Peyton to Eli: Yo bro, score me some tickets

Posted: January 24, 2014

PEYTON MANNING has asked his little brother Eli for a favor.

The Broncos quarterback, who will go up against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, wants Eli, the Giants' QB, to help him secure extra tickets for the big game.

"He's asked for a number for me to try to get and I hit that number," Eli said during a conference call yesterday. "Unless he has a few surprises, I'm in good shape right now."

Each team is allotted 1.2 percent of the tickets, so Eli had some scrounging to do.

Apparently, Peyton did the same for Eli when the Giants were in the Super Bowl in the 2007 and 2011 seasons.

"We try to help out in any way [we] can," Peyton said after practice yesterday. "That's certainly a way I've been helpful to him and he's been helpful to me, over the past two I've played in [2006, '10 seasons] and he's helped me out again this year. You certainly appreciate that."

Best seat in house

Former Phillie Bob Uecker is a beloved figure in Milwaukee.

He played for the Braves for two seasons and been the play-by-play radio announcer for the Brewers since 1971.

The Brewers already have erected a statue of baseball's funny man outside Miller Park. Now, they're installing another one - only this time it will be an homage to Ueker's lengendary Lite Beer commercials, in which he famously intoned, "I must be in the front row."

The statue will reside in the last row of the stadium's obstructed-view "Ueker Seats," which the team sells on game days for $1.

"I can't think of a better place to put this statue," said Uecker. "This will be great for fans and even better for pigeons."

Big day for Jackie

Jan. 24 was a good day for Jackie Robinson. On that day in 1950 he signed a $35,000 a year contract that made him the highest- paid player in Dodgers history. On Jan. 24, 1962, he became the first African-American voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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