Leak makes appearance on Leno


University of Florida quarterback Chris Leak chats Tuesday night with Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show."

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Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Did Chris Leak get any sleep after helping the University of Florida win the BCS Championship game Monday night? "Very little," Leak said Tuesday in an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

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Leno finds some BCS humorJay Leno opened "The Tonight Show" with several jokes about Monday's rout of Ohio State by the Gators including the following:

  • "The score was 41-14. 41 to 14!" Leno said. "That's like a Michael Jackson date."
  • "I guess apparently Ohio State thought it was the Siesta Bowl."
  • "To paraphrase our good friend, Larry the Cable Guy: 'Gate-er Done' I guess you could say that: Gate-er Done."
  • "In fact, it was so bad yesterday that President Bush offered to send 20,000 additional players to Ohio."

"We've been going and going; The Gator fans are crazy," the MVP quarterback told Leno. "I heard Gainesville was going nuts!"

In an eight-minute segment toward the end of Tuesday night's show, Leno was part TV wiseguy and part straight interviewer, asking Leak about the boos the quarterback sometimes received from fans during the season.

"You go through adversity throughout your career," Leak said on the show's couch, while seated between Leno and first guest Ben Affleck. "But the main thing I tried to do was stay cool…(and) never lose focus on the goal, and that's win the national title."

Leno also ensured the spot had some humor, however — at one point bringing up Leak's one-time pledge not to date until Florida won a title.

"Now you made that pledge in your freshman year, and you have now graduated?" Leno said. "That's some willpower."

"Well, back then, Ben (Affleck) had taken every girl in Florida," Leak said. "I really didn't really have any choice."

Quipped Leno: "Well, it must have been a hell of a date last night."

If Leno's opening monologue was any indication, Gator fans might've sworn the TV host is from Florida. The first several minutes of his 10-minute opening monologue was all Florida all the time.

"Ohio State was down 20 points at halftime," Leno said. "I don't want to say their fans gave up, but did you hear the song the Ohio State marching band played at half-time? Show (the tape)," he said. "This is real: It's the theme from Titanic.

"Is that the song that you play when you're down 20?! That's a real inspiring tune."

"But actually, it was a pretty big year for Florida; they won the NCAA Basketball Championship and now the BCS Football Championship," Leno said. "I guess the only thing Florida didn't score well in was ballot counting."

Leno also introduced an early segment with comedian Tom Papa, who attended Monday's game and conducted such parking lot contests between opposing fans as "beer can smashing on foreheads," and "ice cooler butt cooling" in which fans from each team had to drop trousers and sit with their uncovered derrieres in a cooler filled with ice water (Papa pointed out that the Ohio State fan was wearing Scooby Doo underwear).

The beer-can smashing contest featured an Ohio State fan named Bill, and a bare-chested, Florida fan with a face covered in orange-and-blue makeup that Papa called "Braveheart."

After the fearsome-looking Braveheart quickly vanquished his opponent, Papa joked, "Well, that was surprising."

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