What made Manning the true star of “Monday Night Football”



While Peyton Manning is the star of the Manningcast, Eli Manning is the one who makes him go.

The reason? Eli has a Charles Barkley-like quality for saying what everyone thinks and being natural, acting the same on TV as he would hanging out.

Therefore, late in Monday’s Bright Zoom, Eli dropped a double bird, referring to Eagles fans, and innocently thought the TV wizards might confuse him. (He apologized quickly, even if you had to try very hard to be seriously offended.)

Earlier, Peyton’s armpit sweat was visible through his shirt and Eli, displaying brotherly love, pointed out. It’s Eli mocking Peyton that brings a spark to the show.

Barkley goes after everyone, which is the key to the iconic run of “Inside The NBAâ€.

In the first three-week session on ESPN2, Peyton was very good, with his Mensa football brain and intensity. You look at him and feel he is dying to jump through the Bright Zoom and start barking audibles.

How he is so offended by all bad football is fascinating to watch in real time. He didn’t like the lack of clock management of Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy. Still, Peyton’s edges must be a bit blunt, which Eli does.

Decision makers often get bogged down in media concepts, and while they can be important, the success of a show depends primarily on the right recruiting.

Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser are celebrating two decades of PTI success because ESPN big boss Mark Sharpiro recognized the duo’s chemistry by arguing in the Washington Post newsroom for decades.

Last year, Nickelodeon’s playoff game was a huge success because CBS managed to correct the main team of analyst Nate Burleson and player-by-player Noah Eagle.

Eli is perfect for Peyton. Eli is not the Barkley of the NFL, but that true “I’m just me†quality is so appealing on TV; especially when the concept is just getting out.

Monday evening enrollment notes

Peyton and Eli only do their shows for 10 ESPN NFL games. They are on leave for the next three weeks. We didn’t deliberately say Monday night, because the final week of the regular season ESPN has two Saturday games that are supposed to have playoff implications. The network will also offer a joker game. I’d bet you’ll see Manning’s cast at least one of these weeks, if not both.

Everyone will take credit for Manning’s decision, but ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro must receive a good chunk of it. Pitaro developed a relationship with Peyton through the ESPN + show, “Peyton’s Places,” to put the network in a position where he would say yes to making games after refusing every network for years.

We at The Post love to help out, so together with Associate Sports Editor Mark Hale an idea specialist we’ve put together a list of future guests we’d love to see on Manning’s cast: Andrew Luck, Tom Brady , Ryan Leaf, Mike Tomlin, Sean McVay, Philip Rivers, Barry Sanders, Dan Marino, John Elway, Bill Parcells, Mike Trout and Simone Biles.

YES off the beaten track

Give YES credit for hosting the live Nets media day on Monday, but it seems inconceivable to have interviewed Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks and not ask him about Kyrie Irving’s status. Ryan Ruocco and Sarah Kustok didn’t.

“We knew Kyrie was going to speak directly to the media later in the program,†a YES spokesperson said.

Nonetheless, you need to ask Marks about this, even though he has already told you that he won’t answer any questions. That was the reason it was all interesting in the first place.

YES not in Toronto

While we strongly believe that it’s much better for advertisers to be on the road, the YES explanation that it’s not at the Rogers Center for Yankees-Blue Jays is correct. In Canada, if you test positive, you must be quarantined for two weeks, regardless of your vaccination status, a YES spokesperson said. YES did not want to take the risk of losing one of their advertisers; especially with the next series of the Rays and maybe the playoffs to follow.

Clicker Book Club

Papa Clicker writes that Keyshawn Johnson and Bob Glauber’s book, “The Forgotten First,” is about four men – Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis – who became the first black NFL players at roughly the same time. moment that Jackie Robinson did the same in baseball. These less-reported stories provide insight into the challenges these players faced and highlight all that they’ve accomplished. He receives a very good 4.25 out of 5 clickers.


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