It didn't take long for NFL legend Peyton Manning to take a shot at the New England Patriots on Monday. Covering the game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers for ESPN 2 with his brother, Eli Manning, the five-time MVP couldn't help but sneak in a little snarky joke.
Right on the very first drive of the Packers, Manning lauded the team for running the ball immediately. He pointed out that it was exactly what he and his little brother talked about the previous week. He then added that the Packers must've eavesdropped on their conversation before making the punchline on the Patriots.
“I feel like the Packers were listening. Eli, you and I were having a conversation about how they (Packers) should come out and run the ball. I think our conversation was bugged. Kinda like the Patriots used to do back in the day.”
Somewhere out there, Patriots coach Bill Belichick angrily crumpled the newspaper he was reading.
Peyton Manning talking about the Patriots bugging his conversations is gold https://t.co/4VEoV6gmcm
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) September 21, 2021
The 45-year-old Manning wanted to remind everyone about the so-called Spygate controversy in the NFL. Just to jog your memory, the Patriots was sanctioned by the NFL in 2007 for secretly videotaping the signals of the New York Jets defensive unit from an illicit location.
The NFL fined Belichick an eye-popping $500,000 for the incident, the largest fine ever imposed on a coach in league history. The Patriots, which were then led by Manning's rival quarterback Tom Brady, were fined $250,000.
Obviously, Peyton Manning knows history. He also knows comedy.