Tuesday in Hawkville: Seahawks embrace and survive Media Day

Media Day at the Super Bowl came and went on Tuesday. And from coach Pete Carroll to rookie linebacker Brock Coyle, the Seahawks rolled with it as they have just about everything this season.

PHOENIX – A recap of the Seahawks' activities for Jan. 27, when they and the New England Patriots participated in Media Day as the countdown to Sunday's matchup in Super Bowl XLIX continued:

WORDS OF THE DAY: IT'S A ZOO

STAT DU JOUR: THE BACK-TO-BACK BUNCH

The Seahawks are looking to become the first team since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004 to win back-to-back Super Bowls, and the ninth to accomplish it since the Super Bowl started after the 1966 season. Here's a look at the elite company the Seahawks can join:

Team Seasons
Packers 1966-67
Dolphins 1972-73
Steelers 1974-75
Steelers 1978-79
49ers 1988-89
Cowboys 1992-93
Broncos 1997-98
Patriots 2003-04

And Brock Coyle used those words to describe his first Media Day experience.

"You don't truly know what it's going to be like until you experience it," the Seahawks' rookie linebacker said. "So now that I've experienced it, it's crazy. It's a zoo. It's a lot of people. But it's a really cool experience."

This year, Media Day was held at US Airways Center, the home of the Phoenix Suns. And on that basketball court-sized space were more than 2,000 media members and, at different times, two football teams – first the Patriots and then the Seahawks. So it was crowed. And it was hectic. And there were the usual cast of characters.

There was Pick Boy from Nickelodeon, in his black tights, black mask and green cape. There was a guy wearing a helmet and shoulder pads that were outfitted with five mini-action cameras. There was another guy using a hand puppet to ask his questions. There were former Olympic skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, and it was difficult to tell which one was wearing more makeup.

There also was a guy in a barrel. But he wasn't the infamous Barrel Man who used to roam the stands at old Mile High Stadium in Denver. This man in a barrel works for a local radio station.

"Why dress like this? Why not?" he said. "I don't look good in a suit."

And there also were enough former NFL players who now work in broadcasting to field an all-star flag football team – Deion Sanders, Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin, Willie McGinest, LaVar Arrington and a group of former Seahawks that included Marcus Trufant, Chad Brown, Christian Fauria and Jordan Babineaux.

And Coyle captured it all with the mini-action camera that was strapped to his chest.

"I've got the whole thing on camera," he said. "I had to get it on camera, so when I'm old I can look back and relive these moments."

OPPONENT WATCH: DARRELLE REVIS

The Patriots' All-Pro cornerback has been here before. Not to the Super Bowl, but the Valley of the Sun.

Revis signed with the Patriots in March after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In April, he and some of his new teammates took a trip to Phoenix, when there already were signs that the Super Bowl was coming.

"We saw the banners in the airport already," Revis said. "And we always talked about, 'Man, it would be awesome to come back here and finish our season off in Arizona.' So we're here and it's pretty awesome."

Especially for Revis, because of everything he's done in his career – six Pro Bowl selections, four All-Pro berths, AFC Defensive Player of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year – this is his first Super Bowl.

BACK AT YA, PLAYER-TO-PLAYER

Monday, Seahawks center Max Unger spoke fondly of the time he spent at the University of Oregon with running back LeGarrette Blount, who's now with the Patriots.

Tuesday, it was Blount's turn to talk fondly about being college teammates with Unger.

"Max Unger was one of the best O-linemen that I've ever had," said Blount, who spent time with the Tennessee Titans, Buccaneers, Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers before re-signing with the Patriots in late November. "He's a big part of the reason why I had that success that I had my first year at Oregon, my junior year. He's a Pro Bowler. He's arguably one of the best linemen in the league.

"I love him to death."

BACK AT YA, COACH-TO-FANS

YOU DON'T SAY

"We're so different in the way we think. And we're going to keep making history. We see stuff differently."

All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas.


Fans could purchase tickets to attend Media Day and, not surprisingly, the stands were packed with 12s when the Seahawks entered the arena to "Bitter Sweet Symphony" – the same Paul Allen-selected song that plays when the team enters CenturyLink Field on game days.

The 12s broke into their now-trademark "Sea. Hawks" chant throughout the team's 60-minute session. Just before leaving his podium, coach Pete Carroll answered back with a "Sea. Hawks."

UP NEXT: BACK TO FOOTBALL

After talking about football, and just about everything else imaginable during Media Day, the Seahawks will get back to football with their "Competition Wednesday" practice at Arizona State University. But the late afternoon practice will follow another media session at the resort where the team is staying.

The media availability starts with Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson holding 15-minute press conferences, followed by a Q&A session with the rest of the players and coaches.

Thousands poured into downtown Phoenix Tuesday, for Super Bowl 49 Media Day featuring interviews with the Seattle Seahawks.

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