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Eli Manning humorously adopts NFC QB into Manning family

Eli Manning in a coat and tie

Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Cooper Manning and . . . Trevor Siemian?

Earlier this week, New Orleans Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian was asked by reporters if anyone had ever told him he looks like a Manning brother. As it turns out, this wasn’t the first time Siemian heard that.

“Yeah, I have heard that before. I take it as a compliment I guess,” a smiling Siemian said. “I don’t know but yeah, I’ve heard that before.”

Understandably, no one has confused Siemian for a Manning family member down in New Orleans, where Archie was famous. But outside of it? He’s certainly gotten some looks and double-takes.

“I get a look. You know, that kind of thing,” Siemian said. “I don’t get like, ‘Hey! You’re Peyton.’ Or, ‘You’re Eli or Cooper.’ I don’t get that.”

No one has ever confused Siemian with Arch Manning, either. But if they did, he would “take it as a compliment.”

The good news for Siemian is that he can now call himself a member of the Manning family. He’s got the looks and now he’s got the approval of Mr. Two-Time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning himself, who jokingly welcomed Siemian to the family over Twitter.

Siemian will once again start for the Saints in Week 11 with the opportunity to do right by two different Mannings. He will drive the organization Archie Manning called home for 12 seasons, while going up against Eli’s former rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Images: Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Broadcasting legend to make guest appearance on ‘ManningCast’

Peyton and Eli Manning on the ManningCast

Peyton and Eli Manning will once again entertain fans on Monday night with their “ManningCast” production, and they have secured another great guest appearance.

Al Michaels is scheduled to make a “ManningCast” appearance during the first quarter of the Los Angeles Rams-San Francisco 49ers game, Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports.

Michaels, of course, is the longtime play-by-play announce for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” He gave us another one of his legendary subtle gambling references during the Kansas City Chiefs’ blowout win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Fans will want to tune in to see what the 77-year-old comes up with in a far more relaxed setting.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Philip Rivers will also be a guest on the ESPN2 broadcast.

The Mannings have had some great guests all season long, but Michaels and Rivers might want to be careful. There’s already a “ManningCast Curse,” and it seems to be very real.

‘ManningCast Curse’ creates latest victim in Josh Allen

Josh Allen

Peyton and Eli Manning have entertained fans all season with their “ManningCast” broadcast, and a number of NFL stars have joined them. Now that there’s officially a “ManningCast Curse,” it’s fair to wonder if that will continue.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Allen was a guest on “ManningCast” on ESPN2 last Monday night. His team was then stunned by the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road as a two-touchdown favorite on Sunday. The same has happened to a number of star players on good teams who made “ManningCast” appearances this season.

Have we found the next “Madden Curse?”

When Peyton isn’t too busy eating his dinner like a savage on live TV, you can bet he and Eli will be talking about that trend on a future broadcast.

Peyton Manning eats chicken like a savage in viral video

Peyton Manning chicken

Peyton Manning and Eli Manning have been entertaining NFL fans with their popular “ManningCast” this season, and they found more ways to keep things fresh on Monday night. Peyton wasn’t thrilled with one of them.

Just after the start of the third quarter of the New York Giants-Kansas City Chiefs game, ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” aired an embarrassing clip of Peyton eating a piece of chicken like an absolute savage. Eli needled his older brother about not using a knife and fork. Peyton, who took the food break during halftime, jokingly asked if there is a “HIPAA of TV” to protect his privacy.

Here’s the funny clip:

It’s no secret why” ManningCast” has been such a hit. The two brothers and their special guests know how to keep things entertaining, even if one specific act led to Eli issuing an apology. You never know what they might come up with next, which is exactly why people keep tuning into ESPN2 on Monday nights.

Eli Manning had funny zinger for Tom Brady

Eli Manning in a coat and tie

Peyton and Eli Manning returned on Monday night after taking a break from co-hosting their “Monday Night Football” alternative broadcast for ESPN. They had a pretty special guest list for the Week 7 game between the Saints and Seahawks in Seattle.

In addition to Marshawn Lynch to start the game, the Mannings welcomed in Tom Brady. And it didn’t take long for the jokes to flow.

Eli, whose New York Giants beat Brady’s New England Patriots in the super Bowl twice, zinged Brady. The zinger arose when Brady told Peyton how he enjoyed competing against the former Colts quarterback. Naturally, Eli slipped in how he enjoyed his games against Brady too.

“I enjoyed much more the ones I played against Peyton than Eli,” Brady said.

Eli came back with his zinger, saying, “I enjoyed all of our games, Tom.”

Yes, of course Eli enjoyed those games. Those were the best moments of his career.

As for Brady, Eli’s Giants are responsible for Tom’s biggest disappointment.

Photo: Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Manning jersey retirement has perfect timing with Arch recruitment

Eli Manning in a coat and tie

Ole Miss is retiring Eli Manning’s jersey on Saturday during their game at home against LSU.

Manning, 40, played at Ole Miss from 2000-2003. He was their starting quarterback for three seasons and an All-American before becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

There is little doubt that Manning deserves to join his father Arch in having his jersey retired by Ole Miss. But what’s interesting is the timing of the event.

It just so happens that Eli’s nephew, Arch, is planning a visit to Ole Miss for Saturday’s game against LSU. Arch is the top quarterback recruit in the 2023 class and had visits planned for five schools this fall (here’s his schedule).

Ole Miss seems to be very much in the mix for Arch, who has a deep Manning family legacy at the school. The timing of the event could not be a better chance for Ole Miss to impress Arch. Who knows? Maybe the Manning QB lineage at Ole Miss might span three generations.

Photo: Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss has awesome Eli Manning tribute planned

Eli Manning

Ole Miss will retire Eli Manning’s jersey during Saturday’s game against LSU, and the school is pulling out all the stops to honor its former quarterback.

In addition to holding a ceremony to retire Manning’s No. 10 jersey, Ole Miss has painted the end zones at Vaught–Hemingway Stadium with huge block letters of Manning’s last name.

Manning, who played at Ole Miss from 2000-2003, holds school records with 10,119 career passing yards and 81 career TD passes. He’s the only quarterback in Rebels history to be taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Manning’s father, Archie, also played at Ole Miss and was selected second overall.

Only two other players — Archie and Chucky Mullins — have had their jerseys retired by Ole Miss. It’s also worth noting that Manning’s nephew, Arch Manning, will be in attendance for the ceremony. Arch is the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the 2023 recruiting class. He’s being recruited by numerous top programs, and it goes without saying that Ole Miss would love for him to carry on the Manning legacy with the Rebels. Perhaps the Rebels are working extra hard to impress the high school phenom.

Why Peyton and Eli Manning are not doing ‘Monday Night Football’ in Week 4

Eli Peyton Manning

Peyton and Eli Manning have become a staple on Monday nights after just three weeks thanks to their popular “ManningCast” during “Monday Night Football.”

From Weeks 1-3, Eli and Peyton treated football fans to another telecast option for ESPN’s coverage of “Monday Night Football.” ESPN has offered its traditional telecast, which features announcers Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. ESPN2 has offered the “ManningCast” alternative featuring Eli and Peyton chit-chatting with each other and famous sports guests from their living room-like setups.

The version featuring the Manning brothers grew in popularity from Weeks 1 to 3, more than doubling its initial ratings. Fans were eagerly awaiting their telecast in Week 4’s game between the Chargers and Raiders but were left disappointed.

There was no Manning Brothers telecast option in Week 4; ESPN2 just offered a duplicate of the ESPN feed.

So what happened?

The Mannings were contracted to provide 10 Monday night telecasts per season from 2021-2023. Unfortunately, the brothers are off from Weeks 4-6 and will return on Oct. 25 for the Seahawks-Saints game. They will also provide a telecast in Week 8.

The Mannings should reconsider the plan of doing just 10 games per season. One of the biggest keys to building an audience is consistency and reliability. Fans should be able to go to ESPN2 every Monday night during NFL season and know they will get the Mannings. You don’t want to lose the momentum that they just built with all of their viral activity.

Eli Manning flips double bird on TV, apologizes

Eli Manning double bird

Eli Manning flipped the double bird while talking on live TV Monday and then apologized.

Eli and his brother Peyton were doing the “Manningcast” on ESPN2 during “Monday Night Football” between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. Eli was talking about how hostile and crass fans in Philly are to opponents.

“You go to Philly, you’re getting the double bird right away from a 9-year-old kid,” Eli said.

He pondered whether he should visibly show the double bird and then went with it.

“And they’re saying things about my mom and Peyton. I can’t tell you what they said about mom,” Eli added.

After returning from a commercial, Eli apologized. He also blamed Chris Long, who was a guest on their program.

“Sorry. Earlier I did the double bird. I guess that’s frowned upon, so I apologize if I offended anybody. That’s what a 9-year-old did to me! Chris (Long), I blame you for that.”

That’s OK, Eli. You had to go the full way to just so people knew what you meant. It must have taken a lot for Eli not to flash it back to the fans.

We already knew how brutal Eagles fans could be, so Eli’s telling of these examples is no surprise.

Eli Manning goes viral for mimicking Dak Prescott hip dance like Shakira

Eli Manning Dak Prescott hips

Eli Manning went viral on Monday night for mimicking Dak Prescott’s pregame hip routine.

Prescott has drawn attention in the past for the way he loosens his hips prior to games (videos here).

Eli tried to mimic Prescott’s hip routine during his telecast with brother Peyton on ESPN2 during the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game. Here is the video:

Of course, Peyton had to zing his brother with a great line.

“Your boys medium jeans are kinda keeping you from really kinda getting turned,” Peyton joked with Eli.

Eli actually delivered a very good rendition of Dak’s dance. How do you think it compares to Ezekiel Elliott’s version of it?