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Fans a nice addition to Media-Day circus

Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:10 pm
 
Fans fill the stands in Indy. (Will Brinson, CBSSports.com)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tuesday's Media Day is, predictably, an absolute zoo. Or maybe a circus is a better description, since there's nothing even remotely caged or tame about the way the players, press and Indianapolis population is acting while visiting Lucas Oil Stadium.

But this year features an entirely new twist, as 7,000 fans packed into the stands to check out the sideshow. And frankly it's a perfect fit.

Though the rabble-rousing over the addition of fans was understandable, it was ultimately unnecessary. They appear to be nothing more than an addition of the crowd, and that's not just in terms of how the two crowds blend together.

Most of them are noticeably less starstruck than the majority of the media members here. Of course, they're not asking questions, but they can interact to a degree with the players. Fans were given radio headsets to wear in the stands and can tune those headsets to hear the audio from various players.

At one point in the early session, Tom Brady was asked about Peyton Manning's future. He responded by saying that he hoped Peyton played a long time and that he hoped he played a long time in Indianapolis.

The crowd, the majority of whom are dressed in Colts jerseys, absolutely erupted. It was at that moment that Brady realized he was mic'd up for the fans.

It's a different vibe than "normal" media day, but not by much. (It's also literally more crowded than most Bengals games, but that's beside the point.) Adding a few thousand people to a scene that's already a total disaster just doesn't have much of an impact on the way the day plays out.

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Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Fans a nice addition to Media-Day circus

Did you not read the article? It plainly states the fans were given headsets that they could tune to the person being interview they wanted to hear.



Since: Jan 31, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:14 am
 

Fans a nice addition to Media-Day circus

It's also literally more crowded than most Bengals games, but that's beside the point.

 




Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Fans a nice addition to Media-Day circus

WFAN in NY was reporting this morning that the NFL were  charging fans $25.00 to sit in the stands while the players spoke with the media.. But yet the fans can't hear the interviews...seems a bit silly to charge the fans to sit, but not to hear the interviews!



Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Fans a nice addition to Media-Day circus

WFAN is NY was reporting this morning the league was charging $25.00 for fans to sit in the stands to watch the interviews, but they couldn't hear the interview... seems kinda silly to spend $25.00 not to hear the players talk...


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