Last season when Leicester City was in the midst of what would become an unlikely championship season in the English Premier League, BBC Sport Match of the Day host Gary Lineker was rather skeptical of the Foxes’ chances to win the title. After Leicester City’s win over Chelsea last December, Lineker was so confident that he made a rather bold promise on Twitter:

And as it became clear that Leicester City was going to win, there were people who wondered if Lineker would back out, but he said a promise was a promise and he would fulfill his pledge on the season premiere of Match of the Day. Well, the season premiere of the venerable MOTD program aired on the BBC on Saturday and as promised, Lineker did open the show in his undies and remained that way for the entire first segment of the show:

While it wasn’t as scary as it could have been seeing a 55 year old man in his skivvies on live TV, Lineker said he had been working out since May to ensure that he didn’t look flabby in front of millions of BBC viewers. To his credit, Lineker said he never regretted making the promise saying it was all in fun.

Now hopefully he won’t make this same promise for Burnley or Crystal Palace otherwise this could be a rather painful annual tradition for viewers.

[Video courtesy of 90th min]

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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