Peyton Manning does not approve of your scoreboard shenanigans


Philip Rivers laughed and played along with the joke.

Peyton Manning, however, seemed serious about the scoreboard shenanigans in Denver last night.

During the fourth quarter of the Broncos win, the stadium video board operator flashed shots of Rivers and Manning, causing the crowd to alternate between boos and hosannas. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, this went on for a bit before someone in the organization told them to knock it off.

“I really don’t know how to respond to that,” Rivers said. “Other than if you had told me when I was 10 years old they would show me in front of 75,000 and get booed, and Peyton Manning in the same clip and get cheered, I’d say that’s pretty awesome.”

Manning did not share those feelings.

“I’ve got to have a talk with our scoreboard operator,” Manning said. “He’s playing music and showing players dancing and getting the crowd fired up when we have the ball. I don’t think he should be doing that.

“And I don’t think he should be showing their quarterback on the sideline. I thought that was kind of disrespectful. Our fans are great, our fans are loud, but our scoreboard operator, it wasn’t his best night.”

So get it straight, Mr. Scoreboard Operator. You’re going to have to tighten up your game. Or show more Buick and Papa John’s ads as punishment.

124 responses to “Peyton Manning does not approve of your scoreboard shenanigans

  1. Well, that was classy of Manning throwing some scoreboard operator making $10 an hour under the bus.
    On a related note the same scoreboard operator told the media that Peyton doesn’t have his best night in any big game during his career!
    That’s why Montana (4 Super Bowl wins) and Brady (3 Super Bowl wins) and Bradshaw (4 Super Bowl wins) don’t pad stats during the regular season , they are CLUTCH players

  2. Manning is 100% right on this. Any and all steps should be taken to take full advantage of playing at home. Sometimes it can mean the difference between a playoff berth and a losing season.

    Home field advantage can be a major part of a team’s success. Seattle’s 2013 season and their “12th Man” crowd proved this beyond any reasonable doubt. Don’t get me wrong. Seattle had a great team and deserved to be champions. That being said, keeping the other team at a disadvantage certainly didn’t hurt them.

  3. Peyton — Always been a fan of yours except when you play against Eli. I have to disagree with you on this one, it sounds like it was done in good faith and it did fire up the crowd. You ought to rethink your anger.

  4. Tell your players to stop dancing everytime they make a subpar tackle, practice what you preach egghead. Oh and nice job rehearsing that stupid celebration for that TD pass of yours.

  5. Orange – blooded Broncos fan here. I have followed and loved this team for 25+ years. I’m very appreciative for what Peyton had done for this team, but he is quite curmudgeonly. He’s hard on his players and a bit too serious at all times that aren’t celebrating his feats, I dont care for it. Lighten up, Peyty Pie (Olyvia Manning’s nickname for him).

  6. Lighten up dude after all this is the entertainment business you throw the ball you don’t run the show!

  7. If Manning is upset with the scoreboard operator then so too Elway will be upset and that spells doom for this individual.there will be a new operator on the board come next week. what was he thinking.

  8. If that scoreboard operator doesn’t watch out they will make him eat a papa John’s pizza as punishment!!!!!

  9. Well, we’ve pretty much changed the rules to make it easier for you to put up gaudy regular season stats, but it’s the scoreboard operator holding you back? I guess we need a rule for that, too. What an ego.

  10. This is a management issue not an issue for a football player. Manning should only speak to his coach and then let management handle it. Unless of course Manning is the management.

  11. I was wondering why Manning seemed angry–but it makes sense.
    But those Nationwide ads are irritating.
    “Chicken Parm, you taste so good” is pretty creepy.
    I always wondered what would happen if a scoreboard operator went nuts.

  12. Maybe Peyton should lobby to bronco’s ownership to have the scoreboard op’s benefits cut. It’s what he and Papa john would do.

    Peyton manning: future commissioner of the No Fun League.

  13. at first I laughed and thought that was this was funny, but the more I think about it kind of petty and classless.she really feels that way and its obvious he does that was probably a conversation better had behind closed doors.

  14. I was disappointed when I found out the game of keep away with the TD record breaking ball was pretty much planned by Peyton.

  15. Really? How much does Peyton Manning want to get hung up on EVERY little thing?? You’re beating up on the opponent, you’ve got everything going in your favor, lighten up a teeny tiny little bit….Sheesh, guy…..

  16. Oh well. It is what it is. Peyton just being Peyton and we can’t change that.
    Who am I to judge? I’ll let others do that.

  17. Well Bronco’s you wanna play that ship? Alright… I can’t wait for Peyton’s playoff meltdowns and I hope its a blowout and they show put one of those sad face emoticons over Peytons face while he sits on the sidelines.

  18. We the fans already get punished enough with the Microsoft Surface tablet ad (and Phil Simms).

  19. Score-board guy you’ve got to go.


  20. I agree with Manning. The offense wants it relatively quiet. That’s one of the benefits of being home – no crowd noise interfering with offensive communications in the huddle or at the line. Getting the crowd fired up while you have the ball defeats that advantage of being home, and it’s not an insignificant one.

    As for the Rivers thing, that’s harmless. Disrespectful maybe, but that’s just some fun crowd participation stuff.

  21. Typical Bronco fans, don’t know when to get loud and when to keep quiet. Take notes denver, you could learn a lot from the 12th man.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans. #choochoohawksdynastytrain
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering

  22. I can understand the part about firing up the crowd when they should be quiet for the offense, but why does he care that they showed Phillip Rivers? Was he saying it’s disrespectful to the Broncos to show the other QB or disrespectful to Rivers?

  23. Classic case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Had Peyton said he thought it was funny, he’d be a narcissistic jerk. He takes the classy road and says he didn’t agree with it and now he’s a control freak.

    Fact is. Fans will always find something to complain about but in this case, Peyton is all class. This coming from a Ravens fan who hates the guy that always whoops us but respects what he is to the sport.

  24. I’m assuming it is the fact that he’s insecure about the size of his head, and it can’t even fit on a 220′ x 40′ screen. Sad, really. I like Pey Pey though.

  25. For those of you complaining about his words get real. He is where he is because he stresses over every singlet detail in association with his job. Why he will end up being the best ever

  26. ceejayb says:
    Oct 24, 2014 9:07 AM
    Classic case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Had Peyton said he thought it was funny, he’d be a narcissistic jerk. He takes the classy road and says he didn’t agree with it and now he’s a control freak.

    Fact is. Fans will always find something to complain about but in this case, Peyton is all class. This coming from a Ravens fan who hates the guy that always whoops us but respects what he is to the sport.

    The fans do think he’s a narcissistic jerk, and the scoreboard operator comment cements that, it does not refute it.

    The only people who want to spin this is a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” moment are Manning’s PR staff and his sponsors who desperately need him to be a likable guy and if you say otherwise they will sue you.

  27. What a diva. On another temper tantrum. Sorry Payton but you don’t own the franchise or the stadium. Perhaps you might want to win something this decade before you start ordering people around to paint you in a good light. It’s too late for that.

  28. The whole Manning family is overrated. Let start with Eli refusing to play for the Chargers when he was drafted.
    Now look at the 2014 schedule, so far the tough games such as SF and Arizona the Broncos have been able to play at home.
    The two toughest divisional rivals in KC and SD they have had the pleasure to play them at home, please don’t tell me that so far the schedule hasn’t favored them.
    Mannings and Broncos…looked on favorably since day one.

  29. If anybody should have a problem with it, it’s Rivers. But the class act Rivers is, win or lose he loves to play ball and he’s having fun doing.

    Rivers has fun in Denver, he has fun with those fans. Peyton should embrace those moments the way Rivers does.

    It’s one thing I’ll say that I love about Rivers, he plays like a kid on the playground wearing his emotions on his sleeve.

  30. I don’t like Phillip Rivers but at least he has a sense of humor. I can’t say the same for Peyton Manning though. Calling out the scoreboard operator really? Can’t management take care of that?

  31. Was he saying it’s disrespectful to the Broncos to show the other QB or disrespectful to Rivers?
    I think it’s pretty clear he was saying it was disrespectful to Rivers.

    Peyton is my all-time favorite player in any sport, but he was wrong to call out the scoreboard operator.

    That having been said, I don’t think it revealed his “true character.”

  32. Congratulations, Peyton. Now you just told Bill Bellicheck how he can get under your skin. More specifically, Bill Bellicheck will now tell the New England scoreboad operator what to do when you have the ball.

  33. Listen to the quote everyone: “He’s playing music and showing players dancing and getting the crowd fired up when we have the ball”. It is not advantageous to make noise when your team has the ball on offense. That can disrupt the offensive line and QB. If Denver had 3 false starts allowing the Charges to make a comeback then no one is defending the scoreboard operator. It’s not about Peyton being too serious–its about a scoreboard operator who should know the situation. Do that crap when the other team is on offense.

  34. I’m sure this issue could have been handled internally. It’s not like he needs to convince the press or the public that it was unnecessary. But he’s “trying to be a good teammate”, as usual.

  35. I was a bit amused to see Peyton so annoyed while trying to get the crowd quieted down. Still, you’d think the scoreboard operater would know better than to rouse the fans while the home team is at the line of scrimmage.

  36. Calm down, Peyton. The NFL is doing its best to get you to the Super Bowl. No need to fuss at the scoreboard operator. The league changed the rules for you and the refs last night were more than happy to keep the Chargers well out of the game. You’ll get there, dude.

  37. Peyton will be next featured in the sequel to Grand Torino yelling out, “Get off my scoreboard!”.

  38. What he said is perfectly reasonable.

    Loud crowd noise is for defense. On offense, let the team be able to hear each other.

  39. If this had happened in Indy us Colt fans would get over it quickly and not make snide comments about this. He’s right, don’t do it on offense, do it when the Chargers have the ball. But also can’t blame the Denver fans for not liking this. Do we need to remind what Rivers was doing when Cutler was in town? I remember a game where Cutler was getting sacked and Rivers was yelling at him on the field. I’d boo the hell out of him too. But let it go Broncos fans. You got the best Regular Season QB in the history of the NFL, be thankful. Us fans in Indy appreciated him and if he doesn’t want the scoreboard operator doing that then he shouldn’t be doing that. He’s the reason why you guys are where you’re at now. Come next year after he retires you’ll be missing him.

  40. I’m surprised at the criticism of Manning. He thought it was disrespectful, which it may have been (I personally think it’s kind of funny). Manning is serious as a heart attack on the field, and obviously doesn’t like crowd noise and what not when they are on offense. He’s a classy guy, and he’s just being who he is. He’s hard on his guys, but fair. He shows modesty in interviews and even during last week’s record setting night.

    –Eagles fan

  41. If anything his comments were a sign of respect to the Chargers. Peyton even said that he thought it was a little disrespectful towards Rivers. Did he take a little too seriously? Yes but give me a break with all the “old man and he is a jerk” Players around the league and on his team talk about how much of a sense of humor he has and that he keeps the locker room in good spirits.

  42. This is typical these days…
    a guy tries to show some class and he is criticized. I say – what a man(ning)!

    He also was trying to throw a hint at the guy NOT to make it loud in the stadium when you own team is on offense. Most good fans know that, so he’s making the score guy aware too. That simple!

  43. Pat fans and scoreboard operator will crank the volume up high when the Broncs come to Foxboro. They are due for a beatdown. I just wish Brady got to cherry-pick his players like Manning does. He’s been a spoiled baby his entire life.

  44. Oh for the love of God Peyton, lighten up…. You’re the best damn quarterback in the game… you had the game won. And frankly it was BORING at the end. Maybe the scoreboard operator was just doing something to try and keep the fans from leaving early??

  45. Pathetic. This guy acts like an A** 90% of the time. 10% is the golden boy, funny man persona the NFL and the rest of the media projects to everyone. He can’t win an important game to save his life. Carried through the playoffs during his super bowl run, 3 TD’s, 7 INT’s in 2006 playoffs. Joke. Played in a dome for most of his career and completely SURROUNDED by weapons and couldn’t do a damn thing.

    Every single advantage the NFL can give to him they will, including the scoreboard.

  46. Peyton is a prankster. That’s a common fact. And yet he’s giving the business to the scoreboard operator for some stupid videos of Phillip Rivers? Who cares? What would je do if this was Dallas at the start of the season and your stadium was filled with 49er fans? Would he have a talk with each and every fan to not boo you because its his stadium?

  47. DaveKShape says:
    Oct 24, 2014 8:26 AM

    Love the Rivers quote. I like it when players take a step back and have a little fun, which is what all of this is ultimately about.

    Honestly, there were times last night that Rivers looked like a freak on the sidelines. Manic Depressive. First he would be sooo serious and then so animated it looked like he could blow at any minute.

  48. So, Peyton saying taunting Rivers on the jumbo screen is disrespectful and that the scoreboard operator shouldn’t be trying to get the fans to make noise when the Broncos are on offense shows Peytons true character? Yeah, it shows he wants to win and obsesses over details to do so.
    Some of you are morons.

  49. He looked so ridiculous after the 2 minute warning. He was freaking out. They were up 14. It was second down. The chargers had no timeouts. That game was over. And he decided that was a good time to have a meltdown on national TV. He’s a weird dude.

  50. If this was any other QB, espn would be raking the poor guy over the coals. It’s “Mr, Perfect, so the sports media won’t mention this again!

  51. Maybe Peyton would play better in SBs if he didn’t let these insignificant things get to him. The scoreboard operator? Is he serious?

  52. The stupid in this thread is strong with this one. You don’t fire up the crowd when your team is on offense. It doesn’t give them a “boost.” In fact, crowd noise does the opposite, it creates slower reaction time as players like to combine hearing and seeing with the timing of the snap. Come on noob NFL fans learn a thing or two. And have some class!

  53. You the fans, the media, the city of Denver, and the Broncos org have been on your hands and knees bowing to Peyton Manning for all these years, and you’re surprised he’s barking out orders to everyone on planet Earth? you reap what you sow …

  54. I think it’s hilarious seeing all the Peyton haters. so bias. 1 of the greatest QB’s (if not the greatest) of all time. A lot of you talk about superbowls won to try and discredit him. Well this a TEAM sport, not a 1 man-show. Individually, there hasn’t ever been a better QB, indicated by the amount of MVP’s he has, and all the records he has……Keep on hating, Peyton will keep on dominating

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