Bob Ford: Getting the Lowe-down on Colts' Manning

Rob Lowe caused a stir when he tweeted that Peyton Manning would retire.
Rob Lowe caused a stir when he tweeted that Peyton Manning would retire.
Posted: January 20, 2012

News Item: Actor Rob Lowe created a firestorm Wednesday on the social network Twitter when he posted "my people are saying" Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is about to announce his retirement from football. Manning, 35, missed the 2011 season because of a neck injury.

According to @RobLowe: "Hearing my fave, #18 Peyton Manning will not return to #NFL. Wow. #Colts," later adding, "#Colts fans, let's hope my info is wrong. Don't like to be wrong, but this time. . .I'm hoping. #NFL #Manning".

The 47-year-old actor, who stars on the television series Parks and Recreation, which is set in Indiana, is a longtime fan of the Colts and Manning, and is friends with team owner Jim Irsay.

Manning's agent, Tom Condon, and the quarterback's father, Archie Manning, dismissed the rumor. "I think he would have told me," Archie Manning said.

Lowe denied having spoken with Irsay or anyone in the Colts organization, but said his information came from a "pretty darn good source." He would not disclose the source of his newsgathering, saying "let the professionals see what's true and not."

Hmm, what to do today? Maybe a workout. That would be good. Oh, wait. I did that already. Something on TV? Maybe a marathon of my award-winning film roles. That would kill 15 or 20 minutes. I don't know. Kinda bored and my stomach is killing me.

@RobLowe: Heard that sushi place on Santa Monica Blvd was closing. My people say Health Dept. problems. #dontgetthetorpedoroll.

I can't wait until Sunday and the NFL games. Just wish my faves, the Colts, were still good. I've never lived in Indiana, but we've got this neat set at the studio that looks just like Indiana. There are trees and dogs and girls in gingham dresses. Peyton would fit right in there. He's just a regular kind of guy.

The Colts need to hire either Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher as coach. I tweeted that to Jim Irsay, and he made fun of me because I spelled it "Cower," but he knows darn well who I meant. If we're going to get back to the top, we've got to get a good coach and a healthy quarterback, and it wouldn't hurt any to get those lousy Patriots out of the way. Hmm.

@RobLowe: Source tells me #Pats Tom Brady actually an alien. If not stopped will do brain meld, overthrow government. Just passing it on. #couldbetrue

What would be really great is if Los Angeles got a football team and I could, like, get season tickets. I wouldn't have to pay for them probably, because the owners would think it was neat to show me in the stands. I could do for them what Nicholson did for the Lakers. You think he likes basketball? He hates stinking basketball, but they pay him a fortune to be there. And you wouldn't believe the play he gets out of that.

Hmm, all we need is a stadium, and my insiders say Phil Anschutz has that locked up, and then a team to move here. Maybe the Panthers. They have Cam Newton. He's cool and they have good colors. I can wear blue for sure. Yeah, the Panthers.

@RobLowe: Getting word that #NFL Panthers cutting costs drastically. If I were #Carolina season tix holder, wouldn't renew. Screw 'em. #andletemleave

You know what burns me up? I get ticked off when I hear people say that Eli Manning might not be as great as Peyton at some things, but he's more of a winner. And that Eli has just as many Super Bowl rings as Peyton and might just pass him this year.

I hear what people say about Peyton and Eli . . . that Peyton only had to beat the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl in a season when the Bears couldn't have scored on Hollywood Boulevard with a Porsche and a glove compartment full of blow. And that Eli had to beat the Patriots when they were undefeated and a team of destiny. Now, I have to watch that little twerp go out and beat the 49ers on Sunday? I don't think so.

@RobLowe: Little birdie said #NFL NYG staying SF Fairmount Hotel on Sat. Hope no one makes prank calls to #Eli to disturb him. #thatwouldbeawful

I love Twitter. It's a great way to connect with the people and, if you hear something now and then, well, it's kind of cool to pass it on. Then people will say, "You know, that Rob Lowe guy. He's not just a famous, good-looking actor. He's not just a wealthy celebrity living behind a gated entrance. He's just another guy with a Twitter account who thinks breaking big news is easy."

To me, that's neat. I don't follow many people. Jimmy Irsay, sure. And Rich Eisen. I unfollowed Brad Pitt because it just got kind of boring. "This kid's doing this. This kid's doing that." He's got, like, 43 kids. I follow Peyton, of course, but he doesn't use Twitter much. I can get behind that. Man of few words. Understated mythic hero. That might be the way for me to go, too.

@RobLowe: Not hearing much today. Just rumors that don't check out. Won't pass those along. Trust is my middle name. #butpeytonisgonedude

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