Tom Brady nearly got picked off by "Saturday Night Live" this week, but the show dropped the ball badly when it came to Deflategate.
The show's cold opening featured Bill Belichick and Brady trying to shift the blame surrounding the cause of those deflated balls from last Sunday's AFC title game.
Belichick [Beck Bennett] didn't have much to say before adding, "I'd like to spend the rest of my press conference throwing my quarterback under the bus."
He added that he didn't trust Brady because he's "good looking and rich."
The QB [Taran Killam], complete in his "vintage" hat, addressed the media.
"I just assumed that the air in the football was the same amount of air that was in the pig when it died," Brady said. "All I'm thinking about is throwing bomb-ass spirals to Gronk," he explained. "I don't know things. I'm not a banker. I'm not a science computer."
Eventually, SNL said, the blame landed on "the real brains behind our operation" assistant equipment co-manager Dougie Spoons.
Spoons [Bobby Moynihan] eventually slipped into a Col. Jessup "you can't handle the truth" spin about Deflategate that I've seen on the interwebs about 81,903 times in the past week.
"You can't handle the truth," Spoons said. "We live in a world that has balls. And those balls have to be inflated by men, with pumps."
"Did you deflate the balls?" Spoons was asked. "You're damn right I did."
We even got the requisite "Aaron Hernandez" reference from Brady.
The sketch lost much of its potential punch in the wake of Belichick's Saturday press conference. While the coach appeared to throw Brady under Gronk's Party Bus on Thursday, he fully backed every member of the organization on Saturday.
The plus of doing a live show, it seems, would be that you could quickly react to the news of the day. But Saturday's Emmy-Award caliber performance by Belichick at the Gillette Stadium podium came too late for the writers at SNL.
Blake Shelton's "Hee-Haw" themed opening monologue and the show's first sketch about a Bachelor-type contestant from Oklahoma [or was it Iowa] were much funnier.
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