I fear Eli Manning thinks this is real.
Opinion A Very Manning Family Christmas
Gee, thanks for my Sponge Bob knapsack, Santa!
Okay, kid gift time is over. What did you get me?
(Peyton and Eli pick up a big box from under the tree and place it at their father's feet.)
Wow! It's huge!
I chipped in for the paper and the bow.
Who are you again?
Cooper. Your oldest.
My oldest what? Failure?
Shut up, failure.
(Archie excitedly tears into the package and opens up the top of box. He pulls out a sweater.)
What the? What is this? A fking sweater?
Yeah, dad. We thought it would look good on you. You know, for TV. I got it at the best men's clothier in all of Indianapolis!
Indianapo-? let me tell you little turds something. I don't even like football, okay? I played it for you. I went to college for you. I toiled for years for that piece of crap Saints franchise for you. I learned all about the game for you. So one day I could raise two sons, teach them everything about the game, and they could go on to become the two highest-paid players in the NFL. Why? So they would be super rich and I could get some kickass Christmas gifts.
Umm three sons, dad.
Shut up, Cooper. Your ashamed father is talking.
This happens to Cooper Manning all the time.
Peyton is really going to have to blow it in the playoffs to top this.
"I've been trying my best to be good," said a tearful Manning after the game. "But that loss was very, very bad. And Santa watches to see if you are good. What if Santa doesn't give me what I want for Christmas now? What if I don't get the Ninja Turtles costume I asked for?"
Manning himself put up good numbers, throwing for 289 yards and four touchdowns, but several three-and-outs in the fourth quarter repeatedly gave the ball back to the Eagles.
Eli's mother and father, Olivia and Archie Manning, say they are considering telling their son the truth about Santa to help him get over the disappointment of the loss.
"We're not sure what to do," said Mrs. Manning. "I still want him to believe in the magic of Christmas. He's only 29. And much younger developmentally. But he's just so upset."
Picture Eli Manning's Post-Fumble Face
He also looked like this in his high school graduation photo.
The 90th trimester seems a little late.
November 3, 2010 Column
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Disappointed Eli Manning Informed His Team Didn't Win the World Series
"I didn't want to crush him," said Coughlin, who left his quarterback in tears. "But I just couldn't let him go on thinking he won a championship. I know the Giants name was very confusing for him. He's a simple kid. But I need his focus on the New York Giants. The football Giants."
Those close to the quarterback said he was overjoyed about the Giants' win because he felt it would permanently quiet his critics thanks to having one more title on his career resume than his big brother, Peyton.
Coughlin accepted some of the blame for his quarterback's confusion about Giants.
"When he was a rookie, he was even more naive and scared than he is now, if you can believe it," said the coach. "So I helped him get braver by telling him that the guys on the team were actual giants actual giants who would protect him and keep him safe. That's the only way I got him on the field. Apparently he still thinks all giants are the same."
Picture Eli Manning loves his family.
Also, he remains a huge dork.