Last night brought us the opening night of the media blitz leading up to the Super Bowl, which always brings some interesting, weird moments. This one promised to be a little quieter than usual, though, and it was.
These are two of the most boring, professional teams you can imagine. That’s not to say the Falcons and Patriots don’t have interesting, personable players—they do—but the culture that both teams have built up revolves around keeping that stuff largely under wraps so you don’t equip the media with a lot of sound bites, and let your play on the field speak volumes.
That doesn’t mean there weren’t a few highlights, and we’ve rounded them up here for your enjoyment. So, you know, enjoy.
I’m not an Atlanta native, obviously, but it’s impossible to miss just how much a Super Bowl win would mean for the city and fans of the city’s teams, who have been mired in a long championship drought. It’s great to hear this from the players.
It strikes me that so many Falcons players have been talking tonight about how badly they want to do this for the City of Atlanta— Mike Conti (@MikeConti929) January 31, 2017
This is kind of what I mean. Lot of media types here who are just trying to get a soundbite or a reaction.
A reporter asked Matt Ryan if he liked football. Then he threw Ryan a soccer ball to... https://t.co/jo8nCMg0E5 pic.twitter.com/ALuXpht8CR— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) January 31, 2017
Ricardo Allen has shown from the very beginning of his career that he’s not fazed by much, and he’s certainly not fazed by Tom Brady.
Ricardo Allen not ‘starstruck' facing Brady. “Another QB in this league. I went against Rodgers last week. I go against Matt Ryan every day"— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) January 31, 2017
I love Ben Garland.
Falcons center Alex Mack said he often turned to @BenGarland63 for advice this year: pic.twitter.com/HotdRFBHQ9— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 31, 2017
The Patriots aren’t going to be guilty of underestimating the Falcons. Something to remember when you’re angry at the likes of Skip Bayless for doing exactly that.
"We're playing a great Atlanta team," Patriots coach Bill Belichick on the Falcons,... https://t.co/1c6mp9p7yj pic.twitter.com/G5YPYEQiZr— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) January 31, 2017
Bryan Cox remains a national treasure.
Opened a pack of old football cards with Bryan Cox. Dude was hilarious. Video coming. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/GJSCvAbfKk— Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) January 31, 2017
Levine Toilolo, meanwhile, remains extremely tall.
Our tallest player @LevineToilolo chatted with US Olympian @Simone_Biles. pic.twitter.com/wpnEMQCHJA— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) January 31, 2017
Stay tuned, we’ll have plenty more to talk about in the days ahead.