Monday has arrived and that means another one of the Manningcast’s ESPN scheduled for the 2021 NFL season. The first brothers of football had a wild ride last week, landing in the FCC’s dog house for some colorful Marshawn Lynch language along with some fascinating football conversations from Tom Brady.
Week 7 is going to be tough to top, but Omaha Productions released the guest list for tonight’s matchup between the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs.
The guests tonight are comedian and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, the NFL’s all-time single-season sack leader Michael Strahan, Bills quarterback Josh Allen, and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin.
Josh Allen may want to think twice about putting on his media cap tonight. Since the Manningcast has started, every single active NFL player to appear on the broadcast has lost the following week.
Even the GOAT and his pliability exercises weren’t enough to topple a burgeoning “Manning Curse.” Brady noted how he was staying up past his routine bedtime to talk with his peers. Who’s to say that schedule adjustment actually hurt Brady on Sunday, but it didn’t help.
Brady took three sacks and tossed three interceptions in the Buccaneers’ loss to the Saints. Allen will try to buck that trend on Sunday; if the Bills lose to the Jaguars as 14.5 point favorites–blame the Mannings.
The younger Manning is finding his groove on the ESPN2 production and his own show, Eli’s Places; he talked with Andrew Marchand in the New York Post’s latest media newsletter. Eli knows broadcasters are supposed to be unbiased, but that will be hard for him on Monday night when he calls his first game involving the Giants.
“In most cases, broadcasters can’t show any alliance to a team,” Manning told Marchand. “I don’t think I’m going to take that same approach. I am a Giants fan. I’m a season-ticket holder. This is my team and who I root for.”
Peyton may just have to hold on for the ride in the second quarter as a couple of G-Men take over the show.
Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys
The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.
Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.
Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:
Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.
Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”
Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.
The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.
Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.
“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”
Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”
He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.
Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.
Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.
The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.
The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options.
A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.