Main Street Manning board president Ron Reischl (right) speaks with Jeff Todd, anchor for CBS Denver, in the dining room at Third and Main. The CBS anchors are driving from Colorado to New Jersey and stopped in Manning when they spotted on a map the town that shares a name with the Broncos quarterback.
Main Street Manning board president Ron Reischl (right) speaks with Jeff Todd, anchor for CBS Denver, in the dining room at Third and Main. The CBS anchors are driving from Colorado to New Jersey and stopped in Manning when they spotted on a map the town that shares a name with the Broncos quarterback.
January 29, 2014



Intrigued by the small town that shared a name with Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning, CBS Denver anchor Jeff Todd and photographer John Mason stopped in Manning Tuesday on their "Drive to the Championship," a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII.

But once they arrived, the journalists actually discovered that a different Broncos players had ties to the Iowa community - tight end Joel Dreessen's grandparents Dave and Maryann Musfeldt reside in Manning. Dreessen is a native of Ida Grove, graduated from Fort Morgan (Colo.) High School, attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins and was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round in 2005. He then played with the Houston Texans and went to the Broncos in 2012.

Amy Ferneding fielded the initial phone call from the CBS reps at Manning City Hall around 9 a.m. Todd called from Interstate-80 and informed Ferneding that they would be in town within the hour.

"We were kind of in panic mode," Ferneding recalled with a laugh. "My first thought was, 'Why Manning?' They asked if there was a restaurant or place where people would be. I said we'd make that happen."

Ferneding "rallied the troops," contacting city administrator Dawn Rohe, Main Street Manning board president Ron Reischl and owner of Third and Main restaurant and bar, Julie Bauer.

In search of Broncos fans, Todd interviewed Reischl at Third and Main before receiving a tour of the German Hausbarn from Warren Puck, owner of Horizon Equipment. The small crew also made its way to Templeton to for a quick meeting with Keith Kerkoff and a tour of the Templeton Rye distillery.

"He asked a few questions about Manning, then also asked if we were Broncos fans," said Reischl. "Of course I said yes."

CBS Denver aired two pieces Tuesday night, the first 1 minute and 15 seconds long and the second 2 minutes and 10 seconds. The first video referenced the 99-year-old bricks that line Main Street and the "Manning, It's Refreshing" campaign. The latter focused more on the Hausbarn and its history and construction.

Reischl said the CBS reps were in Manning for about half an hour and stopped in Templeton for about 20 minutes before getting back on the road to Indianapolis, Ind., the former stomping grounds of the Broncos quarterback. They stopped in Manning on their way out of Omaha, Neb., where they visited Peyton, the newborn penguin at the Omaha Zoo.

Omaha has received a lot of publicity through Manning's use of "Omaha, Omaha" as one of his counts before a ball snap, said Reischl. Several Omaha businesses have pledged to donate to the quarterback's Peyback charity for disadvantaged youths every time the city's name is broadcast during the game.

"They really seized the opportunity for advertisement. They're really taking advantage, and of course we hope to do the same for Manning," Reischl said.

In summer 2015, Manning will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the bricks on Main Street. Though it began as a joke, Reischl said, city leaders may reach out to one or both of the Manning brothers - Peyton and New York Giants quarterback Eli - to invite them to celebrate with the town that shares their name.

Bauer said the CBS clips "nailed" the atmosphere of the town, an accomplishment for which she credits Manning's leaders.

"This was a testament to how quickly Manning seems to rally," she said. "All I really did was unlock the bar."

Bauer also took photos while Todd and Mason were in town and reached out to Todd and CBS Denver on social media.

"We've been having Twitter conversations back and forth. We made some new friends," Bauer said of Manning.

She will be hosting a Super Bowl viewing party Sunday night at Third and Main for anyone who wants to attend. The bar will open around 5 p.m.

"There will be pizza, beer and good times," Bauer said. "It will be a good crew, I think - a nice little taste of Manning."