In the first game today, the Colts pulverized the Chiefs, 23 to 8. Bah. "Well," was my dad's take when I called him from the bar at Chili's to bitch about it, "The Colts were pretty heavily favored, you know. The Chiefs have had to play out of their minds must to make the playoffs."
Yes, well. Bah.
Anyway, on the NBC broadcast I caught over dinner, they showed a home movie of all three Manning brothers playing football in little uniforms complete with jerseys and helmets in what looks like a back yard. Little Eli goes flailing into Peyton and together they go collapsing into the ground. Peyton comes up clutching at his miniature Cleveland Browns jersey, making the most extreme Peyton Manning Face ever captured on film, and screeching, "He grabbed my neck." Little PM then goes running off crying. The camera swings to follow him as he Nancy-runs away from the whole scene. Closer to the camer, his oldest brother looks back as if to say, "WTF is he even doing?"
Why Peyton would not have sued somebody to keep this footage from airing is beyond me.
Oh, and no I will not be a good sport about all of Peyton's commercials. I know Tommy's are no great shakes either, but come on. The one for Gatorade where Peyton's head edited onto some muscley guy's body hatches out of a football that they always show just before the commercial for Derek Jeter cologne? Give me a break. I only really grudgingly like the one where Eli drops the eggs, and even then I think it's because Eli's in it with him. I'm not a big fan of Eli either, but next to Peyton, whether in the commercial or that home video, he makes things at least funny sometimes.
How weird was it when Herm Edwards and Tony Dungy hugged midfield after the game? Prior to this game I had wondered if the two of them have ever been seen in the same room together. It was almost as weird as seeing Ty Law stalking the sidelines the loser while PM smiled victoriously behind the microphone on the opposite sideline.
Anyway, I can always still speculate about Andy Reid and Mike Holmgren...