Peyton Manning is Not Happy with the Scoreboard Operator

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Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos reacts during the AFC Divisional

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The Denver Broncos may have beat the San Diego Chargers 35-21 Thursday night (Oct. 23), but Peyton Manning still wasn’t happy afterwards. With two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Manning’s attitude elevated more than the Mile High City, itself.

When on offense, Manning likes the crowd quiet at home games, and with his playing style, he likes to call audibles and needs his teammates to be able to hear his play changes. All of this was affected on Thursday night by the person in charge of operating the scoreboard, who didn’t have “his best night.”

Prior to snapping the ball after the two-minute warning, there was music playing and the crowd was getting loud. It also didn’t help that some of the players on the Broncos were dancing on the sideline.

At one point toward the end of the game, the starting quarterback of the losing Chargers, Phillip Rivers, was shown on the scoreboard for the crowd to boo at–Manning didn’t like that either.

After the game Manning said in the press conference:

“I got a problem with our scoreboard operator, I’ve got to have a little talk with him. I’m not sure what he’s doing, he’s playing music and showing players dancing, getting the crowd fired up and we have the ball. I don’t think we should be doing that. And I don’t think we should be showing their quarterback on the sideline. I thought that was kind of disrespectful … our scoreboard operator, it wasn’t his best night.”

While the crowd was fired up making noise, Manning tried to silence the fans. The play resulted in a Broncos penalty, which really irritated the future Hall of Famer.


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