At last, the Lombardi Trophy has arrived in Philadelphia, home of the underdog Eagles turned Super Bowl champions.
More than 38,000 fans won, too, at the team’s Thursday parade, which drew a crowd of more than 2 million.
Those who received a free Bud Light have Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson to thank. The Pro Bowl offensive lineman told reporters during the preseason that if the team won the Super Bowl he’d give free beer to everyone.
That’s when Bud Light made a bet with Johnson that the company probably didn’t think would pan out for the city of brotherly love.
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Fans remembered, and Bud Light was on the hook for more than $100,000 worth of beer.
The bet on the Eagles, a team that hadn’t won a playoff game in nearly a decade before its Super Bowl run, isn’t the most ridiculous ever made in sports.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert predicted his team would win an NBA title before LeBron James after the league MVP announced he was “taking his talents” to Miami.
The Cavaliers won just 31 percent of its next 312 games over four seasons, and James won two championships with the Heat.
There was also the failed Johnny Manziel experiment.
The quarterback sent a text to former Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains during the 2014 NFL Draft and said he wanted to “wreck the league.” The text persuaded the organization to draft Manziel, who was cut two years later due to poor play and off-the-field issues.
Lastly, the late Beano Cook couldn’t find a way to hype a Notre Dame player too much.
An authority on college football for several decades, Cook predicted that Ron Powlus would be at least a two-time Heisman Trophy winner and lead the Fighting Irish to two national titles.
Powlus never quite turned into a force like Archie Griffin, the only player to ever win the award twice, and did not earn a single vote for the award during his collegiate career.
Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli