The teams have arrived in New Orleans, and the Super Bowl hype machine will be cranking in the next 24-hours. With media day for both the Ravens and the 49ers coming up Tuesday in the Superdome, the pregame coverage will be nonstop until kickoff Sunday.
Clark Judge, a longtime pro football reporter for CBS Sports.com, says players on both teams would be well advised to consider carefully before they take to Twitter or Facebook this week. Appearing on The John Murphy Show Monday night, Judge says he talked to a former 49ers veteran who thinks social media could be the undoing of the Super Bowl teams this week.
“I was taking to Brent Jones (former 49ers tight end) and he was saying tell your players stay off of Twitter and stay off of Facebook,” Judge said on the radio show. “Nothing good can happen from that. And especially since everyone’s carrying a camera right now. You can get yourself caught in compromising positions, so don’t do it. Because you don’t want to have to answer for that, and your teammates don’t want to have to answer for that.”
Judge told host John Murphy New Orleans presents a smorgasboard of potential temptations for players from the Super Bowl teams, but he says the smart ones will avoid putting themsevles in a bad situation.
“The temptations are everywhere, there are probably more here than most cities, but there are temptations everywhere,” Judge said. “I talked to some of the 49ers who were on that Super Bowl XXIV team that came down here about that. They said what you have to do is remind yourself that it’s one week. For one week of the year, just try to remain focused and stay off the streets. Only bad things can happen from being out late at night.”
As far as the winner of Super Bowl XLVII, Judge expects the AFC Champions to come out on top.
“I’ve picked against Baltimore too many times down the stretch now, and I’ve watched them a lot. I believe in teams that get hot. I believe in teams that believe in themselves and I look at these guys in the locker room, and they remind me of the Giants last year. Just what’s going on in the locker room, these guys say ‘nothing can beat us.’ That’s the way the Giants felt last year.”
The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.
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