10 Greatest Sports Rants of All-Time

May 09

10 Greatest Sports Rants of All-Time

Anyone that listens to Jim Rome on the radio knows that he gets about 25 percent of his drops from amazing and insane press conference blowups from athletes and coaches. For the most part, athletes aren’t used to speaking to the press, so they get a pass. But coaches are usually much older, and should definitely know...

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Top 5 SNL Athletes Skits

May 07

Top 5 SNL Athletes Skits

When athletes host Saturday Night Live, they generally get great ratings. This happens for a couple reasons: 1. Fans love athletes and they love when they make the transition to sketch comedy well. 2. Athletes are generally not good at anything but being athletic, so when they bomb, it’s a sight to see. Strangely, it’s much more common to come across an actor/actress with some athletic ability than it is to see an athlete prove to be funny. Lorne Michaels has noted in the past that he thinks the athletes they choose to host SNL usually do better than actors because athletes are used to playing live and not knowing what the outcome might be. Whereas an actor is used to getting several takes and their not used to a live audience. Either way, Eli Manning did a great job on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, with a handful of solid skits. So I thought I’d rank the top five SNL Athletes skits and see if you’ll agree. The athletes that didn’t make the cut? LeBron James, Andy Roddick, Jeff Gordon, Lance Armstrong and Michael Phelps. Some of them were good, and had decent skits, but none of them made my cut. I would like to point out two scenes from when Derek Jeter hosted a decade back. First, there’s Derek Jeter’s Taco Hole, which was a commercial pardoy, sung to the tune of “Kokomo.” “That’s where I wanna go – Derek Jeter’s Taco Hole.” Best Derek Jeter line: “Ladies, if you bring your own tortillas, there’s no cover charge.” In that same episode, Jeter also dressed in drag (always good for a laugh with athletes), and starred as Alfonso Soriano’s wife in the stands at Yankee Stadium with the  “Yankee Wives.” Jeter even said, “Ooooh, no, Jeter does not do it for me. He looks like if The Rock had sex with a Muppet.” I pulled those two out because those were the only real funny parts in those entire skits. Charles Barkley’s effort earlier this season was not horrible, but his best part was when he portrayed Shaquille O’Neal on “The NBA on TNT” skit, with Keenan Thompson as Chuck. Thompson (as Barkley): “Man, Shaq, you...

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