TMZ was not there.
The reigning champion Arizona Rattlers and Philadelphia Soul, who will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Amway Center for the Arena Football League championship, were in attendance. So was Soul owner Ron Jaworski.
And a band that will perform Friday night delivered a bombshell. Twenty-six notes, observations and sound bites from ArenaBowl XXVI media day Thursday:
Commissioner Jerry Kurz, 64, has the energy level of a Green Beret, which he was.
"This is the best spectator sport there is. Someone once told me that watching arena football is like drinking water out of a fire hose.'' — former Orlando Predators managing partner Brett Bouchy, owner/operating partner of the L.A. franchise
The Rattlers' Ron Windsor might have 459 receptions in only three AFL seasons, but in Bessemer, Ala., he'll always be second to another native son, Bo Jackson.
We have a Larry Brackins sighting. The fifth-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2005 is on the Soul.
The James F. Foster trophy that goes to the ArenaBowl champion looks really heavy.
"If they look at it, it takes them 5-6 times to try to say it, then I get frustrated and just say it.'' — Soul lineman Ryan Blaszczyk, on pronouncing his last name
That's Blazik to you and me.