On The Ground: Is This Over The Top?

Hot Women, Media outlets you've never heard of, strange get-ups... those were just some of the sights and sounds in Phoenix. Matthew Postins continues his Super Bowl observations blog here.

No one trots out the hot chicks with microphones quite like the Hispanic TV stations.

TV Azteca is at the forefront, using several lovely young women to ask questions during Media Day. They may all be credentialed, but their news directors know what most of us already know - any young man will notice any lovely young woman. It's just a fact.

So what better way to get your questions answered than to give the mic to a, well, lovely young woman?


New England Patriots' Bam Childress dances with reporter Marisol Gonzalez during media day for the Super Bowl XLII football game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz,. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

TV Azteca took it to a different level on Tuesday. They dressed up a young woman in a wedding dress - low-cropped and with a mini-skirt and red high heels - and had her ask Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to marry her. She even carried around a short-sleeved T-shirt that said "The real Miss Brady."

I wasn't there, but I assume she asked her question and got her answer, which I'm sure was no.

He's dating a supermodel, dear. You don't have much of a chance.

She must have been heartbroken. About an hour later I saw her asking Giants quarterback Eli Manning the same question. Manning is engaged.

And speaking of red high heels, Country star(let) Kellie Pickler was at media day as a correspondent for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and, after getting a lift from the Giants' Jerome Collins, she asked Michael Strahan if he would listen to her CD before Sunday's game.

Sure, Strahan said.

"What song should I play?" Strahan said. "My Angel? Red High Heels?"

"Red High Heels," Pickler said.

"Red High Heels?" Strahan said. "That's a pregame song? I'll picture Tom Brady in some red high heels."

MISS NEVADA: By the way, one of the more distracting people at media day was Miss Nevada USA, who is here as a correspondent for KBAD radio in Las Vegas. Why? Why do you think?

If case you want to see her work, she is doing a video blog for the station that you can access at their Web site. At one point, she was standing and talking to several Patriots players in a scene that I would have to think came across pretty humorously on video.

Miss Nevada Veronica Grabowski poses with Brandon Meriweather #31 and Antwain Spann #28 of the New England Patriots during Patriots media day for Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 29, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)


THE SALES PITCH: It isn't just about good-looking women at media day. It's also about fourth-string players getting a little media love.

Take Kyle Eckel. I was speaking to him for a feature I was working for another Scout.com property - or at least I was trying. A local TV station asked Eckel to stand up on a bleacher and try a solicit an interview. As Eckel stood on the bleacher and no one spoke to him (I thought trying to interview him at that point would defeat the purpose of the whole exercise), fullback Heath Evans was standing nearby talking to reporters.

"I have much more interesting things to say than Heath Evans," Eckel said.

Sadly, he didn't.

THE DUMBEST QUESTION: Someone asked Tom Brady was the dumbest question he had heard so far during Super Bowl Week and he demurred, saying he hadn't been in Arizona long enough to hear one.

Then, a few minutes later, he happened upon the question - "Are you an A-List celebrity, a B-List celebrity?"

"That's the dumbest question I've heard all week," Brady said.

Actually, given Brady's profile these days, it would seem a perfectly legitimate question to me.

Give it the whole week, Tom. Someone is bound to ask you something dumber, like "What's the dumbest question you've heard all week?"

Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is covering the Patriots for Patriotsinsider.com during the Super Bowl in Arizona. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.


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