The non-stop Trump insanity
is wearing a lot of people down,
including our correspondents.
So we decided to giveRoy Wood Jr.
a break from the madnessby sending him over
to cover something wholesome,pure and innocent:
WOOD: These last two weeks have been the worst
of my career as a political reporter.
TRUMP:The world is a mess.
WOOD: But now I have a chance to escape
with a new assignment,
Super Bowl LI media day,
the Patriots and the Falcons.
And I was absolutely ready to cover this like the pros do,
'cause I was wearing sneakers
and a sport coat.
In here there's no talkabout a wall.
There's no talk aboutbanning Muslims,
just a bunch of Americanscelebrating
the best of the country,
which is a bunch of peoplejust (bleep) each other up.
We're gonna have to play well,
because they arean incredible opponent,
and they do a lot of thingsvery well,
so it's going to beall three phases of the game.
I got to be honest with you,I wasn't listening,
'cause it's just so amazingto be a part of this,
'cause there's a crazy assorange demagogue outside.
And he's just bringing(bleep) up.
How do you feelabout the 14 fumbles
that you made in week 12?
-I had 14 fumbles?-Yes, sir.
Me? I fumbled the ball 14 times?
-14 times.-I couldn't...
I couldn't have fumbled14 times.
I'm-I'm using alternative stats.
I-I don't even knowwhat to say about that.
I mean, it's a stat,so it's got to be real.
It's on the paper.
So you're from Minnesota,
-but you play in Atlanta.-Correct.
Were you vettedbefore you became
-an Atlanta citizen?-I don't know.
I got a driver's licensefor Georgia.
You got a birth certificate?
Uh, yeah...Not on me, though.
Birth certificate,but not on you.
-Yeah. You got yours on you?-(laughs)
This ain't about me.It's about you, bro.
You can do this, man.
Just look him in the eyes and ask a nonpolitical question.
So what do you thinkis gonna happen Sunday?
Don't talk about Trump, don't talk about Trump.
Don't bring up Trump.
With Trump. You think we stillgonna have a country Sunday?
Hang on, hang on.
Perhaps Super Bowl media day
isn't the place to transition
from covering politics to sports.
I needed advice from an experienced sports reporter
like Katie Nolan.
Oh, my God, it's too fast,
-I can't-I can't...-How you doing, Roy?
Look, you got to leavethe politics at home.
This is a beautiful thing.Remember that.
-This is escape.-This is where we go to escape.
Think big men...This is so... this is what
makes America beautiful.Ask about offense,
ask about defense.
-I'm ready.-You've got this!
I'm ready! Yeah, yeah!-Tell me you've got this!
-I've got it! (yells)-Let's go!
Let's go! The entrance is...is to the left.
WOOD: Katie's right-- it's not about red and blue,
it's about X's and O's. Keep the questions simple.
Do you play football?
-Yeah, I play football.-Yes!
Do you like playing football?
-Yeah, I like playing football.-Oh, God! Two for two!
Do you play forthe New England Patriots?
WOOD: It's exciting, right?
-What's that?-This is exciting, right?
Yeah, it's exciting.
-It's a good time.-Yeah, Super Bowl, baby.
Whole world's on fire outside,but here we are.
Now, do you... Do y...
I'm sorry, I can't remember thequestion. I got to get it from
the sideline.Hang on a second.
What's faster--rabbit, bird, dolphin, horse?
I would definitely say bird.
WOOD: I was getting good at this.
And there was nothing in here to remind me
of Donald Trump's awful policies.
WOOD: Oh, (bleep), there's Muslims in the NFL.
And Mexicans. Two groups that are impossible
to separate from Trump.
And then there's this (bleep) guy.
Oh, (bleep), it's Tom Brady.
Tom Brady is a friend of mine.We play golf together.
The great quarterback.He's a phenomenal guy.
BRADY: You know, sometimes he calls me, sometimes I call him.
Who's my hero?
WOOD: No, no, no!
I don't want to hear that.
In fact, get me out of here.
I need a protest to cover.
If I'm-a cover politics...
I'm gonna cover politics.
CROWD (chanting): Let them in!Let them in! Let them in!
What is your planto defeat the Patriots?
-Uh...-Hang on, I'm sorry.
That's-that... No, that'smy Super Bowl question.
I was a little rusty,
but it was still good to be back home.
Let them in!Let them in!