|Fans fill the stands in Indy. (Will Brinson, CBSSports.com)|
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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