Late Night Hosts Tackle Super Bowl 50 with Puppies, Parents, Peyton Manning Jokes
"It's like the Olympics, but better because America always wins."
Just days before Super Bowl 50, the broadcast late night hosts are getting ready for the big game. Stephen Colbert and James Corden each sent teams of interviewers into the circus of Super Bowl Media Day, while Jimmy Fallon played host in his studio to a litter of puppies who were there to predict whether the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers would emerge as the winner of Sunday's game.
"Super Bowl week all kicked off on Monday with Super Bowl Media Day where the teams meet the press in an orgy of promotional ecstasy — along with, for some reason, people who could not get in to Let's Make a Deal," The Late Show's Colbert joked of the eclectic convention at the SAP center in San Jose, Calif. "Clowns, superheroes, Miss Universes, marionettes and dark wizards, a thousand gleaming peacocks emerging from a golden clamshell, their wings blotting out the very sun. Until finally, Peyton Manning rode in on a chariot wearing that dress from The Hunger Games.
"All of these huge NFL stars giving access to the media reminded me, 'I am also a media,' " said Colbert. "And I need to get pumped up for my post-Super Bowl show."
So the host sent his "interview strike team" to Media Day to ask the players, "What do you do to get pumped up for the big show."
The stars of Super Bowl 50 had some great advice:
Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers said, "I put on a tiny crown and say, 'Who's the prince of football? Me!' "
"I tell my cat that the game is already over and we won," admitted Panthers tight end Greg Olsen. "And then I have to go out there and win because I can never lie to her."
Meanwhile Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib confessed, "Everyday I wake up at 6 a.m. so I can get out there and score some really good deals at garage sales. Nothing else gets me going like paying only $2 for a used crock pot."
And Broncos running back C.J. Anderson offered perhaps the most surprising ritual of all: "I rub my lucky rabbit's foot, then I put on my socks and shoes so that no one can see that one of my feet is a rabbit's foot."
Colbert, it seems, is sufficiently psyched. "It's like the Olympics," said the host, "but better because America always wins."
The Late Late Show with James Corden also sent in a team of crackerjack interviewers to Media Day: Corden's charming British parents.
In addition to practicing victory dances with a number of stars from both teams, Mr. and Mrs. Corden got to ask some important pre-game questions.
"We can see that you have certain Nordic features and your name is Olsen," Mr. Corden asked the Panthers' tight end. "Were you a Viking in a previous life?
He complimented Broncos QB Peyton Manning: "You and I are similar ages, but you're still at it. That's great!"
Though Mrs. Corden, laughing contagiously and clearly having a ball, racked up a bunch of hugs and kisses with players from both teams, she was shut out by one.
"Could we have a kiss, Cam?" Mr. Corden asked Cam Newton. "With my wife?"
"You want me to kiss your wife?" said a skeptical Newton. "I don't think I can do that. If I kiss her, I'm gonna have to kiss a lot of other people."
On The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon cracked a few Super Bowl jokes in his monologue, poking fun at the quarterbacks from both teams, before getting to the all-important tradition of the Super Bowl Puppy Predictor.
"I read about a 76-year-old man who's been to all 49 super bowls and will be attending Super Bowl 50 this Sunday," Fallon said to cheers. "But enough about Peyton Manning."
"Did you see that the Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was spotted wearing $800 Versace zebra pants at the airport?" Fallon said. "Which means that somewhere Nicki Minaj is opening her bag to find a Carolina Panthers uniform."
And then it was on to the puppy predictor, where nine adorable retriever pups were let loose to choose between Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers food bowls. Unfortunately for Panthers fans, the pups chose the Broncos by "a landslide." Seems like Greg Olsen's cat may be in for a disappointment.