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From the Interview Floor on Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day 0

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  • 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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Super Bowl XLVIII Week Day 2: Media Day 3

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  • 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

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  • 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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Super Bowl XLVIII Week Day 1: The Big City 2

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  • 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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Metropolitan Museum of Art Tackles Some Gridiron Greats 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • January 24, 2014, 5:23 PM

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With Super Bowl XLVIII a little more than a week away, football fever has gripped every corner of New York City. And that includes one of the world's biggest art museums.

Starting today, visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art can see a selection of football cards printed between 1894-1959 in the exhibition Gridiron Greats: Vintage Football Cards in the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick. Photographs, magazines, and a varsity football sweater taken from the the museum’s collections are also part of the show.

There are about 150 cards on view. They were selected from the Met's Burdick Collection of 500-600 football cards and more than 30,000 baseball cards, and they span the earliest days of the sport.

"This exhibit is really about tracing the history of the game back to where it began, with Princeton and Rutgers in their first game in the 1860s and sort of bringing it through American visual culture," says Freyda Spira, assistant curator in the Met's Department of Drawings and Prints. "I want people to get a sense of where we've come from and how things have changed."
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The AFC and NFC Championship Games in Photos 3

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • January 20, 2014, 11:23 AM

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Yesterday's AFC and NFC Championship games were ones to remember — especially for Broncos and Seahawks fans. In the early game, Peyton Manning led Denver to a 26-16 victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots to earn the right to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVIII. Denver's opponent will be Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, who needed some late-game defensive magic from Richard Sherman to secure a 23-17 win over Colin Kaepernick's 49ers and a place in the NFL title game.

Before we move to wall-to-wall Super Bowl coverage, let's take a look back at some of the best moments from the two conference championship games through some of the great photos that came out of yesterday's action.
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Fan Maps Show What Parts of the Country Love the Broncos, Pats, Seahawks, and 49ers 1

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • January 17, 2014, 4:43 PM

We know that the Boston area is full of Patriots fans, Denver loves its Broncos, Seattle is the heart of Seahawks nation, and the 49ers are golden in San Francisco. But what about the rest of the country? Are there fans of those four teams in other parts of America?

As we prepare for the AFC and NFC championship games, the folks at Facebook answer that question with two awesome Fan Matchup maps. By taking a look at what teams users said they rooted for and where they lived, Facebook charted how popular each conference final team is with football fans across the nation.

Here's the first map, which focuses on the Patriots and Broncos. Click on the image to see it full size:


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