PHOENIX -- Michael Irvin walks into the Media Center. He's in front of me on the elevator, his shirt hanging out, wearing jeans. As he reaches the reporters massed on the bottom floor, he slips into football mode.
He's running a fly pattern now. He flies past the reporters, eyes straight ahead. It's the same thing NASCAR stars do in the garage, although the only driver I've seen move as fast as Irvin is Tony Stewart.
Dodge, cut, move and suddenly he's free, free to walk to Radio Row.
Later, I see him again. This time he slows down and embraces former Panther quarterback Rodney Peete. Then he's off and, at a slower pace, so is Peete.
Would like to have talked to Rodney, but I was in the middle of a telphone interview.
This was a good day for quarterbacks. I saw Joe Montana in the morning and John Elway in the afternoon. In a battle of entourages, Elway's entourage bumped into the entourage of the Super Bowl mascot, a brown round thing who is either a football or a vegetable left on a plate too long.
There wasn't enough room for the two entourages but entourages are adept at moving around each other and a collision was avoided.
Elway is big, and so is his entourage. But the biggest I've seen thus far is the Burger King King's.
I haven't seen too many movie or music stars but they aren't staying in downtown Phoenix and I'm not really looking for them and I sense they're not really looking for me.
A woman who looked like Eva Longoria walked unencumbered into the Media Center. She was small and dark and dressed way up. I'm in Phoenix not for me but for you, the reader, and I figured you'd want me to talk to her or at least look at her so I walked over. She -- it wasn't her.
This concludes the non-celebrity portion of our report.