Eli Manning takes off mask, reveals he was playing in Peyton’s body

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Eli Manning looked more miserable than anyone on Sunday night as he watched his older brother Peyton and the Denver Broncos embarrass themselves in the Super Bowl. Peyton threw two interceptions in the first half and was never able to get comfortable, and you could tell baby bro was feeling for him. Or, wait, was it actually baby bro wearing No. 18 for the Broncos?

Ironically, Eli is 2-0 in his career in Super Bowls and has thrown just one interception and three touchdowns. Peyton has thrown three interceptions and four touchdowns in three Super Bowl starts. He’s 1-2.

This particular meme was likely directed at Eli’s play in 2013, which included a career-high 27 interceptions. Given all the graphics we have already seen mocking Peyton on social media, I’m sure Eli doesn’t mind taking a cheap shot or two to soften the blow.

Was anyone more miserable watching the Super Bowl than Eli Manning?

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Short answer, no.

Would you just look at that face? Does Eli Manning even look at all happy that he’s still ahead of his brother Peyton when it comes to Super Bowl victories? Not at all.

Just so Peyton doesn’t feel left out, we’ll complement the Eli Manning picture with a perfect Peyton Manning face:

And here’s a GIF of miserable Eli:

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Eli Manning, Giants sued for allegedly selling fake memorabilia

Eli-Manning-GiantsA bizarre lawsuit has been filed against Eli Manning and the New York Giants that claims the quarterback and team have been knowingly distributing football gear and passing it off as game-worn. According to court documents obtained by the NY Post, the Giants have taken new equipment and doctored it to make it appear like it was worn during games.

Eric Inselberg, a sports collector who was indicted for memorabilia fraud for selling fake used sports jerseys in 2011, filed the suit against the team on Wednesday in an attempt at retribution. Inselberg claims a helmet on display at the Hall of Fame in Canton that was supposedly worn by Manning during the 2008 Super Bowl is one of dozens of “fake” items that the Giants have created.

The court documents allege that Manning took part in the scheme so he could keep personal items for himself. Inselberg claims that Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba openly discussed Manning’s phony gear in an email exchange back in 2008.

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Eli Manning thought Peyton was done after neck surgery

Peyton Manning BroncosPeyton Manning was in such terrible physical shape following his first neck surgery that Eli thought his older brother was “done.”

Eli told NFL Network on Wednesday’s “Super Bowl Live” show that Peyton could barely throw a football after his first surgery.

“Yeah, and I saw him after that first surgery, this neck surgery, and I was pretty much convinced that he was done,” Eli told NFL Network. “There was no way he could come back and play football. That first time he went and we were just throwing it in the backyard of our house. We’re throwing 15 yards away, and it was a lob. He couldn’t throw 15 yards on a line. It had no pop. I was like, I mean — he wanted to come back and play football, and I didn’t think it would happen.”

Peyton missed all of the 2011 season because of his neck. He became a free agent and signed with the Denver Broncos in 2012, and Eli says as recently as the 2012 preseason he was worried about how his brother would do.

“I remember watching his preseason game last year and I was worried. I was kind of like, ‘I don’t know how this is going to work,’” Eli said. “If you gotta make a throw, or someone’s in your face, and you can’t step into the throw, can you make all those throws that you gotta make a lot of to end games.”

Peyton underwent neck surgery in May 2011 and then had cervical fusion surgery a few months later in September that led him to miss the entire season. We heard reports about how much Peyton was struggling with his arm, but over time he was able to regain his arm strength.

Peyton still doesn’t throw the prettiest ball in the league, but he gets it where it needs to go, and his ability to read defenses and coverages allows him to find the open man like few other quarterbacks. He’s had two great seasons with Denver and will likely be MVP this season. Eli, meanwhile, threw for just 18 touchdowns and a league-high 27 interceptions this season. Who figured Peyton would be thriving and Eli would be struggling at this point?

Young Giants fan tells Eli Manning he sucks after 4th interception (Video)

Eli Manning faceThey start em young in New York.

After Eli Manning threw his fourth interception in a 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, a fan with a young sounding voice yelled out “You suck Eli, you suck!”

The fan’s taunts were captured by FOX microphones and heard during the telecast.

Manning really was terrible in the game. He went 18-of-31 for 156 yards and five interceptions. The only thing worse than Manning throwing five picks was this idiot writer actually picking them to win the game.

Elisha now has 16 touchdowns and 25 interceptions on the season. Surprisingly, the 25 picks isn’t even a new career high for Manning yet — it just ties he previous mark.

But back to the taunting fan, let’s look at a difference in cities here.

Young New York sports fan:

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Archie Manning: Don’t blame Eli Manning for Giants’ struggles

Eli-Manning-GiantsWhen Eli Manning was leading the New York Giants to improbable Super Bowl championships, the popular debate centered around whether or not he is considered an elite NFL quarterback. This year, he’s just another guy — one who has thrown more interceptions (20) than touchdowns (16) and has a passer rating of 74.2. Like the rest of the Giants, Manning has played poorly this season. His father Archie Manning is here to remind us that it’s not all his son’s fault.

“That’s one of the problems we have in analyzing football now,” Archie told the NY Daily News on Tuesday. “We kind of put the quarterback in an individual thing. When Eli led the Giants to championships here, it’s because they had a good team and they ran the ball. They balanced the offense. They got after the quarterback. For various reasons, the Giants haven’t been able to do that this year. And Eli’s done his part — he hasn’t played as good, but the Giants haven’t played as good. I don’t individualize a quarterback.”

Plenty of people gave Eli credit when he won his Super Bowl MVPs, and I’m sure Archie had no problem with that. In fairness, he’s right. New York’s offensive line has been horrendous, which has caused a number of rushed throws from Manning. Still, great quarterbacks find ways to take care of the ball no matter who they’re surrounded by.

“I don’t put it (on Eli),” Archie  said. “Everybody is ranting and raving about Peyton. Peyton is having a good year because the Broncos offense is having a good year. That’s the way I look at it.”

True. Such is life as a quarterback in the NFL. When the team wins, you’re elite. When you throw 20 interceptions in 13 games, you stink. You have to own the bitter to enjoy the sweet.

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Chargers fans create giant cutout of Eli Manning as a woman


It has been nearly 10 years since Eli Manning was drafted by the San Diego Chargers and basically forced the team to trade him to the New York Giants. A decade is not nearly enough time to make fans forget, as we saw on Sunday when Chargers fans created a hilarious cardboard cutout that depicted Manning as a woman.

Last week, Manning said he could not remember why he was opposed to playing in San Diego and complimented the city. Not surprisingly, that didn’t make the fans hate the two-time Super Bowl champion any less. Here’s a more terrifying angle of Eli Manning the pretty blonde:

Sports Grid’s Rick Chandler thinks the cutout was made to look like Marilyn Monroe. I can see that. The mole certainly completes the signature look.

Photo via @cjzero