During the stream, Peyton said he would prefer a co-host who doesn’t know as much about the game of football as he does. Specifically, Peyton said, he’d want someone alongside of him that doesn’t understand defensive coverages. Someone like Joe Buck.
On Monday night during a wintry game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, the Manning brothers welcomed Buck as their latest guest. And as time expired in the game, Buck returned fire on Peyton when asked if he’d like to have guests to interview during blowout games.
Following a brief pause, Buck hit Peyton right where it hurts.
“Hey, Joe. When y’all have a blowout game, do you ever wish you could have a guest on there that you and Troy (Aikman) could interview?” Peyton asked.
“Yeah, you know the last time I thought about that? It was when you guys played Seattle in the Super Bowl,” Buck answered.
“Oh! Shots! Shots fired,” Eli remarked. “Yes!”
If you’ve ever watched “That 70’s Show,” you can hear Michael Kelso in your head: “Burn!”
Sick burn, in fact. Buck seemed like he had that comment locked and loaded, and was waiting for just the right moment to unleash it. It was so harsh, in fact, it took both Manning brothers a second to absorb what he said and react.
If only Buck showed that much life during his actual broadcasts.
Image: Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; FOX analyst Joe Buck before the NFC Divisional Playoff football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The New England Patriots run a notoriously tight ship. So tight, in fact, that not even Peyton Manning can get any interview he wants.
Manning said on Monday night’s alternate “Monday Night Football” broadcast that he had spoken to Bills quarterback Josh Allen in the leadup to the game. He tried to do the same with Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, but was apparently shut down by the organization’s PR staff.
“I tried to talk with Mac Jones,” Manning said. “He was very respectful. He said, ‘Peyton, I wanna do it. But can you call our PR director, Stacey [James]? Because he kind of has to oversee all things.’ I said, ‘No problem.’ I called Stacey. He was very professional. I said, ‘Stacey, I’m talking to coach Belichick. Can I talk to Mac Jones?’
“I appreciate how they’re handling Mac Jones. They are trying to protect him, give him as few off-the-field distractions as possible, let him concentrate on playing football. So yes, I did get denied. It was the first quarterback I haven’t talked to. But I appreciate it.”
Manning said the Indianapolis Colts had taken a similar approach with him while he was a rookie, and made clear that there were no hard feelings over New England’s stance.
It certainly sounds like something the Patriots would do, though not out of malice. This is an organization coached by a guy who started a “no days off” chant at a Super Bowl victory parade. They will want Jones focused, especially ahead of a big divisional game. That means no Manning interviews.
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
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.
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.
The Manning Curse is real.
Every time a player comes on the ManningCast, that player loses the next game.
— Kelce on Week 1, lost Week 2 — Russ on Week 1, lost Week 2 — Gronk on Week 2, lost Week 3 — Stafford on Week 3, lost Week 4 — Brady on Week 7, lost Week 8 pic.twitter.com/i5mQ29cJyJ
Peyton Manning is known almost as much for his sense of humor as he is for his remarkable football career. Countless players who have played with or against Manning have shared funny stories about the Hall of Fame quarterback, but the one Joe Thomas recalled this week is easily among the best.
After the Denver Broncos lost starting offensive lineman Ryan Clady to an injury in 2015, Manning was hoping the team would trade for Thomas. He spoke with the 10-time Pro Bowler about the possibility of playing together. Thomas, who was with the Cleveland Browns at the time, said on his “Thom & Hawk Football Show” Wednesday that Manning wanted him to force a trade. Thomas wasn’t comfortable with the idea of asking for a trade, so Manning came up with another plan for him.
According to Thomas, Manning suggested that the All-Pro tackle take a dump on one of his bosses’ desks.
“He’s like, ‘Alright, here’s the game plan. Go into your GM’s office when he’s not there, pull your pants down and take a s— on his desk. Then they can’t do anything but trade you, and then you can come win a Super Bowl with me,’” Thomas said Manning told him, via Outkick’s Anthony Farris.
This isn’t the first time Thomas has shared that story, but it’s certainly one that is worth telling over and over.
Thomas remained with the Browns, and the Broncos won the Super Bowl anyway. Thomas would have loved to have been part of that run, but he wasn’t willing to defecate on a piece of furniture to make that happen.
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.
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.
ESPN’s decision to have Peyton and Eli Manning commentate on “Monday Night Football” keeps paying off, as the pair continue to deliver television gold.
The Manning brothers were joined by guest Jon Stewart for the first quarter of Monday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants. Stewart repeatedly bemoaned the state of the Giants, and at one point asked both Mannings if father Archie could “make more Mannings” for the team.
Peyton’s response was absolutely priceless.
"How hard is it to make another Manning?" – Jon Stewart
Mike White put himself on the map with a breakout performance Sunday, and he also made the Mike White of eight years ago look really good.
The New York Jets quarterback stepped in for the injured Zach Wilson in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals and led the team to a 34-31 upset victory. White threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Jets erase a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Bengals.
After the game, White saw one of his old tweets about Peyton Manning from 2013 go viral.
“Peyton Manning, I hate to break it to you, but I’m gonna break your record one day,” the tweet read.
Peyton Manning, I hate to break it to you, but I'm gonna break your record one day
White appears to have been referring to the still NFL-record 55 touchdown passes that Manning threw in the 2013 season as a member of the Denver Broncos. While White won’t break that record this season after stepping in midway through the year, his four touchdown passes on Sunday is actually better than the 3.44 per game that Manning averaged during his record-setting year.
Photo: New York Jets quarterback Mike White (5) runs onto the field for warmups before his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in East Rutherford.
There have been long-standing rumors that Peyton Manning wants to own or run an NFL team. With the Denver Broncos in an uncertain ownership situation, it’s no surprise that Manning has been linked to that possibility.
An ongoing dispute within the Broncos’ ownership group has increased the likelihood that the team will be sold in the next few years. Manning won a Super Bowl with the Broncos and would certainly be a popular candidate among fans. However, the former quarterback poured cold water on those rumors on Sunday.
Manning told Mike Klis of 9News that the financial cost would be far higher than he could afford, and that he’s happy doing what he does now.
Peyton on possibly joining Broncos ownership: “I haven’t had any serious conversations with anyone. Certainly people have called me … are you going to own the team? I keep looking for that $3 billion in my pocket. I can’t find it. … So that’s really not on my radar.” #9sports
Peyton II on ownership: “People are obviously interested. I care because I live here and I go to the games and I want to know what’s going to happen like everybody else. But I have no relationship or agreement with anybody. (more) #9sports
Peyton IV: "I do it from my buddy’s garage. Eli does it from the back of his house. I get to coach Marshall’s flag football team. I went to a doubleheader softball game yesterday to see Mosley play and if your broadcasting you can’t do that. (one more) #9sports
Manning currently does a semi-regular “Manningcast” with brother Eli for select ESPN “Monday Night Football” games. The broadcasts have been well-received, and as Manning notes, he can do them remotely without having to travel or be involved in other things on a day-to-day basis.
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.
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.