Media Day at Super Bowl XLVIII

By tradition, Tuesday of Super Bowl week is Media Day – the day when every player on both teams is required to make himself available to the media. Here’s a look at a very crowded Media Day staged on a covered hockey rink for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Gil Brandt on cold weather, Manziel, the Cowboys and more.

Gil Brandt was the VP of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys from the team’s inception in 1960 until the team was purchased by Jerry Jones in 1989. He joined Bill Coates on Radio Row at Super Bowl XLVIII and talked about playing big games in cold weather, prospects for Johnny Manziel in the NFL (he thinks they’re huge), the current state of the Dallas Cowboys and much more.

So what do New Yorkers think about hosting a Super Bowl?

In most cities, the Super Bowl stops the town. Nothing stops New York. We asked New Yorkers on 7th Avenue what they thought of having Super Bowl XLVIII in their city.

New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica on Radio Row.

If it’s true that New Yorkers have a certain, shall we say, attitude, then New York City sports columnists really have an attitude. The New York Daily News’s Mike Lupica talks with Bill Coates about the weather for Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium vs. Cowboys Stadium, the Dallas Cowboys, New York sports teams and New Yorkers in general.

You can own a piece of NFL history.

The minute anything touches the Super Bowl or any NFL championship-level player or game, it acquires value. How that value is maximized is the business of David Hunt, CEO of Hunt Auctions, Inc. of Philadelphia. David Hunt brings some priceless items that you can own to share with us here on Radio Row at Times Square in New York City.

Super Bowl Will Be Coldest, Could Also Be Greenest

Think of the Super Bowl and you think of excess: Big money, big parties, big crowds and an even bigger mess left behind when the circus leaves town.

Well, at least the messy part is getting smaller. Beginning in the 1990s, the National Football League has sought to gradually reduce the footprint left behind by the Big Game, and the league is taking steps to make the Feb. 2 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium the most environmentally friendly yet, from planting trees to offset carbon emissions to composting food waste to using biodiesel to power generators.

“We try and stay ahead of the curve,” said Jack Groh, a consultant who directs the NFL’s environmental programs. “We try and push the envelope every year.”

Most of the attention focused on this year’s Super Bowl is, understandably, on the challenges of holding it outdoors in the Northeast for the first time. Another, less-celebrated first: MetLife Stadium will compost food waste on game day, the first time that’s happened at a Super Bowl. (more…)

Irresistible force vs. Immovable object

Broncos: Mind-blowing stats

1 Big-game experience: The Broncos are 2-4 in their previous Super Bowl appearances. But Denver won its past two: 31-24 over Green Bay in XXXII and 34-19 over Atlanta in XXXIII.

2 Indicator of success: Bronco fans are hoping their team leads at halftime of Super Bowl XLVIII. Denver is now 14-1 all time in the postseason when leading at halftime, including 5-0 in AFC title games. The one loss? Super Bowl XXI, when the Broncos led the Giants 10-9 at halftime before losing 39-20.

3 Defensive turnaround: The Denver defense was maligned during the first 14 games, giving up 26.6 points and 371.5 yards per game. But in the past four games, including two in the postseason, the Broncos have turned stingy, allowing just 15 points and 268.5 yards per game.

Seahawks: Mind-blowing stats

1 Beast Mode unleashed: Marshawn Lynch has rushed for more than 100 yards in four of six career playoff games, including 100-plus efforts against both the Saints and 49ers in postseason victories this season.

2 Seattle strength: The Seahawks finished the regular season first in total and scoring defense, the 25th time a team has led both categories since 1940. That team has reached the title game 14 times and won the title game nine times (most recently the 2008 Steelers).

3 Carroll’s touch: Seattle’s defense has shown remarkable progression since Pete Carroll took over as head coach. The unit ranked 27th overall in 2010, improved to ninth in 2011, fourth in 2012 and first in 2013.

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