Some of it is funny, some profound. Writer Steve Doerschuk delivers some of the interesting things they’re saying at the Super Bowl.
I have just one petty complaint.
The bus rides. Sheesh.
It took half the morning to get from Dallas to the Steeler interviews in the Texas Christian basketball arena. I could make it from there to Wild Bill Smith’s Waco Market — that’s in Ohio — faster than the Texas Express goes from Pittsburgh’s compound to the Packers.
End of complaint.
On the bright side, it’s amazing how fast you can go from the ridiculous to the sublime and back again at a Super Bowl.
I’m sick of Brett Keisel’s beard by now. For 20 bucks I’d think very seriously about taking your hedge clippers to it.
Here’s what it has come to regarding the burly Pittsburgh defender’s facial fur. He’s answering questions about how he jams it in his chinstrap.
“The worst part is hairballs in my mouthpiece,” he said.
Let us know if you have any wheat toast stashed in there, big guy.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went deep.
He gave thanks for growing up in a God-fearing home with parents who “modeled what a healthy relationship looks like.”
“One of my favorite quotes,” Rodgers said, "is by St. Francis of Assisi: ‘Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.’ ”
One of the big stories here is Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III. His dad was the favorite Browns player of a lot of fans the last time there was much of a gleam coming off the orange helmets.
Kevin Greene, young Clay’s position coach, said, “He will always have the fight of a dog in his heart.”
Forgetting which Matthews Greene was talking about, he obviously hasn’t seen my dog.
It was funny how two Steeler teammates addressed the NFL’s crackdown on borderline dirty hits.
Linebacker James Harrison, whom Commissioner Roger Goodell is treating like a cash register for his helmet-first slobberknockers, said:
“It’s not really player safety they’re worried about. They want to do whatever makes them more money.”
Wide receiver Hines Ward, who has been accused of a little dirty play in his day, said, “I really think they are sincere.”
The weather here resembles the stuff in Green Bay.
“Way too much,” said Packers cornerback Charles Woodson. “I thought I was going to get that vacation feeling down here.”
Ward and Woodson need a little heat to loosen up their ancient muscles. Both entered the NFL way back in 1998.
There are kids here, too, and they say the darndest things.
Green Bay tight end Andrew Quarles, a rookie from Penn State, drew a few smiles with this one:
“People in Pennsylvania ... they love their Steelers. That’s Steeler Nation. I can’t wait to get out there and make them feel bad.”
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