February 08, 2016

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion: As Super Bowl 50 ended and Peyton Manning had his storybook ending to the season (and perhaps career), he sounded oddly robotic in his on-field interviews, touting Budweiser beer with all the spontaneity of a Nascar driver. "I'm going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight, Tracy," he first told the on-field reporter, then told Jim Nantz on the trophy podium, "I'm going to drink a lot of beer tonight, Jim, Budweiser. Von Miller's buying. Manning's first celebratory kiss after the game was with Papa John founder John Schnatter.

posted by rcade to football at 08:05 AM - 15 comments

Manning owns 21 Papa John franchises in the state of Colorado. That's his main income after his retirement, and he probably has a strong relationship with him.

Manning had probably practiced his celebratory speech in order to avoid sounding too robotic, but then ended up sounding that way by using the same speech twice.

I'm just glad he didn't announce his retirement immediately after the game. Let the boys enjoy the moment.

posted by grum@work at 08:18 AM on February 08, 2016

Let the boys enjoy the moment ... with a Budweiser.

There's something appallingly beautiful about this. Mr. Love of the Game gets a magical moment and when millions watch to see his emotional reaction, he gives us an NFL-unsanctioned beer promotion.

posted by rcade at 08:19 AM on February 08, 2016

In 2014 after a playoff game, Manning answered a question by saying, "What's weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth."

I have a theory about what's going on here. Around a decade ago the NFL banned alcohol promotion by players even though the owners are making huge money from it. Manning's mad that he can't do a deal with Budweiser so he's doing an unpaid one anyway to poke the league in the eye.

posted by rcade at 08:28 AM on February 08, 2016

Around a decade ago the NFL banned alcohol promotion by players even though the owners are making huge money from it

I had no idea they were such hypocrites. If that really is Manning's way around it, then good for him (especially if he owns stakes in it).

posted by grum@work at 09:54 AM on February 08, 2016

The officiating was generally pretty good, but when they got things wrong, they came at really inopportune times for the Panthers. Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm a sore loser. I still don't understand how the non-catch call on Cotchery at the beginning of the game was held up on the review. That killed that drive. The boinked field goal by Gano should've been re-kicked because Talib wasn't just bare offside, he was really, really offside. There were a few others that grinded my gears, but whatever. That was a terrible game. A million stupid penalties committed by both teams, turn overs galore, derp plays and generally shitty offense.

posted by NoMich at 11:32 AM on February 08, 2016

Speaking of monetary compensation, the national anthem stadium flyovers do not cost the league one cent. A request is put in to the particular service branch by the league and the flyover is considered part of flight training and pilot hours requirements. It's designated as a training exercise and budgeted for.

For everything else related to the connection between the NFL and the military, the damn league charges the armed forces up the behind for the privilege of being associated with pro football.

Wherever Denver's Budweiser was being poured last night, Jordan Norwood must have been hearing it big time from his teammates about being caught from behind by DE Mario Addison during his record setting punt return. Addison looked like was running the anchor lap of an Olympic 4 x 100 relay. Great form and mechanics.

posted by beaverboard at 01:31 PM on February 08, 2016

He went out doing what he loved . . . selling mediocre crap to football audiences.

posted by yerfatma at 01:39 PM on February 08, 2016

I assume about half of Aqib Talib's bonus check will be taken back by the NFL.

posted by Etrigan at 03:05 PM on February 08, 2016

Seriously, that was one of the most blatantly intentional facemasks I've ever seen. I wouldn't have argued if they had decided to toss him.

posted by tron7 at 03:38 PM on February 08, 2016

It only took the revenue from selling 55 tickets to fund the cost of the special Super Bowl 50 turf at Levi's stadium. And it showed. Bogus, slippery shit.

posted by beaverboard at 03:57 PM on February 08, 2016

By the time the 3rd quarter was halfway through, I was desperately running through the channel guide to see if there was anything -- anything at all -- on one of the off-the-wall cable channels that would be more attractive than this game. I have to agree with NoMich that the timing of some of the calls, and especially the non-calls, was a bit suspect. This game was not one the NFL should hold up as an example of a well-played exhibition of football. It was a disappointment to me, not for the outcome but for the execution of play.

First full workout for Red Sox pitchers and catchers is in 11 days. I can't wait.

posted by Howard_T at 04:52 PM on February 08, 2016

So, I skipped watching the SB (yes, I'm that guy). I just had a feeling that this wouldn't be a good game. Looks like I was correct.

Also, I got the spread right, but the team wrong, so my predictive powers are weak.

posted by Bonkers at 08:37 PM on February 08, 2016

Peyton knew what was riding on this game. Broncos glory? His own legacy and a storybook career ending? To hell with that.

To the victors go the spoils.

There must be one massive piss-a-thon going on right now in Azerbaijan with the jettisoned cases of Panthers title beer, being hosted by that nation's most deserving people.

Peyton may have upset a lot of brewmanic Coloradans with his Bud plug, to the point where the state's hallowed source of Rocky Mountain spring water may be put under armed guard for local use only.

Which is too bad for Busch, because the way they brew their beer, they need all the extra water they can get.

posted by beaverboard at 10:24 PM on February 08, 2016

Would have liked the score to be closer to add a bit more suspense in the 4th quarter but I actually really enjoyed the game. Some all time great defensive performances on both sides most notably Ealy and Norman for the Panthers and Miller, Ware and Roby for Denver.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:15 AM on February 09, 2016

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