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Lynch comes up small on big stage


NEWARK, N.J. – “Yeah.”

“I like to keep it low key.”

“I think you’re just taking it wrong; don’t make me uncomfortable.”

“I’m just about action.”

Those were four of the highlights from Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s six-minute interview session Tuesday during Super Bowl Media Day.

Lynch made an appearance to avoid a $100,000 fine by the NFL.

He should have accepted the fine and stayed at the team hotel.

Instead, his tired act – The I Don’t Hate The Media But I Don’t Want To Talk To The Media Because I’m Not A Public Kind Of Guy – was on display.

The league and team, of course, aided him in this charade.

A player of Lynch’s caliber and stature – he rushed for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season – needed to be at the podium. The Seahawks’ PR staff said they decided not to put Lynch at the podium.

Wrong move. Once again, a PR staff thinks they’re dousing a story when they’re really throwing a match on it.

If Lynch had put 60 minutes in on Tuesday, the stories would have been how he sucked it up.

Nobody was a bigger pain in the butt to deal with than receiver Randy Moss and he held court three straight days during last year’s Super Bowl Week. Maybe it was his way of saying good-bye or better positioning himself for a post-career television career (he’s now on Fox Sports). So what – it made for good copy.

On the media attention, Lynch said: “I’m just about action. You say, ‘Hut,’ and there’s action. All the unnecessary talk, it don’t do nothing for me. I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?”


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1078 points
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 11:00 am

I miss Tania.

1429 points
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 10:31 am
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Yep, as in true media form O'Halloran is doing his best to make an issue out of a non issue. Really, what great insight or point of view is Lynch going to provide in response to the inane questions that would be offered him?...Questions he has already heard too numerous times to count, and, I think, asked so that the person asking can say, "when I asked him...."
O'Halloran, if you want to go fishing, take your pole and go find a lake....there's nothing here to catch.

1138 points
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 10:27 am

I agree with the above post....guess the local media didn't see lynch's interview with prime time....which for the record was at media day after he was reported to have left the building....maybe you could check it out on nfl network or you tube

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 10:08 am

Get over yourself O'Hallorant. If Lynch does not feel comfortable talking to the media and chooses not to do so, then good for him. The players get paid to play football not to make the job of newspaper writers easier.

I find Lynch's stance on talking with the media a refreshing change from the bland soundbites and forced "controversies" that come from most of these types of interview sessions.

For all you know, the guy may have a legitimate fear of public speaking, but don't let that get in the way of you blasting a guy because he didn't say what you wanted him to say.

Next time the Times-Union pays your way for a nice trip to New York or some other interesting locale, do some actual reporting instead of spewing thoughtless, meaningless drivel like this article.