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Check out the media day madness

By GREG AUMAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 23, 2001


You won't be among the horde of reporters at Raymond James Stadium today. You won't have to worry about your innocent question showing up across the country as this year's dumbest did-they-really-ask-that question.

You won't know the joy of boxing out, clearing space and sticking your recorder as close to a player as possible, hoping it will pick up whatever he has to say.

But if the folks at superbowl.com have their way, you'll get a sense of what the craziness of media day is like.

"It's really a behind-the-scenes look," said Joe Ferreira of CBS Sportsline, which is producing the game's official site for the NFL. "It's going to be hopping.

"This has so many different tentacles. It's not only going to be about the game but also about all the hoopla surrounding it."

The site will be streaming live audio and video from all major news conferences and will have two one-hour Internet-only radio shows today, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with former Cowboys executive Gil Brandt hosting.

The NFL has enlisted some freelance reporters for media day -- former 49ers quarterback Steve Young will be on the other side of the microphone and Bucs coach Tony Dungy's two sons, James (14) and Eric (9), will be acting as reporters for playfootball.com, the NFL's official site for pre-teens.

Wednesday through Saturday at 7 p.m., the site will broadcast Superbowl.com TV, a half-hour show produced by NFL Films. The show will be live from the NFL Experience exhibit and promises a lineup of player and celebrity guests.

And yes, you can ask dumb questions, too. Not for today's circus but for later in the week -- visitors to superbowl.com can submit questions for NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. A select few will be asked at a news conference Friday.

OUCH: Foxsports.com ran a poll Monday asking which city is the best Super Bowl location.

Tampa didn't fare well.

Out of seven choices, Tampa finished sixth, just ahead of Tempe, Ariz., with 9.2 percent of 6,810 total votes cast.

New Orleans (22.1 percent), Pasadena, Calif. (20.5) and Miami (13.6) were the top three choices, followed by Minnesota (13.6) and San Diego (12.8). Tempe had 7.9.

CHATWATCH: Former Oakland quarterback Kenny Stabler, who led the '76 Raiders to a Super Bowl victory over Minnesota, chats at 3 p.m. today at MSNBC.com. ... Recent Super Bowl MVPs Terrell Davis of Denver and Kurt Warner of St. Louis visit ESPN.com for an audio chat at 4:30 p.m. ... Giants offensive lineman Lomas Brown, a former University of Florida standout, chats at 7 p.m. at nypost.com.

TID-BYTES: Parade-goers can check out gasparillapiratefest.com, the festival's official site, where you can purchase an official Gasparilla Mousepad for $11. ... Check out souperbowl.com to learn more about the Souper Bowl of Caring, a faith-based drive against hunger that totaled more than $3-million in donations from 11,000 congregations nationwide on last year's Super Bowl Sunday.

- If you have a question or comment about the Internet or a site to suggest, send an e-mail to staff writer Greg Auman at aumanac1@aol.com.

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