Louis Vasquez and Peyton Manning did not practice Wednesday for “veteran’s day off.”
But Peyton answered questions after. He even had one of his scripted and prepared statements ready to go. When asked about his two touchdown passes in Detroit, Manning launched into a monologue, in which he quoted “Bad News Bears.”
“’Come on guys. Give ‘em the stats. Look on the bright side, right? Two of our runners have almost reached first base, and we did hit 17 foul balls. That’s the spirit!’ Ya know, that’s what we’re doing. Two good throws in there against Detroit, I’ll take it. Hey, I love it. I’m just going to keep trying to hit foul balls and almost reach first base.”
Peyton said he was quoting Coach Buttermaker as he tried encourage the team in the film, when they were playing badly. Really, though, Alfred Ogilve said the line, not Buttermaker.
“Bad News Bears” was released in 1976, when Manning was born.
Despite some offensive trouble, the Broncos are 3-0.
Peyton Manning invoking the "Bad News Bears" when asked about his 2 good throws vs. Lions pic.twitter.com/vKtPo5sXdY
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