Daryl Johnston was an All Pro fullback for the Dallas Cowboys the last time the Cowboys played in a Super Bowl — which was 18 years ago. Now a color analyst for Fox Sports, Daryl spoke with Bill Coates about the Cowboys long post-season drought and the dimming prospects for any near term relief.
On December 31, 1967, Green Bay Packers right guard Jerry Kramer took out Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jethro Pugh, allowing the Packers’ Bart Starr to score on a quarterback sneak. The play snatched the NFL Championship out of the hands of the Dallas Cowboys.
That game remains the coldest game ever played in the NFL and has come to be called the “Ice Bowl.”
On the eve of Super Bowl XLVIII, Jerry Kramer talked with Bill Coates about playing big football games in cold weather.
New York City is a city of icons. Whenever we got the chance, we took some time away from Radio Row at Super Bowl Media Headquarters to stroll the neighborhood.
Darryl Strawberry is no stranger to big games. He played in World Series for both the New York Mets and trhe New York Yankees. But he was as well known for his problems off the field as for his outstanding performance on the field. Strawberry was making the rounds on Radio Row at Super Bowl XLVIII to talk about his efforts to help in overcoming addiction.
Vance Johnson played in three Super Bowls for the Denver Broncos between 1987 and 1990. He joined Bill Coates and talked about the Broncos that will face Seattle on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII and the inevitable comparison between current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway.
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The old hands tell us that in the early days of the Super Bowl, if you wanted to talk to a particular player, your best chance to do so consisted of showing up by the pool at the team hotel. That worked in those days because of the fact that the early Super Bowls were played in Los Angeles, Miami and New Orleans. It also helped that the early Super Bowls were not yet the near national holidays that they are now.
All of that has changed. Some say that Super Bowl Sunday now eclipses Thanksgiving Day as the number one food day of the year. The Super Bowl is arguably the biggest annual event in America. Media attention has followed.
Thus the NFL created Media Day.
For two one hour sessions — one for each team — the NFL makes every player on both teams available to members of the media.
Because most Super Bowls are played in warm weather cities or in covered stadiums, Media Day usually takes place on the field at the Super Bowl host stadium. New York is not a warm weather city. MetLife Stadium across the Hudson River in New Jersey is not a covered stadium. Those two factors served to push Media Day indoors.
For Super Bowl XLVIII, the venue for Media Day was New Jersey’s Prudential Center, home of the NHL New Jersey Devils. At something close to a 50 to 1 ratio of media to players, an event that typically happens on a football field becomes very compressed when packed onto a covered hockey rink.
The number of members of the media and the distances that they travel to cover the Super Bowl is testimony to the magnitude of the NFL’s annual event.
Reporters and photographers come from all over the world to cover the Super Bowl. On the floor of the venue at Media Day, you hear almost every spoken language.
It is generally to the credit of the players and the coaches that they do their best to answer questions — whatever they are and from however far afield they come. By and large, the participants in the biggest game of year are cordial and friendly.
Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day is the third such event to admit members of the public. While the media bump into each other and jostle for position in front of players, fans sit in the stands and watch it all happen. As a part of the admission price, the NFL provides a special radio receiver that allows fans to select which player microphone to which they desire to listen.
As we have said many times, it’s easy to forget that there’s a football game scheduled for Sunday. Much of Media Day, some say most, has only a tenuous connection to an NFL football game.
But they will, in fact, play a football game on Sunday. One team — the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks — will walk away as the 48th Super Bowl champions.