When did we as a society decide that Cooper Manning was a thing now? Because it seems that the eldest Manning brother is a thing now. It was announced this morning that ESPN was expanding its relationship with Peyton Manning's Omaha Productions to include some new podcasts. One of those involves Cooper Manning. If I were going to pitch it to you in an elevator I would describe it as the Uber of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee of soup. Via Front Office Sports:
Cooper Manning invites players and coaches from across sports to share stories and laughs while enjoying a bowl of his guest’s favorite soup. When the soup is finished, the conversation ends.
Hopefully they will have a very dutiful producer prepared to remove every slurp. Unless that's what they're going for during these 10-minute conversations that will abruptly end when the waiter comes by with the entrée.
He's appeared alongside his brothers in sportsbook ads.
And much more recently he showed up in a new web series for BBQGuys where he goes on a quest to hang out in people's backyards. Colin Cowherd was the first guest. Corns were holed. Laughs were had. Memories made.
With his son, Arch Manning, preparing to chose a college soon, there's no reason to think the Cooper Manning era is doing anything but just beginning. These are dark times indeed.