Super Bowl Beat: Geeking Out at Radio Row, Running into Bob McNair
Steve Young, Jerry Rice, and Michael Irvin shoot the breeze in very expensive suits.
On Thursday afternoon, I shook Houston Texans owner Bob McNair's hand here near Radio Row inside the convention center. I sorta remember saying something about being here from Houston and thanking him for everything. What "everything" means, I do not know.
Later on, during an interview with local Houston radio station Sports Radio 610, McNair came under scrutiny for his comments regarding Texans QB Matt Schaub. Check it out around 3:35 in the clip.
He also made a few remarks regarding Houston's chances of being a Super Bowl host city in 2017.
Thursday was a big day for celebs here at the Morial Convention Center. There was Beyoncé belting out the National Anthem at her early afternoon press conference, her sneaky way of snapping back at last week's overblown controversy from the Obama inaugural.
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Then there was comic oddball Tracey Morgan milling around the Yahoo Sports Radio booth on the row. He's smaller in person than I would have thought. I even spied our own Sean Pendergast nearby. I swear that man needs to stop getting so handsome, it's nearly illegal.
Late Thursday afternoon, Michael Irvin, Steve Young and Jerry Rice were hobnobbing near the entrance of the media center, which turned into a full-on photo shoot. Nearby there was a mob taking grainy photos of Troy Aikman on a CBS Sports stage.
Did I just spy Larry David? No, it's some writer from Baltimore.
Seeing Miss America Mallory Hagan at the Beyoncé presser was fun, even though I thought she was Julianne Hough wearing a tiara. Are beauty queens contractually obligated to wear that crown everywhere they go? Even the toilet and the shower?
Above all this, I am still stupefied that an event like this has real, working and fast WiFi.
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