Ravens' Siragusa, Sharpe zoned in on media radar

Couch Potato

January 25, 2001|By Kevin Cowherd | Kevin Cowherd,SUN STAFF

If the Ravens are the media darlings of Super Bowl XXXV - and the Couch Potato, gutting out a bad case of clicker-thumb tendinitis, has observed this to be true - then the most "darling" of the team's loquacious players are Tony Siragusa and Shannon Sharpe.

The Goose, this week's Sports Illustrated cover boy along with the Giants' Michael Strahan, was all over the airwaves last night, mugging and joking with the national media in Tampa as only a 342-pound (wink, wink) Jersey wise guy can.

But the SSP (Siragusa Saturation Point) may have been reached during Channel 2's 5:30 newscast, with an alarming promo for the Goose's appearance on a special NFL players edition of "Wheel of Fortune" on Friday.

The Couch Potato's snap reaction? Thank goodness the VCR is still in the shop.

Sharpe also got a ton of air time locally with his impromptu impersonation of Perry Mason, launching into an impassioned defense of his buddy Ray Lewis and urging the assembled media hordes to back off with all the nosy questions about that, um, unpleasantness Ray was involved in after last year`s Super Bowl.

But only on ESPN's "SportsCenter" could you see large chunks of Sharpe's speech unedited and uninterrupted. And only there could you hear analyst Ron Jaworski declare, after viewing the clip: "I see the Ravens as being splintered."

But the Couch Potato's favorite small-screen moment came courtesy of Channel 11 reporter Jeff Pegues, who followed NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue in hopes of landing an interview.

When Pegues finally cornered the commish to ask if he was "happy" to see Baltimore in the Super Bowl, Tagliabue blew him off, turning away from the camera with the same frozen smile you would use on an aluminum-siding salesman at your door.

Not quite as impressive was this feature:

Joe Montana's advice to Trent Dilfer during an ESPN interview: "Relax, sit back and play the game."

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