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If you could choose to be one person on the planet for a day, Patrick Mahomes would have to be high on if not on the top of the list. He’s a Super Bowl champion, has the potential to win many more given he’s just 24 years old, just signed a new contract that could be worth upwards of a half-billion dollars, and doesn’t appear to have the anxious qualities that can often be drivers of greatness in others.
Clay Skipper profiled Mahomes for GQ, and one anecdote that popped out was the time that he and Travis Kelce beat Post Malone so badly in beer pong that he got their names tattooed on his arm on the spot.
As the story goes, the Chiefs had their Super Bowl parade and then serendipitously Malone was playing a concert in town that night. Mahomes got an impromptu suite, and he and Kelce went backstage before the show. They apparently beat him so badly in beer pong — 14-15 games in a row, as Malone went though a number of partners — that the performance was a little delayed and Malone finally had enough:
After nine or ten games, Post is interrupted by his manager. It’s time, he’s told, to take the stage. But Post waves him off. He needs to win a game. Finally, around the 14th or 15th game, Post decides he needs to up the stakes. He hands a piece of paper to Mahomes and Kelce, and he asks them to write their signatures, and he promises to tattoo the autographs onto his body—you know, like, permanently—if they can beat him again. Dilly dilly!
Surely you know how this ends: Post loses. “He has a tattoo artist literally in the room,” recalls Mahomes, who sounds alarmed even in retrospect. “I’m like, ‘Dude, you do not actually have to get a tattoo of our autographs.’ ” And certainly, by now, you know this too: Post Malone is a man of his word, and gets his new tattoo done backstage, immediately after the show, inking onto himself a squiggly Patrick Mahomes autograph that looks like it had been written by someone who’d been drinking all day to be tattooed onto someone who’d been drinking all day. In asking Mahomes about that epic day, I set the over/under at 20 beers, to which he replied, “Way over,” but added that he doesn’t “know how many full beers I drank, because half the beers were on my clothes.” For his part, Post Malone told me he “thinks” it’s the only tat that ended up on his body as a result of a lost bet.
If you want to see what the tattoo looks like, it made its way to Reddit shortly after this happened.
If this pandemic lasts long enough, and frankly even if it doesn’t, we should get to watch Mahomes and Kelce take on all comers in beer pong. How much would you pay to watch a World Series of Beer Pong with some of the best athletes in the world on PPV?