November 12, 2012

Eli Manning: 'Mama's Family Really Hit Its Stride in Season 3'


CINCINNATI, OH — Following Sunday’s 31-13 loss to the Bengals in which Eli Manning was sacked four times and threw two interceptions, the embattled New York Giants quarterback asserted that he thought season 3 was the best season of Mama’s Family, the sitcom that ran from 1983-1990 on NBC and in syndication.

“That’s when the show really hit its stride,” he said while being interviewed in the visitor’s locker room after the game. “The first two seasons were pretty funny, and Betty White was on it back then, but season 3 took it to a whole new level.”

The lopsided loss to the Bengals was the Giants’ second in a row and the third consecutive game in which Mr. Manning has not thrown a touchdown pass, the longest drought of his career. 

“I can’t explain it. It’s just something that happens over the course of a season,” he said. “New characters are introduced, relationships develop between the old ones. [Season 3] was absolutely the funniest season of Mama’s Family there was.”

The Giants are struggling going into their bye week only a few weeks removed from looking like possibly the best team in the NFL, and there don’t seem to be any easy solutions to their problems on offense or defense. 

“You have to take the ups with the downs,” Mr. Manning continued. “We lost some beloved characters in season 3 — Buzz, Ellen, Ed — but we gained Bubba, who’s probably the best TV character of all time. Without him, Mama’s Family would have been good, but I doubt it would be my favorite show like it is.”