Hello darkness, my old friend... I've come to talk to you again.
It would be pretty ironic if "The Sound of Silence" was what Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was listening to when he put on his headphones and shades during Super Bowl media day, but something tells me Beast Mode was listening to something more current than Simon & Garfunkel.
Regardless of what he was listening to or whether any music was on at all, Lynch did his best to avoid the media rather than hitting it straight on like he does with defenders on the field.
The running back did not talk to the media at all during the regular season which caused the NFL to fine him 50,000 dollars according to ESPN. The NFL, however, said they would withhold the fine for Lynch if he talked to the media during Seattle's playoff run. If he did not, the league would then add on another fine on top of the 50,000 dollars.
So Lynch gave the media the run around, standing in front of the press muttering some words for six minutes and 20 seconds on Tuesday and then six minutes and 57 seconds on Wednesday. Apparently, the Super Bowl media hired first base coach Davy Lopes to bring his stopwatch to measure exactly how long Lynch 'talked' to the media.
FN Senior Writer and I-80 Sports co-host Tom Pollin argued on Wednesday that Lynch has an obligation to appear in front of the media, and many would agree with Pollin. I do to an extent. If the running back does not have to participate in media day, then no one has to. Then if no one shows up on media day to avoid the distraction questions such as "What is your legacy?" "Will you retire after this game?" or "What are your favorite skittles" then the press would have a real problem.
In actuality, the media would like fans to think they would have a problem, but most of us will live without knowing Lynch's favorite skittles.
The overall point here though should not be about whether or not Lynch has to participate or whether he should be fined; that is a complex issue that has many layers to it.
What Lynch along with teammate Richard Sherman have proved in the last ten days is the American media and the American public really do not know what they want. One week the country criticizes Sherman for his passion and intensity seconds after clinching his team's berth in the Super Bowl, then the following week, America is fascinated by the fact one, single player can hardly form a sentence in front of the media.
If Sherman was too bash, too excessive in his trash talking and celebration, then fans should be pleased with Lynch's loss for words no matter the reason. If Lynch is too boring, too plain and banal, then fans should love Sherman for spicing things up.
The truth is you can't have it both ways America. Do you want the loudmouth, trashing talking, and by the way intelligent Sherman or the down-to-earth, camera-shy, private Lynch? Neither one seems to satisfy you.