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Eli Manning Plays Ticket Master for Big Brother ; Finding Super Bowl Seats Takes Precedence for Peyton over Local Tips

Newspaper article International New York Times

Eli Manning Plays Ticket Master for Big Brother ; Finding Super Bowl Seats Takes Precedence for Peyton over Local Tips

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Eli Manning offered Peyton Manning some tips on playing at MetLife Stadium, Eli's home field, in the Super Bowl. Peyton said thanks but that he needed tickets.

What do two N.F.L. quarterbacks who happen to be brothers talk about when one of them is playing in the Super Bowl at the other's home stadium?

Home-field tactics? The wind? The turf? Where to park? Which shower head in the locker room has the hottest water?

Don't be silly. They talk tickets. As in, how many can you get me?

Eli Manning told his brother Peyton he would help him in any way needed as Peyton prepared to play in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Feb. 2.

Perhaps Peyton wanted to visit some New York City museums? Or the opera? Certainly, Eli could arrange for a dinner reservation or two.

No, the chief request was tickets.

"He had a number for me," Eli said Thursday of Peyton's ticket request. "And I hit it. Unless he's got a few more surprises, I'm O.K."

So unless Peyton screams "Omaha" and calls an audible demanding 15 more tickets, Eli has done his job.

There is a lot of pressure and anxiety when it comes to the Super Bowl. Some of it even involves the playing of the game. But long before Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks, there is the ticket grab.

"Helping him with the tickets will take some of the stress off him," Eli Manning said in a conference call with reporters. "It takes some of the burden off him."

The Mannings are not first-time contestants in this pregame contest. Eli has played in two Super Bowls. This will be Peyton's third.

In 2012, Eli played in a Super Bowl at what was then Peyton's home stadium in Indianapolis. The brothers have learned that what matters is keeping family and friends happy -- because everyone from your fourth-grade teacher to your favorite barista comes out of the woodwork during the Super Bowl buildup.

Each needs only one ticket. Unless two are available. Or four. …

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