Ryan Seacrest fum­bled when he first met Aaron Rodgers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - TAP DAILY - CHRIS FORAN

When Ryan Seacrest met Aaron Rodgers, he em­bar­rassed him­self by not rec­og­niz­ing the Pack­ers quar­ter­back — and then raving about the “great” NFC Cham­pi­onship Game the Pack­ers lost to Seacrest’s home­town team, the Fal­cons.

On “Live With Kelly and Ryan” on Fri­day, Seacrest — the worka­holic host of “Amer­i­can Idol” and a pop­u­lar Los An­ge­les ra­dio show, as well as the day­time talk show — was talk­ing with co-host Kelly Ripa about his rel­a­tive ig­no­rance about all things sports.

To il­lus­trate, he re­counted a name-drop­ping-filled story about go­ing to talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres’ birth­day party last Jan­uary. Go­ing up to the bar to get a beer, Seacrest said, he struck up a con­ver­sa­tion with an ath­letic-look­ing guy at the bar whom he didn’t rec­og­nize.

Seacrest asked the guy why he was at the party; the man replied his girl­friend, an ac­tress, was a friend of Ellen’s. When Seacrest asked him what he did, he said he played foot­ball.

Seacrest, an At­lanta na­tive whose in­ter­est in foot­ball ap­par­ently ex­tends solely to the At­lanta Fal­cons, wanted to look like he was cur­rent on the game, so he jumped in, telling the guy at the bar about how the Pack­ers got “crushed” and how “psyched” he was about the Fal­cons go­ing to the Su­per Bowl.

“What po­si­tion do you play?” Seacrest asked him. “Quar­ter­back.” “Who do you play for?” “Green Bay Pack­ers.” “Are you Aaron Rodgers? Let me buy you a beer.”

The Fal­cons beat the Pack­ers, 44-21, in the NFC Cham­pi­onship Game. (The Fal­cons later lost to the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots in the Su­per Bowl, 34-28.) Rodgers and his then-girl­friend, ac­tress Olivia Munn, broke up in April.

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