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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Updated: February 1, 10:32 AM ET
Welcome to media day

By Bill Simmons
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MIAMI -- Like so many others here in Miami, I was surprised media day wasn't canceled due to Barbaro's untimely death. It was just too soon. Not only could you see the devastation on just about every reporter's face this morning -- Bonnie Bernstein in particular was an absolute wreck -- but every time someone called media day a "circus," it made me think about animals and I got all choked up. Now I wonder whether America needs more time to heal and we should postpone the game until a week from Sunday, even if I have to spend another week in South Beach. For Barbaro, I would do it.

Regrettably, it appears that won't happen. Super Bowl Week is moving on. And with a heavy heart, I somehow managed to pull off another Media Day Photo Essay. Here's what transpired.

PART I | PART II | PART III | PART IV | PART V | PART VI | PART VII | PART VIII | PART IX | PART X | PART XI

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Outside shot of Dolphin Stadium on a Tuesday morning. Hard to believe it was built only 20 years ago -- this place has aged faster than Kirsten Dunst.

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Action shot of the media horde waiting outside the stadium to pass through security. You can really feel the excitement in this photo. It's palpable.

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As the one-hour session with the Bears kicks off, notice in the background how the clock already started even though most of the media hadn't made it to the field yet. Come on! That's two more minutes I could have spent with Adewale Ogunleye!

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Look at the throng around poor Rex Grossman, who looked surprisingly calm and confident considering there were about 10,000 people interrogating him like he was a disgraced presidential candidate. I think he listened to an especially relaxing Coldplay mix on the way to the stadium.

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Hey, Bears fans? Good luck entrusting your Super Bowl hopes to a QB who's a dead ringer for Frankie Muniz. Seriously, best wishes with that.

CLICK HERE for Part II.

Bill Simmons is a columnist for Page 2 and ESPN The Magazine. His book "Now I Can Die In Peace" is available in paperback.