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 3rd annual Korbel Celebrity Spray-Off.
Claiming the championship in the event, which took place in Lake Tahoe, Nev., was actor Brian Baumgartner of NBC’s “The Office.” Runner-up honors went to two-time All-Star pitcher Mark Mulder, and rounding out the top three was former All-Pro NFL quarterback Mark Rypien.
The competition among more than 40 celebrity participants was based on cork distance, although style and champagne spray no doubt added to the excitement for the spectators.
Baumgartner, the somewhat grating worker with the slow speaking manner on “The Office” took the title of “Spray-Off Champion” when his cork soared an impressive 75 feet.
Mulder’s second-place blast flew 71 feet, while Rypien managed a 64-foot pop – and 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 NFL Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen also 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; their sprays had the most flair and style, likely learned from years of practice after winning championships.
“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.