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PHOENIX - This is not a story about Super Bowl Media Day. Gary Payton Jersey . Thank God. This IS a story about the story of Super Bowl Media Day.Its a story about the media covering other media pretending to cover players and coaches for the Patriots and Seahawks, who, in turn, will pretend to shed light on the issues of the day while also taking videos with their iPhones, clowning with credentialed reporters dressed up as superheroes and dodging the occasional wedding proposal. (See, Tom Brady, 2008.)Tickets for Tuesdays annual Super Bowl Media Day extravaganza are available for .50 — really — and have been since 2012.All of which leads to a few journalistically significant questions: Namely, if the players and coaches dont really want to do it — yes, thats you, Bill Belichick and Marshawn Lynch — and if were almost certain they wont say anything newsworthy beyond a few takes that might generate a was-it-or-wasnt-it-trash-talk debate, then why does the NFL insist they talk? On Media Day or any other day?Its not so much that anyones really expecting any great insight, said Bob Thompson, the pop culture guru at Syracuse University. Its not that were expecting the athletes to deconstruct what happened in ways that will open new venues of thought for us. But theres still that desire to see them respond, to see them with the helmet off and see them doing something that looks off the cuff. I think everybody, even the most cynical people, would miss it if it went away entirely.The history of Media Day, and mandatory player availability, actually has deep roots and has played a key role in making the NFL Americas most popular sport and the Super Bowl its most-watched TV program.The first news-making quote of Super Bowl week came in 1969 when Joe Namath guaranteed his New York Jets would beat the Baltimore Colts, even though the Jets were from the upstart AFL and were 18-point underdogs.He first uttered the famous words at a Miami Touchdown Club banquet, three days before the game, then expanded on them while lounging by the pool at the Galt Ocean Mile Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. Neither rendition was widely reported.Only after New Yorks 16-7 win did the quote become legendary.As the years passed, the NFL realized it would be better to move all these interviews — all these chances to make history — to a more official setting: And so, a media day on the Tuesday before the game was created.By the mid-80s, media day became MEDIA DAY. These days, there are upward of 2,000 reporters, cameramen, brides and sock puppets credentialed for the interview-fest — one hour for each team, counted down on the big scoreboard above, just like the game.It is, at best, entertainment disguised as journalism, though not all of it is worthless or totally unmemorable. Ray Buchanan wore a silver-spiked dog collar. Chris Culliver got into hot water when he dissed gay people. And there was, of course, the question asked of Doug Williams: How long have you been a black quarterback? though the question wasnt asked precisely that way.Underneath all this fun and games, the NFL has spent decades honing a strict interview policy designed to keep the mikes in front of these players, virtually all season long.Even when they dont want the attention.Exhibit A is Lynch, the Seahawks running back, who has been fined 0,000 over the last two years for not making himself available for interviews. When he has made himself available, the sessions have turned into farce, with Lynch answering every question with some version of , Thanks for asking, while the reporters come up with new, weird ways to bait a man they know will not respond.Earlier this month, a Seahawks fan petitioned the NFL to leave Lynch alone, saying the league should do something to stop the media bullying.Theres a great deal spoken in his silence, too, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll explained.Whether Lynch shows up for Media Day — hed be risking an almost certainly unprecedented fine — and what he says figures to pass for some of the biggest news of Media Day. And if he says anything at all of interest, it could, at least for the news cycle, bump Deflategate off the top of the ticker.Speaking of which, Belichick called an impromptu news conference Saturday to address their role in the deflated-balls controversy once and for all. Essentially, he claimed, the Patriots knew nothing about it.Its the last time I plan to talk about it, he said.Brian Billick, who coached the champion Ravens in 2000, played the same sort of game the Monday before the Super Bowl, reaming the media for its refusal to let go of murder charges against Ray Lewis that were dismissed.As much as you want to do this, we are not going to retry this. Its inappropriate, and youre not qualified, Billick said.It was one of the very few times a coach used any of his five hours behind the microphone during Super Bowl week to say anything unexpected or interesting.A calculated move, he called it. I wanted everyone to come after my ass, he said this week, reflecting on the moment.As I always said, Ill fill up your notebook, Ill give you the 30-second sound bite, Billick said. But Im not obligated to tell you anything.But Belichick is no Billick.The Patriots coach almost seems to delight in being unforthcoming, cantankerous and un-entertaining. Its a sure thing hell spend his hour at Media Day with zero intention of saying anything about anything anyone might want to know about, particularly Deflategate.It doesnt mean the media wont try. Perhaps through a marriage proposal.It is, after all, Media Day.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Kevin Durant Jersey . Now comes an off-season of questions about manager Matt Williams decisions and a handful of key roster choices, including what to do about Ryan Zimmerman, whether to sign Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond to long-term deals, and how to upgrade an offence that fell flat in October. Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys . Playing in his fourth major league game, Polanco broke a tie in the 13th inning with his first homer, helping Pittsburgh to an 8-6 victory over the Miami Marlins after the Pirates had a ninth-inning meltdown.NEWARK, N.J. - Peyton Manning is not interested in talking about where his career stands in football history. Not right now, anyway. Not when hes still playing. And certainly not less than a week from playing in the Super Bowl for the Denver Broncos. As collected and measured as he is while standing in a pocket, Manning coasted through the circus that is Media Day, opining on his familys favourite beer, politely evading silly questions about reality TV — and avoiding any wild pronouncements. Reporters repeatedly brought up the word "legacy" as the 37-year-old Manning, a four-time NFL MVP who broke records by throwing for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards this season, sat through his hour-long session Tuesday. Hardly surprising that he never took the bait. "Ive been being asked about my legacy since I was about 25 years old. Im not sure you can have a legacy when youre 25 years old. Even 37," Manning said in response to the first succh query. Detlef Schrempf Jersey. "Id like to have to be, like, 70 to have a legacy. Im not even 100 per cent sure what the word even means." Then, in about the closest thing to a stumble, Manning continued: "Im still in the middle of my career." At least one of the dozens of assembled media members gasped, "middle?!" Realizing his miscue, Manning chuckled and went on. "Let me rephrase that," he resumed. "Im down the homestretch of my career, but Im still in it. Its not over yet. And so its still playing out. This has been the second chapter of my career." Sundays game against the Seattle Seahawks will be Mannings third appearance in a Super Bowl. The other two came with the Indianapolis Colts. 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