Michael Jordan, John Elway, Jerry Rice and Other Superstars Show Off Celebratory Skills in Lake Tahoe
Third Annual Korbel California Champagne Spray-Off Competition Features Sports and Entertainment Celebrities
LAKE TAHOE, Nev., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- During the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship -- often referred to as the Super Bowl of celebrity events, many players took the opportunity to show off their locker-room celebratory skills in the third annual "Korbel Celebrity Spray-Off."
Participating players included winner Brian Baumgartner, runner-up Mark Mulder, and third place finisher Mark Rypien among more than 40 other celebrity participants. The competition was based on cork distance (but style and champagne spray added to the excitement for the fans).
Actor Brian Baumgartner, the somewhat grating office worker with the slow speaking manner on "The Office" took the title of "Spray-Off Champion" when his cork soared past the corks of sports all-stars to champion a 75ft blast.
Two-time All Star Pitcher Mark Mulder placed second with a 71ft blast. Although former NFL All-Pro Quarterback Mark Rypien shot a 64ft drive to place third, he exhibited the best style.
Among crowd favorites were Michael Jordan with his signature cigar in hand, Bret Saberhagen who drenched the crowd, Jim McMahon playing in his bare feet, Trent Dilfer who put on his rally cap for extra style points, Jack Wagner who demonstrated some unique dance moves and Vinny Testaverde who was determined not to let the rookie athletes show him up.
Former NFL All-Pro Wide Receiver Jerry Rice and Marcus Allen, NFL Hall of Fame Running Back won over the crowd with their exciting champagne sprays and long distance corks.
Hockey players Brett Hull, Mike Eruzione, and Jeremy Roenick seemed to have an advantage as they showed they had some serious champagne-spraying know-how as their sprays had the most flair and style (likely learned from years of practice winning championships).
NBA greats Shane Battier and Jason Kidd popped slam dunks while baseball's tops, Joe Carter and John Smoltz hit home runs as far as champagne-spraying goes.
"We are thrilled to again be a part of such a great event with the American Century Golf Championship," said Gary Heck, owner and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars. "Korbel is the perfect celebratory beverage, and it was great to have some fun with it during the third annual 'Spray-Off' event."
Football Players: Jerry Rice, Mark Rypien, John Elway, Jim McMahon, Vinny Testaverde, Trent Dilfer, Marshall Faulk, Trent Green, John Lynch, Matt Schaub, Sterling Sharpe, Marcus Allen
Basketball Players: Michael Jordan, Shane Battier, Jason Kidd
TV Personalities: Brian Baumgartner, Jimmy Roberts, Jack Wagner, Alfonso Ribeiro
Hockey Players: Jeremy Roenick, Brett Hull, Mike Eruzione, Dan Quinn, Joe Sakic, Mike Modano
Baseball Players: Bret Saberhagen, Joe Carter, Mark Mulder, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz
Other participants: Steve Spurrier, Dan Quayle, Michael Bolton, Todd Haley, Oscar de la Hoya, Lou Holtz, Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox, John O'Hurley, Jay DeMarcus, Bode Miller, Hank Haney
Complete list of participants:
- Brian Baumgartner – Actor; 75ft
- Mark Mulder – former MLB All-Star pitcher; 71ft
- Mark Rypien – Former All-Pro NFL Quarterback; 64ft
- Alfonso Ribeiro – actor; 63ft
- Shane Battier – Forward, Houston Rockets; 62ft
- Jerry Rice – Former NFL All-Pro Wide Receiver; 60ft
- Vinny Testaverde – Former NFL All-Pro Quarterback; 60ft
- Trent Dilfer – Former NFL All-Pro Quarterback; 60ft
- Steve Spurrier – current coach of South Carolina; 60ft
- Joe Sakic – Former NHL All-Star; 60ft
- John Lynch – Former NFL All-Pro; 60ft
- Joe Carter – Former MLB All-Star Outfielder; 59ft
- Trent Green – Former NFL All-Pro Quarterback; 58ft
- Jeremy Roenick – NHL All-Star, San Jose Sharks; 55ft
- Dan Quayle – former vice president; 55ft
- Michael Bolton – singer; 55ft
- Matt Schaub – NFL All-Pro Quarterback; 55ft
- Sterling Sharpe – Former NFL All-Pro Wide Receiver; 54ft
- Todd Haley – Head Coach of Kansas City Chiefs; 52ft
- Jim McMahon – Former NFL All-Pro Quarterback; 51ft
- Mike Modano – NHL All-Star; 51ft
- Oscar de la Hoya – legendary boxer; 50ft
- Lou Holtz – former Notre Dame football coach; 50ft
- John Elway – NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback; 46ft
- Joe Don Rooney – Rascal Flatts; 46ft
- Jason Kidd – NBA All-Star; 45ft
- Marshall Faulk – Former NFL All-Pro Running Back; 44ft
- Jack Wagner – Actor, The Bold & The Beautiful; 44ft
- Dan Quinn – Former NHL Center; 44ft
- Gary LeVox – Rascal Flatts; 44ft
- John O'Hurley – actor; 44ft
- Greg Maddux – Former MLB All-Star; 44ft
- Jimmy Roberts – Sportscaster; 44ft
- John Smoltz – Former MLB All-Star Pitcher; 43ft
- Jay DeMarcus – Rascal Flatts; 42ft
- Mike Eruzione – 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Captain; 39ft
- Bret Saberhagen – Former MLB Pitcher/World Series MVP; 39ft
- Brett Hull – Former NHL All-Star; 38ft
- Michael Jordan – NBA Legend; 35ft
- Marcus Allen – Hall of Fame NFL Running Back; 32ft
- Bode Miller – Olympic Gold Medalist; 39ft
- Hank Haney – PGA Golf Teaching Pro; 34ft
SOURCE Korbel Champagne Cellars
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