By Lucas Vola — February 10, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
Article updated on February 10, 2022 at 4:40 p.m.
The game is approaching and it feels in Los Angeles.
Since the beginning of this logbook, we have tried to make you experience the course of a Super Bowl Week as if you were there and especially to describe to you behind the scenes. So much so that we would have almost forgotten that there is a match on Sunday.
This Wednesday, this reality came back to us in a dazzling way. There is more than the match, or almost.
Let us begin first with a phrase borrowed from an American journalist from The Ringer : “The reporters who think it’s too hot during Super Bowl week are the ones who don’t work.” Understandably, the workers are locked in all day (incidentally under fierce air conditioning) and have no time to see the sun. It is true that we spend most of our days indoors. On our side, we still endured the 27 degrees this Wednesday. And yet we worked. Promised.
🏈 TDA at the Super Bowl 🏟
26-27°C outside, we left to interview the NFL Network consultants. In any case, the league knows how to take care of its staff 😅 pic.twitter.com/NjPrnxD3IE
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Mauritius in support of France
The first meeting of the day is given in front of the pool at the Marriott. There we can interview the consultants of NFL Network. Michael Irvin, DeAngelo Hall, Maurice Jones-Drew… they are almost all there to give us their opinion on the match. For the former Dallas receiver, the duel between Jalen Ramsey and Ja’Marr Chase will be decisive. The former Redskins defensive back (now Commanders) believes that the only chance to control Cooper Kupp is to press him on every snap. All have their expertise and their vision of this meeting. However, one player puts them all in agreement: Aaron Donald. Everyone has their own superlative for the Los Angeles defender, but the most ecstatic remains Michael Irving:
“He’s the best football player in the NFL right now, in any position. When he stops, we will realize that he was one of the best players of all time. Quite simply. »
Only regret, the absence of Kurt Warner. We would have asked him his opinion on the Rams and Europe. Speaking of the old continent. As we wrote this Wednesday on TDA, the NFL is coming to Germany for the next four years. Information made official by Roger Goodell during his press conference, held at the same time as our interviews. The opportunity for us to question Maurice Jones-Drew on the subject. We asked him if we could imagine a match in France one day. His answer is here. We can in any case say that we have found strong support in the quest for a match in France.
A city within the city
Second stage then, the daily press conferences. This time, we decide to focus on the coaches. Two technicians who know each other well and who will have a crucial role on Sunday. Before that, they have a difficult task. Answer questions precisely, without revealing too much about the game plan. In this game, Sean McVay is the most comfortable. Experience, no doubt. The Rams coach responds with a smile and broken voice. The young coach explains to us that he organizes his players’ week like any competition week, while trying to make them understand the importance of this meeting. Before him, Zac Taylor seems more withdrawn, already in his game.
At the end of the afternoon, as football does not stop at the NFL in Los Angeles, we went for a walk on the USC campus. One of the largest universities in the country just two kilometers from the Media Center. A city within the city. Once you have shown your credentials (and vaccination pass) to enter, you find yourself surrounded by dozens of students wandering from one building to another. From the library to the theater and necessarily including sports grounds. Baseball, athletics track, soccer, everything is there. Inevitably, we naturally headed for the football stadium, quickly called to order by one of the assistants: “Photos are prohibited”. Too late.
A few steps away, the day ends under the flame of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. A mythical stadium in the city of angels. The Olympic Games of 1932, 1984 and 2028, matches of USC, UCLA or even the Los Angeles Chargers, Rams and Raiders… this stadium has seen many significant sporting events. It also represents one of two enclosures in Los Angeles (and its suburbs) to have hosted the Super Bowl (in 1966 and 1972). On Sunday, there will be a third. Yes, because there is a match on Sunday.