SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The football teams were brought to us media folk today at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn just outside Scottsdale.
First TCU, then MSU, two days before they meet in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in nearby Tempe.
For a third-tier game, this was quite the set-up, almost Super Bowl-ish or similar to a Stanley Cup Finals media day, with coaches at a large podium, key players at their own smaller podiums and every starter with their own table. That’s mostly because this is also the host site for the Fiesta Bowl next week, which has a bigger following.
The biggest news item from the day is that MSU All-Big Ten corner Johnny Adams likely won’t play Saturday night because of turf toe. The first clue was that Adams wasn’t among the players at the media day. Then coach Mark Dantonio confirmed it.
There was a lot of good material, surprisingly for a group whose story lines have been exhausted. Hopefully colleague Joe Rexrode and I will bring much of it to you with columns and stories over the next couple of days.
There were a couple funny and sentimental moments, as well.
Dantonio spoke of his memories coaching here a decade ago as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator, when the Buckeyes won the 2002 national title in Tempe.
“My daughters were 10 and 8 when we came here in 2002,” Dantonio said. “They still want to go back to The Princess (hotel) a little bit and remember those times. I was talking to Jim Tressel today a little bit about our time here back in 2002 and 2003. But it was a special moment in our lives.”
And then there’s last night’s Buffalo Wild Wings gorging, where both teams indulged themselves and the bowl’s sponsor by taking down 7,300 wings combined. That’s more than 525,000 calories (if they were only traditional wings).
Michigan State sophomore offensive tackle Shawn Kamm apparently ate 65 wings himself. That’s at least 4,500 calories in one sitting, assuming he stuck with diet soda.
Andrew Maxwell, for the record, kept it to eight.
I once consumed 24 wings. Thankfully I didn’t have the calorie counting app on my phone back then.