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Reporters bring the weird at Super Bowl Opening Night

Super Bowl Media Day has traditionally been a crazy blitz of wacky news coverage, and though it has officially switched over to "Super Bowl Opening Night" reporters still brought their weirdest attire and most bizarre questions.

An empress, fake Tom Brady and a "Good Burger" employee walk into an MLB ballpark. 

No, but really.

For years Super Bowl Media Day has brought out the weirdest in the media. From costumes to bizarre questions, it was a chaotic and often hilarious media circus. While the traditional media day has been dissolved and replaced with Super Bowl Opening Night, the spirit of the strange lives on. Though it was considerably tamer than in years past, there were a few media members who went all out. 


While the likes of Simone Biles and J.B. Smoove were roaming the field at Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston talking to players, Kel Mitchell of "Kenan and Kel" and "All That" fame revived a beloved character of the fictional 90s fast food chain: Good Burger. Ed donned his blue and white striped outfit and made his rounds to ask players (and anyone who would listen) how they would like their "Good Burger."

Phillip Hajszan and Julian Kurzernhart of Austria's Puls 4 arrived in royal fashion, dressing up as a Empress Elisabeth I and Emperor Franz Joseph I. The full garb included a floor-length dress and blonde wig for Julian and a suit worthy of an emperor for Phillip.  

Photo by Angelique Fiske

Phillip said every year they try and bring a piece of Austria with them to the Super Bowl.

I mean, you have to do something special. That's what we did for the last five years, so [we choose] famous people from Austria's present or past and dress up like them," he said.  

While some chose to bring another country's history, a reporter from the host city decided to lean into Texas culture. Blake Mathews of KHOU rocked a Super Bowl LI suit covered in Lombardi trophies and the Super Bowl logo, but the outfit wasn't complete without a five gallon hat. 

Photo by Angelique Fiske

"We were looking for something very Houston or Texas. It started as an astronaut and then that fell through, and then we said, 'Well the next best thing is obviously a cowboy,'" Blake said. "So we did the 5-gallon hat, which actually turned into a 20-gallon hat, because of course everything is bigger in Texas. I guess I'm pulling a Lloyd from 'Dumb and Dumber.'" 

Photo by Angelique Fiske

A familiar, er, face also made himself available to the crowd. The Tom Brady mask was back in action, and though it was a Bleacher Report writer and not Wes Welker underneath this time, it was still wildly creepy. 

Check out more photos from Opening Night in the gallery below.


Patriots players and coaches spoke during Super Bowl LI Opening Night at Minute Maid Park on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 in Houston.

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