QBs, singing contest dominate Super Bowl festivities

Paul A. Jannace

Reporters and cameramen rushed to the booth labeled “Peyton Manning” to get a spot up close, while most of the other Colts were ignored until they walked up to the podium. It was the same story for Drew Brees, who had the largest crowd in front of his booth among the Saints.

The day began early in the morning with temperatures quickly reaching the day’s high of 84 degrees and our bus driver revealing to us that she has never seen snow in real life – just in movies and television.

The day ended with the sight of a grown man wearing a Hello Kitty backpack.

In between, every player and coach on the rosters of both the Colts and Saints were made available to the large contingent of media for an hour apiece.

It was a day of light-hearted questions – unless you were Dwight Freeney, who took nearly 100 questions just about his ankle injury – and a day for Reggie Wayne to admit he has a fear of sharks and alligators and will not go anywhere near the water.

The highlight of the day had to be the “Super Bowl Idol” competition hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Kimberly Caldwell, an American Idol contestant from season 2.

Both teams had players sing both “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” by Beyonce for the competition, and Caldwell chose the winner for each team.

The Colts’ winner was Jaimie Thomas, an offensive guard on the practice squad, while the Saints’ winner also was a practice squad member – TE Tyler Lorenzen. In fact, Lorenzen clinched the victory by busting out his best Beyone impression and doing the dance featured in the "Single Ladies" video.

The other bizarre sight at media day was the debut of “OCNN” or better known as “Ocho Cinco News Network.”

Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco made his way around media day booths to ask his own questions, had a bunch of correspondents asking questions and even had a puppet of Will Smith – the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, not the Saints’ defensive end – talking to players.