COMMENTARY | Super Bowl Media Day has come and gone, and that means we're another day closer to the actual game itself.
The Denver Broncos were up first Tuesday, and there was nary a Richard Sherman in the bunch. Nothing the Orange and Blue said tipped the Twitterverse off its axis, and there were no FCC-offending Marshawn Lynch soundbites.
So just what did the Broncos have to say in response to the horde of media questions, and -- more importantly -- what did they really want to say?
No worries, I'm here to read between the lines, cut through the coach- and player-speak and bring you the unfiltered truth.
So here are some Broncos media day quotes, followed by my italicized translation:
"We're played in all kinds of weather the past couple seasons, and we're ready for the elements. Both teams will have to deal with the weather." -- Broncos coach John Fox.
"Wait, what? We're not actually going to play here, are we? I thought we were up here during the week to accommodate all you media types and then all flying down to South Beach for game this weekend. I'd better recheck that itinerary the commissioner gave me."
"I'm excited. He (Sherman) is a great player. He's probably the best in the game right now. That's what we play football for: To go against the best." -- WR Demaryius Thomas on one of the Super Bowl's most ballyhooed matchups.
"Ah, man, why did you have to remind me. I was rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and their defense to win the NFC."
"I've been asked about my legacy since I was about 25 years old. I'm not sure you have a legacy when you're 25 or even 37. I thought you had to be like 70." -- Peyton Manning.
"A thousand media members here, and this legacy stuff comes up again? After the off year I've just had, I'm going to have to think about that a while longer."
"I don't really get into the 'best-ever' (discussions), but I know he is one of the best to ever play this game," -- Fox, responding to a question about Manning.
"You know, Peyton has been all right for us these last couple years. I haven't really thought about it much, but I'd probably take him over the guys (Jake Delhomme and Kerry Collins) I had playing quarterback for me in my other two Super Bowls."
"I'm sure hopeful he's not going to (retire). I'd be very, very surprised if he walked away. I think he wants to walk away with every record that was ever put in the record books as far as offensive football or quarterbacking," -- Broncos vice-president of football operations John Elway, on the Manning-retirement rumors.
"Look, if Peyton retires now, I'm going back to the Arena League and try to win a title with Tim Tebow."
"It just wasn't the right time as far as the timing with us coming here and the focus I wanted on this game." -- Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, on turning down a chance to interview for the Cleveland Browns' coaching job.
"Really? It was the Cleveland Browns!"
"This is a big game, but you have to cherish every moment in the NFL." -- LB Paris Lenon.
"There's this rule that you have to cherish every moment in the NFL when you start your career in the XFL."
"They misread me." -- Pending free-agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, downplaying the retirement stories if the Broncos were to win Sunday.
"Sure, I'll think about retiring at 27, until the first moment someone -- anyone -- even hints at offering me a multi-year deal."
"It's been a long year, but I'm good now and I'm ready to go." -- Veteran CB Champ Bailey.
"Hey look, if it takes me another 15 years to get back to another Super Bowl, I'll be 50. No way I'm not ready -- long year or not."
"The main thing about this (Super Bowl) is just trying to enjoy it, and know these moments don't come along all the time." -- WR Wes Welker, on playing in his third Super Bowl.
"The best part about it is, between the halftime hoopla and all the commercials, you can actually take a 40-minute shower and not come close to missing the second half of the game!"
Ken Pomponio has spent the past 25 years as a sports journalist who has been published extensively in print and online. He's been an avid follower of the Denver sports scene since early childhood, and can be found on Twitter @kenpomp.
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