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Greetings from Tampa

January 27, 2009 - Buck Frank

I arrived in Tampa late Monday night.

My father-in-law, living in Bradenton for the winter, drove up to meet me at the airport and take me to my hotel.

I was then thrust into the chaos of Super Bowl week with Media Day early Tuesday.

The NFL has everything organized real well. Shuttles are set up to take the media to all of the press conferences, etc.

On the trip to Raymond James Stadium today, the bus traveled through some poor sections of Tampa. It was such a contrast to the glamour that is the Super Bowl. When the Super Bowl was in Detroit three years ago, the host committee did a good job of keeping the media away from those areas.

In fact, just one day into it, Tampa doesn't seem to have the buzz that Detroit had. It's still early, though.

Media Day was a neat experience. It was chaotic and extremely crowded, but it's not quite as bad as what the NFL Network portrays it to be. If I survived in that atmosphere, then it can't be too bad.

Mostly all of the Pittsburgh-area reporters who cover the Steelers on a regular basis are on hand. Of course, many of the national types like Deion Sanders and Chris Berman were pushing their way into interviews, too.

I had to wonder if some of the other people asking questions knew anything about football.

If you want an idea of what it's like to cover the Super Bowl, keep checking back here over the next week. I'll have an update at least once per day.

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