Peyton Manning Turns the Tables on Trey Wingo During ESPN Interview

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 31, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 11:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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I have nothing against ESPN's Trey Wingo.

I actually think he's a pretty cool dude.

But Tuesday's interview with Peyton Manning was downright embarrassing.

What did we learn from Wingo's interview with Manning on Tuesday? Hmmm, let's see. Well, we learned Manning is indeed still in rehab, he doesn't want to talk about Eli's legacy possibly surpassing his own, he doesn't want to give a Super Bowl prediction, he doesn't know how many years he has left in him, he has a great relationship with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and, oh yeah, he has some suggestions as to where Wingo can go for dinner in Indy.

All together now: "Wha?!"

I understand it's a bonus to get an interview with Manning, and it will undoubtedly boost your TV ratings, but what is the point of an interview if Manning doesn't want to talk about anything? I mean, he started asking Wingo questions at the end of the interview.

When asked about Eli possibly getting a second Super Bowl and comparisons arising between the two brothers, Manning said he'd rather "enjoy the journey, not the destination." How cliche can you get?

He said it was too "early in the week for a prediction." When Wingo pressed him every so slightly, he said he'd tell him when they got together later in the week. Thanks, Peyton.

Even when Wingo asked him about Eli going up against Tom Brady, Manning said there was "nothing unique or special about it." That's when I started laughing.

In fact, Manning may have talked more about his sponsor, Gatorade, than anything else (note: there was a full line of Gatorade displayed strategically behind Manning). You know, he talked about putting the "right things in your body" and nutrition and how Gatorade is just so amazing.

There was a storm of Peyton Manning rumors headed into that interview: Where will he play? Will he be healthy enough to play? Has his relationship with Irsay hit the skids?

Wingo asked these for the most part, but he failed to ask those critical follow-up questions. You know, the ones that actually can start getting people to talk.

It was a bland and boring interview, with no substance (except the Gatorade behind Manning), and the only thing you were left wondering at the end was, will Manning even tell Wingo which restaurants to go to in Indianapolis?



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