I had the NFL Network’s Denver-San Diego postgame coverage on last night for background noise as I was putting the finishing touches on a homemade sausage, onion and red pepper pizza (because I’m a Renaissance man!).
Peyton Manning was at the podium answering questions, when the press corps suddenly erupted with laughter. I find Peyton charming – he was terrific on Saturday Night Live – so I put down my homemade, hand tossed dough (again, is there anything this kid CAN’T do?!) and hit the rewind button to see what was so funny.
Peyton was being asked about an examination on his surgically repaired neck that’s scheduled for this March. A bad exam might force him into retirement. Manning brushed it off, saying there were more important things to think about in the near future, like getting ready to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday.
When pressed about it, Peyton said, “What’s weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth after this win.” He paused for a moment, cracking a bit of a grin while riding out the laughter of the reporters. He then added, “That’s priority number one..that was an intense game.”
As a beer geek, many thoughts crowded my mind when I heard this statement, in the following order:
- That was a terrific, honest response. Many folks long for a beer after a particularly intense day at work, so why shouldn’t a million-dollar athlete with a laser, rocket arm? PEYTON EVERYMANning!
- I’m disappointed that Peyton doesn’t have better taste in beer. After all, he’s been in Denver for nearly two years – how can you live in the craft beer haven of Colorado and not be won over by the local brews? He should be longing for a Dale’s Pale Ale, not a Bud Light.
- I wonder if Peyton mentioned Bud Light because they’re an official NFL sponsor and even have a cruise ship booked in NYC for the Super Bowl – the “Bud Light Hotel.” It might seem calculated, but the seasoned pitchman certainly know his way around sponsorship deals. Maybe he secretly loves Great Divide Espresso Yeti, but is keeping it on the DL to appease his corporate overlords. The bass line for Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” was snaking through my head as I thought this.
- I really think too much about beer.
Taken at face value, it seems that Peyton needs a craft beer intervention. I know it’s smacks of beer snobbery, but the quarterback of the Denver Broncos can’t drink Bud Light. He simply can’t.
I’d be okay with Coors Banquet or even a (gulp) a Blue Moon – something local at least. But a Bud Light? C’mon man!
I guess there’s always the possibility that he drinks local when it comes to whiskey – maybe there’s a bottle of Stranahans in his liquor cabinet that he pulls out to nurse the bumps and bruises that come with a bad day at the office. But given his self-professed preference for Bud Light, it’s more likely a bottle of Jack.
Whatever goes best with Papa John pizza.
— Bud Light (@budlight) January 13, 2014