might be like to have another impactful game in the NFL’s big dance and walk away with back-to-back MVP awards.
“No, man. That’s a step you don’t think about,” Smith said. “I’m not a quarterback. I’m just a defensive player trying to come out and play good defence, and be disciplined and try to put us in a position to win. I really don’t care about any of that.”
His position coach, Ken Norton Jr. (yes, son of the late heavyweight champion boxer), said Smith is no less a vital backup on this year’s Seattle team.
“He wasn’t a starter coming into the Super Bowl last year,” Norton said. “Then we had some injuries, and he had played a lot and was able to capitalize on his time.
“So for you guys, it’s like, ‘Oh, Malcolm is the MVP!’ But for us, he’s been a fantastic player. After my starting three linebackers he’s my fourth starter, and he can go in at any time. And if anything happens to anyone in this game, he can go in and play a lot. He’s really, really good.”
Albertans buying up Super Bowl tickets
Apparently, Albertans are huge fans of the Seattle Seahawks. Or New England Patriots. Or warm weather.
Or all of the above.
Ticket purchases by Canadians for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX at StubHub.com, the popular sports-ticket resale website, are up 106% over last year, when Super Bowl XLVIII was held in East Rutherford, N.J.
Albertans account for 46% of this year’s Super Bowl tickets bought by Canadians, the website’s PR company said in a release.
Not only that, fans in only five states in the U.S. have bought more tickets on StubHub to the big game than those in Alberta.
Washington, the Seahawks’ home state, accounts for 20% of StubHub’s Super Bowl sales, followed by host state Arizona (11%), nearby California (11%), Patriots’ Massachusetts (7%), New York (5%) and then Alberta (4%).
Texas and Florida are incrementally behind Alberta.
The median resale price for tix on StubHub? Only $2,591.