I started off my day by going back to Rose Theater – Jazz at Lincoln Center, at the Time Warner Center for Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference. He addressed issues such as concussions and the NFL’s global expansion to England. And, like everyone else in New York for the Super Bowl, he talked about how he would be braving the cold on Sunday.
After the press conference, I traveled back to the Sheraton, specifically to Radio Row. I was able to catch up with Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener. We exchanged journalism tips with each other and laughed at the fact that I probably have had more experience than him. A little later, in the media lounge, I was able to grab Reverend Jesse Jackson for a quick photo.
Then I headed over to the Time & Life Building, where the Sports Illustrated Kids offices are located. My mom and I were there to have lunch with my two editors, Dante and Gary. It was definitely a lot of fun to be able to talk and hang out with them.
After lunch, we headed back to the Sheraton for a press conference for the new film Draft Day, which will hit theaters in April. The cast and crew of the movie were on hand to take questions from journalists. I was able to get one in to Jennifer Garner, who talked about being in the movie and her love of football. She added that she was having a lot of fun hanging out with all of the guys. After the press conference was over, she took a picture with me, which was pretty cool.
Once the Draft Day press conference was over, I went back to the media lounge and found some of our friends from the Never Miss a Super Bowl club, Larry Jacobson and Don Crisman. They still remembered us from when I covered Super Bowl in Indianapolis!
To conclude my day, we headed over to the Puppy Bowl exhibit at Discovery Times Square. The exhibition featured a display on the 10-year history of the Puppy Bowl, as well as a replica of the Puppy Bowl field. But most importantly, a few of the puppy stars were there, too!
Photo courtesy Grace Ybarra