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Super Bowl XLVIII Week Day 3: Journalism Tips from Gridiron Legends 1

  • Gridiron Guru
  • Posted by: Grace Ybarra
  • January 29, 2014, 10:40 PM

mike ditka super bowl xlviiiI started off my third day in New York at the Sheraton in Times Square. The hotel served as the media hub for the Super Bowl, and this morning it hosted an event featuring ESPN analysts Tedy Bruschi, Cris Carter, and Mike Ditka.

I began by talking with former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi. He taught me a very important lesson about why NOT to try to spell difficult words on camera — it very well could end up all over the news. He told me at one Media Day, a kid like me asked him to spell Massachusetts. He quickly declined, knowing the penalty if he messed up. But one of his teammates tried and failed, and it ended up all over the news.

Next, I spoke to Coach Mike Ditka. He gave me some tips about journalism. One of the most important things he told me to not be afraid to ask anything. He said that there were no stupid questions, only stupid answers.
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Inside the World of NFL Officiating 0

  • Gridiron Guru
  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • January 29, 2014, 5:56 PM

children's museum of manhattan you make the call

When it comes to football, we tend to look up to superstar players and dynamic coaches. But what about those other people on the field, the officials? Who ever says they want to be a linesman when they grow up? Or that they want to crush an instant replay review? Unless there’s a bad call, we rarely pay that much attention to the zebra crews.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan wants to change that.

With Super Bowl XLVIII in town, the museum is hosting the exhibition You Make the Call: Lean to be an NFL Official at its Upper West Side location. The exhibit opened earlier this month and gives kids and families a view into what it takes — physically, mentally, and creatively — to be an NFL official.
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Grace Ybarra

From the Interview Floor on Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day 0

  • Gridiron Guru
  • Posted by: Grace Ybarra
  • January 29, 2014, 12:03 PM

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Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day was held in Newark, New Jersey, yesterday at the Prudential Center, the home of the New Jersey Devils. There, media from all around the world flocked to talk to the two teams competing in the Super Bowl.

Players from the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks were mobbed by writers, reporters, cameras, and microphones during two one-hour interview sessions. But they weren’t the only people getting attention. Media Day is known for having media act and even dress crazily. From superheroes to someone dressed up as Waldo hiding in the crowds, Media Day has it all — even celebrities working as special correspondents.

Some people are serious about Media Day, while others take the opportunity to goof off and be a little more playful. But everyone was having some fun. And with all of the craziness, Media Day is nothing less than interesting.

Check out our video report from the interview floor to get a closer look at the Media Day experience:
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Grace Ybarra

Super Bowl XLVIII Week Day 2: Media Day 3

  • Gridiron Guru
  • Posted by: Grace Ybarra
  • January 28, 2014, 5:47 PM

super bowl xlviii media day kid reporter grace ybarraToday, I was fortunate enough to attend Media Day and get to experience the craziness for a second time. Two years ago, Super Bowl XLVI was played in my hometown, Indianapolis, and I was able to cover Media Day for another publication.

But this time was different. Super Bowl XLVI was played in Lucas Oil Stadium, which is an indoor arena, so that’s where Media Day was held. This year, Super Bowl XLVIII will be played outdoors at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The temperature today was a frigid 19 degrees, so Media Day couldn’t happen where the game will be played. So it was moved to the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils, in Newark, New Jersey, nearly 11 miles away.
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Russell Wilson and Eric Decker Get Animated 0

  • Gridiron Guru
  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • January 28, 2014, 11:02 AM

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You're going to be seeing a lot of the Seahawks and Broncos between now and Super Bowl Sunday. But here's a look you might not be expecting: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and Denver wide receiver Eric Decker as cartoon characters.

Wilson and Decker both made guest appearances recently on the Nicktoons show NFL Rush Zone: Guardians Unleashed — Wilson in December, Decker earlier this month. They both need the help of Ish and his Guardians friends to take care of some bad guys who might ruin their game days. Here are a couple of clips:
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Grace Ybarra

Super Bowl XLVIII Week Day 1: The Big City 2

  • Gridiron Guru
  • Posted by: Grace Ybarra
  • January 27, 2014, 5:25 PM

kid reporter grace ybarra super bowl xlviiiToday is the beginning of what will be an amazing experience.

As you probably know, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet in Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend. The game will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, but in reality some of the most important aspects of the Super Bowl don’t take place on Sunday. Or, in this case, in New Jersey. Super Bowl week is full of media sessions and events to bring people closer to the players, coaches, journalists, and performers who will be involved in the game — and a lot of the action will happen in New York.

I’m in NYC to cover as much of the action as I can. And throughout the week, I will be sharing my experiences about the events I cover along with the people I meet, starting with today.
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Melo Has a Monster Weekend 0

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • January 27, 2014, 12:16 PM

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If you thought Kevin Durant's 54-point night last weekend was impressive, Carmelo Anthony would like a word.
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