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Peyton Manning: Lack of travel a must for taking "MNF" gig

Peyton Manning says he hopes the broadcasts come across as more conversational rather than analyzing every play or callGETTY IMAGES

Peyton Manning said the "only reason" he and Eli Manning signed up to host ESPN's alternate "MNF" broadcast was because they "didn't have to fly" to the individual game sites. Peyton will be watching the game in Denver from a “buddy’s garage,” while Eli will be watching in New Jersey.  Appearing on “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” Manning said, “I haven’t watched a ‘Monday Night Football’ game with Eli since the fall of 1993. ... It’s like we’re at a bar watching the game, and the viewer is kind of sitting down with us watching. When the game is great, we’ll be on the game. We’re probably not going to analyze the second-and-one running play that nobody really cares about. During that time, we’re going to be telling war stories.” During the broadcast when the QB is talking to the coach on the sidelines, “Eli and I are probably going to roleplay, and I’m going to tell you what the coach is saying to him, and Eli is going to tell me what the quarterback is saying back.” Simmons: “You didn’t end up doing the actual ‘Monday Night Football’ or any of those other jobs because of the travel. You somehow waited, technology moved to you. Now, you don’t have to go anywhere and you get to announce games anyway, so kudos to you for that” (“The Bill Simmons Podcast,” The Ringer, 9/3).

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