Is asking Manning about fatherhood out of bounds?

August 29, 2011
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So when is some reporter who has a little less respect for the holy ground that Peyton Manning walks on going to ask him the obvious question?

No, I’m not talking about his aching neck. Nor am I talking about someone whispering in Peyton’s ear in the locker room, “Just between you and me.”

I’m wondering when one of the national broadcast media members is going to ask Manning as the cameras roll and a national audience watches, “So how is fatherhood treating you?” or “How does it feel to be a dad?”

The news is out there than Manning and his wife became parents to twins this off-season. So when is someone going to have the gumption—or the order from a network executive in an ivory tower—to pull the trigger and ask the question?

Manning certainly has a preference for spilling his guts to the national media rather than the hometown beat writers. Besides, the national networks aren’t constrained by Hoosiers’ sense of politeness or correctness.

I was almost stunned that CBS Sports’ Sam Ryan didn’t pop the papa question during Friday’s preseason game in Lucas Oil Stadium. Manning was unusually chipper during the interview and seemed primed to answer a probing question.

Maybe Manning has more power than I think. Maybe he has warned the networks that any questions about his family is strictly out of bounds and will be flagged with a no-more-interviews-ever penalty.

The question really isn’t that probing. Most people love to talk about their children. Good grief, Beyonce was rubbing her baby belly Sunday night during the MTV Video Music Awards, proudly proclaiming to the live audience and throngs watching on television that she and her hubby are expecting.

How many athletes and celebrities have discussed their children and their role as parents? Fans eat that stuff up, and it only serves to endear them—and in the case of athletes, their teams—more to the adoring masses.

So when’s it going to happen? A press conference probably would feel a bit too much like an ambush. It’d be too easy for Manning to blow off the question if it is asked in the corner of the locker room. But on the sideline during a preseason game or maybe during a blowout or right after a victory in the regular season, that seems like the perfect time.

You have to figure the question is going to be asked. Despite Manning’s pleas for privacy, the question is begging to be asked.

And as intense as Manning’s desire for privacy is, the networks’ desire for ratings is even greater.              

  • Who really cares

    Normally I think you're on the mark and more insightful than what I hear elsewhere from the media. But really, who cares what Peyton thinks about being a Dad? All I care about is whether he's going to play.

    All these contrived efforts to present the "personal" side of athletes -- as especially highlighted through their charitable activities (great IBJ story about this a couple of weeks back) -- take time away from other, more important sports stories.

    Which you normally ferret out first.
  • Leave him and his family alone!!!!
    If the press would concentrate only on what a "celebrity" does or thinks the talent that made them a celebrity in thr first place (whether a sports figure, movie star, or Princess of Wales) the world would be a much happier place. We have no rights whatsoever to pursue information about their private lives unless they are forthcoming on their own about it. I'm so sick of the media.
  • Rearlly?
    FYI. The media already has asked him. I read an article in the Star during the lockout and He said he was really enjoying fatherhood and all of the diapers etc. Guess you missed it. Maybe you should get your story straight
  • out of bounds
    The dog must have eaten your homework and you had to hustle to get an article ready. In this crazy world, what normal person wouldn't want to keep their children out of the press as much as possible. You tolk a cheap shot with this one.
  • Grammar
    Do you proof your writing? The role of a parent would be the correct word.
  • Hey Hoosier
    Spoken like a true Hoosier, Tom. Anyone with a lick of sense would think it was strange if Manning didn't acknowledge his own children in public or otherwise. Just makes people think there's a scandal. Strange. And anyone outside of Indiana, would think the question begs to be asked. So it will probably take someone from outside of Indiana to ask the (obvious) question.
  • I never saw it in the Star
    I never saw Peyton Manning say word 1 about his kids in any media outlet, and I read the Star cover-to-cover. What's the big secret anyway? Archie never hid Peyton, Eli and Cooper and they turned out OK as near as I can tell. Peyton's kids can't hide who they are forever.
  • Here is the Article
    You obviously do not read it as well as you say....
  • Article
    The article is over thirty days so it doesnt show with that link but it was written by Mike Chappel on April 29, 2011..Title "NFL says players can return" can search in archives
  • So, why don't YOU ask him?
    The post spends half the time bemoaning that no one will ask the sacred question, when in fact, the answer is in front of the author: why doesn't HE ask him the question? Never mind the fact that he painted himself out with his scenarios and leaving him only one option, but what a whiny brat this guy is.
  • photos
    So when can we expect to see photos? Seriously, let's not act like Peyton is into full disclosure about anything, when in fact, he isn't. It's ok, if Peyton wants to guard his private life. But let's not all sit here and act like he's not the master of the covert.
  • Get a grip
    Articles like this are why reporters/ journalists are held in such low regard. You're actually whining that sports reporters are not obsessing over babies? Think about that for a little bit. Usually people complain about softball questions like "how's it feel to be a dad" where you know you'll get the predictable response "it's great. not getting a lot of sleep." Now, you're complaining about not hearing more softball questions. I could see you being concerned if he was avoiding talking about his progress in recovering from his injury. That would be relevant.
  • None of your business
    Must be a slow news day. Why do we need to know how he is doing with fatherhood? It is none of our business. We need to do a better job of not caring about "celebrities" outside of their professional business.
    • Photos? Thats ridiculous
      Anyone that actually knows Peyton and Ashley understands that they are very down to earth and do not want their kids to end up like the Kardashians...celebrities that blow money because their dad was successful. I admire them for trying to teach their kids true values and not flaunt them all over the media

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