Super Bowl XLVIII: Surprise! Eli Rooting for Peyton

As the deep freeze continues here and across the country, the NFL is getting nervous about the weather for next week’s Super Bowl. Although they feel confident they can handle anything thrown their way, the cold weather here in the NYC Metro Area – and around the country –  is reaching historic proportions.

In the world of the Giants, they are preparing to host the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks next week at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. QB Eli Manning is more concerned with assisting brother Peyton, who with the rest of the Denver Broncos will be out at the Jets’ facility in Florham Park.

“I’m rooting for him,” Manning said on a conference call yesterday, per the Giants. “It’s not like watching any other football game. If I’m watching two other teams, I’m kind of casually watching and don’t really care who wins or loses. Here, it’s a little bit more nerve-wracking. I don’t get nervous playing football games, I get nervous watching my brother play.”

Two years ago Peyton, still an Indianapolis Colt, hosted Eli when the Giants played the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium. Eli plans to return the favor this week.

“It is pretty unique that each of us, that I got one in Indianapolis and he’s trying to get one playing in a Super Bowl in New York,” Manning said. “I guess it’s pretty ironic.”

Travel, media hoopla and game prep will be occupying Peyton’s calendar this week, so Eli is stepping in alleviate the load on his older brother.

“Obviously, I know what it’s like with the Super Bowl and a lot of people are trying to figure out if they’re coming to the game, so I’m trying to take some of that stress off of him and help manage some of those things,” Eli said. “That way, he can focus on work and getting the game plan. I’ve kind of been in touch with him about that, but that’s basically the only contact we’ve had this week.”




1 comments
joeknix
joeknix

There is certainly no precedence for this unique dynamic that is occurring right now between Eli and Peyton.  Eli winning in Peyton's home stadium and now Peyton has the chance to do the same.  What a crazy storyline!  I will tell you this . . . I'm not rooting for Peyton in the Super Bowl and it's not because I have issue with the Broncos . . . but I do like the fact that Eli has something his older brother doesn't have . . . and that's 2 rings.  I know that's a selfish Giants/Eli centric take and one Eli wouldn't agree with either . . . but there it is anyway.


I'm also not an Elway fan and still vividly remember Phil Simms carving up Elway's Broncos going 22 for 25 en route to a 39-20 SB victory . . .  so, in the end, I have a hard time rooting against any NFC team in the Super Bowl unless it is Dallas or  Philly, of course.  Seattle's never gotten a chip so I hope they get it.