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Notes: Nothing too outlandish at subdued media day

Associated Press

Detroit — No crazy statements, no one wearing dog collars. Even mouthy Joey Porter tried his best to keep his mouth shut.

All in all, players from the Steelers and Seahawks were relatively subdued at Super Bowl media day Tuesday. Nobody wanted to give the other team bulletin board material or turn their appearance into a circus.

And nobody came close to making the same entrance as Falcons cornerback Ray Buchanan, who famously wore a dog collar to media day for the 1999 Super Bowl.

Porter said coach Bill Cowher addressed the team about keeping its comments tame. Earlier this month, Porter criticized the officiating after Pittsburgh's 21-18 playoff win against Indianapolis because Troy Polamalu's interception was overturned by replay.

The call nearly cost Pittsburgh the game. The NFL later said the officials made a mistake.

"The bigger story is what I say," Porter said. "The big story isn't how I go out there and play football. The bigger story is what he's going to say next. That's the only reason why I have people waiting for me right now. I'm not going to give you anything special but to answer these questions, one at a time, and I'm going to take my time doing it."

While the opinionated linebacker sat at the podium, some of his lesser-known teammates had their video cameras in hand. Rookie backup guard Chris Kemoeatu was eating a box of chocolates with a few teammates in the stands.

When it came time for Seattle to greet the media, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck bantered with comedian Gilbert Gottfried, then was handed a mock award by a television reporter dubbing him the player "most likely to appear on 'The View."'

Hasselbeck's sister-in-law, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, is a co-host on the show. The Seahawks star accepted the award, and was asked him for an acceptance speech.

"It's quite an honor," he said. "I've always wanted to appear on 'The View.' And I just hope they let me sit next to Barbara (Walters) because she's the star of the show. Thank you."


IT'S NOT A DOME!: Just in case anyone is wondering, Ford Field is technically not a dome.

The roof is made of steel. At domed stadiums, a fiberglass-fabric material is supported by air — such as at the Pontiac Silverdome, site of the Super Bowl in 1982.

Ford Field, which opened in 2002, has a concourse with exposed brick, a towering glass wall and a warehouse on one side that is nearly a century old.


HAIR TODAY: When the Seahawks decided they would bring everyone at team headquarters to the Super Bowl, they meant it. Running back Shaun Alexander paid for unofficial team barber Jason Kinlow to come to Detroit.

Kinlow took on that role 10 years ago when former Seahawks quarterback Jon Kitna invited him into the locker room to cut players' hair. Kitna and Kinlow went to school together.

Last week, Alexander called Kinlow and gave him the news. Kinlow was so overwhelmed he could barely put into words what the gesture meant. He arrives Thursday.

"It's good," Kinlow said last week as he sat in the barber's chair he set up outside the shower in the locker room. "It's cool."

The number of players he serves varies. Some weeks he cuts half the team's hair, some weeks it is slower. Kinlow has his own business in Tacoma, about 45 minutes south of Seattle.


CAN WE HAVE OUR LOCKERS BACK? Steelers center Jeff Hartings and No. 3 quarterback Charlie Batch have their old lockers at the Pontiac Silverdome, where the Steelers will practice this week. Both were with the Lions when they played in the old dome before moving to Ford Field.

"I used my regular locker from when I was a Lion. Any comfort zone you can find," Hartings said.

Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert said Hartings and Batch made the request.

"Those guys are finding that they're more at home being back in that room and back where they were," Colbert said.


HIRE ME! Seahawks offensive coordinator Gil Haskell would love to become an NFL coach someday. But nobody has called. Though coach Mike Holmgren openly lobbied for Haskell, saying the longtime assistant deserved a shot, his phone has been silent.

Haskell has been in the NFL for 23 years and with the Seahawks for six.

"Mike pushed it and I appreciate that," Haskell said. "I've always wanted the opportunity. I'd love to."


GET INTO THE GROOVE: Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is eager to get back onto the practice field. Hasselbeck said the 70-minute walkthrough Monday wasn't very good, and he is looking forward to getting back into a routine.

"Monday we were not ourselves it wasn't a very good practice," he said Tuesday, an off-day because of media events. "We have to get back to our play book, study our notes. I expect us to have a great practice tomorrow."


EXTRA POINTS: Former Lions coach Steve Mariucci will provide analysis for the NFL Network on Super Bowl Sunday. ... Steelers RT Max Starks donated four of his Super Bowl tickets to the family of one of the victims of the Sago mine disaster. ... In a sign the Steelers wide receivers are sometimes overlooked, Cedrick Wilson's first name was misspelled on stadium signs during media day. It's Cedric.

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