NEW ORLEANS — It’s not often you get a superhero, a king and a samurai all under the same roof. But that was the case at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday at the Superdome, where wacky outfits and outlandish questions are the norm.
Nickelodeon’s Pick Boy was the first to arrive, decked out in a cape, mask and all the fixings. The King of Mardi Gras, beads and all, Super Bowl Samurai and a lucha libre duo later joined the party.
Even Katherine Webb, the apple of Brent Musburger’s eye during the BCS Championship Game between Alabama and Notre Dame, made an appearance for “Inside Edition.”
Looking for hardcore analysis? Tune in the rest of the week. Tuesday was about the glitz, glamour and gluttony of the Super Bowl. Sure, there were serious topics addressed — ask Ray Lewis about deer-antler spray — but for the most part, players have dealt with the same topics over the past week and a half. By now, we are all plenty aware that Jim and John Harbaugh are brothers. Tuesday offered a bit of relief from the monotony.
You like off-the-wall questions? Niners defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga was asked if he could name all the members of Destiny’s Child. He couldn’t, and can you really blame him?
Struggling Niners kicker David Akers was queried by one reporter (and we’ll use that term loosely) about whether in this time of economic downturn it was really necessary for a kicker and a punter to both be on an NFL roster.
Couldn’t one do both jobs? It was part of an exchange, which also touched on old age and toupees, that bounced between tense and hilarious.
The Manti Te’o hoax story was a popular topic, prompting Lewis to offer this gem: “I may have been ‘Catfished’ once or twice in my life.’”
We learned Jim Harbaugh, not surprisingly, isn’t a big fan of social media. “I’m not a tweeter,” the second-year 49ers coach confessed.
As a whole, the Ravens came off as the team that seemed to best embrace the spirit of Media Day.
Dennis Pitta sported a purple wig during part of his interview session. Bryan Hall morphed from defensive lineman to rapper. Defensive end Arthur Jones procured a microphone and popped in on Terrell Suggs to ask if his taste buds preferred gumbo or jambalaya when he visited Louisiana.
That’s not to say the 49ers were uptight.
Niners offensive lineman Joe Staley offered up one moment of levity when he was asked to put on a tattoo sleeve.
He obliged and then shouted over to Colin Kaepernick at the next booth, “Hey Colin!” Staley flexed his faux tattoo and gave his biceps a smooch. Staley’s version of “Kaepernicking” prompted a hearty laugh from the normally reserved San Francisco signal-caller.
Fans were let in to witness the circus for the second year in a row and any looking for thought-provoking answers or emotionally driven commentary were likely let down.
Instead they were treated to the free-for-all known as Media Day, where anything goes.
Dylan Kruse is the sports editor of The San Francisco Examiner. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @dylan_kruse.