In Honor of Eli Manning: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Sports-Themed SNL

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In Honor of Eli Manning: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Sports-Themed SNL

On Saturday, May 5, Eli Manning will venture from his familiar gridiron surroundings and enter a realm that—depending on his performance—can be just as hostile as any NFL arena: live television.

Manning will host Saturday Night Live for the first time this weekend.

This won't be the first time a sports figure has graced the stage of Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, though. Far from it. Some of the most legendary figures in sports history have performed on the iconic show.

Unfortunately, many of their performances were anything but legendary. Well, maybe legendarily awful.

Surprising, isn't it? With all the flopping you see in sports these days, you'd think athletes would have this acting thing down. Wrong.

You might also think with all the previous failures before him, there would be no pressure for Manning. Wrong again.

As has been the case his entire life, Eli must live up to the sky-high expectations set by his older brother. Peyton hosted SNL back in 2007 and set the bar pretty high.

If only every athlete host could be as funny. Here are my some highlights and lowlights of sports figures hosting SNL.

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