For those in the know—the Manning Bros Monday Night simulcast has provided some of the best laughs on television. We get to watch Peyton Manning and Eli Manning as they watch the Monday Night game and riff on a variety of subjects—football and non-football related.
During one such riff while they were live on air, Eli made mention of how hostile the crowds in Philadelphia could be. When Eli remarked to former Eagle Chris Long about getting flipped the bird by a nine-year-old kid in Philly, big brother Peyton did what big brothers do—he egged Eli on. “Do it. Do it,” Peyton said, before Eli hauled off and flipped a double bird to the camera.
But his middle fingers did not play well in middle America and—several complaints were filed with the FCC. “On ESPN ‘Monday Night Football’ Eli Manning used profane gestures that were despicable and unacceptable and fines should be levied. Young Americans should never be exposed to something like that, it was disgusting,” read one complaint. For their part the Manning Bros did apologize afterward. But c’mon. Two middle fingers in 2021 doesn’t even pass the threshold of despicable. Now, something tells me it could have been someone in the Philly area upset at the way their fanbase was mischaracterized. But I have a sneaking suspicion it just might be a Patriots fan who still hasn’t gotten over losing two Super Bowls to the younger Manning. Yeah, I put my money on that.
Source: CBS Sports