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Kristen Wiig was back on “Saturday Night Live” this week, returning as host for the first time since her departure at the end of last season. There wasn’t much new on the show, as Wiig brought back many of her trademark characters back for a show that could have been labeled an “Almost Best-of-Kristen Wiig” special. This week’s version of the Internet was loaded with posts offering various “Top 10″ Kristen Wiig characters and sketches.
The pull to revive many of them this week was obviously irresistible. That also dulled much of what we saw.
Among the many notable Wiig characters who returned for this week’s show were “Gilly,” “The Target Lady” (above) and the female portion of “Garth and Kat.” Wiig is a remarkable talent and was perhaps the funniest comedienne on TV this side of Carol Burnett (Kids, ask your Mom today at dinner about Burnett or check out her legacy on You Tube.) Wiig’s comedic big-screen potential is limitless if her incredibly hilarious “Bridesmaids” is any indication of future performance. That movie grossed more than $169 million, making it by far the most-successful R-rated female comedy of all time.
It was clearly an emotional return to the SNL stage for Wiig. Unfortunately, there were not nearly as many laughs as one might have expected, especially with the return of the flat-out funniest female cast member in the history of the show. Tina Fey was a better writer for sure, but became too much of a one-trick Sarah Palin pony in the end. Wiig’s diversity on the character front gives her the long-term edge.
Things began with an abysmal cold-opening that tried to get laughs with convicted killer Jodi Arias and accused rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro as last-minute guests at the Benghazi hearings. Missed the humor in the deaths of four American heroes in Libya – no matter one’s political views are. Perhaps the SNL writers will come back with some Sandy Hook or Boston Marathon bombing jokes next week.
Wiig’s monologue turned into a snappy dance number that featured a cameo of Jonah Hill making out in a closet with a very pregnant Maya Rudolph, who co-starred with Wiig in “Bridesmaids.” Even “Gilly” herself showed up live on tape talking to producer Lorne Michaels.
Here are some of the clips worth watching:
A 1-800-FLOWERS spot that featured a frustrated daughter (Wiig) buying her meddling mom (the always-funny Kate McKinnon) some Mother’s Day flowers hit close to home on multiple fronts.
A Disney Channel show where mom becomes a “Korean Water Ghost” called “Aw, Nuts, Mom’s a Ghost,” scored points for creativity and produced this GIF from SNL’s Tumblr page:
Unfortunately, we were brutalized with another episode of “The Californians” early in the show. This regular-sketch might have been funny in the 1980s, but since daily and weekly soap operas have gone the way of afternoon newspapers, this one might be better off as a “web-exclusive.” The acting talent continues to be wasted on a sketch that appears to be more of a time-filler than anything else. The only laughs came when the cast members failed to keep it together.
The singing Merrell Sisters, featuring Wiig’s Dooneese, returned to the “Lawrence Welk” show. Wiig’s man-hungry antics still brought home plenty of laughs. While Welk’s show peaked about 30 years ago, this skit has the staying power “The Californians” lost somewhere deep inside the San Andreas Fault.
Post 12:30, Jason Sudeikis‘ acupuncture session turned into an impromptu blood-letting that allowed Wiig, Aidy Bryant and McKinnon offer a dark interpretation of Lucy and Ethel’s candy-assembly line sketch with a gruesomely funny twist. The blood kept coming and they could do nothing to stop it. (Kids, you can ask your Grandmother about Lucy and Ethel today at dinner, as well.)
Wiig and Cecily Strong played a pair of boozy, somewhat-desperate cougars out on a date with a pair of sixth-grade boys, Tyler and Drew (Tim Robinson and Bobby Moynihan). While the girls ordered drinks, the boys ordered “noodles with a lot of butter.” Funny and not nearly as gross as it could have been.
Seth Meyers didn’t disappoint during “Weekend Update.” While remarking on a report that said Finland is the best place to be a mother, he deadpanned that high school is the worst. And citing another study this week that said three children is the most stressful number when it comes to having children. Meyers remarked, “especially if you had four when you got to the mall.” Singers “Garth and Kat’ returned and once again failed to produce anything in tune.
Ben Affleck hosts next week’s season-finale with musical guest Kanye West.
Hat trick for David Krecji.
Hat’s off to Tuukka Rask.
But the juiciest moment of Wednesday’s 4-3 Bruins overtime victory at Toronto may have occurred in the significant others’ section of the Air Canada Centre.
Actress Elisha Cuthbert, who is the fiancee of Maple Leafs’ defenseman Dion “Big Mistake” Phaneuf, wasn’t too happy about her beau’s team losing to the Bruins.
And she apparently didn’t enjoy getting a glaring “I can’t believe your guy did that” look from April Reimer, the wife of goalie James Reimer, either.
This was either the NHL’s version of Gisele’s post Super Bowl XLVI outburst or a misunderstanding brought to us by the internet.
My heart screams for Gisele II.
But the head says otherwise.
Here’s Mrs. Reimer’s version of events:
— April Reimer (@april_reimer) May 9, 2013
Just ask the future Mrs. Phaneuf:
Things are not always what they seem. I’m insulted and disappointed by a lot of these Comments. That’s real. Not a 3 sec. Clip.
— Elisha Cuthbert (@HappyElishas) May 9, 2013
We’ll let this stand until the Bruins win Game 5.
You can’t see any visible jerks next to the two hockey queens on this You Tube clip. Perhaps the mystery fan was the same DB who was waving the “Toronto Stronger” sign before Game 3.
The Bruins gave the Leafs and their fans plenty to roll their eyes about during Wednesday’s thriller. It was a throwback to the good old days of 2011 and the game generated all the excitement and angina of a Game 7, even though it was just another overtime first-round affair.
Krecji’s hat trick demonstrated that the Bruins still have it offensively. But the real star power at the Air Canada Centre wasn’t generated by Cuthbert, Mrs. Reimer, or April’s mother-in-law. It emanated from the pads and stick of Tuukka Rask. At 26, Rask finally dropped his playoff nut with his stellar performance, especially in overtime.
Rask made 45 saves at the very raucous Air Canada Centre. He stopped breakaways, rebounds, shots to the five-hole, risers, sliders. You name it, he stopped it. He made 14 of those stops in a back-and-forth overtime that saw multiple potential game-winners missed by both sides.
This may have been the playoff game that might finally purge the Bruins from the curse of Tim Thomas. At least for the time being. Rask hasn’t dropped any of his political philosophy on Twitter or Facebook. Meanwhile, Thomas was last seen (we’d like to think) stockpiling gold and food insurance in his Colorado bunker. Or maybe it was just legal weed. Either way, Boston fans will always be grateful for his efforts in 2011. Rask showed plenty of Thomas Wednesday night, although his upright style is in marked contrast to Thomas’ perpetual Zamboniness.
Even better for Rask, he doesn’t have to wait around for Roberta Luongo to pump his tires. We’ll be happy to do it here.
By the way, Luongo and the Canucks have lost 10 of their past 11 playoff games and are no longer with us this playoff season. And yes, fans rioted in Vancouver after the Canucks got swept by the Sharks. Luongo is also selling his very awesome Vancouver condo for just $4.2 million Canadian if you’re interested, Tim.
We were promised riots in Toronto Wednesday night, if the Maple Leafs lost:
So there’s a riot going on in Toronto right now then twitter.com/TdGardenGenera…
— Garden General (@TdGardenGeneral) May 9, 2013
But we got nothing when it came to civil unrest. Once again, Toronto’s bark proved much worse than its bite. And it can really bite.
Krecji gave the Bruins a desperately needed big-money offensive game Wednesday. A game that Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton would be wise to emulate. Despite their continued misfires, there was plenty of 2011 on the ice Wednesday night, especially in the form of an OT game-winner on the road in Canada.
Even the Red Sox got into “Throwback Wednesday” with a 15-8 loss to the Twins. When Boston was down 14-6, NESN was dutifully pimping the Premier League Game of the Week. It was just like old times 2012 style. All we needed was Bobby V.
Rask kept the Bruins viable all evening. He covered up multiple mistakes that occurred both in the Bruins’ end and on offense when the Bruins simply dumped the puck in the general direction of the net but failed to force a rebound off Reimer.
And he made sure Phil Kessel would not get the last laugh on his former teammates in overtime.
Rask played his Ask off, no doubt. He showed himself capable of giving the Bruins enough air even in the fourth period of a brutally physically tough road game to allow the likes of Krecji a chance to win it.
The Bruins are still lacking when it comes to the power play even though they converted on two of their 10 chances. Boston had a chance to ice the game with a 3:30 power play in the third period that turned into 210 seconds of frustration. Conversely, the Bruins were up against the boards when Joffrey Lupul earned a best-actress nod for drawing a high-sticking penalty on Chara. That would be, surprisingly, the final penalty of the game.
But Boston turned in its biggest penalty kill of the season thus far and Cuthbert and April Reimer were left at the end of the evening exchanging dagger-eyes, or commiserating about an alleged “jerk” sitting nearby.
Either way, they can blame Tuukka Rask.
And he was a lot hotter than either Cuthbert or Reimer.
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Can’t believe Carl Crawford homered and Jason Varitek got a triple in the same game and the world didn’t explode…
Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Rays are still in this thing. They’re having a fan appreciation night in St. Pete this week and they hope he shows up…
Ryan Lavarnway, Josh Reddick, Darnell McDonald and Jed Lowrie. That was 44 percent of your Red Sox starting lineup Monday night. Guess we can call them “Misdemeanors Row.” I’m thinking Cliff Lee isn’t losing a whole lot of sleep worrying about those bats…
If we don’t survive Hurricane Irene this week, it’s been nice knowing you…
Speaking of Hurricanes, former Florida coach Urban Meyer waded into the mess that is the “U” – ripping the former coaches and assistants at Miami in the wake of the Nevin Shapiro scandal. Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle blue and orange?…
The only violations at UF during Urban’s reign were violations of the Florida penal code. Plenty of Gators got jewelry – in the form of stainless steel bracelets. If a booster ever gave any Gator $500 or $1000 – it was probably used to post bail…
Gotta love this photo of Shaq and Shapiro. Once Shaq heard “grocery distribution business” – he was hooked…
This UM fiasco proved one thing – Miami does in deed have a professional football team…
Vince Wilfork says he’s “moved forward” in the wake of reports he received $50,000 (among other things) while still at the “U”. Let’s hope for his sake the IRS feels the same way…
Jim Tressell made $21 million in Columbus – that was the minimum wage in Coral Gables…
Not sure what did more damage – that Yahoo! story in Miami or Tom Brady in Tampa…
Meanwhile, the Bucs look ready to go all the way – to the Arena Bowl…
Plax was back with a bang Sunday night – and this time he was the target on purpose. Rex hasn’t been this excited since the missus stopped wearing socks…
The other day, Eli Manning said he was in the same class as Brady. Let’s get this straight – Eli is only the 3rd best QB in his own family and Mom is running a close 4th. Eli won the Super Bowl because: 1. Asante Samuel forgot to jump and 2. He threw the ball 8 feet over David Tyree’s head. QBs who also won Super Bowls – Trent Dilfer and Jeff Hostetler. They’re not in Brady’s class either…
The Pats continue to rest Albert Haynesworth – they don’t want him to break anything – like a sweat. He should have plenty of time on his hands to complete those 160 hours of community service – like the rest of training camp…
So much for that, the Bruins open camp 4 weeks from Friday. For the first time in 39 years, folks might actually notice. Got to hold the Stanley Cup a few years back, it’s all you would imagine and I hadn’t skated in two decades…
Guess Boris Said got Greg Biffle’s address – because he certainly didn’t show up at Michigan this weekend…
Danica Patrick is going to NASCAR full-time next season – imagine where she’d be if she ever won a race in the Western Hemisphere..
Penn State is working on another Joe Paterno statue – it will be standing on the sidelines every week.
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I got an e-mail asking me to buy myself or anyone else a new No. 85 Chad Ochocinco Patriots jersey. I’d be all over if for the fact that I don’t have $84.99 burning a hole in my pocket and I still like to have gas in my car. The folks at nflshop.com are on the ball – they’ve got new jerseys for sale on many of the big-name free-agents who changed teams in the past week – plus many of your favorite draft picks. Most of these ship in 5-7 business days as the folks at Reebok are cranking them out as fast as possible. Among the highlights are these 5 notables:
No. 85 – Patriots – Ochocinco got his number from Aaron Hernandez for free. Unfortunately, we don’t have the same option. However, preferred customers can get free shipping on orders over $75. My favorite Ochocinco jersey was the yellow Hall of Fame jacket he wore on the sidelines a few years back in Cincy. I’m thinking antics like that aren’t even allowed to be discussed in Foxboro. It’s item No. 11361146 and is no longer available in XL. Fortunately for Albert Haynesworth, it is still available in size XXXXXXL.
No. 17 – Jets - Plaxico Burress can be yours in Gang Green. You can probably snag his Big Blue jersey for $5.50 on ebay. The orange prison jump suits are 2 for $9. Not sure if his newest NFL jersey includes free bullets, but the shoulder holster is an extra $19.99. A Kevlar version should be ready in a few weeks. Plax was the most courted ex-felon this side of Allen Iverson. My favorite suitor was Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger – who probably wanted Plax back in the Steel City to help take the heat off in case he, Hines Ward or James Harrison stepped in it again. Giants QB Eli Manning wanted no part of the guy who caught the game-winning pass in the one and only Super Bowl he’ll ever win. So much for team brotherhood – a criminal record will do that.
No. 24 – Eagles – It seems everyone outside the 508 area code has the Eagles winning the Super Bowl and the acquisition of this week’s Sports Illustrated cover guy Nnamdi Asomugha (try saying that three times fast) – the most-coveted free-agent of the offseason – is one big reason why. He signed a 5-year, $60 million deal in Philly just a couple of years after signing a 3-year, $45.3 million deal with the Raiders. Luckily for Philly fans – his jersey doesn’t cost any more than that of any other defensive back. Of course, the coolest thing about this guy – besides the fact that he’ll have a field day shredding wideouts from New York to Dallas along with new teammate (new Eagles jersey No. 23 also for sale) Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – is the fact that his name begins with twin-double-consonants and it isn’t “Lloyd.”
No. 18 – Seahawks – This might have more of an impact on the fantasy market than on the jersey market. I can’t imagine too many folks shelling out $84.99 for this one – at least not those of us who drink coffee fewer than 6 times a day. Sidney Rice did get a 4-year, $41 million from the Seahawks and will get a chance to play again with fellow ex-Viking and QB Tavaris Jackson – who was kicked down the depth chart in Minnesota last season thanks to Brett Favre’s 50th un-retirement but was tagged the Seahawks’ starter du jour on Wednesday. The fate of high-impact wide receivers in Seattle is well-documented (remember Deion Branch). Save the $84.99 and use it for another Zdeno Chara sweater.
No. 0 – Dolphins – OK, we know Reggie Bush won’t be wearing No. 0 with the Dolphins this season. That’s just a fill-in to whet our appetite – his first official day of practice is Thursday and he’s No. 4 on the team’s roster. The “0″ would be more well suited to sum up his net impact in the Crescent City – which ended with that infamous “It’s been fun New Orleans” tweet on draft night after the Saints chose Mark Ingram (No. 28 also for sale). Whether or not Ingram will become the Patriots’ version of Kendrick Perkins is another subject for another day. Bush has the distinction of being just the 2nd Heisman Trophy-winning running back from USC who had to give up the prized award. But he is the only one who isn’t in jail waiting to get out and look for the real killers.
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Captain America hits movie screens Friday (or 11:59 p.m. Thursday depending on the cineplex). So we decided to remember some of our favorite captains throughout the years. We limited ourselves to a dozen. Feel free to add yours:
1. Capt. Ted Williams, USMC - Never mind the 521 home runs, the .344 career average or hitting .406 in 1941. The 39 combat missions over Korea are the best stat of his career.
2. Bill Russell - He’s finally getting his statue. 11 championships in 13 years. He never lost a Game 7, an Olympic game or NCAA tournament game. If LeBron and Co. are “The Heatles” – then Russell is Mozart and Beethoven. Paul Pierce deserves honorable mention for his poker-playing prowess. We could just keep listing Celtics (Larry Bird, Reggie Lewis, etc.) all day.
3. Cap’n Crunch – About the only thing sweeter than a Ray Allen 3-pointer is a bowl of the Cap’n's finest. Rumors of his demise earlier this year turned out to be unfounded. My dentist thanks you. “Peanut Butter Crunch?” Life doesn’t get any better.
4. John Bucyk - Somewhere between Milt Schmidt and Zdeno Chara on the pantheon of all-time Bruins greats, he played about 652 seasons in the NHL. I used to think that “C” on his uniform meant “Chief”. Who knew? All those Bruins “yellow hats” who hopped on board this season ought to take a swing by Wikipedia and read his bio.
5. Jason Varitek - The guy caught 16 innings the other night. He’s 39. He can wear any letter he wants. He also managed to get into the shot when the Red Sox won the 2004 and 2007 World Series.
6. Terry O’Reilly - His 1980 bout against Clark Gillies was epic. As was his temper. He once led the Bruins in scoring and penalty minutes in the same season (1977-78).
7. Jim Rice - Hell may freeze over before the Red Sox ever have a black manager or the University of Florida has a black head coach. But Jim Ed was the first black captain in the history of the Sox. Tom Yawkey is still doing 2500 RPM over that one.
8. Ray Bourque. - The ex-Bruins defenseman brought the Stanley Cup to Boston after winning it for the Avalanche and still drew about 15,000 fans in City Hall Plaza. There are teams that win championships and don’t draw 15,000.
9. Tedy Bruschi – The most-lasting image of him as a Patriot – celebrating in the snow after beating the Dolphins late in 2003 . No. 2 – Him playing with his kids on the field in Jacksonville before Super Bowl XXXIX. I witnessed that in person – beyond cool.
10. Tom Brady - Forget the supermodel wife, the 3 Super Bowls and the $72 million contract – how many of us can sue our bosses for a gazillion dollars and be welcomed back with open arms?
11. Mike Eruzione – Beating the Soviets – and then Finland for the hockey Olympic gold in 1980 – was the equivalent of any and all Olympic moments combined ever since.
12. Yaz – Did you honestly think we’d forget him? Please.
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No one can be surprised that Dustin Pedroia has found his stroke – or that he got more dirt on his uniform in one game over 16 innings than J.D. Drew has during his entire career.
The nickname “Muddy Chicken” – which came from the lips of Josh Beckett at about 2 a.m. Monday – was a surprise. Pedroia’s recipe for success is no secret combination of 11 herbs and spices. Rather, it’s an age-old menu of talent, hard work and attitude. Entering Tuesday’s game – he’s riding a 16-game hitting streak. He also had my second-favorite stat of the season (after Jason Varitek catching all 16 innings Sunday) by going 3-for-7 in that marathon while the Rays went 3-for-50. Can I get a side order of “Mashed Taters” from David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez while we’re at it?
The “Muddy Chicken” has raised his batting average from .239 on June 4 to .295 today. In that time the Red Sox have gone from 6 to 22 games over .500. Pedroia’s play in the field has been even more plucky and ruffled plenty of feathers – especially in Tampa Bay. Even though Robinson Cano was extra crispy in the All-Star Game home run derby – Pedroia continues to keep make his case in the argument over who is the best second-baseman in the American League.
As long the “Muddy Chicken” keeps pecking away, the Red Sox should be just fine…
As tough as the women’s World Cup soccer loss was for Team USA, I’d still take Hope Solo over Roberto Luongo any day of the week. Can’t see a huge burst of interest in women’s soccer after Sunday’s game considering we didn’t get one when they beat China in 1999. Speaking of Brandi Chastain, I’m just glad Ortiz didn’t take his shirt off after that 16-inning win over the Rays.
Sunday’s Red Sox game lasted 5 hours and 44 minutes, which seemed a lot longer than Casey Anthony’s jail sentence. Speaking of Pinellas County – those folks actually get instructions on how to use their cowbells before Rays’ games. Too bad they didn’t pay attention to the jury instructions in Orlando…
More than 7,100 tweets per-second on the subject were sent in the final minutes of the World Cup on Sunday. That’s a slow day for Gilbert Arenas…
Wouldn’t it be nice if America could come up with any good golfers?…
Looks like the NFL lockout is all but over – so now Randy Moss can go back to not trying…
Dwight Howard tweeted the other day that he’s serious about playing in China. With Yao’s retirement, I’m thinking he might have a slight height advantage there. For Superman’s sake, I hope they use the metric system when it comes to free throws…
Lightning struck near Trop on Monday – causing an 18-minute delay as the lights went out – a day after broken glass came cascading down from the lights above the field after a foul ball. I think someone is trying to tell someone something. Perhaps: “Get out of this dump, now!”
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