1. ESPN finally got Peyton Manning on its airwaves by calling a Monday night football game and it was a success.
The world leader has always said that Peyton and Eli Manning are not calling 10 games on ESPN2 this season as a replacement for the main broadcast, called by Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Grise, on ESPN. The brothers are here to offer an alternate option and that’s what they did perfectly last night in the Raiders’ 33-27 overtime win over the Ravens.
Other than the first five minutes of the show, which were pretty squeaky, things couldn’t have been better. The best parts of the show were when Peyton and Eli bagged the schtick, had no guests, and just talked about football.
I’m not averse to fun and nonsense, but it works best in moderation when there’s a game going on. The game cannot just be in the background.
As the night wore on the brothers became more focused on the game and the show improved dramatically.
They told stories inside, broke their ribs, and gave viewers exceptional insight into a variety of topics.
For example, Peyton and Eli made it clear that there were no adjustments at halftime; they are just a myth. Great stuff.
They particularly shone in the fourth quarter and in overtime when they were joined by Russell Wilson. They strategized while looking like regular fans who couldn’t believe all the crazy things happening on the pitch.
There were a few quirks along the way. Both guys openly supported both teams which was fun but weird / confusing to hear during a game. The commercials cutaways were jarring with both guys being cut overnight, but this can be fixed.
During the game I tweeted that the show could use a host / traffic cop. But once the brothers settled in, I wasn’t sure they needed it.
The most comfortable and engaging parts of the show were when Peyton and Eli were talking about what they saw on screen.
Part of me wonders if I ended up enjoying the alternate stream because I didn’t have much of an interest in the game itself. Would I watch Peyton and Eli for three hours if, say, the Chiefs were playing against the Patriots? Probably not. The inner workings of a televised game, such as time-outs, penalties, player identification, were not covered or discussed by Peyton and Eli throughout the game and for a big game I would like these things.
Would I be checking Peyton and Eli every once in a while during a big game? Absoutely.
But that’s the beauty of the Peyton-Eli Show – it’s here to be an alternate experience and it will definitely come in handy when the Monday evening the game is boring, which, unfortunately for the world leader, is more often than not.
For years, ESPN wanted and needed better games to Monday night football. With the NFL needing to deal with Sunday night, Thursday night, and the late Sunday window before ESPN, it’s impossible for the network to get an A + game list.
Now they don’t need it anymore because even with mediocre games people have two new reasons to go online: Peyton and Eli.
2. This week SI media podcast fell earlier this week. A brand new episode with Jimmy Kimmel, who is executive producer on the latest ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, “Once Upon a Time in Queens”, is now available for your listening pleasure.
Jimmy’s Cousin Sal is also producer of the documentary and joins the podcast to discuss the documentary’s best nostalgic moments, why they wanted to tell the story of the New York Mets of 1986, and which former players stood out for their performances on the series.
Kimmel also talks about his time on the Fox pre-game show on the NFL, how Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long hated him and almost got rejected. NFL on Fox. Other topics covered include why the 1980s were the best decade, what is the mindset of Kimmel doing a late night show in the age of streaming, the only guest he would like to have on his show, his reaction to going viral and what question he hates being asked.
You can listen to the podcast below or download it on Apple, Spotify, and Stitcher.
3. Three key nuggets of this hollywood reporter exclusive on Ted Lasso.
– Jason Sudeikis will earn $ 1 million per episode for season 3 of the Apple TV + series.
– Season 2 had six times more audiences than Season 1.
– Warner Brothers, owner of the series, owns the linear rights to the series, i.e. covers of Ted lasso could be broadcast on TNT, TBS or even the CW in the future.
4. Here are some notable sports figures who attended the Met Gala last night.
– Russell Westbrook
– Serena Williams
– Steph and Ayesha Curry
– Russell Wilson was there in spirit thanks to his wife, Ciara.
5. Week 2 of the best segment of all televised sports: “Bad Beats”.
6. The person who handled the Giants’ Twitter account last night as the team clinched a playoff berth did a very solid job.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: I was doing a little research on Monday night football last night and I totally forgot that this opening to promote ABC Desperate housewives, from a game in 2004 caused quite an uproar. I can’t imagine what would happen if this aired before an “MNF” game today.
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