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New York Giants’ Eli Manning Sticks up for Little Brothers on Saturday Night Live

May 7th, 2012 at 10:00 AM
By Dan Benton

For New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, being in the shadow of his older brother Peyton has become the norm. His success has been, and will likely continue to be weighted by how he performs in comparison with the eldest Manning. Such was the case this past Saturday when Easy-E took the stage to host Saturday Night Live.

Whether or not Eli's performance outranks Peyton's is up for debate, but there's no denying that #10 took a hilarious and well-timed shot at his older brother.

"Eli turned in a Pro-Bowl performance. He was superb. But he still should stick to day job," Adam Schefter tweeted.

Manning showed a unique side of himself that you rarely see, but often hear about. And while his timing may have been off in a few cases, we at Giants 101 found him quite funny. Considering the writing on SNL has gone downhill considerably, Eli really held his own – and in some cases, like the trial skit, stole the show.

"Peyton was funnier, but the variety of Eli's skits must rank in the all-time annals of SNL history," Peter King of SI tweeted.

Now that the laughing is done, it's time to get back to football


Tags: Eli Manning, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Saturday Night Live

38 Responses to “New York Giants’ Eli Manning Sticks up for Little Brothers on Saturday Night Live”

  1.  GOAT56 says:


    Krow – No we are not making a mistake if we don’t trade Osi and not making at least a SB run. Who says trading him will get us another good player? As good as JR is a 2nd pick isn’t any guarantee of a good player. See Sintim. We know what Osi is. Even if we do draft a good player we are likely talking 2014 or 2015 until this player has a huge impact. Plus if Osi gets a big deal like Norm has pointed out we will get something like a 4th round comp pick in 2014.

    I always use the Seynour example with with NE but an example closer to home is Philly. Philly has always been credited with getting rid of players to reload effectively. But I think there were times they needed to keep a vet and risk losing him to put them over the hump. There’s a difference in giving up on a player like Jacobs who’s past his prime and MM who’s out of our price range. Osi is under contract for 4 mil. I don’t think anyone would argue that’s a great deal given Osi’s talents. So why not see what happens? We are in it to win it IMO not to just be in the mix.

    •  Krow says:

      I’m readily admit that Reese knows much much more than we do about the Osi situation. I’m comfortable with him making the decision. But that decision will have results.

      If we have an average year … don’t repeat … are not a factor in the playoffs … and Osi leaves … then it will have been a mistake to have kept him. Becuase he’ll be gone and we’ll have nothing … or at least less than a trade would have gotten us.

      If we do play tough … and Osi is part of it … then it was not a mistake.

      Reese is GM … he gets to make the call … but the results will become facts by years ends, and as John Adams said, “facts are stubborn things”.

      •  Krow says:

        I’m = I

        •  GOAT56 says:

          My greatest fear is if we traded Osi and almost win. That’s worse than no comp in return IMO. To think he might have been the difference and we traded him not because we had to.

  2.  kujo says:

    This sketch and the court room one were the funniest. I also thought the one where Eli was in drag was pretty funny, as was that Fifty Shades of Grey Amazon commercial.

  3.  norm says:

    “To be honest … I have to believe that in light of all these contracts we’re seeing … that I’ve under-valued the number. Maybe Osi IS worth more … maybe he is in that $10-mil-a-year range. Not the 7 I was thinking.”

    There’s no doubt about it. Osi IS worth more. Hell, even a 30-year old Osi is worth more on today’s market than a 28-year old Osi would have commanded in 2010.

    I touched on this in my post yesterday. Reese and the Giants have become victims of their own success. When you win two of the past five Super Bowls relying on the same formula of a dominant pass rush and smart, efficient QB play, it won’t be long before the other 31 GMs in a copy-cat league fall into line and follow suit.

    Not only will this make Osi unaffordable to the Giants beyond 2012, it will also make it that much harder for Reese to pick up good, young pass-rushing talent on the sly.

    Pass rushing DEs – no matter how raw or how small a school they may have played at – no longer fly under the radar on draft day. Last year, when Trent Baalke and the Niners took Aldon Smith 7th overall based largely on his similar measurables to JPP, more than a few people called it a reach. No one’s laughing now. One year later, everyone is now looking for the “next JPP” or at least a DE with a JPP-type body, regardless of production. That’s why Chandler Jones – despite only 10 sacks total in three years at ‘Cuse – was the fastest rising player in the draft this year.

    Make no mistake about it. This team may have JPP, Tuck, and Kiwi but it is going to miss Osi dearly when he’s gone. Neither Tuck nor Kiwi possess Osi’s electric pass rushing skills, and JPP is nowhere near’s Osi’s equal in the art of the game-changing strip sack (see: NFC Divisional Playoff, Green Bay) Pending any camp and preseason surprises, this Giants team would appear to have no one on the roster who can duplicate what Osi does.

    Finding a suitable Osi replacement figures to be the greatest challenge of Reese’s tenure as GM to date. Those guys don’t often grow on trees… and those that do are now widely looked upon as the lowest hanging fruit. But find one Reese must, if the Giants hope to maintain the same winning formula that has brought them two championships since 2007.

    •  Dirt says:

      His sack in the Green Bay game was his signature play. 99% of all pass rushers would have clobbered Rodgers. Osi came to a complete stop and poked the ball out.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Dirt – actually that was only part of the play stripping the ball. As the ball layed on the ground Osi slapped the ball away from the OL trying to recover else which allowed us to recover the fumble. Maybe his greatest play as a Giant.

        Norm is 100% right. On the Smith pick I remember many laughing saying it was a horrible reach. Funny like JPP I only saw him play a few times in college but he jumped off the screen. I think the combination of JPP and Smith the last 2 years will make pass rushers harder to find. Though an extremely early look at the 2013 draft looks like DE will be stronger and deeper than this year. The type of player that still maybe will fall some are those true 4-3 DE’s that don’t project as possible 3-4 OLBs.

        •  rlhjr says:

          Agreed, with caveat

          Those JPP clones will also be playing outside linebacker in 34 defenses.
          But just like “Conner Kent” (Comic Book Reference) they won’t be playing with the full complement of “Kryptonian” abilities.

          Based on his talent level I would never underestimate what Paul will learn, and the things he will actually “invent” relating to rushing the passer.
          We all know LT invented the strip-sack. Osi just emulated as did a number of other defenders in Taylor’s wake. Also look how many NBA shoot blockers, put the ball in the stands, rather than catching it, and truning it into another possition for their team.
          (See Bill Russell “Greatest Basketball Player of All Time”)

          Not many players will rival JPP in talent. I could very well be wrong, but feel strongly that JPP’s equal has not yet been born. He is truly a once every 15 year player. Perhaps 20 years.

          Right now, Paul’s only restraints are the limits of the imagination of the Giants defensive coaching staff. And trust me they are only scratching at the full potential of his abilities. Use him like “Ware” and put his hand in the dirt. Make it so the offense is not sure of where he’ll be coming from amplifies his impact an order of magnitude.

          Based on what I’ve seen him do in two seasons, his ceiling is far from being realized.
          Yes, JPP started a trend, and so did one Mr. Taylor many years ago. And while the entire league had been engaged in finding another “LT” for over 20 years, the Giants went and picked him up in 2010. Poetic justice if you ask me.

          Jerry Reese’s next move should be finding “another” Leonard Marshall and at least a Carl Banks if not a Harry Carson. History does have a way of repeating.

          In response to the influx of JPP “wa-na-be’s” Reese has to find “kryptonite” in the form of offensive linemen capable of holding JPP type talent off for a split second longer.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            I’m very high on JPP like everyone else. But I want to see how he reacts to the extra attention he gets this year. He likely won’t get as many sacks but can still be an improved player. But maybe if Tuck and Osi are healthy for 16 games JPP will get less attention than last year.

            •  rlhjr says:


              However, with his speed and reaction time, JPP is a load for two blockers not perfectly coordinated in their actions.

              Two, if Tuck, Joseph, Canty or Austin are any account at all, double teaming JPP will get a QB killed.

              Finally, I will bet anyone that JPP is two steps faster than Osi ever was around the cornner. And JPP is capable of taking a more direct angle via spin, and/or bull rush
              which decreases the time it take him to reach/hurry the QB or ruin the draw/screen attempt.

              Osi is talented, and a valued assett to this team. That said, Osi is not in JPP’s “zip code” talent wise. End of story.

  4.  wlubake says:

    Eli did about as well as any host of recent history. If you have 3 memorable skits in an episode, you are ahead of the curve.

    I actually found the Madden skit pretty funny. He did pretty well miming the sandwich drop, looking for anyone watching, then picking up the sandwich off the floor and eating it. I laughed.

    Unfortunately he wasn’t in the 50 Shades of Grey video. That will end up being the episode’s most talked about segment.

  5.  kujo says:

    All you need to know is that Osi is really good. You want to accumulate as many excellent players on your team as possible. The ability to retain such excellence is complicated by a variety of factors–money, age, injury, chemistry, other players, etc. Unless one of these things intervenes negatively, you do what you can to keep players like Osi. I hope we can, but I will not shed a single tear when we don’t.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    As I said on Sunday AM, Eli was very good but the writing wasn’t. The guy has comic chops but each of his appearances could have been even better. I would have to go with the scene Dan included and the courtroom scene as his best, but I think it was awfully kewl that he introduced himself to a national audience that had previously thought of him as a dweeb in an entertaining way. I assume, though, that Dan will have plenty of Poor Eli material from the Eli haters out there. The Belushi, Chase, Radner, Morris, Ackroyd days of SNL are long gone and never to be revived. Too bad. As for Rihanna, very hot but is that the kind of song she normally does? Not all that impressive.

    •  kujo says:

      You mean the crotch-patting gesticulations with painful background vocals and the occasional “oohh” from the “lead singer?”

      Yes. That’s fairly typical.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Just another mediocre pop singer, I guess. If they want a female singer they need to get Adele or Florence and the Machine. Those women can sing.

        •  kujo says:

          Don’t get me started on Adele.

          And you should check out Regina Spektor if you want to hear some incredible and different female vocal abilities.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Osi isn’t just good. He’s truly excellent. Jerry Reese is excellent and perhaps moving toward great. Reese’s job is to put together as much talent as possible within the constraints of the salary cap. When you have drafted very well, as the Giants have, you simply will not be able to retain all of your “home-grown” talent. That’s the way the league wants it, and that’s the way it is. Too bad, because that penalizes the better scouting departments, but we, and Reese, and Coughlin, and the players have to live with it. We can envy the old Cowboys, Steelers and Niners, or get on with it.

    We cannot manage to pay Osi what the market will bear for him next year. He needs to have a terrific season to maximize that value and really cash in. He knows that. So does Reese. So he’ll stay a Giant unless someone comes in with a crazy offer. But while Osi doesn’t want to admit it (and who can blame him), he’s the third best defensive end on this team. JPP threatens to become one of the greatest defensive players of all time if he stays healthy and keeps learning and working. Justin Tuck is a great player if he can stay healthy. Kiwi, while not as good a defensive end as Osi, sure can play the position well, well-enough to start for most teams in the NFL. And Reese probably has the scouting group already beating the bushes for defensive ends who can be selected in the 2013 draft (norm is correct, it is now harder thanks to our success, but it ain’t impossible to find players others have not figured out yet, and with our remaining defensive ends we can take someone who is a great athlete but needs development while others may have to find immediate starters).

    We will survive 2013 without Osi and he will survive leaving the team he’d like to stay with on his last contract. Both, though, will be worse off than if the salary cap didn’t make working something out impossible. Meanwhile, I expect a monster year from Osi. Those pass-rushers are going to be competing with each other for supremacy on the team and will be “hunting” as they like to say, pretty hard. Opposing quarterbacks had better be planning on quick releases this season. And Fewell is probably figuring he can have his defensive backs compress the field with just one staying deep. I’m expecting a LOT of turnovers and a lot of sacks.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think the one advantage we have at DE is that we are a 4-3 team. Not it seems that most teams or at least half are 3-4 teams. This means some talented pass rushers that don’t show enough space abilities will fall some. I think of a prospect like Justin Tuck, while athletic I doubt a 3-4 team would draft a player from college like him in the first round.

  8.  F0XLIN says:

    As said after the draft, Randle was discussed for the Giants 1st round pick, but Greg Cosell says if Wilson wasn’t on the board RR would have been the pick

    •  Samardzija says:

      Amd as I said before the draft, this is horseshyt

      •  F0XLIN says:

        Idk, Cosell is well connected and very accurate with anything he reports

        •  Samardzija says:

          This is “reported” every year. Almost every FO does this. They had a “source” in the Jets FO that said the Jets didnt have Bruce Irvin that high and they had Couples AND Stephen Hill rated higher. Its BS

          •  F0XLIN says:

            Yea but Cosell doesn’t float sht out like other “reports” that’s my point. When he says he has learned, it’s first hand, he’s not in the business of putting headlines out there

  9.  Dirt says:

    What’s the franchise number for DE in 2012, anyone know?

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