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Giants teammates welcome Eli back from SNL stint with bananas

The funniest “live” moment from Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s turn as Saturday Night Live host came when he played the role of a murder defendant whose alibi was that he spent the evening sending funny and/or rude text messages.

And, in what surely wasn’t an unintentional slap at another quarterback who once played for another New York team, one of the texts included a picture of Eli holding a banana in a place where said other quarterback was holding, well, something else.  (Allegedly.)

And so when Eli returned to work on Monday, his teammates greeted him by, among other things, throwing bananas at him.

That’s what Eli said last night, via the New York Post, at an event for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic, which he has hosted six times.

Eli said that members of the cast were amazed he wasn’t nervous.  “I do live every Sunday,’’ Eli told them.

True, but he’s usually tucked inside a helmet.  And when the helmet is off, he typically reveals a narrow range of facial expressions.

But there he was on Saturday night, simultaneously sticking out his tongue and winking, in order to demonstrate the meaning of the “;-P” emoticon.

“You grow up watching it and it’s kind of one of those things, it was a personal deal,’’ Manning said.  “I wasn’t doing it for any other reason except kind of as a challenge, and just an honor to walk on that stage and do that opening monologue and kind of walk through the band, you’ve seen so many people do that.

“I kind of said, ‘I’m pretty open to do whatever.’  I’m not going to be real reserved, I’ll do whatever I can do to have fun.’’

He seemed to be having fun.  Which, given his normal football demeanor, is something he rarely seems to be having when he is “doing live” on Sunday.

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33 Responses to “Giants teammates welcome Eli back from SNL stint with bananas”
  1. humbleminded85 says: May 8, 2012 9:56 AM

    I think Eli did great, at least a lot better than I thought he would. The best part though was when they said Will Ferrell is gonna be hosting next week!

  2. bigbluwreckincrew83 says: May 8, 2012 9:58 AM

    First episode of SNL I’ve actually laughed aloud at in years

  3. ty49er4life says: May 8, 2012 9:59 AM

    He is a Terrible actors but that said knowing how he usually is I thought he was HILARIOUS!!! I laughed at almost all his skits the banana part and the EA sports bit were great not to mention the big brother skit SNL should have more athletes host. JUST NO TEBOW!!! although they could put him in positions that would be hilarious knowing his Christian nature

  4. tcostant says: May 8, 2012 9:59 AM

    The little brother skit was, vy far, the best!

  5. bmagochy says: May 8, 2012 10:03 AM

    Haha I hope Brett was watching. He was probable busy texting and missed it.

  6. kchi55 says: May 8, 2012 10:06 AM

    Eli’s performance had flaws, but the writing was doubly worse.

  7. warrenmoon says: May 8, 2012 10:07 AM

    I hope the have him making a sandwich and eating it off the ground in the next Madden. Then I might actually buy it

  8. oldspice1010 says: May 8, 2012 10:07 AM

    The banana skit was funny. Eli is much cooler than his persona to the media. You have to love a person who does not take himself too seriously notwithstanding all the success………………

  9. duneroad says: May 8, 2012 10:08 AM

    The bad news is that Eli is grounded for the Giants first 6 games because he was up past his bed time Saturday night.

  10. hailvictory10 says: May 8, 2012 10:18 AM

    Eli stinks. Rex and Redskins beat him twice.

    Hail to the Redskins

  11. jcdavey2011 says: May 8, 2012 10:20 AM

    personally, i thought eli was better than peyton , and aside from the opening monologue, was great.

    and that’s coming from someone who was a pretty big eli hater lol

  12. humpofdc says: May 8, 2012 10:25 AM

    Both are corny.

  13. maxinquaye7 says: May 8, 2012 10:28 AM


    i’m as sick of ‘media Tebow’ as anyone but i’d be interested to see him on SNL. would he just go with it and have fun like (amazingly to me) the Mannings do? or would he try to use it as a platform to “spread his message”? (anyway, SNL has sucked for years so a Tebow appearance wouldn’t exactly be ruining anything worth watching…)

    i actually like Tebow but, if he went on SNL with his dicky christian act, it might be the final push needed for him to jump the shark in many observers eyes.

    given that he’s the Jets QB now and SNL is ‘live from New York’, i’d be kind of surprised if NBC didn’t jump on that opportunity at some point…

  14. weswelkerspornstash says: May 8, 2012 10:29 AM

    QB’s do it 2 minutes!!!!!!

  15. flavordave says: May 8, 2012 10:32 AM

    Never been an Eli fan, but he was really good on SNL. The court scene about texting was a riot.

  16. flavordave says: May 8, 2012 10:34 AM

    duneroad – Say what you want but he has 2 super bowl rings that he earned. And Im an Eagles fan.

  17. cooklynn17 says: May 8, 2012 10:35 AM

    Its easy to root for a guy who is all class. And this article shows the Giants are a team and have each others backs, the way it should be.

    Its good to be a New York Giant.

    P.S. nice job on SNL Eli.

  18. dirtierwater says: May 8, 2012 10:36 AM

    “The little brother skit was, vy far, the best!”

    Eh, that was a total ripoff of Peyton’s ‘United Way’ skit, which remains one of the more awesome skits ever produced by SNL, imo.

    Gotta give Eli credit though. That’s got to be tough what he did, and he did an ok job with it.

  19. nfl1818 says: May 8, 2012 10:37 AM

    as a pats fan, I thought he was great, just as calm as the other times I have watched him – seems like a very likeable, unpretentious person

  20. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: May 8, 2012 10:59 AM

    True, but he’s usually tucked inside a helmet. And when the helmet is off, he typically reveals a narrow range of facial expressions.
    My favorite look of his is the “who just gave me a grundy?”

  21. bdawk20 says: May 8, 2012 11:00 AM

    As an Eagles fan, I am ashamed to admit that I enjoyed watching Eli on SNL. He did a great job.

    The scene where he pretended to throw the grenade did it for me.

  22. hawkforlife says: May 8, 2012 11:00 AM

    SNL. A has been show that outlived it’s time eons ago. I find it strange that people still watch it.

  23. fissels says: May 8, 2012 11:23 AM

    I really don’t like SNL at all but Eli came across as a genuine good guy.

  24. rjg427 says: May 8, 2012 12:55 PM

    dirtierwater says:
    May 8, 2012 10:36 AM
    “The little brother skit was, vy far, the best!”

    Eh, that was a total ripoff of Peyton’s ‘United Way’ skit, which remains one of the more awesome skits ever produced by SNL, imo.

    Gotta give Eli credit though. That’s got to be tough what he did, and he did an ok job with it.
    I think youre missing the point…that skit was totally meant to be in direct line with the peyton united way skit

  25. rjg427 says: May 8, 2012 12:57 PM

    I didnt think Eli was all that good but i have to give him a ton of credit..I dont think Ive ever seen a guest host do almost all of the skits in an SNL…but IMO Kenan Thompson stole the thunder in the madden bit playng Ray Lewis…”I aint wearing those funky a$$ pajamas”..lmao

  26. seahawksbmx says: May 8, 2012 1:03 PM

    I went from being indifferent about Eli to a fan. Banana skit (and others) were hilarious.

  27. Allycat209 says: May 8, 2012 1:11 PM

    Eli is now my favorite athlete host on SNL. So likable and funny.
    And sexy ;P

  28. drewsg says: May 8, 2012 1:25 PM

    I thought the writing could’ve been better, but he was pretty damn good from what I saw

  29. dukemarc says: May 8, 2012 2:12 PM

    Corky did a good job.

  30. granadafan says: May 8, 2012 2:32 PM

    Somehow, no one would be laughing if the Giants threw bananas at a black player. Eli did a good job. @dirtierwater, the United Way skit is called SPOOF. You know, for humor. Guess that skit went over your head.

  31. Angry Orange Man says: May 8, 2012 2:35 PM

    I was hoping that when they asked Eli if the banana picture was accurate and he said no, that when they asked him he just said, “the color”.

    I think they missed a real opportunity there. It reminded me of Eli’s early days when he would under throw the short pass.

  32. 49ersgiants4life says: May 8, 2012 3:33 PM

    I don’t think SNL has had back to back good shows in years Eli and now will this week good stuff.

  33. bigfuzzy says: May 9, 2012 5:01 AM

    Clearly not a pro actor.. but he was good enough and funnier than I thought he’d be.
    Well on ya Eli.

    And to all of you that make this a Giants v whomever issue.. seriously, grow up. I realize football is probably the only thing many of you have that brighten up your lives (sadly), to say he stinks just because you’re not a fan of his team makes you rather small and pathetic.

    I’m a Bears fan, so I can care less. Just happy to see he’s not as dry as he so often appears.

    Loved the show.

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