Magic Johnson’s Tonight Show Promise and the History of the Speedo Wager in Sports
Partial Dodgers owner Magic Johnson went on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday night. After discussing the Dodgers’ pool celebration and his inability to swim, Magic was presented with a custom blue speedo that read “Dodgers” on the back and “Johnson” on the front (get it?).
Apparently this double entendre was about the funniest thing Magic Johnson had ever seen, and he responded by promising to wear the Speedo if the Dodgers win the World Series. If Puig and co. do come through, Magic would be the latest to perform an act that has historically been forced upon losers of wagers, as opposed to champions:
Dennis Hallman, August 2011
What were the stakes? Though Hallman declined to elaborate on the specific nature of the bet that compelled him to wear a Speedo at UFC 133, the final act was, nonetheless, the same. Hallman’s opponent in the fight, Brian Ebersole, received a $70,000 bonus from Dana White for knocking Hallman out in the first round and “getting those horrifying shorts off TV as soon as possible.” The next day, White would ban UFC fighters from wearing Speedos altogether.
Maria Menounos, February 2012
What were the stakes? After confidently proclaiming that the Patriots would beat the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI and that she would wear a bikini in Times Square if they did not, the Extra host made good on her promise.
“Sorry about your loss,” her co-host Mario Lopez said, sarcastically, before asking how she was feeling. “I’m in Times Square in the middle of winter in a bikini, Mario.”
So, uh, not great.
Dan Le Batard, June 2012
What were the stakes? In June 2011, Le Batard made a bet on his Miami radio show with Charles Barkley that the Heat would beat the Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Though it took about a year, Le Batard finally paid up.
“I’m more excited for this than I am for the Heat to win a championship,” said Le Batard’s co-host Jon “Stugotz” Weiner. As expected, the results were horrifying.
Michael Salazar, February 2013
What were the stakes? Salazar, the Cleveland Indians’ trainer, had wagered with the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Joe Kessler, on this past BCS Championship game, making the regrettable mistake of backing Notre Dame over Alabama. The first rule of college football is you do not bet against Nick Saban.
Jaxson DeVille, September 2013
What were the stakes? The Jaguars mascot has had a rough go of it this season. After challenging Seattle’s mascot, Blitz, in a wager in which the losing team’s mascot would rock a Speedo and do the Wobble, Jaxson was undeterred the following week as his team prepared to play the Colts:
— Jaxson DeVille (@JaxsonDeVille) September 26, 2013
And, well, that happened in the video above. Jaxson promises payback in Week 17.