Eli Manning SNL: New York Giants QB Should Thrive in Live Performance

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 07:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants speaks to fans at a rally to celebrate the New York Giants' Super Bowl victory at MetLife Stadium on February 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Eli Manning has in the past taken a backseat to Peyton Manning when it comes to the spotlight, but the New York Giants QB is starting to become the bigger name these days, and he won't disappoint in his Saturday Night Live debut. 

I think most will agree that Peyton is funnier, but that doesn't mean Eli can't crack jokes as well. 

All you need to do is watch some of Eli's commercials and SNL promos to see he can be hilarious. 

After winning his second Super Bowl, Eli surpassed his brother's popularity, only to see it taken back from him during the free agent frenzy over Peyton. 

With an epic hosting performance on SNL tonight, the Giants QB can reassert himself atop the Manning rankings, so to speak. 

It's not going to be easy to match Peyton's SNL performance, simply because his was absolutely remarkable. 

However, Eli can turn a better show than Tom Brady, adding another victory against the New England Patriots QB. 

Of course, much of Eli's success will be determined by the help of his cast mates, and whether or not he keeps a straight face during each of his skits. 

Being able to control his laugh and goofy smile while Andy Samberg and Kenan Thompson are doing what they do best will be very crucial for Eli. 

Many athletes who host the show can't accomplish this task. It's hard to fault them for that because the SNL cast is incredibly funny, but since Eli is one of them for tonight only, he has to keep his composure. 

The two-time Super Bowl MVP should be just fine on SNL tonight, and hopefully he does a skit with musical guest Rihanna as well. 


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