Friday, August 28, 2015

'SNL'''s twisted take on Rutgers B-ball scandal

Guest host Melissa McCarthy hilariously plays an out-of-control coach

'SNL'’’s twisted take on Rutgers B-ball scandal

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Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) as one Sheila Kelly, the coach of the women’s basketball coach at Division III school, Middle Delaware State.
Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) as one Sheila Kelly, the coach of the women’s basketball coach at Division III school, Middle Delaware State.

You sort of knew Saturday Night Live had to go after the excesses of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice. But the show took an unexpected, clever, and note-perfect approach.

Framed as one of ESPN’s Outside the Lines  investigative specials, it posed rousing guest host Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) as one Sheila Kelly, the coach of the women’s basketball coach at Division III school, Middle Delaware State.

(Later in the same episode, on “Weekend Update” Kenan Thompson did a funny impression of Charles Barkley, who was having trouble with state schools himself.)

Crazy abusive coaches are no laughing matter, but SNL found a way to make it hilarious. See for yourself. (Warning: All the profanities are bleeped out in this skit, but there are a lot of them.)

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