Eli Manning

Eli Manning Would Prefer Not to Quarterback the New York J…


Eli Manning saw Taylor Swift cheering on Travis Kelce during last week’s Kansas City Chiefs-Chicago Bears game. He has watched the commercials featuring Travis and Jason Kelce and occasionally their mom, Donna Kelce. He has heard the Kelce brothers’ popular podcast, New Heights. He is happy to see another pair of NFL brothers give him and Peyton Manning a run for their money as the league’s most popular siblings.

Well, to an extent.

“I think the Kelce brothers are doing a great job,” Eli told The Messenger’s The Beat this week. “I listen to their podcast and it’s a lot of fun. Both of them kind of ham-and-egg each other and go after each other and have different personalities. Both of them are funny. I hope both of them keep playing for a lot longer because I think when they’re both done and retired, they might steal Peyton and I’s job so I hope they keep playing for a while.”

Eli, who is 42 and retired from the New York Giants three years ago, has seamlessly transitioned into a post-football life. He watches the NFL and college football every weekend with his family and works Monday Night Football 10 times per year with his brother, Peyton, on their popular ManningCast show on ESPN2. He says he has never once thought about playing again. Not even when he was on the air watching Aaron Rodgers go down for the season at MetLife Stadium — just a short drive from Manning’s home in New Jersey — creating a giant hole at quarterback for the New York Jets.

Eli, who is younger than Tom Brady was when he won his last Super Bowl, and just a couple of years older than Rodgers, never contemplated coming back for one more Super Bowl run in New York?

“No, not at all,” he said. “I’ve been happy being retired. No one is trying to hit me. I wake up out of bed every Monday and I’m not sore. I’m not trying to fix what hurts. I don’t have to deal with the media analyzing the games. I’m happy being right here on my couch, calling games on Monday nights. I’m good with what I’m doing.”  

One of the highlights of the ManningCast is watching Eli and Peyton needling each other during the game, with Eli taking particular pleasure in teasing Peyton about the way he eats.

The food element of the show has resulted in a partnership with King’s Hawaiian and a “Slider Sunday” ad campaign this football season featuring both Eli and Peyton.

“There’s no chewing or biting when Peyton is eating, it’s just straight swallowing,” Eli said. “I think I counted one time and his record is seven sliders in one minute with zero chewing going on. It’s like one whole slider is in his mouth and he’s going for the next one. He’s mixing things and there’s different combinations involved … It’s scary, impressive and frightening all at the same time.”

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Yeah, Eli Manning can’t believe we asked him that question, either.Ira L. Black – Corbis/Getty Images

Eli and Peyton began doing the ManningCast two years ago, with Peyton working out of a warehouse near his home in Denver while Eli does it from his home in New Jersey

“It’s been awesome, it’s been so much fun,” Eli said. “I don’t get to see my brother all that often. He’s in Denver and I’m in New Jersey so this keeps us close. I get to see him on the screen but we talk a bunch during the week when we have the games and, in our preparation, and talking about different ideas and what we see from watching film and who we’re going to talk to and those conversations. It has been fun to work with him. We both have been around each other for years so we can set each other up for different stories and different analysis on the game and our insights into what’s going on. I look forward to every week when we get to do one.”

Peyton founded Omaha Productions, which produces the ManningCast, as well as Peyton’s Places and Eli’s Places and other documentary and interview series. It has enabled the brothers to collaborate on projects outside of football and work with other athletes and celebrities.    

“Omaha is Peyton’s production company but I’ve been working with them since the beginning of it and have helped produce some of the other shows,” Eli said. “It’s been fun to have some insights and suggest things and not to just do what someone else wants to do. To know they’re going to use it the right way and have final say on some of the projects and other things we have going on. It’s been fun to get those creative juices going and come up with some fun ideas.”

The NFL spoke to the Manning brothers last year and worked with Omaha Productions in changing the annual Pro Bowl from a tackle football game into the reimagined Pro Bowl Games, which is now a flag football game and skills competitions. Eli and Peyton coached the NFC and AFC teams last year in Las Vegas and will return again this year when the event moves to Orlando. Eli and Peyton combined to play in 19 Pro Bowls in Hawaii, which is where the game was held from 1980-2015. Construction on a new Aloha Stadium in Honolulu is expected to begin next year and be completed by 2028. Could Eli see the Pro Bowl once again being held in its former home of Hawaii?

“I don’t know but it was great having the Pro Bowl in Hawaii,” Eli said. “It was a reward and a vacation for the players that got voted in. It was a great opportunity to go there and play in a game and have your family there and invite everybody to come out that helped you along the way to get to the NFL and earn a Pro Bowl. It was nice to thank them by bringing them along for this great time together in Hawaii. It will be in Orlando this year so it could still be fun for families. The game had turned to a point where it wasn’t super competitive. No one wanted to get hurt. No one wanted to tackle so we made it flag football and (a skills competition). Guys were more competitive and I think it was a good adjustment.”       

As much as Eli loves football and working with his brother on the ManningCast and different projects, his focus these days is on raising his four children, Ava, Lucy, Caroline and Charlie, with his wife, Abby.

“We’ve tried to get them involved in a lot of activities and sports outside of school,” Eli said. “They’re busy and hopefully they can find something they’re truly passionate about. That’s how we were raised growing up. My dad thought you learned so many life lessons through sports and teamwork and dedication and commitment and dealing with loss and dealing with success and handling them both the same way. We have tried to put our kids in a lot of those situations where they learn about those things. It has been a lot of fun watching them on their journey.”

Manning laughs about being a “girl dad” and having three daughters before Charlie was born four years ago. After growing up in a household with two brothers, Manning has had to learn everything from brushing hair to picking out outfits for his daughters.   

“I’ve learned girls take more time getting ready,” Eli said. “With the boy, it’s, ‘Here’s your gym shorts and here’s a T-shirt and maybe wear socks and if not, don’t worry about it.’ Put on your shoes and we’re out the door. We don’t have to brush our hair. With the girls, it takes a little more time with their hair. You have to learn how to do a ponytail or do a bun. So, I know how to do those things. I’ve mastered them. I’m really good at it. I can’t do the braids yet. That’s above my pay grade but I love learning about their personalities and what they’re into and supporting them in finding their passion.”

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New International Poster for “The Marvels” Has Been Releas…


A brand new international poster for The Marvels has been released. This film will be hitting theaters on November 10.

What’s Happening:

  • Captain Marvel added on X (formerly known as Twitter) a brand new international poster for The Marvels.
  • You can see The Marvels in theaters starting November 10.
  • Check out the trailer below.

The Marvels Synopsis:

  • Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence.
  • But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe.
  • When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau.


  • Brie Larson
  • Teyonah Parris
  • Iman Vellani
  • Zawe Ashton
  • Gary Lewis
  • Seo-Jun Park
  • Zenobia Shroff
  • Mohan Kapur
  • Saagar Shaikh
  • Samuel L. Jackson

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As a huge Disney fan Tricia enjoys having Walt Disney World basically in her backyard. When she’s not at the theme parks she is either playing drums or with her dog Yoda. She is a lifelong Star Wars fan and has ridden Star Tours over 270 times.

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NSYNC Releases New Song: Listen to ‘Better Place’


The time has come.

‘N Sync just released its first new song in over 20 years with “Better Place,” which is part of the upcoming “Trolls Band Together” movie. Anxious fans first got a sneak peek at the song in the new movie trailer, released at midnight on Sept. 14.

But on Sept. 28, the full song dropped and it’s just as catchy as people would expect.

“Better Place” kicks off with Justin Timberlake singing the first verse, followed by JC Chasez bringing in his smooth vocals to the upbeat track.

News of their new song came just one day after the iconic boy band, which consists of Timberlake, Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, reunited at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, shocking fans (including Taylor Swift).

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(L-R) Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez and Chris Kirkpatrick of NSYNC speak onstage during the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on September 12, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey.Noam Galai / Getty Images

“Are you doing something? What’s gonna happen now?” Swift asked the group on stage after they presented her with the award for best pop video. “They’re gonna do something and I need to know what it is!” And now we all know.

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Taylor Swift accepts the Best Pop award for “Anti-Hero” onstage during the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on September 12, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey. Kevin Mazur / Getty Images

Ahead of the song’s release, Timberlake posted a behind-the-scenes video on Instagram showing the group coming together in the recording studio for the song.

“If we do this song, it’s a love letter to our fans. I would be honored to have the group on this song,” he said in the video.

“Who’s ready for a reunion?!” one of the group members is heard saying.

When is ‘N Sync’s new song “Better Place” being released?

Timberlake has been the voice of Branch in the “Trolls” franchise, which began with the 2016 “Trolls” movie and various spin-offs since. “Trolls Band Together” will be the third feature film in the franchise and will be released in theaters Nov. 17, 2023.

But no need to wait that long to hear “Better Place” in full. The song is now available.

Universal tells TODAY.com that while the ‘N Sync song “I Want You Back” is heard in the trailer and will be on the soundtrack, Timberlake re-recorded it for the film with some other movie characters, voiced by Eric Andre and Daveed Diggs.

Is ‘N Sync releasing any other music for “Trolls”?

Universal tells TODAY.com that ‘N Sync has only recorded “Better Place” for the film.

Clues ‘N Sync was going to release a new song

Fans have had sufficient reason to think something was in the works with ‘N Sync. Bass talked to Billboard in February, saying, “I do think the world needs something again from ‘N Sync.”

More recently, fans began suspecting “Trolls Band Together” may include an ‘N Sync song after advertisements began appearing for the movie around Los Angeles in late-August, and they included the band’s logo.

Additional clues that some ‘N Sync news was about to be made were found in the movie’s plot being about a boy band called “Brozone.”

In the original trailer, the “Trolls” boy band makes several nods to boy bands throughout the decades.

Floyd, voiced by Troye Sivan says at one point in the trailer, “Branch, we’re out of sync. We’ve gone from boys to men, and now there’s only one direction for us to go: to the back streets.”

Then, on Sept. 13 before the new trailer was released, Timberlake shared a TikTok video seemingly recorded while they were at the VMAs.

In the video, the band stands together and lip syncs as audio from a 1999 “Friends” episode where Rachel and Joey want to but initially can’t tell each other about a secret: that Monica and Chandler are dating.

“Do you know something?” Joey asks.

“Do you know something?” Rachel responds.

The two go back and forth until the end of the clip, which the boy band pantomimes.

CORRECTION (Sept. 14, 8:14 a.m. ET): A previous version of this article stated in the headline ‘N Sync’s new song is “Better Together.” It is “Better Place.” The article has been updated.

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The Best Pieces to Shop from H&M’s Film Noir-Inspired Stud…


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After the fashion world went wild for Wednesday Addams, H&M is keeping gothic-chic alive in its fall/winter 2023 Studio collection.

Out today, the Stockholm-based label’s almost-all-monochrome line ($25-$499) was inspired by film noir, as seen in the very Mildred Pierce– and Big Sleep-esque tailored suiting, ivory silk wrap dresses, lingerie-inspired tops, oversized bow blouses and a raindrop-print pleated maxi dress that nods to moody late-1940s movie scenes. Keeping with the sophisticated gloom, there are also off-the-shoulder jersey dresses and a very Wednesday-esque A-line mini dress with an exaggerated white collar.

For those still living in the House of Chrome, rhinestone-embellished pieces include a cami, low-rise jeans with a matching bold-shouldered jacket and silver statement jewelry are perfect for channeling Beyoncé’s Virgo season-era Renaissance World Tour. It’s not all black and white: pops of teal and lavender are seen in wool blend sweaters and sheer blouses in ruched and bow silhouettes.

H&M Studio Fall/Winter 2023 Collection


Rounding out the range are luxe leather accessories, such as over-the-knee black leather sock boots, a padded buttery leather black clutch and black opera gloves. The collection marks the 10th anniversary of H&M’s elevated Studio line, which is made mostly of recycled polyester and renewable wood fiber-derived Tencel.

“This season the design team was inspired by horror-movie heroines whose style always stays sophisticated, no matter how spooky the circumstances,” explains H&M Studio concept designer Linda Wikell. “We wanted to channel that pulled-together look with pieces that confer polish but are practical enough to transition effortlessly between situations and seasons.”

H&M Studio Fall/Winter 2023 Collection


The Old Hollywood-inspired range has already been spotted on stars including Elle Fanning, Kate Mara, Amandla Stenberg and Barbie Ferreira model (who all wore pieces from the line at H&M’s guest suite during the first night of Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour in LA) and model Irina Shayk (who sported it at Paris Fashion Week).

Below, see some of our favorite pieces from H&M’s fall/winter ’23 Studio collection, and shop everything in stores and online at hm.com.

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H&M Studio Ruffled Tulle Top

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H&M Studio Rhinestone-Embellished Stone Ring

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H&M Studio Sheer Silk Bow Blouse

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H&M Studio Rhinestone-Embellished Off-the-Shoulder Dress

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H&M Studio Wool-Blend Tie-Belt Coat

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H&M Studio Silk Wrap Dress

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H&M Studio Leather Sock Boots

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Jets superfan ‘Fireman Ed’ Anzalone joins crew wanting Zac…


Zach Wilson’s tribulations since taking over for Aaron Rodgers is already wearing Jets fans thin, and many have spoken up believing it’s time for the franchise to move on from the second overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. 

Add Jets superfan “Fireman Ed” Anzalone to the group. 

Anzalone told Fox News Digital over the phone this week that he was driving home with his wife from the Jets’ 15-10 loss to the New England Patriots trying to collect his thoughts. 


Fireman Ed Anzalone starts Jets fans chant

New York Jets fan, firefighter Ed Anzalone, leads cheers during the Green Bay Packers game at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 23, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Al Pereira/Getty Images)

“I always wait about an hour after the game because your emotions are very high,” Anzalone said. 

After going through those thoughts, Anzalone, the former FDNY firefighter who has become an icon for Jets fandom, posted to his Instagram a video pleading with the Jets to release or trade Wilson. 

One day later, he reiterated that point to Fox News Digital. 

“Joe Douglas and coach [Robert] Saleh, you’s did everything you could,” he explained. “It’s time to move on. You owe it to the locker room to move on. You go with Tim Boyle as the backup and you go sign a veteran.”


“[Wilson] is done. It’s the third year, and there’s nothing.”

Anzalone isn’t the only diehard Jets fan who wants Wilson out. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath was vocal during the game on social media and spoke to ESPN’s “The Michael Kay Show” on Monday to echo what Anzalone said. 

It’s time to move on. 

Zach Wilson throws

Zach Wilson of the New York Jets in action against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 24, 2023. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

“Send him to Kansas City to back up against somebody like [Patrick] Mahomes and maybe learn something. I wouldn’t keep him,” Namath said. “I’ve seen enough of Zach Wilson, alright? I’ve seen enough. Has quick feet, can throw a little bit, but I don’t believe what’s going on up there.”

Anzalone mentioned in his video that the Jets’ defense gave the offense numerous opportunities in the second half to make a push and get back into the game. After all, the score was only 10-3 at halftime. 

Wilson was able to orchestrate a successful touchdown drive that went 87 yards in 13 plays, moving the Patriots’ lead to 13-10 at the time. But the next drive ended with a safety after Wilson was sacked in the end zone. 

Then, the boo birds came flying out of the MetLife Stadium stands when the Jets got the ball at their own 45-yard line with two timeouts and ample time to go win the game with a touchdown. But Wilson threw three incompletions before checking down to Tyler Conklin on fourth-and-10 for a two-yard gain, leading to a turnover on downs. 

Fireman Ed Anzalone screams at MetLife Stadium

“Fireman Ed” Anzalone leads the crowd in a cheer during the New York Jets’ season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 11, 2023, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Al Pereira/Getty Images)

A Hail Mary attempt almost ended in a miracle with receiver Randall Cobb getting a hand on the ball when the clock struck zero in the fourth quarter, but Jets fans believe a different quarterback might’ve ended the game with a different result. 

Wilson ended the game 18 of 36 for 157 yards through the air with no touchdowns or interceptions. He’s now 8-16 for his career as a starter over 25 games, and Jets fans think that’s enough sample size to make the move, especially considering the talent in the building on both sides of the ball. 


The Jets did sign a veteran quarterback to their practice squad on Tuesday, though, as Trevor Siemian passed his physical with the team. Yet, fans like Anzalone – and perhaps even Namath – probably wanted a splashier name like Carson Wentz, someone who could take over the reins from Wilson immediately. 

However, Saleh has called Wilson the “unquestioned quarterback” for the Jets until further notice. So, while Anzalone and others want the Jets to cut ties now, it doesn’t seem like the franchise is willing to move on just yet. 

Zach Wilson before kickoff

Zach Wilson of the New York Jets before the New England Patriots game at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 24, 2023. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The BYU product still has one year remaining on his rookie deal, while the Jets do have the option for a fifth-year extension as well. 

Wilson on Thursday acknowledged the need to get better.

“I mean, I don’t know if I would say it fuels me because I like to ignore it, you know?” he said of the criticism. “And I get the passion and the frustration, absolutely. But my job as a quarterback is to focus on how I can get better, how I can help this offense score, how I can help us win games. And it needs to improve and needs to get better.


“But that starts in the film room with the coaches checking out those plays and then just doing my job from there.”

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