DALLAS — Peyton Manning and a couple of his contemporaries were put through the physical wringer on Friday during a PR event in the shadows of the media center in Dallas, pitching the latest footwear. Peyton and Chad Ochocinco were running on treadmills. Brother Eli Manning and DeMarcus Ware were undulating ropes, all in an attempt to knock MMA star Randy Couture off a mechanical bull.
If this was an indication of the kind of entertainment we can expect in the event of a lockout, then both sides need to get to the negotiating table ASA and P.
The weather was again a hot topic, with Ware blaming the Packers and Steelers for bringing their weather down to Texas with them. And judging by the response of the crowd, I had no idea that crickets were able to survive in the snow.
Peyton than quipped that it was 80 degrees in Indianapolis, home of next year’s Super Bowl, and said that there was a lot of pressure having it there because no team has ever played a Super Bowl in its home stadium. And judging by Manning’s playoff record, that streak should live on next season.
There is another home Super Bowl possibility for Eli and the Giants in a few years. So I asked Eli if a cold weather Super Bowl still seemed like a good idea.
“I am a fan of having [a Super Bowl] in New York,” Manning said. “It’s one of the greatest cities in the world and having the biggest game played there should be a great experience.”
But Eli, what about the roof? How can you spend all of that money on a new football stadium in New York and not put a roof on that thing? That is just crazy.
“We don’t need a roof, football is supposed to be played outside,” Manning said. “It should be a fun game. It will be cold, but that is just part of it.”
Just make sure you have the proper footwear, right?