Inside Cooper Manning’s unique, soup-eating sports media rise

Bob Costas wished break up pea soup on a chilly wet day, and Cooper Manning granted his want.

In April, Costas was a visitor on Manning’s “Soup with Coop” podcast — a brief however candy dialog sequence that includes the eldest of the three Manning brothers having fun with soup with totally different sports stars and different distinguished figures in leisure and past.

“I don’t eat split pea soup, but when Bob Costas wanted to eat it, it was great,” Cooper stated concerning the Emmy Award-winning broadcaster in an interview with The Post.

Each of Cooper’s company are hand-picked by the previous all-state vast receiver — although, his interview topics get to decide on the soup they’ll share.

“That was the hardest part about this thing. Goodness, gracious, I’m interviewing Bob Costas tomorrow. How do I come up with split pea by tomorrow? That’s what I’ve been nervous about,” Cooper stated.

“I can assure you that ‘Soup with Coop’ loves weird,” Cooper added, noting that he’s a giant cause why.

“I additionally prefer to perform a little analysis on the soup itself and discover little nuggets of knowledge which might be utterly uninteresting to anybody else however me. But I’ve to incorporate them simply to be a little bit annoying.

“It’s really just light-hearted, fun and hopefully interesting, but I probably screw that up and make it less interesting and it’s probably my fault, but I’m trying my best… I love when the guests start making fun of me and giving me a hard time… all my notes you might as well just burn them because the episode just takes its own life.”

Cooper’s podcast visitor record consists of WWE legend Ric Flair and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, each of whom left him shocked after every episode.

“I was surprised to learn that Ric Flair had beers with Andre the Giant one night and Giant had consumed 105 beers in one sitting,” he stated. “We interview Herschel Walker soon, and he eats bean soup every day, and is all muscle and stud-like and he’s a soup eater — that kind of blew me away.”

Cooper Manning
Cooper Manning
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Cooper, who hosts quite a lot of exhibits together with “The Manning Hour” on “FOX NFL Sunday,” wasn’t at all times destined for a soup-consuming future.

The 6-foot-4 Louisiana native was as soon as a soccer stud, a gifted receiver destined for an SEC soccer profession, very like youthful brothers Eli and Peyton would finally get pleasure from.

Ahead of his freshman yr at Ole Miss, Cooper was identified with spinal stenosis, which causes a narrowing of the spinal canal. A incorrect hit on the sphere may’ve left him paralyzed, amongst different issues. Therefore, he by no means performed on the collegiate degree and by no means made a comeback to the sphere.

The ESPN movie, “Book of Manning,” which chronicles Cooper’s story, exhibits Peyton significantly wrestle along with his older brother’s analysis. He was Cooper’s former signal-caller in highschool.

Eli and Cooper Manning in 2016
Eli and Cooper Manning in 2016
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While enjoying soccer is a factor of the previous, Cooper is now in a position to staff up along with his brothers otherwise that also entails competitors and sports — two issues the Manning’s have mastered.

Cooper and his youthful siblings have all joined forces to host NBC’s reboot of the iconic “College Bowl,” premiering Tuesday evening at 10 p.m. ET — one thing Cooper joked to The Post is an opportunity for him to permit Peyton, a two-time Super Bowl champion, to win at one thing.

Peyton will host the competitors trivia present, whereas Cooper will function a sideline reporter. The duo’s youngest brother, Giants icon, Eli is an govt producer on the present. 

“Peyton is very competitive,” Cooper stated, laughing. “He is always looking for an edge and wants to win and as an older brother, it’s my duty to let him have that edge and let him win.”

Cooper stated that filming “College Bowl” introduced him even nearer to the Colts legend since their busy schedules are inclined to maintain them aside.

Cooper Manning interviews LeGarrette Blount in 2017.
Cooper Manning interviews LeGarrette Blount in 2017.
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“I get to see my brother hit and miss… [when we filmed], we were together for a week. We had dinner together every night for seven straight nights, just us two,” he recalled.

“I could go years without doing that with anybody… so we really had some great brother bonding time, laughed a lot and worked hard.”

Cooper knew he wished so as to add “College Bowl” to his media resume due to his “fondness” for quiz bowl exhibits, although he promised this model shall be a lot totally different than the unique.

“This is our opportunity to bring back a show that was really famous in the ‘60s and early ‘70s that was probably a little more academic than what we’re doing. Ours is going to be more fun, while mixing in questions about pop culture, sports, history, geography and more,” he defined.

“College Bowl” will see college students from rival faculties compete for tutorial scholarship cash in a bracketed match over 4 rounds. The successful staff can even go house with the official Capital One “College Bowl” trophy.

Participating colleges competing within the “College Bowl” reboot embody: University of Alabama; Auburn University; Columbia University; University of Michigan; University of Minnesota; Ole Miss; Morehouse College; University of Tennessee; University of Southern California; UCLA; University of Virginia and Xavier of Louisiana.

“Soup with Coop” will be discovered anyplace podcasts are streamed and is a part of Colin Cowherd’s The Volume Sports podcast network.

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