“What is my role on the team? I’m just the eye candy, the show pony. These guys have done all the heavy lifting.”
Will Ferrell got it spot on in his remarks during the Los Angeles Football Club stadium groundbreaking event on Tuesday. In that regard, anyway.
In between serving as the “groundbreaking foreman” and telling a few quips for those in attendance, the Hollywood star and LAFC co-owner actually picked up and dropped dirt for the cameras with a backhoe.
He also told plenty of jokes.
“I have found out I’m going to be head groundskeeper,” he deadpanned to the crowd. “I don’t know anything about horticulture or plants. But I’ve got two years to learn, so it’s going to be the best turf in the MLS, guaranteed.”
Ferrell’s irreverence was perhaps most on display when he made a promise that is going to be more or less impossible for LAFC to keep in 2018, when they will join MLS play.
“I also want to make a bold prediction. We don’t have our roster yet, we know there’s a lot of interest from coaches and players to come and play here in Los Angeles, but I do know this: We will go undefeated in our inaugural season. I don’t know how hard that is to do, but we have a pretty good chance we will do that.
“And if not, you can come up and tackle me in the parking lot, ok?”
I mean, maybe the owner’s promise will be that final bit of motivation for the players to go without losing for a whole season, who knows? If it works, this Ferrell guy will go down in lore, aside from all his comedic performances, of course.
Otherwise, we’re guessing he’ll park his car in a very secure location when the team hits the field.
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