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Jon Stewart, Josh Allen, 2 HOFers Join Manningcast For Week 8

“Week 7 is going to be tough to top but Omaha Productions released the guest list for tonight’s matchup between the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs.”

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Monday has arrived and that means another one of the Manningcast’s ESPN scheduled for the 2021 NFL season. The first brothers of football had a wild ride last week, landing in the FCC’s dog house for some colorful Marshawn Lynch language along with some fascinating football conversations from Tom Brady.

Week 7 is going to be tough to top, but Omaha Productions released the guest list for tonight’s matchup between the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs.

The guests tonight are comedian and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, the NFL’s all-time single-season sack leader Michael Strahan, Bills quarterback Josh Allen, and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin. 

Josh Allen may want to think twice about putting on his media cap tonight. Since the Manningcast has started, every single active NFL player to appear on the broadcast has lost the following week. 

Even the GOAT and his pliability exercises weren’t enough to topple a burgeoning “Manning Curse.” Brady noted how he was staying up past his routine bedtime to talk with his peers. Who’s to say that schedule adjustment actually hurt Brady on Sunday, but it didn’t help.

Brady took three sacks and tossed three interceptions in the Buccaneers’ loss to the Saints. Allen will try to buck that trend on Sunday; if the Bills lose to the Jaguars as 14.5 point favorites–blame the Mannings.

The younger Manning is finding his groove on the ESPN2 production and his own show, Eli’s Places; he talked with Andrew Marchand in the New York Post’s latest media newsletter. Eli knows broadcasters are supposed to be unbiased, but that will be hard for him on Monday night when he calls his first game involving the Giants.

“In most cases, broadcasters can’t show any alliance to a team,” Manning told Marchand. “I don’t think I’m going to take that same approach. I am a Giants fan. I’m a season-ticket holder. This is my team and who I root for.”

Peyton may just have to hold on for the ride in the second quarter as a couple of G-Men take over the show.

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FanDuel TV Strikes Deal With ONE Championship Martial Arts

“We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

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FanDuel TV and ONE Championship Martial Arts have struck a deal that will see the MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling series air weekly events on the newly launched channel.

“We’re eager to continue expanding the variety of content we’re offering at FanDuel TV to introduce our audience to emerging sports,” said FanDuel Chief Commercial Officer Mike Raffensperger. “We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

ONE Championship is a top-five global sports property for digital viewership and engagement according to Nielsen measurements.

“We are thrilled to join the FanDuel TV lineup and give our passionate U.S. audience yet another way to engage with ONE Championship,” said ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Having a quality partner in FanDuel will help raise the profile of our company in the region and provide their viewers with action-packed martial arts events like they have never seen before.”

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Bob Costas Re-Lives First Announcing Assignment For NBC

“My biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979.”

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Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Costas appeared on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes Thursday to discuss the death of Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. But before the conversation turned to the recently departed pitcher, the show asked Costas about what he has announced that would surprise someone. He reminisced about his first time on the air for NBC.

“My very first assignment for NBC, my biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979,” Costas recounted. “There was a program on NBC then called Sports World. It was an anthology series that was their answer to the gold standard, ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

“So they traveled the globe, like Wide World of Sports did. So they sent me, wearing a red NBC jacket, to Tokyo to cover a sumo wrestling tournament with seven-time world power-lifting champion Larry Pacifico as my color man. Now, this is all the Japanese I learned as we came on the air: ‘Minasan kon’nichwa watashinoamaeha Bob Costas’, which means ‘Hello everyone, my name is Bob Costas’. If ever there was typecasting, when they sat and looked at their roster of announcers and went ‘Who should we send to the sumo wrestling? It’s gotta be Costas, who’s entire body weight would constitute one meal for the sumo wrestling champion.”

Costas departed NBC Sports in 2019 after 40 years with the network, announcing MLB, NBA, and the Olympics, in addition to his work with the network’s sumo wrestling coverage.

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Matt Leinart, Alex Smith Make Wager Over Pac-12 Championship Game

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous. I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.”

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FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart and ESPN analyst Alex Smith have made a friendly wager over the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game.

USC, Leinart’s alma mater, is slated to play Utah, where Smith attended, in the game Friday evening on FOX from Las Vegas.

The two agreed to don the other player’s jersey. “At least it will be 11,” Smith said, noting he and Leinart both wore the number during their playing days.

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous,” Leinart said when presented with the offer. “I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.” Smith jokingly responded by calling USC “Free Agent University”. He added he would overnight Leinart a jersey to ensure he had one if the Utes were victorious.

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