Right, fast forward to the scene in Miami in a week or so's time. It's media week, and everyone from the Brazilian TV station who doesn't know crap about football to ESPN to Sports Illustrated are fighting each other to get the biggest and best interview.
Anyway, we've thought of a few scenarios for media day. We hope you like them.
The Hall of Fame Media Day: Indianapolis Colts vs Minnesota Vikings
Peyton Manning and Brett Favre face up for the game of a lifetime. Peyton Manning, owner for four NFL MVP awards and one big fat ring, could retire tomorrow and still make the Hall of Fame. No-one knows who's retiring yet - and after both quarterbacks' performances against the Jets and Saints respectively, it's not looking like soon. Everyone keeps asking Brett if he's going to retire, and keep asking Peyton whether he thinks Peyton's going to retire. No-one really knows.
Oh, and let's not forget that this game also features future Hall of Famers Reggie Wayne, Adrian Peterson (if he can stop dropping the damned ball), Dallas Clark and some brilliant young players, including Sidney Rice, Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. Garcon uses the media opportunity- quite rightly - to promote the Haiti disaster. The journos pitch in $20 each to interview Garcon, and Haiti raises over $2,000.
The 'Oldie Versus Rookie' Media Day: New York Jets vs Minnesota Vikings
Aged warrior Brett Favre manages to surpass even the heady bullshit spoken in the NFC Championship win in New Orleans, and now he's facing up against the young pretender - Mark Sanchez. Sanchez, the smiling kid, nicely explains that he didn't get paid to play at USC and how he's always looked up to Brett Favre. People also crowd round Darrelle Revis, who shut down Reggie Wayne in the AFC title game. "Sidney, Sidney, Sidney", he says. And then Rex Ryan shuts him down with quote of the century by guaranteeing the title. Joe Namath potters around, and everything thanks God that he's now sober. He's not wanting to kiss anyone now.
The ' We Played For Pete Carroll (and other schools, too' Media Day: New Orleans Saints vs New York Jets
After blowing out the Vikings, the Saints fans are out to party, and Drew Brees is looking a little worse for wear after spending the previous week celebrating with drive-through-dacquiris in the Great State of Louisiana. Reggie Bush, who managed to put up a sprightly 200 yards of total offense against the Vikings, steps on, and is immediately bombarded by questions about agents, USC and Pete Carroll. He leaves after a minute. Drew Brees tells everyone that he thinks Brett Favre should be in the Hall of Fame, but adds: "The Cardinals could do with a QB." Suddenly Arizona's the place to be for Brett Favre 'will he, won't he?' questions. Au revoir, Kurt Warner. Oh, and some kid called Revis is offering to shut down a couple of nightclubs in Miami after the Jets' Super Bowl victory. Shonn Greene gets woefully ignored by the media. It's not that he's not a very good running back, it's just he's really freaking short.
The 'Explosive' Media Day: Indianapolis Colts vs New Orleans Saints
Having overdone the word "high-octane" to describe the offenses of the Colts and the Saints, we're all getting a little bored with TV guys using the word "explosive", too. The media is secretly hoping that Peyton Manning and Drew Brees will look at each other and say: "Hey dude, you can ****ing throw!", because otherwise, we're all getting a little bored in the Florida sun. Chris Berman shows up on media day, says absolutely nothing special - expect for crying a little that his Buffalo Bills didn't make the Show this year - and gets a standing ovation. Reggie Bush cries a little because one reporter decided to stop asking about USC and instead ask about his 'intimate time' with girlfriend Kim Kardashian. "They are great," he espouses. "Even better than the time I had during my time at USC." Then the reporter mentions Vince Young. "Who's a better NFL player, him or me?" Reggie says. Then he walks off when the reporter says: "Well, none of you have really proved yourselves yet, but at least you're better than Leinart."