Live from New York, it's more torment for Patriots fans.
New York Giants QB Eli Manning followed his older brother Peyton and Tom Brady to Super Bowl glory.
This week, he'll be following them again when he takes on center stage in Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Center to host NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
Eli is also the 35th sports figure to host the show, something executive producer Lorne Michaels says is not a coincidence.
“They’re used to being in front of large groups of people and not knowing how it’s going to turn out,” Michaels said in a media conference call earlier this week with Manning as reported on Giants.com.
Patriots' fans are all too familiar with watching Eli perform in front of a large audience. He's beaten Brady and the Patriots three straight times.
And talk about a mancrush: "I think he’s both charming and radiates a certain kind of intelligence and I don’t know how to say this, but you sort of believe that he doesn’t take himself that seriously," Michaels said.
Manning's gig as host comes three months to the day after he and Giants defeated the Patriots in the Super Bowl with a come-from-behind-victory in the last two minutes again. Manning and the Giants have outscored New England 13-0 in the final 1:39 of those two Super Bowls. Michaels initially pursued Eli after the Giants defeated New England 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII. David Tyree and Asante Samuel were unavailable.
“One of the main reasons I did not do it was (because) Peyton had done so well the previous year,” Manning said. “I thought it might be a little fresh in everyone’s mind. I didn’t want to have to go up against tough competition."
No word if Wes Welker is going to "drop" by for a visit. Can we get Gilly to spend some quality time with Gisele? It might do them both some good. Rihanna is the musical guest this week.
Mick Jagger will be hosting in two weeks.
Patriots fans have had at least 19 nervous breakdowns and no satisfaction since Brady hosted on April 16, 2005, two months after the Patriots' third Super Bowl victory. Peyton's turn came on March 24, 2007. Among the other sports figures to host the show are O.J. Simpson, Fran Tarkenton, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Derek Jeter, LeBron James and Michael Phelps. O.J. won't be available to return until 2017 at the earliest.
With any luck, a few cans of "Stickum" and some defensive pressure, Brady will be called back sometime next season. Mark Sanchez can expect to host sometime in 20-never.
Check back with us Sunday for a review of the show and video highlights once they're legally available.
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