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Cooper Kupp’s funny Peyton Manning story goes viral

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Cooper Kupp may have turned down years of valuable advice from Peyton Manning, but the Los Angeles Rams star had no idea he was doing it.

In a recent Twitter Spaces, Kupp shared an awesome story about some interactions he had — or should have had, but didn’t — with Manning. Kupp said he accidentally ignored Manning’s text messages for years, starting when the Hall of Famer texted him a photo of Kupp and Manning together at Manning’s passing camp.

“I got a message from a random number with a picture of him and I was back at the Manning Passing Academy,” Kupp said at the time, via the NFL’s official Instagram account. “And I was like, ‘That’s so weird. Who would have this picture?’”

Manning would have the picture, that’s who. Kupp said he realized after a while that all the texts he received were from the same “random number” and coincided with events where he had seen Peyton.

“I look back through the messages and they all line up with certain events where we’d seen each other,” Kupp said. “So I think I’ve been ghosting Peyton Manning for my entire NFL career.”

Kupp commented “My bad Peyton!” on the Instagram post sharing his story.

Perhaps it wasn’t all Manning’s fault. Eli Manning recently revealed that Peyton has some extremely unusual texting habits, so it’s possible Kupp experienced some of that. Whatever the case, the Super Bowl MVP probably wishes he put everything together sooner.

Photo: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Manning divulges Peyton’s odd texting habits

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Peyton Manning may have his own NFL telecast and production company, but the Hall of Famer has never seemed like someone who is big on technology. According to his brother Eli, texting with Peyton can be a real chore.

Eli discussed Peyton’s texting habits during a recent appearance on the “Great Dane Nation” podcast with former NFL kicker Morten Anderson. He said his and Peyton’s father, Archie, “texts more than a 13-year-old girl” and needs to be told to put his phone down at the dinner table sometimes. Anderson then pointed out that he often just gets an emoji back when he texts Peyton. Eli said that is his older brother’s style with everyone.

“Same here. I’m not even asking him a question, or I am asking him a question — and I need a yes or no, or to know what time he’s getting in tomorrow — I just get like the ‘ok’ emoji,” Eli said, as transcribed by Ryan Glasspiegel of the New York Post. “I don’t know what that means.”

If Peyton has a lot to say, Eli said he will do so using a voice memo rather than typing it out.

“And now, if he has something to say — if it’s too long to text and he actually has to use words or write a sentence — he doesn’t text that anymore,” Eli added. “He leaves a voice memo. So he texts you what he wants to say, but he doesn’t actually have a conversation.”

Whether he’s using a voice memo to text or dropping an S-bomb on a hot microphone, Peyton definitely gives off the impression that technology is not an area of expertise for him.

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Peyton Manning shares nice tribute to Tom Brady after retirement

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Tom Brady officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday, and one of the quarterback’s biggest rivals wasted no time congratulating Brady on his remarkable career.

Peyton Manning was one of the first to pay tribute to Brady. The Hall of Famer issued a statement praising Brady for his remarkable play on the field and for being a great friend off of it.

Brady and Manning were the faces of the NFL and rivals on the field for over a decade. They met regularly during the postseason and prevented one another from reaching the Super Bowl on multiple occasions. Because of that, many have assumed that there is tension between the two, but that has never been the case.

Manning was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, and Brady was in Canton to support him. Manning even cracked a great joke about Brady during his speech. The two will always be interlinked and will likely work together in some capacity in the future.

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Peyton Manning drops S-bomb while caught on hot mic

Peyton and Eli Manning on the ManningCast

Peyton Manning encountered one of the perils of live television on Monday night’s “ManningCast” broadcast of the NFC Wild Card game between the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals.

Manning dropped a curse word on live TV while he was experiencing some technical difficulties during the first quarter of the game.

Eli Manning tossed to Peyton for analysis on a Rams touchdown, but Peyton apparently couldn’t hear his brother.

Peyton had a very colorful way of saying so:

“Can’t hear s–t,” he said.

Eli’s quick pivot was pretty hilarious, and kudos to him for being quick on his feet.

No, ESPN will not be thrilled with Peyton dropping the S-bomb during a live playoff game. That said, this one was pretty harmless, and there are worse things to be caught saying into a live microphone.

This is hardly the first time the ManningCast has run afoul of the censors. Nothing really came of that incident, and it’s unlikely that anything will happen as a result of this one either.

Peyton Manning and John Elway involved in rival bids for Broncos?

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The long-rumored scenario of two Denver Broncos Super Bowl winners bidding against each other for control of the team could be coming to fruition.

A new report Tuesday suggested that the sale of the Broncos could proceed in the near future and would attract widespread interest. Woody Paige of the Denver Gazette cited sources telling him six candidates would be involved, with John Elway and Peyton Manning both taking part in the process within rival groups.

The interest is no surprise on the part of either quarterback. Just prior to the holidays, a report surfaced suggesting Manning was very interested in an ownership role and was speaking to multiple potential bidders. Elway, who currently serves as team president, has also been preparing for this scenario.

While the Elway and Manning names will carry heavy weight, they are unlikely to be a decisive factor. We don’t know what the ownership groups will look like, who else will be involved, or who will bid most aggressively for the franchise. The two former quarterbacks rivaling each other for a stake in the franchise would be a fascinating scenario, though.

‘ManningCast Curse’ strikes again, finishes season undefeated

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Despite it being just their first season on the ESPN airwaves, Peyton and Eli Manning have already managed to create a curse more potent than the Madden cover curse.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers lost in Week 18 to the Detroit Lions after Rodgers appeared on ESPN’s “ManningCast” in Week 17. That continued an absolutely stunning streak of NFL players appearing on the show only to lose the following week. In total, seven players, all top NFL stars, appeared on “ManningCast” and all seven suffered the same fate.

Here is the full list, courtesy of StatMuse.

Week 18 is the final week of the NFL regular season, meaning that this so-called “ManningCast Curse” has finished the season undefeated.

Rodgers admittedly sat out for the second half of Green Bay’s Week 18 game with the team having already clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC. But the Packers were still trailing 17-13 at halftime with Rodgers under center.

We first wised up to the possibility of a curse back in early November. Now it is obvious that Peyton and Eli really did cook up some sort of witchcraft that kept all of their guests out of the win column for at least a week.

Peyton Manning still interested in owning piece of Broncos?

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The Denver Broncos have been headed for a sale for quite some time, and there is a chance the franchise could officially change hands in the coming months. Though he has thrown cold water on the rumors, there is still talk of Peyton Manning being involved.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Sunday that Manning is very interested in potentially owning a piece of the Broncos. The Hall of Famer has had discussions with several of the groups that are interested in buying the franchise. If Manning does become part of an ownership group, he could also serve in some sort of management role for the Broncos.

The Broncos are expected to sell for around $3 billion. La Canfora notes that the sale could be fast-tracked and voted on at the NFL meetings in March. There has been a longtime dispute with the heirs to late owner Pat Bowlen, but the situation is moving toward a resolution.

Manning and his family have lived in Denver since the former quarterback played for the team. He was asked fairly recently about the rumors that he wants to own the Broncos, and he cracked a joke about not having the financial means. Obviously, Manning would have no problem becoming a minority owner if he wanted to go that route.

Manning and his brother Eli have a good thing going with “ManningCast,” which is their alternate “Monday Night Football” telecast on ESPN2. They are reportedly going to be pursued by another company, so Peyton has no shortage of options. It’s unclear if he would want to join a Broncos ownership group while continuing with “ManningCast.”

Photo: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady has funny message for Tony Romo, Peyton Manning

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Coming off his team’s fourth straight victory this week, Tom Brady is taking some time to clown a couple of his biggest rivals.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback had some shade for Tony Romo and Peyton Manning in a funny tweet Monday. Brady called on his former adversaries to respect his speed after he ran seven times for 16 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills.

“So I was rewatching the broadcast last night,” said Brady. “And I heard Tony say, ‘Tom does that in the pocket all day long. That’s the same thing he does to move people with his eyes. Cuz he’s slow, right? He can’t actually make someone miss.’ So is he not watching? Because … ”

The seven-time Super Bowl champion then played a video of a first-down scramble that he had against the Bills set to some heavy metal music.

“Hey EA, tell Peyton to jack my speed rating back up,” Brady added.

Manning recently became a ratings adjuster for the “Madden NFL 22” video game as part of a collaboration with EA. He hilariously used his new powers to downgrade Brady’s rating in the game.

After their bitter battles with Brady during their respective playing careers, both Romo and Manning have made some funny jokes at Brady’s expense. At some point, it was going to be Brady’s turn to respond. Now is that time.

Photo: Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs off the field after a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Amazon hoping to lure Peyton and Eli Manning away from ESPN

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Peyton and Eli Manning have been hugely successful in their first season hosting an alternate “Monday Night Football” telecast, so it comes as no surprise that other companies are already trying to formulate a plan to pry the two former NFL stars away from ESPN.

Amazon is eyeing the Manning brothers for its “Thursday Night Football” package, according to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports. Peyton’s production company, Omaha Productions, has a contract with ESPN that runs through 2023. There will be 10 “ManningCast” episodes per season.

ESPN and Omaha Productions are expected to explore contract extension talks at some point next year. One source told McCarthy that Amazon would be prepared to offer “a ton of moey” plus Amazon Prime content deals for Peyton and Eli, but it is unclear if they would have any interest in leaving ESPN.

The “ManningCast” on ESPN2 been incredibly popular this season. Peyton and Eli have averaged 1.6 million viewers and generated the seven most-watched alternate telecasts in ESPN history, according to McCarthy. There would be many reasons for them to want to stay with the network. The NFL may prefer that they stay with ESPN, also.

“Why mess with success? Don’t forget the NFL would probably have to approve. The league loves what ESPN is doing with the Mannings on TV,” another source told McCarthy. “Does the NFL want ‘ManningCast’ to be a streaming-only property?”

Peyton also has a deal with ESPN+ for his show “Peyton’s Places.” A similar series is in development for Eli called “Eli’s Places.” Amazon could try to replicate some of that, but the Mannings worked hard to build their media brand at ESPN.

Amazon will begin exclusively streaming “Thursday Night Football” broadcasts in 2022. The list of names that the tech giant is pursuing continues to grow.

Mac Jones reveals why he could not speak with Peyton Manning

Mac Jones looks on during a game

The New England Patriots did not grant Peyton Manning access to Mac Jones this week in advance of Peyton and Eli’s latest “ManningCast,” but Mac Jones says the denial was nothing personal.

Manning said during Monday night’s game between the Patriots and Buffalo Bills that he reached out to Jones several days ago. Jones said he would be willing to speak with the Manning brothers, but he asked Peyton to contact New England’s PR director to clear it through him. The Patriots ultimately denied the request.

Jones told WEEI’s “Merloni & Fauria Show” on Tuesday that he did not want to get into detail about why he didn’t speak with Manning. He indicated that the main reason was Patriots coach Bill Belichick wanted his full focus on the game.

“The Patriots do a great job of just helping me stay focused on what I need to stay focused on,” Jones said. “I (was) always like that in college, too.”

Manning joked that it seemed like Jones had his cell phone off, as the former Alabama star was not quick to respond to the request. Jones admitted that he doesn’t pay a whole lot of attention to his phone.

“I don’t know if it’s off, but I definitely don’t go on my phone that much,” he said. “I just don’t really look at it or focus on it unless I am talking to my family. … I feel bad sometimes not being able to talk to everybody, but it’s a busy life.”

Manning said both Jones and the Patriots were very respectful in turning him down. He also noted that the Indianapolis Colts handled him the same way when he was a rookie and that he feels it is a beneficial approach.

Jones attempted only three passes in Monday’s game, but the Patriots came away with a huge 14-10 win. One of Mac’s teammates took a hilarious swipe at him over the performance, but Jones has proven in his first NFL season that he only cares about winning games.

Photo: Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) during a timeout against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports