NEW ORLEANS Scenes and observations from the NFLs annual Super Bowl media day interviews with players and team personnel from the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers on the field at the Superdome:
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Terrell Suggs stood up, threw down his microphone, kicked over his chair with a back heel as he stepped down from his podium, and then he kicked over a cooler.
Onlookers laughed, satisfied that the Baltimore Ravens mischievous linebacker had properly punctuated the frenetic, free-for-all known as Super Bowl media day.
Suggs plays a central role in one of the more intimidating defenses in the NFL, and at least some of the conversation involved football and what it would take to slow down San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Sundays NFL championship game.
But media day never is just about football, not even when the players are interviewing each other: Posing as a reporter, defensive end Arthur Jones asked Suggs which staple of Louisiana cuisine he preferred, gumbo or jambalaya.
Thats a good question, and Im glad you asked that, Arthur, Suggs said. Definitely gumbo.
Suggs also was asked if he is the best dancer in the locker room: No way. Be Nasty, (safety) Bernard Pollard hes definitely the best dancer. And I think if we get this done come Sunday, you all will get to see a good dose of it.
And maybe even get a song from Suggs; he wasnt shy about serenading everyone with a rendition of Meatloafs I Would Do Anything For Love just moments after he took his seat behind the microphone.
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When players and coaches were asked to play along with a joke about the growing influence of social media in everyday communication, results were mixed and appeared to expose the generation gap between some players and coaches.
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and others were asked to answer some questions in hash tags only. The tags, which might look like (hash)SuperBowl on the website Twitter, are used to help social media users identify trendy topics.
That would be very challenging to me, Harbaugh said. I dont know the hash-tag world that well. I dont have one. I dont have a Tweeter (sic). Im not real good at that.
Ravens placekicker Justin Tucker was more cooperative, answering several questions in a row about his Super Bowl experience as a rookie with, Hash tag, awesome.
AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley contributed to this report.