The Cardinals typical day-after news conference following a game consists of approximately 15 media folks from print, radio and TV affiliations, plus the Cardinals media relations staff.
Unofficially, there were 44 media members in attendance on Monday, which left the room packed to the gills.
The locker room was mostly sparse (perhaps because of the media horde) and the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Edgerrin James and Anquan Boldin stayed away.
Darnell Dockett generally draws an ample crowd to his locker, but guys like Bertrand Berry, Bryan Robinson and Tim Hightower don’t - except Monday, when a dozen recorders and TV cameras engulfed them.
“I’d rather have these distractions than me calling somebody else for tickets,” said Robinson, a 12-year NFL veteran who’s playing in his first conference championship game. “It’s all right. It’s my 12th year and first time I’ve been in an NFC championship game, so I don’t mind the distractions right now. It’s a little surreal right now that we’re talking about the Arizona Cardinals right now. Know what I mean?”