It's been kind of a big deal in the NFL playoffs — a big, mysterious deal. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is in the habit of yelling the word Omaha during his snap count, and nobody quite knows what it means. Manning's explanation a couple weeks ago was amazingly unhelpful.
"Omaha, it’s a run play," he told reporters. "But it could be a pass play, or a play-action pass, depending on a couple of things: the wind, which way we’re going, the quarter, and the jerseys that we’re wearing. It really varies, really, from play-to-play. So there’s your answer to that."
It may or may not mean anything, really — maybe Manning thinks it's just a fun word to say, or he's having fun watching defensive coordinators try to figure it out.
Outside of football, "Omaha" most certainly does have a meaning, and the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska has sent Manning a friendly letter that explains the word while thanking him for the publicity. "Omaha (actually, Umo'ho') translates to 'Against the Current,'" the letter says. "The City of Omaha is named after the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. We are located along the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska and headquartered in Macy, Nebraska, 80 miles north to the City of Omaha."
The letter goes on to invite Manning and his family to visit the Tribe's reservation.