WWE superstar-turned-actor John Cena hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend. This gave the show’s writers the chance to return to one of the things that they do best on the show: mocking American sports culture.
Outside of their brilliant political satire, particularly during election years, there is no aspect of our culture that SNL is more adept at spoofing than sports. For example: this delightful Tim Tebow & Jesus sketch which is pure gold and one of my personal all-time favorites.
The iconic show’s latest sports sketch takes on the NCAA, featuring John Cena as a prized Alabama football player who needs an ‘A’ in science class.
That undoubtedly belongs on the short list of the best sports sketches that SNL has done over the last decade.
There is nothing in all of American sports that makes me angrier than the way grown adults and entire communities idolize football players that mostly aren’t even old enough to drink. The bizarre subculture of college football is mired in hypocrisy, and while this sketch isn’t revolutionary, it’s hilarious and almost depressingly on point.
SIDENOTE: I don’t know how or when or in what context, but there’s no way I am going the rest of my life without quoting “there’s an orange on his banana board.”