Donald Trump vs. Alec Baldwin. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“Saturday Night Live” either makes you incredibly happy or incredibly frustrated. That comes from you either getting it or not getting it. I think I get it more often than not, though admittedly, I have not “gotten it” for a few seasons.
I don’t get why certain new cast members have been let go. I don’t get why this season doesn’t premiere until Oct. 1 when we’re in the middle of the most parody ready year of the century. I don’t get why they let go of two of their most sure-handed cast members in Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah a year before their mandatory seven-year contracts expired.
I especially don’t get the waffling the show has done on the casting of their version of Donald Trump. In a late-night comedy landscape where literally every single show has their Trump take on lock, “SNL” – the bar-setter for politically satirical portrayals since the Ford administration – announced over last summer that Killam would play Trump and then re-cast their Trump a week later giving the ball to Daryl Hammond and for one glorious weekend featuring musical guest Sia, the Republican nominee himself.
This past summer, in releasing Killam and Pharoah, “SNL” got rid of their Obama and one of their Trumps. The smart money is on the that Lorne Michaels is opting to “outsource” the season’s most headline-grabbing parts to special guest stars as he’s done in the past with Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin and Larry David playing Bernie Sanders. “SNL” always works best when it’s a repertory company centered around one standout performer, and rightfully so, that standout for this season is Emmy winner Kate McKinnon who will be reprising her role as Hillary Clinton.
But who to get to play Donald Trump if you’re not going to trust your most ready for prime time actor (Killam) or your studio announcer (Hammond)? Who you gonna call to play the champ of the Alt-Right on a show designed to appease the Left? You call the Trumpiest liberal you can and you get him on the payroll, baby. Say hello to the show’s designated hitter and new Donald Trump for the 2016-17 season: Alec Baldwin.
On paper, Baldwin and Trump are very similar: prominent New Yorkers. Prone to public outbursts. Opinionated AF. Representing beliefs that are the bane of each other’s existence. Both guys whose mouths has gotten them in trouble so many times that NBC has kicked them each off their air – twice each in the last five years.
Each time, they have come back to “SNL” in an attempt to seem like humans that audiences can trust. “SNL” and NBC have introduced a situation where two guys more than likely would side-eye each other into oblivion if they were in the same room will now be clapping back at each other in the media from October 1st to November 8th. If you think Tump isn’t going to make railroading Alec Baldwin the main talking point of his next speech if Baldwin goes hard with his first impression, you’re out of your mind. Here’s a peek at his Rally Track List:
Build a Wall.
Repeatedly call Sec. Clinton “Crooked Hillary.”
Work “Make America Great Again” into every sentence if possible.
Request crowd make it a point to rise up and destroy Alec Baldwin.
Comically speaking, this entire situation is too big to fail. “SNL” returns Saturday, October 1st with host Margot Robbie. Must-watch television for at least the first 10 minutes of the show.
Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:44am — Anonymous
In the fourth and final hour Curt Schilling discussed Ortiz and Betts as MVP candidates and gave his thoughts on Monday's debate.
Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:42am — Anonymous
The guys discussed Papi's MVP chances and a bizarre postgame show on NESN.
Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:40am — Anonymous
In two we play some of Rex Ryan's conversation with Julian Edelman and read about Gary Tanguay's appearance in the Herald during Headlines.
Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:38am — Anonymous
In hour number one, Mut, Gerry and Ben discuss a wild night for the Red Sox.
When Kacie McDonnell first came to Boston, I predicted she’d become a superstar in this town. And this is her proving me right. This is how we do it in the City of Champions. Celebrating the Red Sox clinching the division in style. Belly shirt. Short skirt. Sox hat. Legs for days. Adorably answering the phone because October is calling. That’s right. October is on the line and it’s telling Kacie to start getting warmed up because we are going to be calling on her in the postseason.
This looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at Tigers, 1:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Reds at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rockies at Giants, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Dolphins at Bengals, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Hampton at North Carolina A&T, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: UConn at Houston, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Kansas at Texas Tech, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, Canada vs. Europe, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Europa League, FSV Mainz at Gabala, 11 a.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Europa League, Internazionale Milano at Sparta Praha, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Europa League, Red Bull Salzburg at Schalke 04, 1 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Europa League, Astra Giurgiu at AS Roma, 3 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Europa League, Zorya Luhansk at Manchester United, 3 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
— Theo Epstein apparently is finding it a lot easier to work for management in Chicago.
The Cubs announced Wednesday that the former Red Sox general manager agreed to a five-year extension to continue as president of baseball operations of the long-suffering franchise. Epstein, who was GM when the Red Sox ended their 86-year championship drought in 2004, has turned the Cubs into 100-game winners for the first time since 1935 as they pursue their first World Series title since 1908.
“In the five years under Theo’s leadership, he has brought in a strong executive team and acquired and developed some of the best players in the game,” Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said. “Now, the results are on the field.”
General manager Jed Hoyer and senior vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod — also former Red Sox employees — will receive extensions as well, Ricketts said.
Rickets explained that he and Epstein first discussed an extension over dinners in early March, although the deal was not finalized until this week.
“We sat down at spring training, had a nice dinner, talked about getting an extension done,” Ricketts said. “Basically, I told him I thought he was the best in the game at what he did. He told me no matter what I paid him he wasn’t going to leave Chicago, so we were off to a good start. We checked back in on it a couple times during the summer. There was no real time pressure.”
— Marlins players walked alongside as a hearse carried the body of Jose Fernandez, the pitcher who died over the weekend in a boating accident in Miami.
During the Wednesday procession, the players and coaches wore T-shirts featuring Fernandez’s image and the letters “RIP.” Crowds along the route chanted “Jose! Jose!” while some waved Cuban flags in honor of the 24-year-old Cuban-American.
A public viewing of the closed casket was held for fans later in the day at a local church.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio asked the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers to analyze the jetty where the 32-foot boat crashed to determine if it poses a chronic danger to boaters.
“While our hearts are heavy with grief for the numerous lives lost every year on the water, we can do more to save others,” Rubio wrote. “As a boater myself, I have experienced firsthand the challenges this particular jetty can present to others trying to navigate around it.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 29, 1968, the Red Sox closed out the season with a 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Despite going 0-for-5, Carl Yastrzemski won the American League batting title with a .301 average. Which Sox player finished first in the AL with 109 RBIs?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Honestly, the journey’s incomplete. We continue on. I couldn’t be more proud, and I told them after the game: Don’t let one inning take away from that they’ve done for seven full months. They’re AL East champions, we’re AL East champions and we’ve got a lot of work left ahead of us. But one inning should not take away from the fact that we’re champions.” — Red Sox manager John Farrell, after the Red Sox clinched the AL East despite Wednesday’s 5-3 walk-off loss to the Yankees
STAT OF THE DAY: 15-4 — The Patriots’ odds to win the Super Bowl at Bovada sports book, as they now have the best odds of any team
‘NET RESULTS: Mets minor league Tim Tebow hits a home run on the first pitch he sees in the instructional league.
The Red Sox lost to the Yankees but still won the AL East and Christian celebrated winning the division. He also looked ahead to who the Red Sox will play in the first round of the playoffs. Christian also talked about the problems with Kimbrel and how the bullpen will do in the playoffs
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 9:02pm — Anonymous
Vintage Rex today... while Belichick is deep in to game film and preparation, Rex is making practical jokes against Julian Edelman and getting testy with the Boston media.
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