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    "Would Eli Manning let loose for a little fun on "Saturday
    Night Live
    " tonight, or would the Giants quarterback rigidly stare into middle distance at his

    Manning did a little of both. The most successful spot was probably a
    pre-filmed short for something called "Little Brothers."

    That skit's premise: Brutalizing older brothers as payback for their rough
    ways. "Peyton" is used, and strategically: Manning name-checks his own older
    brother while stuffing Andy Samberg's character into the trunk of a car for
    bullying his little brother. The skit trended on Twitter, so that was victory

    Manning's opening monologue mentioned New Jersey more than once. Actually,
    this installment of SNL did, too. Manning's bit centered on the Giants star
    finally feeling like he's at home in New York, but knowing less than a tourist
    about anything. When asked a good place for Italian food, his answer is the
    Olive Garden.

    "You gotta go to New Jersey, but it's worth it," says Manning. After all, he
    plays in New Jersey for a New York team, he reminds us, with a smile. The Olive
    Garden part (perhaps unintentionally) echoed Jimmy Kimmel's recent dig at Gov.
    Chris Christie during the White House Correspondents' Dinner. ("It's not the
    Olive Garden State.") Manning also seems to have rehearsed his "Fuggedaboudit" a
    few times. It's just that he so precisely enunciates each syllable.

    After a short Eli Manning wristwatch commercial — not part of the show — the
    obligatory Tim Tebow segment unfolds. Tebow, Manning and some other players have
    to act out their victory moves for a video game, points mapped out on their
    bodies with foam balls for motion capture filming. Tebow kneels to ... Tebow ...
    and Manning fails to mint any marketable pose, dance or motion. Enter Victor
    Cruz (not actually him) to salsa around the green screen. The people who film
    Manning tell him to try "something a little flashier ... kind of like what Tebow

    The joke is supposed to be that Manning has no catchy celebration stance, and
    each time he tries, gets much worse. At one point he pretends to dribble a
    basketball in each hand. He also makes an imaginary sandwich, drops it, then
    eats it.

    While it was probably more funny to watch the clean-cut Manning introduce Rihanna
    — the night's raunchy musical guest, singing her controversial "Birthday Cake" —
    he wasn't all that bad as a murder defendant who had to illustrate his use of
    emoticons in text messages. The writers obviously knew that making the football
    straight man stick out his tongue and wink — plus phonetically say "kewl" —
    wouldn't completely bomb.

    As a flannel-wearing Occupy Wall Street organizer with a ponytail, Manning is
    less compelling, though the "interview" by Herb Welch, Bill Hader's veteran
    anchorman character, is always semi-funny.

    It had nothing to do with Manning, but Jersey popped up again with mention of
    mom" Patricia Krentcil
    , the excessively bronzed woman who, as Kristen Wiig
    plays her, is able to pass a piece of bread between her legs ... and make toast.
    Also on Weekend Update: Sacha
    Baron Cohen
    as The Dictator, with the real Martin Scorsese in tow as his

    After a short clip from a Beastie Boys performance in memory of Adam
    , we're back to Manning. He plays a gameshow contestant who gets
    grilled by the host, who also happens to be the girl he's dating (perhaps one of
    several). Manning looks too affable for the role: Wouldn't Tom Brady have done a
    better job playing a jerk?

    Following Manning's unfortunate inclusion in an all too lengthy
    Swedish-Chelsea Handler sketch (yeah), he's back as "Miss Chicken-fried Steak,"
    a Big Birdesque drag queen. Then as Richard, the little-known third wheel in the
    Cheech and Chong movies.

    Both sketches were forgettable compared with that early "Little Brothers"
    one. If anything gets passed around, it'll probably be that. Probably because in
    most bits, the writers cast Manning as the straight man who's supposed to appear
    funny because he's planted in a ridiculous situation. While that might work part
    of the time, Manning is actually more animated when he jumps aggressively out of

    B+ for effort?"



    "The Giants may not be banking on having Travis Beckum at the start of the
    2012 season. But there's a pretty good chance that it might happen.

    Beckum was at Sunday's Knicks-Heat game, and he told the Daily News that he's
    still hoping to return by the start of the season.

    "If everything works out, yeah," he said. "I'm just working hard and getting
    it healthy."

    Just two months after surgery, Beckum, who tore his ACL and meniscus in Super
    Bowl XLVI, is already moving around without a brace and feeling next to no pain.
    He had surgery on Feb. 28, then spent three weeks using a passive machine to
    regain his range of motion. He's already progressed to strength exercises, and
    there was no sign of crutches when he showed up at the Garden.

    He said he hasn't run yet, mostly because there's no need to push it this
    early in the offseason.

    There's also no need to rush back to health, and Beckum said that he
    understands that. The Giants acquired veteran tight end Martellus Bennett in
    free agency, and they picked up super-athlete Adrien Robinson in the draft, so
    Beckum knows he doesn't need to rush back.

    "I can take my time and get healthy," he said.

    Beckum said he will be around for the Giants' minicamp this week, but he will
    not take part in any activities."



    "Take that, big brother!

    On a night when Eli Manning Tebowed, took
    some indirect shots at Brett Favre’s texting habits, and even poked fun at his
    own manhood, he saved his best shot on Saturday Night Live for his old brother,
    Peyton. He scored his biggest touchdown with a hilarious commercial spoof for a
    fictional “Little Brothers” charity, striking a blow for tortured little
    brothers everywhere.

    In the skit, two-time Super Bowl MVP pledged to
    help kids deal with adversity “especially when that adversity is an older
    sibling”. He then told a young boy’s older brother “I’m your worst f----ing

    It was a takeoff on the classic United Way spoof that Peyton
    did when he hosted the show in 2007, where Peyton earned rave reviews for
    cursing out a group of children, firing footballs at their head and teaching
    them how to steal a car. Eli saved his abuse for a series of older brothers. He
    put one’s head in a toilet, gave another a wedgie, and shot another with an

    “We know that big brothers can be real d---heads,” Eli said.
    “Maybe now you’ll learn to treat your younger brother with respect,

    That was the highlight of a pretty good overall performance by
    the Giants’ quarterback. In a show that started strong and fizzled out towards
    the end, Eli seemed to move seamlessly through all his roles, which included an
    angry Occupy Wall Street protester, a game-show contestant who’s new girlfriend
    was hosting the show, and a guest on a foreign TV show wearing a platinum blonde

    Towards the end of the show he even took a page from Derek Jeter's
    SNL playbook, appearing in a skit dressed as a woman, wearing a bright yellow
    dress and another big, blonde wig. He finished the show doing a bit as Cheech
    and Chong’s long-forgotten third partner – Richard.

    None of that is
    what’s normally expected of the ice-veined superstar, who is usually calm,
    polite and sometimes awkward in public. But Eli said he was willing to “let
    loose” and step way out of character during his star turn on SNL. He started
    early, too, dressing in a black unitard for his first skit showing off some
    purposely awkward touchdown celebrations for a video game production.

    even “Tebowed” for the skit – getting down on one knee in prayer, like the
    now-Jets quarterback is famous for doing.

    In one of his funnier skits,
    Manning played a man on trial for murder when his Favre-like “sexts” were read
    into evidence. That included a picture of Eli in his underwear with a large,
    well-placed banana between his legs. He told the court what the banana was
    supposed to represent, then admitted under oath it wasn’t accurate because “The
    banana is larger.”

    It’s a good bet his teammates on the Giants are going
    to have a lot of fun with that.

    Eli was even surprisingly animated
    during his opening monologue, which included an introduction of some of his
    offensive linemen in the audience – David Diehl, David Baas, Chris Snee, and
    former Giants center Shaun O’Hara. The New Orleans native joked about being
    converted to a true New Yorker. For proof, he offered that the best Italian food
    in the city can be found at an Olive Garden in New Jersey, and that his favorite
    musical is Cats (“It’s Cats who can sing!”).

    He even said
    “Fuggedaboutit!” in his lispy Southern drawl.

    Eli joked early that
    “After the two Super Bowls this is definitely the third most exciting night of
    my life.” Clearly he seemed to enjoy showing a side of his personality the
    public has never seen."



    "Eli Manning’s hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” paralleled his usual
    performance as Giants QB – a clean showing, solid highlights, no major

    He even got in a dig on big brother Peyton, who struck SNL gold when he
    hosted in 2007.

    And yes, if you stuck through the end of the show, you saw Eli wearing big
    hair and lipstick and frilly yellow for a drag show skit, the kind of image that
    could leave die-hard Giants fans with indigestion.

    Manning does that during some of his games, too. He’s known for the
    occasional errant pass.

    But this is a guy with two Super Bowl wins, two gut-check victories in front
    of more than 100 million worldwide TV viewers. You experience those moments, and
    suddenly live sketch comedy doesn’t seem so daunting.

    Eli’s monologue saw him introducing his offensive line in the crowd and
    calling Saturday “definitely the third-most exciting night of my life” following
    those two Super Bowl wins over the New England Patriots.

    “I finally feel like a real New Yorker,” he said. “It took a few years, but
    now I’m an expert.”

    The ‘expert’ then fielded questions from the audience, instructing them to go
    to Olive Garden (in New Jersey!) for good NYC Italian food.

    “Hey, I play for the New York Giants, and all my games are played in New
    Jersey,” he said.

    He professed his love for the musical “Cats” – it ended its Broadway run in
    2000, by the way – then discussed one of his favorite hobbies.

    “I get some bulky shopping bags and three of the fattest kids I can find …
    then we all walk hand-in-hand next to each other in Times Square, slow as heck,”
    he said. “It’s so fun.”

    The fun continued with the mock ad for the “Little Brothers” program, a
    send-up to bro Peyton’s “United Way” skit.

    “Little Brothers” starts with Eli providing mentorship to some children in a
    park. A nice, happy scene.

    Then things turn dark, with Manning dispensing wedgies, swirlies, arrows and
    abuse to bullying big brothers.

    In one image, Eli stands over an open trunk, a boy (Andy Samberg) lying

    “Maybe now you’ll learn to treat your younger brother with some respect,
    Peyton!” Eli says.

    “My name’s not Peyton!”

    “Whatever,” and Eli slams the trunk on the bully, taking out his own younger
    sibling insecurities on somebody else.

    Another highlight was the “EA Sports” motion action shoot skit, which saw
    Manning struggling to come up with a suitable celebration pose.

    Tebowing? NO, that's already taken.

    Maybe Eli should incorporate the “dropped sandwich, check to see if anybody’s
    watching, picking it up and eat it” into his next TD pass.

    The quarterback also drew laughs as an accused murderer recreating emoticons
    and explaining horndog texts and cell phone snapshots to the courtroom.

    And then there was the drag thing …

    It’s strange seeing a football star with tear-tinged mascara running down his

    For the record, sports figures such as Charles Barkley and Derek Jeter have
    both donned skirts for the show.

    Eli’s appearance in drag as "Miss Chicken Fried Steak" may have brought some
    indigestion. But when the lights were brightest Eli starred, as he’s been known
    to do over the past half-decade. He stuck to the script. He didn’t throw his
    chance away.

    He had fun. He smiled. And we smiled, too, watching little brother have his


    "For the second year in a row, Jerry
    made an unexpected move with the New York
    ' first-round selection. After choosing value over immediate need in
    the 2011 NFL Draft by
    taking Cornerback Prince Amukamara, Reese opted to take a running back with the
    final pick of the opening round.

    While this selection certainly filled a large vacancy on the Giants depth
    chart, taking David
    at 32 is still a surprising move from a General Manager whose Super
    Bowl winning method includes finding starting caliber players in later

    After finding Ahmad Bradshaw in the seventh and final round five years ago,
    Reese has given the Giants a main event level RB that played through his first
    four years in the league at a relative bargain.

    With the durability of today’s top tier backs limiting them to only a handful
    of effective seasons, even last year’s top rushing prize Mark Ingram fell to New
    Orleans in the waning picks of the opening round.

    Irregardless, Reese obviously feels that what Wilson can provide immediately
    outweighs the probability that his value may sharply decline only a few short
    years from now.

    Wilson is expected to bring speed and agility to a rushing attack that
    finished 32nd last season. He also brings depth to a position whose leader,
    Bradshaw, will remain forever questionable thanks to permanent screws in both

    With the majority of the Super Bowl winning roster returning, an injection of
    youth and talent in the rushing attack may be just what the Giants need to
    repeat. Even a boost into the top 20 for rushing yards could take the pressure
    off the passing game necessary to ease in the second round pick.

    , WR LSU

    If you chose to believe Reese’s public stance, you may not have seen the Rueben
    selection coming. While fans clamored for a suitable imported
    replacement for Mario Manningham throughout free agency, Reese maintained that
    Jerrel Jernigan was adequate competition for Ramses Barden at third WR.

    Randle’s arrival may finally bring a dimension to the Giants offense that the
    team had been striving to obtain since Plaxico’s departure. New York
    prospered without a large target at WR, but Randle’s 6’3 frame allows them to
    implement new wrinkles into an already dangerous system.

    If Randle can acclimate himself to the game quick enough and manage to avoid
    the injury bug that seems to nag the majority of rookie Giants WRs of late, he
    can be an immediate contributor.

    Behind him will sit Jernigan, who is guaranteed a spot on this roster thanks
    to his status as a second year mid-round draft selection. The Giants are excited
    about his speed and are anxious to see if solid hands will follow.

    The fifth and possibly sixth spot on the depth chart will be up for grabs.
    Barden will have to dig deep and find a way to avoid the injury report. Randle’s
    arrival takes away the need for a large target and thus, Ramses unproductive
    days are likely numbered.

    Domenik Hixon will also need to prove his durability after back-to-back torn
    ACLs. If he return to his old form, he’s a cheap veteran option to round out the
    depth chart."


    "The 2011 New York
    ’ defensive backs were snake-bitten last year. They dropped like flies
    from training camp onward. Oddly enough, the injury bug hung out with the team
    well into the playoffs. This offseason, General Manager Jerry Reese has
    addressed the possibility of this type of repeat (or not!) and stocked up on
    depth heading into training camp.

    Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell knows his defensive strengths: the front
    four and rotation of key players to keep opposing offenses off their game. QB
    quick-drops/releases and increased use of the hurry-up at times puts more
    pressure on the defensive backfield. Will this year show marked improvement or
    more of the same blown coverages on big plays?

    Training camp battles with the defensive backs are a bit different than most
    other positions within the Giants organization. Most of them bond together, even
    when split into two groups: cornerbacks and safeties. The brotherhood that’s
    built with these players is strong and clear to see. Part of this is due to
    Safeties Coach David Merritt. He gets the most he can out of the secondary – and
    he can be heard doing so throughout camp practices. He also loves versatile
    players – guys that can play corner as well as safety, (as Fewell’s defense
    plays much nickel and dime) but can also help in run support. Barring damage to
    this unit again, the competition level at this position may be somewhat
    friendly, but will put forth the best players to cover the back end.

    Taking a look at who is going up SUNY at Albany:

    S Antrel Rolle has grown into his position with blue and had it finally come
    together once he bonded in a deep conversation with Fewell:

    “…from that point on I never saw the game about me. I never saw the game
    about anything having to deal with me. I saw the game about my teammates, I saw
    the game most of all about Coach Coughlin, and I saw the game most of all about

    “The defensive coordinator is more consistent with his calls and we are very
    comfortable with what he’s calling. We go out to win the games very smoothly.
    We’ve been very sharp in our technique, our adjustment. Even when things go as
    planned, we are flying around, we are hustling to the ball, and when we go to
    the ball great things happen…” he said while mid-playoff run.

    S Kenny Phillips is ‘Trel’s partner and most of the time, the single high. He
    “gets it” back there.

    S Tyler Sash will continue on Special Teams and now step in more that Deon
    isn’t returning.

    FS Chad
    – the inspiring story has been more of a reality as he entered Timex
    in April. He’s sure to get some tear-jerking cheers at training camp and most
    eyes will be on him for the first few days.

    CB Terrell Thomas re-signed before free agency started (four-year, 28
    million). His health is priority, but all signs point to the positive. His
    communication skills were missed in 2011.

    CB Corey
    is a constant at corner. No competition here.

    CB Prince Amukamara hurt his foot in early August, but had early flashes of
    brilliance over-shadowed by the times he got beat. Only way to move is up.

    Depth/ nickel/ ST players: DB Bruce
    (re-signed and coming off a torn Achilles), CB Michael Coe, CB
    Antwaun Molden (depth/camp body), DB Justin Tryon (was about to seriously gel
    and breakout in Fewell’s defense until he fractured his wrist – and continued to
    play), DB Chris
    (more of a ST guy that can flash), CB Brian
    (ST/return – depending on how knee is).

    Coughlin on 3rd Round Draft pick CB Jayron Hosley:

    “…very competitive, feisty guy with 12 career interceptions. He’s also a punt
    returner. He’s a physical tackler. He is a competitive guy who many times is
    matched up on the opponent’s best receiver. Whether it’s the physical aspect of
    the game, the coming up in run support, the competitiveness in the press
    position, whether he’s playing from off and just playing the ball in the air.
    This guy does have outstanding hands and has been able to convert that concept
    into many interceptions… he also has the potential to be a punt returner. We
    like him for our special teams aspect also. He’s played the gunner. He can play
    various kickoff coverages…We feel like we can accomplish a lot with this kind of
    an athlete. He’s not the biggest guy in the world… we do think he is a
    competitive, feisty guy and he’s one of those people that has not backed down
    from anybody. Played against some outstanding receivers in his career and did an
    outstanding job…”

    And finally: CB Brandon
    , S Stevie Brown, S JoJo Nicolas, FS Janzen
    as long shots/ practice squad possibilities.

    This should be a great area to keep a close eye on as many of the talented,
    fallen soldiers that couldn’t contribute to a World Championship are back."



    "Since the start of last night's Saturday Night Live featuring Eli Manning as
    guest host began with a hilarious spoof of Fox News, in which part of it was
    poking fun at "full disclosure," I'm going to disclose a few things to you now
    before talking about Manning's performance--1) I fell asleep before the show
    began and had to watch it just now; 2) I don't watch SNL all that often
    so I'm not the best judge on how funny it really is; and 2a) I don't know the
    names of all of the players. Whew. Okay, now that you know I'm an old fart,
    let's just say I do have a sense of humor and I know funny when I see it.

    But last night, the best part of Eli hosting SNL may have been the
    start of the show, when he was introduced. I'd be lying if I said I didn't get
    goosebumps. As you might expect, the guy got a huge ovation....I wonder why that
    is? Eli had David Diehl and
    Chris Snee and
    the rest of his offensive line in attendance, and used them as a prop to his
    opening routine, as he also did with his wife Abby. The skit was Eli jokingly
    answering questions in the audience about what to do in New York now that he's
    lived in the north for eight or so years.

    The first skit was one about EA Sports' Madden game, and had different
    NFL "players" auditioning. Unfortunately for Manning, the funniest one was of
    the guy playing Ray Lewis, not
    him....and the fact that the dudes auditioning him couldn't get him to be funny
    was sort of a running theme. I hate to admit this, but Eli was not nearly as
    funny as Peyton was in 2007. Of course, there were moments--and part of the
    charm was that they had Manning in all kinds of crazy situations--an Occupy
    activist; a dude on trial for murder who had an alibi of being home alone and
    texting random women in his phone; a regular dude on a game show who was set up
    by the game's hostess as her boyfriend that was more interested in him than he
    was in her; as a Swedish version of himself in a Swedish spoof on Chelsea
    Lately; a drag queen; and finally as a "third member" of the Cheech & Chong
    movies including "Up in Smoke." We know Manning has a goofy side, but the
    writers may not have really brought that out enough.

    Oh, and maybe the best skit was a "commercial" in which Manning was pimping
    an outfit called "Little Brothers," a play on Big Brothers and also a play on
    the skit they did with Peyton about the United Way--and of course, the theme was
    little brother envy. That was pretty classic.

    The show also featured musical guest Rihanna, and also appearances by Martin
    Scorsese and Sasha Baron Cohen in the same skit. And I'm not going to say the
    show was not funny as a whole--it was, and Manning performed admirably in what
    clearly was not his usual element. it's just that you really wanted it to be
    taken to another level humor-wise, and it never was. But hey, at least he's
    still our quarterback. And he has one more ring than his big brother."


    "Saturday we talked about an over/under for first-round pick David Wilson
    and his potential 2012 production for the New York Giants.
    Today, let's do the same with second-round pick Rueben Randle, the wide receiver
    from LSU.

    In talking about Wilson, we used Brandon
    ' 571 rushing yards from 2011. So, for the sake of consistency, I
    think we have to use 39 as the number for Randle. Why 39? Well, Randle
    theoretically is replacing Mario
    , and that is how many catches Manningham had during the 2011
    regular season.

    I will be honest here. I am taking the under. Manningham had four catches as
    a rookie. Jerrel
    had none a season ago. Ramses Barden
    had one as a rookie in 2009. Steve Smith had eight as a Giants' rookie in

    The Giants' passing attack is incredibly complicated. We have heard that
    before, and we have seen too many times what happens when Eli Manning
    expects one thing from a wide receiver and gets something different. No matter
    how much talent or potential the Giants see, Randle won't see the field very
    often until Tom Coughlin, Kevin Gilbride and Manning trust that he will be where
    they expect him to be, when they expect him to be there.

    Here is what I will say, though. Barden has 15 catches in three seasons. I
    have to believe the Giants think Randle can surpass that number as a rookie.
    Considering thet past history of first-year Giants wide receivers, a 20-25 catch
    season for Randle would have to be considered a tremendous first season.

    Your thoughts?"



    "Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who made his debut last
    night as host of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ said he wasn’t afraid to have a little
    fun at his expense. And that’s precisely what the signal caller and two-time
    Super Bowl MVP did.

    Manning’s opening monologue, where he seemed to fixate his eyes on the
    teleprompter when he fielded “questions” from cast members planted in the Studio
    audience about New York City. Manning recommended the Olive Garden in New Jersey
    and as a restaurant and the now defunct Cats as a good Broadway show to
    see. He also also saw him give a shout out to some of his current and former
    offensive linemen who were in the audience, including Chris Snee, David
    Diehl, David Baas,
    and Shaun O’Hara. The linemen, Eli
    noted “always have my back,” joking that they were even with him when his wife,
    Abby, who was also in the adience, gave birth to their daughter Ava last year, a
    joke that drew a slightly disapproving head shake from his wife.

    Manning’s first skit featured him poking fun at his bland on-field persona.
    In a skit featuring NFL Players delivering their signature moves for a football
    video game , Manning, dressed in a black unitard with motion sensors attached
    to his body, “struggled” to come up with a memorable move, at one point,
    dropping to his knee in the pose made famous by Jets quarterback Tim Tebow and
    then later lamely throwing a grenade. (Teammate Victor Cruz’s signature salsa
    move made it to the skit, though Cruz was depicted by a SNL cast member.)

    The highlight of Manning’s impressive night was a SNL PSA for the Little
    Brothers non-profit organization. Manning teamed with a fellow tormented little
    brother to seek revenge on his older sibling in a video that featured some
    uncharacteristic public salty language from Manning. The skit was capped with
    Manning stuffing SNL cast member Andy Samberg in the trunk in the car as he
    screamed “Maybe now you’ll treat your little brother with some respect,
    Peyton!” despite Samberg’s character protesting that his name wasn’t Peyton.

    Another funny moment in the show was a vague swipe at former Jets quarterback
    Brett Favre’s now famous “sexting” scandal in which Favre allegedly sent lewd
    photos of himself to a former female Jets employee. In the skit, Manning’s
    character was on trial, his lawyer presenting evidence of his client’s innocent
    that included a hilarious photo of Manning in a suggestive pose with a banana in
    which the quarterback delivered a phallic reference, a list of Internet searches
    focusing on “elderly butts,” and several hilarious facial expressions bringing
    to life common texting emot-icons.

    Other less memorable skits included Manning appearing on a game show
    awkwardly hosted by a girlfriend who puts him on the spot; a forgettable Swedish
    knock-off of the E! Entertainment talk show “Chelsea Lately” in which Manning’s
    southern drawl overtook his attempt at delivering a Swedish accent; an equally
    forgettable ‘Occupy Wall Street’ spoof; a drag queen beauty pagent in which a
    dress-clad Manning doesn’t take too kindly to having placed third int he
    competition; and a skit in which he played the straight-laced, short-lived
    third member of the Cheech and Chong movie team.

    The show, which was broadcast live to a national audience, also featured
    musical guest Rhianna, whom earlier in the week executive producer Lorne
    had hoped would get an opportunity to “get her funny on” but
    who didn’t appear in any skits.

    Also making guest appearances on the “Weekend Update” news segment of the
    show were actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who showed up as the title character in his
    forthcoming movie “The Dictator,” and legendary film director Martin Scorsese,
    who was Cohen’s “hostage.”
















    "Eli Manning hosted his first “Saturday Night Live” and as is
    often the case with sports figures who host the show, there are some funny
    moments and not-so-funny moments.

    But considering how the clean-cut
    Manning is so politically-correct and safe during media interviews with
    reporters, it was interesting to see the quarterback in a different light on

    One of his characters was a man on trial for murder whose lawyer
    argues for his innocence by showing all the desperate booty call-type text
    messages he sends to female friends during the alleged time of the crime,
    including a funny suggestive text photo involving a banana.

    It actually
    was kind of funny to see “SNL” writers have Manning talk several times using
    adult language dialogue. We may never hear Eli utter some of the words he did on
    "SNL" ever again.

    He also dressed up in various costumes from acting as
    a hippy protestor to a blonde Swedish athlete to a drag queen named “Miss
    Chicken Fried Steak” (eat your heart out Derek Jeter).

    And yes, he “Tebowed.”

    We do rapid reactions following Giants
    games so why not one after Eli’s performance on "SNL"?

    Naturally, Manning looked a bit stiff and nervous in
    the opening monologue. But what non-actor or comedian or politician wouldn’t?

    Manning came out in a sharp suit and opened the show by talking about
    how he loves New York and how the city has embraced him and the Giants.

    He talked about the Giants’ Super Bowl parade down the Canyon of Heroes
    and joked how the team doesn’t know where the Vince Lombardi trophy is anymore
    after taking it into the city. He pointed into the crowd toward friends who were
    there to support him and naturally it was some of his most trusted offensive
    linemen as Chris Snee, David Diehl, David Baas and former
    Giants center Shaun O’Hara were in the audience.

    “I’m a
    little out of my element but I have some guys here who always have my back –- my
    offensive line," Manning said. "They go with me everywhere… parties,
    restaurants, they were even in the room with me and my wife when our daughter
    was born.”

    Manning then said he feels like a true New Yorker and did a
    Q&A with tourists in the audience –- all "SNL" actors –- asking various
    questions about New York such as where to find good Italian food. Manning said
    to go to New Jersey to Olive Garden.

    During the monologue, Manning
    rushed a bit and talked through some laughter without pause. But again, it’s
    perfectly understandable. Manning said earlier in the week he was going to be
    nervous and would probably settle down as the show went on.

    the crowd will laugh,” Manning said in a video on earlier this week.
    “That’ll be good to kind of get my first laugh. Obviously in a football game
    it’s kind of nice to get that first completion. I think come Saturday, just
    getting that first laugh will help relax me.”

    Peyton Manning’s
    United Way skit when he yelled at kids and fired
    footballs at them when he hosted the show in 2007 became one of the best pieces
    done by an athlete host on “SNL.”

    So naturally, “SNL” had Eli do a bit
    of a spinoff by doing a “Little Brothers Program” bit on boys overcoming

    “Hi, I’m Eli Manning and I am a proud ambassador to the
    ‘Little Brothers’ program,” Manning says with cheesy music playing. “Our
    organization helps kids build confidence, reach their goals and overcome
    adversity, especially when that adversity is an older sibling.”

    is seen comforting a kid who has been bullied by an older brother. In the next
    scene, Manning is waiting in the kids' bedroom as the older brother walks in.
    The older brother says, “Are you Eli Manning?”

    A scowling Manning
    replies angrily, “Nope, I’m your worst [bleeping] nightmare.”

    then holds the older brother upside down over a toilet and is seen throwing
    another older brother of another kid in the trunk of a car.

    “Maybe now
    you will learn to treat your younger brother with some respect Peyton!” Manning

    “My name is not Peyton!” the actor replies.

    Manning replies.

    This short video recorded around the city was easily
    Manning’s best moment on “SNL.”

    course, there had to be a Tim Tebow skit with Manning. “SNL”
    did an EA Sports bit in which several football players struck celebratory poses
    for a video game.

    A comedian portraying Tebow struck the Jets’
    quarterback’s famous pose. An actor playing Victor Cruz also
    did Cruz’s salsa dance. But Manning, who only raises his arms in the air after
    touchdown passes, attempted several touchdown celebrations including Tebowing,
    pretending to throw a grenade after scoring but letting out a loud shriek in
    fear and pretending to make a sandwich, dropping it on the floor and then
    picking it up and eating it off the ground while hoping no one notices. And he
    did all of this while wearing a tight motion capture suit.

    There were a few of these but some of the skits
    probably would not have been funny even if Eddie Murphy was the

    In one skit, Manning played an occupy Wall Street protestor being
    interviewed by an older reporter who offends everyone. In another skit, Manning
    plays a Swedish athlete being interviewed on the Swedish equivalent of E!’s
    “Chelsea Lately” called “Helga Lately.” The only thing funny about either skit
    was that Manning wore wigs for each of them. But Manning had

    I have to say, Manning did about as good as expected for his first time on “SNL”
    and with what was written for him. I was disappointed that Manning, who loves to
    karaoke, did not sing. I guess we’ll have to wait for him to win another Super
    Bowl to be back on “SNL.”

    What did you guys think of Eli’s performance?
    Tell us below."











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  • #2
    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012 - 11:13 A.M.

    Thanks man.


    • #3
      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012 - 11:13 A.M.

      [quote user="fourth&forever"]Thanks man.[/quote]

      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


      • #4
        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012 - 11:13 A.M.

        thanks Roanoke! [B]


        • #5
          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012 - 11:13 A.M.

          [quote user="BigBlue1971"]thanks Roanoke! [B][/quote]

          “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1