Where else would you find Miss Universe posing questions to NFL players just a few feet away from a man wearing an American flag dress doing the same thing?
Welcome to the NFL's version of a carnival sideshow, featuring members of the "media" as the stars of the show and members of the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos as the objects of their bizarreness.
While giants of the NFL media world like Peter King and John Clayton worked the room at the SAP Center – home of the San Jose Sharks of the NHL – "reporters" dressed up as superheroes or sporting puppets ask hard-hitting questions.
"Does your wife prefer you in Spandex or your birthday suit?" Kevin Frazier of Entertainment Tonight – a SportsCenter anchor back in the day – asked safety
"When is the last time you cried?" an unidentified reporter asked offensive tackle
(The answers, for the record, were "Spandex" and "when my girlfriend left town.")
Formerly known as Super Bowl Media Day and typically held in the middle of the day at the Super Bowl stadium, the NFL decided the event was ready for primetime this year and moved it in the evening. Some of the material was only fit for broadcast after 10 p.m.
The event is known for being fun for fans but a drain on the players being put on the spot – from a female "journalist" virtually propositioning safety
But the great thing was, the Panthers seemed to take it all in stride.
Behind the scenes, waiting in the "green room" for their turn with the media while the Broncos ascended the stage, the Panthers were all smiles. The man with the biggest smile of all, quarterback
Once on the stage, players wandered around not in cliques but in constantly changing small groups, smiling and laughing together through a gauntlet of goofy interviews. Toward the end of the hour-long session, Webb and wide receiver
Even when it was announced that the session had come to a close, Panthers players didn't hurry into the bowels of the stadium and sprint onto the buses. They lingered, posing for pictures before finally trickling out.
In a way, the wackiness of Super Bowl Opening Night meshed with the personality of this team. The Panthers love to have a good time together, and this was one of the last times this group will get to do that.
At the same time, looking forward to the arc that is Super Bowl week, this was only the beginning of the fun.