Super Bowl week isn’t fun.
The NFL decided in 2003 that there needed to be two weeks between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, which gave the league ample time to hype up the matchup. But when Super Bowl week comes along each year, it follows the same cycle.
The first day is a circus with Media Day/Opening Night being a free-for-all of reporters and dressed-up characters shouting questions at players and coaches while operating in competing interests. One segment of the Opening Night crowd has a job to do as media, and the other treats it as a joke for entertainment reasons.
By Thursday, everyone is so exhausted from hearing the same questions 200 times over that the very notion of Super Bowl week comes into question. Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery summed up that sentiment perfectly in a re-surfaced video from last year’s Super Bowl week. (NSFW language)
This was Super Bowl week condensed to a single interview. It needed to be said.
Reporter: How much fun is this and how much are you enjoying this experience so far?
Jeffery: Honestly, I think this (expletive) is terrible. Doing all this. I think that we could have stayed in Philly and come on Friday or Saturday.
Reporter: Then you wouldn’t get to see Timberlake and all the other celebrities here. It’s part of the experience, right?
Jeffery: He a normal person. He bleeds just like I bleed. He goes through feelings just like I do, so, I mean, he’s a celebrity. Hats off to him. I listen to his music. He’s a great guy — great artist. But I’m here to play football. I could care less about all that other (expletive).
Reporter: Did you see the temperature for gameday on Sunday?
Jeffery: We’re playing indoors.
Reporter: If you were outside though, how would it affect it?
Jeffery: I don’t think the Super Bowl would be here.
The temperature question … oh man.
Fast forward to Thursday of this Super Bowl week, and we have a dude playing the ukulele for Tom Brady.
Like, can they just play football already? Stop this madness.
“Honestly, I think this (expletive) is terrible.”