On the ground in, well, let's say Texas

January, 31, 2011
1/31/11
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DALLAS -- The NFL's Texas-sized Super Bowl spread looks like this: media center in Dallas, Pittsburgh Steelers hotel in Fort Worth, Green Bay Packers hotel in Las Colinas (near Irving) and buses shuttling between all three.

The game itself is in Arlington.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com and I departed ESPN's Super Bowl headquarters in Fort Worth at 6:45 a.m. local time, early enough to be first in line for credentials when the media center opened Monday morning. The early start was key to capturing this spectacular photograph of a near-empty media work room.

Side note: We noticed a "Packers" billboard on the drive from Fort Worth to downtown Dallas, but we did not notice one for the Steelers.

Radio Row, set up in its usual spot just outside the media work room, was also mostly quiet, but that is changing quickly. I saw Peter King among a handful of reporters on the air. A producer from Bernie Miklasz's show on 101ESPN St. Louis reached out. I'm planning on speaking with Bernie on the air at 12:15 p.m. ET. You're invited to listen live here.

As for the teams themselves, we'll have access to head coaches and key players this afternoon.

The Steelers' list features Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger, Flozell Adams, James Farrior, Brett Keisel, Hines Ward and LaMarr Woodley. They are available at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Packers' list features Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers, Donald Driver, A.J. Hawk, Greg Jennings, Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson. They are available at 6:35 p.m. ET.

All good, you say, but this is still the NFC West blog, right? Right. I'll be back in a bit with an NFC West spin on the first-day proceedings.

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