Super Bowl post-game wrap-up

BY MATTHEW OSTROW

Super Bowl commentators Chris Berman, Tom Jackson and Steve Young did several things well to conclude Super Bowl 47. First, they stayed focused on the game despite the lights going out. Secondly, they did not blame the referees, although many people did, on the last play for the 49ers.

Reporter Sal Paolantonio should also be commended for his post-game interview with Ravens’ linebacker Ray Lewis. Paolantonio did exactly what anyone should do when interviewing Lewis — he kept his questions short and kept Lewis talking.

Paolantonio matched Lewis’ energy in the interview, which some would say is a bias. But after the Super Bowl, it would be hard not to.

Two particularly good lines/questions posed by Paolantoino to Lewis were, “And then they put the game in your hands with a goal line stand to win it,” and “never flinch.”

While interviewing a player after a Super Bowl win, a reporter should be able to capture their emotions by letting the player express himself. Paolantoino did just that.

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The Richard A. Maxwell Sport Media Project is a hub for teaching, research, and service related to sport media. The Project benefits students and faculty at Bowling Green State University, and offers outreach and media consulting to area and regional groups that work with student-athletes. Through collaborative efforts of the Sport Management program and the School of Media and Communication, BGSU students have the opportunity to learn such skills as sports writing, reporting, broadcasting, announcing, public relations, media relations, communication management and production. Faculty and other scholars have access to resources about the commercial and sociological aspects of sport.

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