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‘Manningcast’ features Tracy Morgan, Pat McAfee, Jimmy Johnson

Week 3 of ESPN’s “Manningcast” alternative “Monday Night Football” brought annoying delays and lots of talk about each other, but there were a few gems during a game that wasn’t exactly a festival. of score. (The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants, 23-16.)

Peyton and Eli Manning warmed up the audience with a chat with Jimmy Johnson, then turned to discussing Miami Dolphins ‘butt punt’ and other topics with Pat McAfee before the show ended with Tracy Morgan wondering what it was like for Peyton to have played against – gulp – Lawrence Taylor. Along the way, Peyton continued to demand that coaches call time outs (“What do you think your most pronounced word is on this show?” Eli asked an unconscious Peyton, who will die on Time Hill. dead), and young Manning went on to deliver a nasty jab at Peyton’s beloved Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett on the same topic.

The first was Johnson, the former Cowboys and Dolphins coach, who spoke about two of his regrets: not filing, “How are you with the Cowboys?” and a trade that never materialized.

Saying it’s “unbelievable” how many people come up asking him to say the phrase to a friend on the phone, he added, “I wish I had dropped this thing off. I could have made a lot of money.

Financially savvy Peyton reminded him that he could always charge people who made that request, Johnson jumped at the chance to laugh at a little dig at Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “Jerry is already – he has the rights.”

Johnson was Trader Jimmy during his time with the Cowboys, pulling off the legendary 18-man trade from Hershel Walker. Now a Fox NFL analyst, Johnson was asked about the trade that got away – one involving Peyton – with Eli sarcastically wondering if Peyton could have handled his “always calm” coaching style.

“I would have loved to have Peyton, and I thought about it for a long time, but we didn’t have enough ammunition to go up in the draft to have Peyton”, Johnson said of a nugget he revealed last year. “But, hey, it crossed my mind and I tried to do it, but I didn’t have enough draft picks.”

Enough about that. How about Sunday’s hottest topic – the punt? McAfee, a media personality and former punter who was Peyton’s teammate with the Indianapolis Colts, provided stark clarity about what happened when Dolphins punter Thomas Morstead lined up to kick from his own area. from in-goal to late Miami win over Buffalo. Morstead landed a booming punt straight into the butt of his closest tackle, Trent Sherfield. The ball flew back and out of the end zone for a safety.

Calling it “a nightmare situation” with the punter backed up in “155-degree heat” in South Florida, McAfee blamed Sherfield for leaving no room for Morstead.

“His a– blocked that punt,” McAfee said accurately, albeit bluntly. “…His cheeks are probably a little bruised.”

Peyton returned to her quirky obsession with timeouts.

It was a little awkward, as Eli and McAfee pointed out, given Peyton’s history with the Broncos and the pressure Hackett was under for his game management. During the Broncos’ 17-16 loss to the Seahawks of Seattle in Monday night’s first game of the season, Manning nervously asked for a time out in the last minute. On Monday, he admitted he also thinks it’s a good idea to call a time-out “for the sake of using it” because they don’t carry over into the second half.

“Hey, hey, did you think about Nathaniel Hackett watching that ‘Monday Night Football with Peyton Manning’ when you called 62 timeouts in his city, basically?” McAfee asked. “Have you thought about that? »

However, Eli dropped the mic on the subject of the Broncos, noting that Denver’s offense didn’t exactly take off with the arrival of Russell Wilson and his gigantic contract. “They should have paid that bettor $235 million instead of Russell.”

Later, Morgan wrapped things up with a game appearance in New Jersey. The comedian joked that he got his speed from Tony Dorsett, who he claimed was his “biological father”. The Hall of Fame running back was quick to dismiss that notion on social media.

Morgan also used the appearance to ask Peyton what it was like to face perhaps the greatest defensive player in NFL history, a valid question except for one glitch.

“Peyton, how was it playing against Lawrence Taylor?” Morgana asked.

“Uhhh, LT’s rookie year was 1982. I was 6,” Peyton replied.