BEST BETS: "Jessica Jones," "Big Trouble/Escape from New York" & More October 2016 Highlights
Never let it be said that Star-Lord is slow to make good on a bet.
Just five days after the New England Patriots defeated his beloved Seattle Seahawks, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt showed up this morning — in costume! — at Christopher’s Haven in Boston, accompanied by Captain America‘s Chris Evans.
“Made good on that #twitterbowl bet!” Pratt wrote his morning on his Facebook page, where he shared photos. “Starlord is proud to be in Boston today at #Christopher’s Haven with Chris Evans and some awesome families.”
The highly publicized — and highly entertaining — Super Bowl bet between Captain America star Chris Evans and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt resulted in more than $27,000 in donations to their charities.
Seattle Children’s Hospital has raised nearly $15,000 and Christopher’s Haven almost $12,000 since the Twitterbowl challenge launched on Jan. 29, the organizations announced today. The actors tweeted links to the charities’ fundraising pages, throwing open the floodgates.
“We are grateful that real-life superheroes Chris Pratt and Chris Evans are turning their sports rivalry into an opportunity to support kids in their communities,” Lisa Brandenburg, president of Seattle Children’s Hospital, said in a statement. “We are delighted that patients and families at both Seattle Children’s and Christopher’s Haven will benefit from these generous donations.”
Chris Evans and Chris Pratt didn’t attend Super Bowl XLIX merely to root for their home teams and settle their friendly (and charitable) wager. No, the stars of Marvel’s Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy also went to Phoenix to photobomb unsuspecting football fans.
Host Jimmy Fallon enlisted the actors for an installment of “Tonight Show Celebrity Photobomb,” in which the trio stealthily — and sometimes not so stealthily — crept up behind fans posing on the NBC Super Bowl Red Carpet. What began as simple solo pop-ups quickly escalated with the addition of stunts and props, including a seemingly innocent hoagie that Pratt turned somewhat obscene (see below).
In the end, everybody won in the Super Bowl rivalry between Captain America star Chris Evans and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt. Everybody except the Seattle Seahawks, that is.
Following some friendly trash-talking online, Boston native Evans and Seattle resident Pratt settled on a wager: If New England won Super Bowl XLIX, Pratt would wear a Patriots jersey and make an appearance at Christopher’s Haven, a home away from home in Boston for young cancer patients and their families while they undergo treatment at nearby hospitals (it’s a favorite charity of Evans).
However, if the Seahawks won, Evands would dress as Captain America and visit Seattle Children’s Hospital while carrying a 12th Man flag.
Evans and Pratt were in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday to see the Patriots beat the Seahawks 28-24, but the Star-Lord actor was gracious in defeat:
The good-natured Super Bowl rivalry between Captain America star Chris Evans and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has moved beyond a charity bet to inspire a charity T-shirt.
As CBR noted last week, Boston native Evans and Seattle resident Pratt dug in for their own Civil War: If New England wins Super Bowl XLIX, Pratt will don a Patriots jersey and make an appearance at Christopher’s Haven in Boston, which provides a home away from home for young cancer patients and their families while they undergo cancer treatments at nearby hospitals. but if the Seahawks win, Evans will dress as Captain America and visit Seattle Children’s Hospital while carrying a 12th Man flag.
I don’t know much about sports. I’d like to think I’m slightly above a novice; I played sports very poorly in my younger years. As a former cheerperson for my local high school, I could tell you when players were on offense or defense. There are plenty of male sports fans in my life that I keep up on the basics (it’s Super Bowl season!) to be current with their interests. A lot of the basics were learned at my father’s knee because the people you love tend to make you care more about things you never thought you’d care about.
A few years ago, the (then) Anaheim Angels won the 2002 World Series, and my husband was ecstatic. It was like the rush and relief of the box-office success of the Avengers movie, but only for baseball. He has been a fan of the Angels since he was a kid, and had seen them through their highs and a whole lot of lows. Because the team had been a bonding point for him and his dad, they celebrated together by getting the DVD of the World Series to replay over a holiday dinner. I can barely sit through one or two pitches, but these guys pored over the games, the exclusive interviews, the documentaries and alternate camera shots. All it was missing were some deleted scenes and animatics and it could easily be mistaken for my Star Trek Blu-Ray.
On the way home from watching the World Series in hi-def with his dad, my husband lamented he’d soon be seeing a lot of “fair-weather fans,” people in Angels shirts and caps who bought them the moment the team won, then would retire them to the garage as soon as the next season rolled around. For someone who was a big fan of the Angels, it would be frustrating to see people dressed to the nines in their World Series Champs shirts who had no interest in the team unless they gained national notoriety. That lament was short-lived, as we had a friend with a San Francisco Giants devotee in their house, so the sweet taste of victory outweighed any fair-weather fan.
You can probably see where I’m going with this …