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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Rough Night for Phil

In case you hadn't heard, the NFL game between the San Diego Chargers (quarterbacked by Philip Rivers) and the visiting Denver Broncos (led by the already-legendary Peyton Manning) wasn't the only big thing going on in San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. Phil Mickelson was trying to win $1mil for First Book, a non-profit organization which provides new books for children in need.

Here's the deal: During halftime, Phil was placed in one end zone; a 5-foot diameter target was set up in the other one. Mickelson was given a single wedge shot to hit the target and win the million bucks, which would have purchased around 450,000 books. According to PGA Tour stats, Phil makes that shot slightly more than 13% of the time.

However, Monday night turned out to be part of that other 87%. His shot went long -- still worth $50k (20,000 books) but clearly not what he was after.

Unfortunately for Phil, the rest of the night didn't go any better. You see, he did a little pregame commentary for ESPN extolling how the Chargers were positioned to make mincemeat out of the Broncos. For what it's worth, the history between the teams was clearly on Phil's side.

As it turned out, Peyton set a few records during the game, including the first time any team has ever been down 24-0 at halftime and then came back to win by double digits. The Broncos won 35-24.

Perhaps the kids will get a chance to read about Peyton's accomplishments in the new books Phil just bought them. I'm sure that will excite Phil no end. ;-)

Here's the article where I verified my figures about Phil's attempt.

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