Peyton Manning explains “Omaha.” Kind of. (video)

On Wednesday, Professor Peyton Manning divulged everything you always wanted to know about “Omaha” but were afraid to ask. Kind of. (Ed Andrieski / AP)

Finally, the mystery of “Omaha” has been solved.

Peyton Manning explained just why he barked the word innumerable times in the Denver Broncos’ AFC divisional playoff victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

“I know a lot of people ask what Omaha means…” Manning told reporters on Wednesday. “Omaha is a run play.”

Oh. All righty then. But …

“But it could be a pass play or a play-action pass, depending on a couple things: the wind, which way we’re going, the quarter, and the jerseys that we’re wearing. It varies, really, from play to play. So, there’s your answer to that one.”

Goldang it, Peyton. At least we know little more than we did before. It has nothing to do with steaks. Or Nebraska tourism. Or an Alexander Payne film starring Bruce Dern. We’ll get to the bottom of this yet.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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