TAMPA — Okay, so let me get this straight …
There's a lot that goes with being a Pittsburgh Steeler at the Super Bowl. You get interviewed, photographed, videotaped, stopped for autographs, etc.
And, if you're kicker Jeff Reed, you get your picture with some smokin' hotties posted on the Internet.
The Steelers had been in town only a few hours Monday when Reed and a couple others ventured over to Blue Martini, and by Tuesday afternoon the Web site kissingsuzykolber.com (and later deadspin.com) had the latest additions to Reed's Internet collection for the world to see.
Not that a guy who proudly sports flaming bleached blond hair and a Chillin' With My Peeps T-shirt minds.
"You have to be smart when you're in the public eye, but at the same time, we're in Tampa, Fla., and we do have lives outside of football," Reed explained Thursday.
"Taking pictures with somebody is not necessarily a bad thing. I don't care if it's random fans who are guys, or hot girls. It doesn't matter. It doesn't bother me. … It's not like they were bad. Just have fun and enjoy it. I was with all my teammates, and we had a good time."
Reed always does, bragging, "I bring life to the party."
And for the guys who go along, and end up in the photos, well, that's how Reed rolls.
"It's kinda the fun part and the not-so-fun part," tight end Matt Spaeth said. "You never know what's going to happen. He's a good time. We never really do anything too crazy to get in trouble.
"But, I dunno, they like posting pictures of him on the Internet for some reason. He's a fun guy to go out with and hang out with, but sometimes it's kind of ridiculous when we go places all the attention he gets — but he loves it and he invites it and he provokes it."
Added teammate Sean McHugh: "I keep waiting for him to show up in Google's most-searched list."
Had to be 1,000 not-all-working journalists at the pregame/halftime show news conferences, so crowded that from the back it was hard to tell if that was John Legend and Faith Hill on stage, or Times writer Eduardo Encina and Ch. 13 sports anchor Chris Field.
Bruce Springsteen didn't pull a Prince and play music at his news conference, but he was funny, candid and even a tad nervous holding his NFL microphone in his first full-out news conference in more than 20 years: "My first press conference with anything wrapped around the mike, I'll say that."
e-Bay item of the day: Talk about authentic: Not only can you buy a pair of pants that Arizona RB Edgerrin James wore in a 2005 game when with the Colts, but, according to the listing, "the great thing" is "they also have not been washed." An opening bid of $150 is required.
With media obligations over, it's supposedly time for the players to get serious. But there's still some fun and games planned today for Pittsburgh's LaMarr Woodley and Arizona's Reggie Wells who, along with some fans, will be in a long-drive contest for charity at 3 today at Andreychuk's Grill across from the St. Pete Times Forum.
After six days of this, we have a hard time drawing any kind of line on what's newsworthy this week, but the bloggers are right in ridiculing the recent ESPN Sportsnation poll — on the outcome of the coin toss. Just flip it.