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Will Michael Phelps Join The List of Bad 'SNL' Athlete Hosts?

September 7th, 2008 9:25am EDT
Saturday Night LiveMichael Phelps is hosting Saturday Night Live on September 13th, joining a long list of sports figures who have hosted the classic sketch comedy show. Some of these performances have unearthed the comic genius in athletes (Peyton Manning) and even sparked some acting careers (The Rock). However, some are cringe-tastic and God-awful. Here are the five worst performances by an athlete hosting the show, in order.

5. Tom Brady (April 16, 2005)
Brady gets a break because some of the skits were hilarious. But they cover topics such as his good looks, him winning three Super Bowls, and his good looks. His performance was less like an actor and more like the lifeless, dull robot he resembled against the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

You know it's bad when: Brady is dressed as a genie, playing himself, as the owner of his Middle Eastern-themed restaurant, Falafel City.



Jeff Gordon4. Jeff Gordon (January 11, 2003)
Watching Jeff Gordon act is like watching him speak politely to a bank teller: he's Southern and not funny. It's no wonder he only has lines in a quarter of the skits.

You know it's bad when: he breaks out of his boring NASCAR shell as a semi-retarded cameraman and says "[doing karate kicks and punches] I work at...Ollan Mills...Photography...Studios...in the...Su-per...Wal...Mart!"

3. Deion Sanders (February 18, 1995)
Lorne Michaels must have needed motivation for suicide when he let Bon Jovi be musical guest in the same episode that Deion performed his single, "Must Be The Money." Even Terrell Owens thinks this guy is full of himself.

You know it's bad when: he performs his single, "Must Be The Money"




2. Wayne Gretzky (May 13, 1989)
Wayne GretzkyDespite the hilarity that ensues when you realize that the Great One and Mike Myers character in Wayne's World have the same first name, the guy can't act. At all.

You know it's bad when: a skit about a Hawaiian hockey league closes with Gretzky's rendition of "Mele Kalikimaka", chock-full of corny hockey references.

1. O.J. Simpson (February 25, 1978)
The first season of SNL was legendary-Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi. But even the founding fathers of sketch comedy couldn't overshadow O.J. Simpson's ironic performance: he somehow overacts and still bores the audience to death, although the New York audience, like California, failed to convict him of anything.

You know it's bad when: his whole monologue is about how he got into football-and for some reason he's wearing a black conehead.

Story by Paul Lupario
Starpulse Contributing Writer


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