Today show hits soggy note in Tampa
As amiable weatherguy Al Roker notes the way Vieira is blotting his brow, soaking up the spray from a persistent, uncharacteristic rain pelting the anchors in the early-morning hours, she tells the camera, "We're moist out here," cracking up the entire crew.
This is not quite what the Today show powers that be expected when plans surfaced to spend several days in Tampa before Sunday's Super Bowl. Roker landed in town earliest, broadcasting Thursday from Ybor City. Vieira joined in today for the show's stand at the NFL Experience at the stadium and newsbreak reader Ann Curry is scheduled to stop by Sunday for a two-hour Today show before the big game.
This morning, as the crew prepared its initial reports from Tampa, 15 people crowded onto a platform the size of a small office, including Vieira, Roker, sports guy Bob Costas and NBC reporter Kerry Sanders.
As a stage manager wiped off the $25,000 Super Bowl trophy named for Vince Lombardi -- wearing special gloves to protect the silver finish -- Roker and Costas traded jokes about old cartoons.
Roker kept the mood light, with aggressive quips about the deluge battering the stage. "We're surrounded by thousands of volts of electricity and monsoon, but we're okay," he laughed, taking photos with the Lombardi trophy and commiserating with the crew.
I'm headed off to interview Vieira, so here's a few photos to tide you all over.