Last night I decided to give the Manningcast a chance. I’m glad I did.
Marshawn Lynch, the evening’s first guest, stole the show.
Lynch kicked off his appearance (there was a Pac-man machine in the background) by explaining that he took three photos of Hennessy (one for himself, one for Peyton, and one for Eli) before the segment began. It was therefore not surprising that Marshawn carelessly dropped three “S” bombs during the segment.
These elicited no reaction or apology from the Mannings to Marshawn’s appearance, which included a few commercials in which Lynch could have been asked to clean him up and / or prematurely abandon him. Only after the release of Marshawn ” what is fk? During a confusing play from Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, Peyton, after Lynch left, apologized for the language.
It was a half-hearted apology, and for good reason. When you book Marshawn Lynch for a live TV appearance, you take on the risk of Lynch speaking like a real person. And real people, for the most part, drop “S” and “F” bombs.
Tom Brady visited for the second trimester, with his hat upside down (apparently it’s a midlife crisis because he does it all the time). He was entertaining, taking fun punches on defensive players and otherwise offering information about the game. But Lynch was a tough act to follow.
It was also difficult to follow the game while listening to the discussion. I switched to the main show for the second half. What I’m going to do in the future is watch the game live, record the Manningcast, then watch / listen to it the next morning. Too much good is happening not to watch it, and it’s so good that it actually takes away the experience of watching the game.