Super Bowl SNL
July 22 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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Late Saturday night, or rather, early Sunday morning a Saturday Night Live Retro episode was replayed on television. Originally aired on January 21/198, with host John Malkovitch, the episode was aired only days after the 49ers won Super Bowl XXIII over the Bengals by a score of 20-16.
Naturally the SNL crew decided to poke fun at the incident. While most fans of the show, or those just watching were likely laughing at the banter between two characters playing George Bush Sr. and Ronald Regan, the score of 49-6 that they mentioned was really what caught my eye. Now Iím all for being historically accurate, but generally that doesnít result in very funny skits, so the hyperbolized score was more than welcome as I anticipated the opening of training camp later that day.
The skit went on, with both Regan and Bush calling a character playing Bill Walsh to congratulate him. The Presidency, of course had just changed hands too, and so Reagan and Bush were not sure whose responsibility it was to call and congratulate the Super Bowl winner. Each had a legitimate case of course, Reagan having been in office during the season, and Bush for the playoffs. The skit ended with Bill Walsh hanging up on a very confused Reagan (amazing how winning a Super Bowl can go to your head, isnít?)
It was certainly an enjoyable way to re-live the moment, and really got me that much more excited for training camp, which will begin its first practice at 8:45 this morning.