Posted by Will Brinson
UPDATE: We've got a Season 1 trailer, courtesy of FootballCops.com! Peyton Manning is "Mike Tahoe," Eli's "C.J. Hunter" and there's an Archie cameo as well. And while I'm still not sure if it's an "actual television show," I am laughing pretty hard right now.
Peyton Manning, as our own Mike Freeman noted, has been pretty quiet this offseason, despite starring in the NFL players' antitrust lawsuit against the league.
Perhaps that's simply because he's been hanging out with his brother Eli, filming a series of cop dramas for DirecTV in advance of the upcoming NFL season.
No, seriously. Via Monsters & Critics, here's some sort of behind-the-scenes sort of video that DirecTV's dropped in recent days (including the photo above and the one below).
Now, there are a couple of things to point out about these little chunks of media.
1. Does this mean that DirecTV -- provider of the SUNDAY TICKET package and would-be defender of the fan via a lockout policy -- is planning for a 2011 season? Because if Peyton and Eli are shooting commercials for the upcoming year, it doesn't guarantee football, but it certainly seems like a positive step. Or …
2. Does this mean DirecTV is planning on NO SEASON, and simply banking on a groundbreaking dramatic series from the Manning brothers to fill up the time in which they'd normally be running actual NFL football. And …
3. How amazing are these mustaches, you guys???
The answers to those kind of questions seem to be 1) yes, 2) unlikely, and 3) absolutely amazing.
No amount of commercial shoots are going to lock in the NFL season, of course. But, remember, we're in baby-step mode, and every bit of positive momentum counts, even if it's just a Manning Bros cop drama.
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