While athletic feats achieved during the Super Bowl tend to become more impressive with each retelling, the mediocre questions asked on Super Bowl Media Day seem to grow more ridiculous as they are recounted through the years.
Perhaps the most cited example of Super Bowl Media Day absurdity is the infamous question that may -- or may not -- have been posed to Doug Williams just days before he became the first African-American quarterback to win the Super Bowl in 1988. As legend has it, Williams was asked "how long have you been a black quarterback?" As The Associated Press has it, the Washington signal caller was probably asked something more like "It's obvious you've always been a black quarterback all your life. When did it start to matter?"
Such is the power of Media Day lore: Dumb gets dumber.
With media members dressed as Waldo and Mozart and questions touching on topics like flatulence and strip clubs, the 2014 edition of Super Bowl Media Day isn't going to be remembered as the moment when things took a turn for the serious.
Here are 10 of the most absurd questions asked, including one that was apparently intentionally been a joke.
And so Danny Trevathan was just asked whether he'd rather see Andy Reid or Mark Mangino in a thong. (He declined to answer)
— Ben Shpigel (@benshpigel) January 28, 2014
Actual question asked to Decker: "Eric, why don't you wear a cup? ...Don't u wanna protect the little Eric Deckers?" #SBMediaDay
— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) January 28, 2014
Best/worst exchange I heard at Super Bowl Media Day ... Question: If you met Bigfoot, what would you tell him? Answer: Shave.
— Eric Adelson (@eric_adelson) January 28, 2014
New worst question leader: "Who has the smelliest farts in the locker room?"
What are we doing here ...
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) January 28, 2014
Somebody asked Peyton at Super Bowl Media Day if he would be making an appearance on SNL this week... the night before the Super Bowl...
— pat james (@patjames24) January 28, 2014
Someone asked Richard Sherman if he had anything to say to/about Justin Bieber. After cracking up Sherman just replied "I don't" #MediaDay
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) January 28, 2014
#Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas was asked which celebrity he'd prefer to have a 1 night stand with
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) January 28, 2014
Why media is kind of ridiculous: Someone just asked Peyton if he watched "Real Housewives of New Jersey" #havebettermaterial
— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 28, 2014
Someone just asked Pete Carroll: "Is this a must-win game?"
— NFL Philosophy (@NFLosophy) January 28, 2014
Richard Sherman, asked at Media Day what he'd say to strippers: "There are other avenues to make money. Women can do anything they want."
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) January 28, 2014
With the race for the dumbest question of year coming down to the wire on Tuesday, Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing thought he found a winner with the question about the Super Bowl being a "must-win game." Eric Edholm of Shutdown Corner found a similar question similarly ridiculous.
In the latest twist offered by Super Bowl Media Day, that ridiculous query was apparently intended to mock the ridiculous queries traditionally asked. Dave Dameshek of NFL Network took credit for the question asked Carroll and said it was asked in jest.
@awfulannouncing It was a joke, AA!
— Dave Dameshek (@Dameshek) January 28, 2014