“It’s my night,” he pleaded with the rookie ump, “not yours!”

Manning has started 210 consecutive regular-season games, across 13 seasons, second only behind Brett Favre’s 297 straight. Manning took over for Kurt Warner in the 10th game of his rookie season, on Nov. 21, 2004, and had started every regular-season game since, in addition to 12 postseason games that included two Super Bowl victories.

Manning said he was given the option of starting against Oakland to keep the streak alive, but declined.

And there was that game at old County Stadium in 1986, when a big crowd turned out to welcome the hugely popular Gorman Thomas back to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The first time Thomas batted, Scott called strike three. The fading slugger went 0-for-4 and when he got rung up in his last at-bat, it was more than Thomas could take.

It’s a huge leap to suggest that an official’s ties to an organization almost 40 years ago might in any way affect his impartiality and/or judgment in working a game. Still, this is obviously not a good look for the NFL, and Payton’s comments about the officials in the Saints’ 20-17 loss only highlight the situation.

“As per standard procedure, both clubs received the officiating crew for Week 14 on November 30,” NFL spokesman Mike Signora told NBC’s Pro Football Talk on Sunday. “The officiating schedule is made by the NFL Officiating staff, so they determine who is assigned to what game.”

Pro Football Talk also noted that McKinnely was not originally scheduled to work that game, but was added to the game crew.
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