Peyton Manning Calls Out Denver Broncos' Scoreboard Operator

Posted: Oct 24 2014, 7:39am CDT | by , in Latest Sports News


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Peyton Manning Calls Out Denver Broncos Scoreboard Operator
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  • The Denver Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers, 35-21 on Oct. 23.
  • Peyton Manning was not happy with the scoreboard operator.
  • Manning felt the scoreboard operator was "disrespectful."

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning called out the scoreboard operator of Sports Authority Field at Mile High after the team's 35-21 win over the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 23. The operator showed a music video of House of Pain's "Jump Around" which got the crowd into the game. Manning was upset because of a false-start penalty he apparently blamed on the said video.

Apparently, even a scoreboard operator can get on Peyton Manning's nerves.

Manning called out the said operator of Sports Authority Field at Mile High after the Denver Broncos' 35-21 win over the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 23 for playing House of Pain's "Jump Around" which fired up Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib. When the crowd saw Talib on the scoreboard, it made noise which threw Manning off when he was calling plays at the line of scrimmage after the two-minute warning. The Broncos quarterback didn't like it at all, per Yahoo Sports' Frank Schwab:

"At the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter, the Denver Broncos were up 35-21, with the ball.

"The Broncos, stealing the University of Wisconsin's bit, started playing the House of Pain song 'Jump Around' in the stadium. Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, on the sideline, got into it and started dancing. They showed Talib on the big screen, the crowd got even more fired up. It was fairly typical stuff at the end of a big Broncos win.

"And quarterback Peyton Manning was not happy about it.

"Manning wants the crowd to be quiet when the offense has the ball. He likes calling out audibles at the line, and every once in a while he'll theatrically motion for the crowd to quiet down. After the two-minute warning the Broncos got a false-start penalty, although it didn't seem that was due to the crowd noise. He wasn't mad at the fans this time; he was mad at the Broncos scoreboard operator.

"He also referenced a moment in the second half when the Broncos kept showing San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, the No. 1 enemy of Broncos fans, on the big screen repeatedly to led the crowd boo him.

"'I'm not sure what he's doing,' 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 we should be doing that. I don't think we should be showing their quarterback on the sideline. I thought it was disrespectful. Our fans were great, our fans were loud, but the scoreboard operator, it wasn't his best night.'

"Again, there was no laughter after finishing his thought and not a hint of a smile.

"Manning is known for being very serious and very competitive, and will yell at a teammate for a mistake when he feels it's necessary. He apparently believes that standard should be held to everyone in the organization, even the guy showing Talib jumping around on the big screen."

Rivers didn't share Manning's viewpoint about him beeing jeered by the Broncos fans when his face was shown on the scoreboard in an interview with The Denver Post's Mike Klis. Rivers said, "I really don't know how to respond to that 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.'

As for the game itself, new Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders led the charge for his team with three touchdowns, per Klis:

"Sanders finished with nine catches for 120 yards; Thomas eight for 105. Double trouble. Dynamic duo. Something.

"(Ronnie) Hillman rushed for his second consecutive 100-yard game and added another 29 yards receiving off three catches. His more powerful tailback partner, rookie Juwan Thompson, had two touchdown rushes.

"It's not just Seattle that the Broncos needed to show they are a much improved team from the one that went 15-3 last season before getting destroyed in the Super Bowl. The NFC West is supposed to be a rough, tough physical division, yet the Broncos have whipped the Arizona Cardinals, 41-20, and the San Francisco 49ers, 42-17.

"The onslaught against the (San Francisco) 49ers on Sunday night. If the Chargers had thoughts of closing the gap on the Broncos this year, they discovered instead Thursday night the distance between the AFC West Rivals has widened."

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