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Mike McCarthy, Mike Tomlin Tight-Lipped During Last Pregame Press Conference

Feb 4, 2011 – 1:41 PM
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Mike TomlinDALLAS -- For Mike McCarthy and Mike Tomlin, the week-long nightmare is over: they won't have to face the media until after the Super Bowl Sunday night.

The pre-Super Bowl media events concluded Friday morning with the traditional coaches' press conference. Nothing new was said, nothing new was revealed and McCarthy won the sartorial battle, wearing the suit that most coaches wear to this event -- Tomlin wore a yellow Steelers sweatshirt.

And there was nothing like the all-time best exchange, which occurred in 1994, when Buffalo had lost three straight Super Bowls and was two days away from what would be a fourth straight defeat.

"Is this a must win?'' someone asked Marv Levy, the Bills' coach.

"No,'' Levy replied. "World War II was a must win.'' Video: 1-on-1 With Mike Tomlin

On this day, the most remarkable thing was that Tomlin and McCarthy made it, both riding in police cars over the area's snow-clogged roads. Eight inches of snow fell overnight in Dallas, closing the airport and making one of the most difficult things for both teams ensuring that the families and friends of players and coaches are able to get here for the game.


Tomlin, naturally, wouldn't say whether center Maurkice Pouncey would practice on his severely sprained ankle Friday, presumably the prerequisite for playing on Sunday. And McCarthy gave the rote answer when he said it wouldn't make much difference if Pouncey, a Pro Bowler as a rookie, was the Steelers' center or if the starter was backup Doug Legursky.

As normal for these events, those were what they'd been saying all week.

The other news? Tomlin's session, which started an 8 a.m. local time, was sparsely attended, in part because of the weather. There were more reporters at McCarthy's session an hour later, encouraging more questions, quite a few from folks whose queries were longer than the coach's answers, the better to get television exposure for themselves.

The session ended, each coach posed with the Lombardi Trophy.

Then they returned to headquarters to prepare for the real game.

That's still two days away.
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