LAKE TAHOE, Nev. -- 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 fourth annual "Korbel Celebrity Spray-Off," held July 14, with this year's winner Matt Ryan receiving $5,000 from the Korbel Toast Life Foundation for the charity of his choice.
Participating players included winner Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan with a 70 ft blast, runner-up actor Oliver Hudson with a 68 ft drive, and third place finisher actor Jack Wagner with a mark of 67 ft among 50 other celebrity participants. The competition was based on cork distance (but style and champagne spray added to the excitement for the fans).
Among crowd favorites were Michael Jordan who sprayed the crowd, Jerry Rice who did some dance moves before he sprayed, Jim McMahon who played in his signature bare feet, and Mike Eruzione who was determined not to let the rookie athletes show him up.
Former NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback John Elway and NFL Hall of Fame Running Back Marcus Allen won over the crowd with their exciting champagne sprays and long distance corks.
Hockey players Jeremy Roenick, Martin Brodeur, and Dan Quinn 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 Ray Allen and Vinny Del Negro popped slam dunks while baseball's tops, Andy Pettitte and Greg Maddux 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 fourth annual 'Spray-Off' event."
Football Players: Jerome Bettis, Robbie Gould, AJ Hawk, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Marcus Allen, Joe Theismann, Kyle Boller, Trent Green
Basketball Players: Ray Allen, Vinny Del Negro, Michael Jordan, Shane Battier
TV Personalities: Brian Baumgartner, Oliver Hudson, Jack Wagner, Alfonso Ribeiro, Dennis Haysbert
Hockey Players: Martin Brodeur, Jeremy Roenick, Mike Eruzione, Dan Quinn, Joe Sakic
Baseball Players: Joe Carter, John Smoltz, Goose Gossage, Kenny Lofton, Greg Maddux, Andy Pettitte, Rick Rhoden, Jamie Moyer
Other participants: Dan Quayle, Todd Haley, Lou Holtz, Joe Don Rooney, Dan Jansen, Dale Jarrett, Javier Colon
Complete list of participants:
1. Marcus Allen: NFL Hall of Fame Running Back
2. Ray Allen: NBA All-Star, Boston Celtics
3. Shane Battier: NBA Forward, Memphis Grizzlies
4. Brian Baumgartner: Actor, The Office
5. Jerome Bettis: Former NFL All-Pro Running Back
6. Kyle Boller: Quarterback, Oakland Raiders
7. Martin Brodeur: NHL All-Star, New Jersey Devils
8. Joe Carter: Former MLB All-Star Outfielder
9. Matt Cassel: Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
10. Javier Colon: Winner of "The Voice"
11. Vinny Del Negro: Former NBA Guard
12. Jack Del Rio: NFL Head Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars
13. Jay DeMarcus: Rascal Flatts
14. John Elway: NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback
15. Mike Eruzione: Captain, 1980 US Hockey Team
16. Marshall Faulk: NFL Hall of Fame Running Back
17. Goose Gossage: MLB Hall of Fame Pitcher
18. Robbie Gould: NFL All-Pro Kicker, Chicago Bears
19. Trent Green: Former NFL Pro-Bowl Quarterback
20. Todd Haley: NFL Head Coach, Kansas City Chiefs
21. AJ Hawk: NFL Linebacker, Green Bay Packers
22. Dennis Haysbert: Actor, The Unit, 24, Major League
23. Oliver Hudson: Actor, Rules of Engagement
24. Lou Holtz: Former Notre Dame Head Football Coach
25. Dan Jansen: Former Gold Medal Speed Skater
26. Dale Jarrett; NASCAR Driver
27. Michael Jordan: NBA Legend
28. Gary LeVox: Rascal Flatts
29. Kenny Lofton: Former MLB All-Star Outfielder
30. Greg Maddux: Former MLB All-Star Pitcher
31. Jim McMahon: Former NFL Pro Bowl Quarterback
32. Jamie Moyer MLB All-Star Pitcher
33. Andy Pettitte: Former MLB All-Star Pitcher
34. Dan Quayle: Former U.S. Vice President
35. Dan Quinn: Former NHL Center
36. Alfonso Ribeiro: Actor, Fresh Prince of Bel Air
37. Jerry Rice: NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver
38. Aaron Rodgers: NFL Super Bowl MVP Quarterback, Green Bay Packers
39. Jeremy Roenick: Former NHL All-Star
40. Tony Romo: NFL Pro Bowl Quarterback
41. Joe Don Rooney: Member of Rascal Flatts
42. Matt Ryan: NFL Pro Bowl Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons
43. Mark Rypien: Former NFL All-Pro Quarterback
44. Bret Saberhagen: Former MLB Pitcher/World Series MVP
45. Joe Sakic: Former NHL All-Star
46. Sterling Sharpe: NFL All-Pro Wide Receiver
47. John Smoltz: Former MLB All-Star Pitcher
48. Vinny Testaverde: Former NFL Pro-Bowl Quarterback
49. Joe Theismann: Former NFL All-Pro Quarterback
50. Jack Wagner: Actor, Melrose Place