JERSEY CITY - The dinner cruise ship aboard which the Denver Broncos did their Super Bowl interviews Wednesday morning was rocking - literally. The Cornucopia Majesty is docked in the Hudson River near the team hotel. It was swaying some with the movement of the water - just enough to notice.
The players felt it the moment they came aboard and sat down at tables to meet the press.
"Can I feel it? I've been sitting here thinking about it until you walked up. I'm about to be sick," tight end Jacob Tamme said with a laugh when asked by a reporter if he felt it on the second floor of the three-floor ship.
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The swaying was subtle. If you looked out the window you could see the Statue of Liberty seemingly moving slightly up and down in the distance.
"I've been on boats before. I wouldn't call myself a boat person by any means. I've been out on the ocean. But there's a certain queasiness that's overcoming me right now sitting here swaying on the pier that is kind of strange," said Tamme.
Tight end Julius Thomas felt it, too.
"It's rockin' a little bit. I'm not exactly a fan of that," said Thomas.
Is he a guy who's been on boats?
"I didn't spend much time being out on boats as a young kid," said Thomas. "I've been on a couple of cruise ships. But this is doing a little more rocking than those do."
The rocking sensation was a bit more evident on the third floor, where some other Broncos were doing interviews.
"We get me down one (floor) then. I want to go in the other direction," Thomas said.
The cruise ship has a capacity of more than 1,000. It is being used to accommodate the large media turnout for the Super Bowl.
During a standup TV interview, offensive tackle Winston Justice did a nice job of easing along with the swaying.
Were those sailing shoes he was wearing?
"No, they're Vans. They're actually skateboarding shoes," Justice said.
He did notice the rocking?
"A little bit," he said.
Advised that some of his teammates had really noticed it, he said, "If you're seasick, you're seasick. You have to take one of those motion sickness pills or something. But this isn't that bad. It's right across the street from the hotel. It's weird that it's on a boat, but it's cool."
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