Unless you have been living under a rock (no judgment), you are probably vaguely aware that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. Even if you are not a football fan, the Super Bowl is such a big event that it creeps into the public consciousness and many non-sports fans still enjoy the event because of the spectacle, the halftime show and all the commercials. Plus it’s an excuse to eat a lot of junk food and drink beer, which is something that I think, as a nation, we can all get behind. This year’s game is between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots and both teams feature some colorful personalities. On the Seahwaks there is star running back Marshawn Lynch who has zero interest in talking to the media and often gives the same answer in press conferences, regardless of what the question is:
Lynch is a former Buffalo Bill and has a weird obsession with Skittles. The man just straight up loves the candy; someone even created a recipe for Skittles chicken wings in his honor. If only the people of Buffalo had thought of that, perhaps he would have stayed in Buffalo. His antics on and off the field have made him a polarizing player in the NFL – people either love him or hate him and there isn’t much room in between. The refusing to talk to the media thing is relatively new; back when he was a rookie on the Bills, he cut this hilarious segment with ESPN:
So the guy definitely has some personality.
On the New England Patriots you have Rob Gronkowsi, who has a less checkered past than Marshawn and is far more open with the media. Gronk is one of the best tight ends in the game, but his huge personality almost makes you forget how good he is on the field. Since the Patriots are in the same division as the Bills, I have little love for the team – especially pretty boy Brady- but even I like Gronk. He just seems like a fun guy. I mean, the guy poses for photos like this for ESPN magazine:
and on media day, while Lynch was giving the media the run-around, Gronk was reading aloud erotic stories that were written about him (yup – this is a thing that exists):
So in a lot of ways, Lynch and Gronk are complete opposites of each other; both are talented players and both have big personalities, but those personalities manifest themselves in very different ways.
One of my favorite recurring segments on Conan is “clueless gamer,” where Conan O’Brien – not a gamer – plays popular video games. His reactions are always hilarious and he’s usually pretty terrible at them, which makes for excellent television. I don’t get to watch Conan on a regular basis, but I always make sure to watch the clueless gamer segments online. Last night there was a special edition of clueless gamer; Conan brought together Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowsi to play Mortal Kombat.
If that doesn’t get you in the mood for the Super Bowl, I don’t know what will.