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The top 10 moments from Super Bowl media week

Super Bowl week kicked off on Monday with Opening Night, but the excitement that it began did not end with its conclusion. Much of the media was weird and much of it was fun, and sometimes it was both. Let's begin with one of the more endearing moments and get weirder as we go down the list.

1. Young cancer survivor interviews Peyton Manning

Trust us, it's not easy to brave the media horde that swarms Manning when he hops up on a podium to take questions. But 14-year-old cancer survivor Austin Denton held court with Manning and got some great time with the veteran quarterback asking him about the week leading up to Super Bowl 50.

2. The story behind Jordan Taylor's bespoke suit from Manning

While Manning was recovering from his torn plantar fascia, practice squad wide receiver Jordan Taylor was a major help in his process. Check out how that ended up in a custom suit in the video above.

3. Cam Newton shares reasoning behind socks and sandals

Daily media with players can get a little excessive, and perhaps asking Cam Newton about why he wears socks with his sandals was a result of having two hours of media availability over four days. The answer was simple: "Why are you wearing jeans with shoes? It's just comfort."

4. Miss Universe learns to dab

Learning some moves with @anu_nike91! 😋 #SuperBowl @insideedition -Pia

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Among the media at Opening Night was Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach, and she went to defensive end Kenny Anunike to learn how to whip and dab.

5. Snoop Dogg swaps professions to report on Super Bowl

Rapper (and occasional actor) Snoop Dogg came by the media tent on Thursday to try his hand at reporting as a correspondent for NFL Network's Rich Eisen Show. He asked about getting a Papa Johns discount from Manning, and made the rounds on the floor.

6. Aqib Talib wins rap battle on Opening Night

While we're on the topic, let's keep the hip-hop theme going. Talib is 1-0 already this week because he took down an entrepreneurial media member who challenged him to a rap battle. The same person also challenged Cam Newton when the Panthers entered the arena for their time under the lights. We'll file this entry under the weird side.

7. Nickelodeon's Pick Boy digs into Manning family's dining habits

Manning was game for this funny "huddle or no-huddle" question, but the moment that might fly under the radar was the ending when Pick Boy responds to Manning's answer with "Remind me to tell you a funny story later, all right?"


No better reporter was working during Opening Night than Talib. He took over Broncos TV to talk to Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips and loaned him a gold necklace for the interview. This was the can't-miss moment of the week, in our opinion.

9. Let's learn about the Crying Michael Jordan meme!

Any sporting event or any event in general will likely produce an image that will be bestowed with the face of Michael Jordan and his tears. That's just the way things are now, particularly on Twitter. It's so widespread on Twitter that a couple players were asked about the popular image.

"I just think it's funny. I don't even really know what it means," WR Demaryius Thomas said. "I see it a lot, but I don't be on social media like everybody else."

Left guard Evan Mathis was much less optimistic of the meme's staying power.

"Every meme has its place and they quickly run their course and need to be retired," Mathis said. "It's going strong. I think it's got a good six months left in it."

Well, there you have it.

10. Comedian J.B. Smoove dances a jig with Broncos superfan Rocky the Leprechaun

There is nothing more I can add to this.

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