In the Eagles’ Nick Sirianni’s first Super Bowl as a head coach, he experienced one of the true jewels of Super Bowl week: Being asked one of the most ridiculous questions that he will ever hear.
One of the best things that the NFL does is credential almost any and everybody for the artist formerly known as Super Bowl Media Day. Of course, no dollar can be left on the table, so since 2016 it has been a Monday primetime event known as Super Bowl Opening Night.
Fortunately, even though the day and name have changed, the spirit of the event remains the same. Some head-shaking questions are asked out of ignorance. Others are from someone trying to be the class clown in a large group.
There has been no Opening Night for the previous two Super Bowls due to the pandemic. The evening was back in full effect on Monday night, and somebody came out swinging. From somewhere in the scrum of people on the floor at the Footprint Center, someone asked the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles if the Super Bowl was a must-win game.
Someone asked what?
The championship game. The final game of the season. The highest-rated broadcast on the American television calendar. The game that Rihanna has decided to take her jersey down from the rafters and — while worth a billion dollars and also a new mom — spend time rehearsing to perform at.
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Sirianni was able to keep a straight face and quickly move past might either the most asinine or possibly the most hilarious question that will be asked all evening
If the person who asked this is mocking the event, then by all means continue. Ask Jalen Hurts if he is happy that the Eagles won the NFC. Maybe ask Travis Kelce if he knows how to spell his last name. Or even better, ask Patrick Mahomes if State Farm truly is the best choice for car insurance.
Either make an artistic display with silly questions, or be escorted out by security. If you’re going to waste peoples’ time at least do it with a sense of humor.