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 two weeks of buildup and anticipation and analysis, it's finally here — Super Bowl XLVIII!
For the first time in a long time, the big game features the two best teams in football. The Denver Broncos, led by record-breaker Peyton Manning, had one of the greatest offenses of all time this season. The Seattle Seahawks, meanwhile, had one of the most dominant defenses in the league, led by corner Richard Sherman. (The Seahawks offense, with Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, wasn't too shabby, either.)
Will the Broncos offense overrun Seattle's D? Will the Seahawks soar about Denver? How will the weather affect the outcome? The editors of SI Kids think they have the answers! Check out our picks below, then hit the comments section to tell us what team you think will win Super Bowl XLVIII!
With all the build up to Super Bowl XLVIII happening the last couple of weeks, you might need a refresher in how the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks got here. So with our friends at OYO Sportstoys and The Four Monkeys animation, Sports Illustrated Kids presents the top plays of the AFC and NFC Championship games recreated in dynamic OYO form!
I 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.
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.