Super Bowl notebook: Flacco apologizes for word use

2013-01-30T00:00:00Z Super Bowl notebook: Flacco apologizes for word useThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NEW ORLEANS - Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco apologized for his word selection in criticizing the NFL's decision to hold next year's Super Bowl in an outdoor stadium at a cold-weather site.

On Monday, Flacco was asked about the game being played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

"I think it's retarded. I probably shouldn't say that. I think it's stupid," he said.

On Tuesday, he was contrite.

"Obviously, it was a poor choice of words," he said. "At home, I have a close relationship with Special Olympics. I didn't mean to offend anyone."

Necklace? What necklace?

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was asked about the "necklace" he wears on the sideline during games that includes a Sharpie. He seemed taken aback.

"Well I take great offense that you call it a necklace. It's a whistle," he said with a smile, drawing laughs from the media. "It's a coaches' whistle that coaches have long worn around their neck. I believe every coach should have a whistle. It's hard to imagine going out to practice without a whistle.

"Then I just put a pen onto the whistle string. It's not complicated at all. If I need a pen, it's just right there."

Moss wants to play more

Last week, the Ravens' Ed Reed said he plans to be back for another season. On Tuesday, the 49ers' Randy Moss said he wants to come back, too.

One of the first questions Moss was asked when the 49ers kicked off Super Bowl media day Tuesday was whether Sunday's game would be the final one of his 14-year, five-team, potential Hall of Fame career.

"I've thought about it," the 35-year-old Moss said, "I do want to play another year."

Moss has seen limited playing time this season with 28 catches for 434 yards and three TDs, plus five catches for 71 yards in the playoffs.

Fans enjoy media day

For the second year in a row, Super Bowl media day was open to fans for the price of a $25 ticket. They were allowed to sit in sections of seats along the sideline with good views of players on the field, and paid attendance was 5,479, according to NFL spokesman Michael Signora.

Fans were given gift bags that included small radios so they could listen to interviews. Other items were mostly product samples from sponsors, including chips and laundry detergent.

Costume party

The NFL says 5,205 reporters from 24 countries have credentials for the game, and some chose to work in costume at media day.

There was a correspondent from the Nickelodeon television network dressed as a super hero called Pick Boy, wearing black tights with a cape and trim of fluorescent orange and green.

Univision radio play-by-play announcer Rafael Hernandez Brito wore a Spanish-style wrestling mask for part of the session.

TV Azteca reporter Jose Marquez Zamora looked like a rodeo clown.

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