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Media Day promises unique blend of hype

Super Bowl Media Day has always been an occasion for the absurd, overdone and bizarre. Typically, reporters have space to fill in newspapers and blogs, and with five days before kickoff, they tend to reach - and reach - in doing so. There have been wedding dresses (a marriage proposal for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady three years ago), superhero costumes and cross-dressing reporters among the throng of media 'professionals' that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch once likened to "ants coming down from the anthill." The actual questions, predictably, have sometimes been asinine on an epic scale. Former Bucs star Doug Williams, playing for Washington, was famously asked how long he had been a black quarterback. Emmitt Smith, on his way to three Super Bowl titles with the Dallas Cowboys, was asked what he planned to wear for the game Sunday. Smith's teammate, quarterback Troy Aikman, did his best to keep his composure when asked if he planned to listen to Stevie Wonder perform at halftime. Today's rendition in Arlington, Texas, promises its own moments of humor and not-so-deep reflection as the Green Bay Packers and Steelers take (endure?) grilling from media members from around the world. Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu and Clay Matthews of Green Bay are sure to attract attention due to their unique hairstyles (above), while Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will probably spend a good part of his time at the podium deflecting queries about his troubles this past offseason.
So what would you ask at Media Day if you had a chance? Would you play it straight or see how players react to curveballs? There should be plenty of both today, mixed in with players and coaches noting ruefully that Sunday can't arrive soon enough. Send in your thoughts below and we'll see how they compare with the actual questions posed today.
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