I have seen the future of "Monday Night Football," and it is Manning.

If you didn't check your local listings for the NFL's Week 1 capstone between the Ravens and Raiders in Las Vegas – tuning in to ESPN by rote – then you missed the alternate simulcast on ESPN2, "Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli."

Amazing – especially since the Silver and Black's dramatic 33-27 overtime win didn't require bells and whistles.

The retired quarterbacking legends and princes of the league's royal family weren't exactly on their basement couches, mainlining nachos or drinking the Bud Lights Peyton admittedly craved after Denver Broncos victories. 

What they were doing was breathing new life into a staid medium.