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Jimmy Fallon puts the spotlight on sports during Super Bowl week

No late-night talk show is sportier than NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which will air from Super Bowl host city Indianapolis on Feb. 1--3, with a live show after the game (Feb. 5). Herewith the host recalls some of his more jock-ular guests.


"I played beer pong on the air with John McEnroe (above). Great guy. He has laser vision and is, of course, great at [the game]. But he got mad when he didn't hit the target, shouting, 'Come on!' He looked like he wanted to flip the table over."


"We keep things active because at 12:30, you're fighting people falling asleep. Would you rather watch me interview Samuel L. Jackson or watch me play hallway golf with him, where he tells the audience, 'Keep quiet, motherf------!'?"


"When Tiger Woods was on the show, he and I had an awkward off-air moment. We were playing his Wii golf game, practicing for a show segment. He swung, and I said, 'Press down and shake it to put spin on the ball.' He said, 'Don't tell me how to play my game.' And he wasn't smiling. I was like, 'Whoa, sorry.'"