I don’t have DirecTV, but that doesn’t stop me from marveling each year at the announcement of its roster for its annual Celebrity Beach Bowl. The fifth no-holds-barred flag football game will take place Saturday in Dallas in a specially constructed 10,000 seat stadium, complete with a regulation size sand-filled football field. Per the release, the festivities, which kick off with an hour-long pre-game show at 1:30 p.m. CT, feature a first: Glee’s Matthew Morrison and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez have been tapped as “celebrity assistant coaches” to the real coaches, the New York Giants’ Eli Manning and the Cleveland Browns’ Colt McCoy. Warren Moon and Jesse Palmer will serve as quarterbacks, and in addition to other NFL greats, we’ll see the following stars suit up (and by that, I assume we mean strip down): Josh Duhamel, Chace Crawford, Kellan Lutz, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Chord Overstreet, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Hunter Parrish, Michael B. Jordan, Dominic Fumusa, Brie Larson, and Marisa Miller. The game and post-show concert by Maroon 5 will air live on DirecTV’s The 101 Network, and, for the first time ever, will also be broadcast in 3D on DirecTV’s n3D powered by Panasonic. Additionally, the game will be broadcast on all of Fox Sports Network’s Regional Sports Networks and affiliates and DirecTV’s Regional Sports Networks, more than 25 networks in total.
All I can say is, if I had to cast a game of touch football, Duhamel and Manganiello would definitely be playing. Also, I realize this is football and not baseball, but I would still be pissed if my assistant coach was Morrison instead of A-Rod.