Celebrity bowl raises funds for NYPD, FDNY
DirecTV aired its big Bowl game Saturday, the eighth annual Celebrity Beach Bowl that is. Held at Hudson River Park Pier 40 in Manhattan, VIPs such as actors James Marsden and Peter Facinelli, comedian Tracy Morgan and TV chef Guy Fieri mixed it up with NFL stars in a friendly afternoon game of flag football at DTV SuperFan Stadium.
The game was played on a field of white sand before thousands of people snacking on tailgate-style food.
"My wife told me I was not allowed to tackle any supermodels," Dr. Oz admitted before the game.
The teams were split between the Finest dressed in blue in homage to the NYPD and the Bravest in white honoring the FDNY.
For the first half of the game, the Bravest dominated with touchdowns by former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders, former New York Giant Amani Toomer and Alicia Quarles from E! News. But the Finest sneaked in two quick TDs before the half, making it 21-14.
Throughout the second half the Finest ran away with the game, highlighted by end-zone catches from former Atlanta Falcon Tony Gonzalez, actor Zach Levi and singer/songwriter John Legend. Toomer snagged another touchdown trying to generate a comeback rally but time ran out, making the final score 35-28.
The victory was a sweet one for the Finest who came from behind to capture the win.
When asked to sum up the secret to his team's victory, actor Tom Arnold said, "Our guys who were supposed to be terrible were better than their guys who were supposed to be terrible."
Game MVPs were awarded to actor Michael B. Jordan and Legend. Donations of $20,000 were given to both NYPD and FDNY from the event.
Alternative rock band Paramore put on a concert for the crowd immediately following the game.
New Jersey native and comedian Artie Lange never thought he'd see a Super Bowl in his home state.
"It's great for Jersey," said Lange, who played for the Bravest and is going to the championship game. "I only live about a mile away from the stadium so it should only take me about four hours to get there."