By Matthew Asher
There are certain pairs that just go together: chocolate and peanut butter, death and taxes and of course Marshawn Lynch’s love of Skittles and his hatred of talking to the media. That last one might be going by the wayside as Lynch, who barely spoke to reporters at all this season, took part in not one, but two interviews during the Super Bowl Media Day.
Lynch had originally said he may skip attending Media Day during an interview earlier this week. "When you're forced to do something and you know it, it kind of just takes away from the whole experience of what it could be if (it were) natural,” Lynch said. “So, I'll probably give forced answers."
One logical reason why Lynch decided to participate was an agreement he made with the NFL after appealing a $50,000 fine for not being available to the media. Part of the deal was if Lynch did this again, he’d be fined a total of $100,000.
Beast Mode came out and spoke with reporters for about six minutes before he fell out of view. He returned to view a little later, wearing a hoodie and looking like someone trying not to look conspicuous, but failing miserably.
It was then that things took a turn for the interesting as Deion Sanders cornered Lynch and spoke to him for a few minutes. While most of the discussion was in short, one sentence answers, it did show a different side of Lynch, and did answer a few questions about his relationship with the media.
Sanders jokingly asked if Lynch was camera-shy, but Lynch told him “I’m just about that action, boss.” Prime Time then asked if Beast Mode was all about the action, rather than everything leading up to it. It was here that Lynch made a very poignant argument about his preference for silence: "I ain't never seen no talking winning nothing. Been like that since I was little.”
Don’t go thinking that Beast Mode isn’t ready for this Sunday. Although he mostly spoke in a monotonous and uninterested voice, when Deion asked if Lynch was excited for this game, Lynch very emphatically responded, “Hell yeah! Yeah!”
It was also announced that Mars candy and Lynch are now officially working on project pertaining to Lynch’s favorite food: Skittles. Mars will be making a “Seattle Mix” version of the candy made up of only blue and green Skittles. Per the agreement, the candy company will donate $10,000 to Lynch's Fam 1st Family Foundation for every touchdown he scores during the Super Bowl.
For those wondering just how much this might end up costing Mars, the Super Bowl record for rushing touchdowns is held by Denver’s Terrell Davis, who scored three TDs against Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII.
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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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