Here are two March Madness-inspired "SNL" sketches. No Hulu.com clips of them of yet, so we credit an assist to the SNL Transcripts archives.
"ESPN's NCAA Tournament Pool Party" took place in the Peyton Manning episode. Manning plays Ted Trimble, a sports writer for the Raliegh News and Observer, who has picked 56 of 58 bracket games correctly. (Among Trimble's bona fides as a college basketball expert is that he co-wrote with Dick Vitale the books "College Basketball: A-Z").
Amy Poehler plays Mandy Jensen, "currently a receptionist at the corporate headquarters of Teen Vogue Magazine." She is 58-0 in her bracket, and her reasoning behind her selections should delight and amuse you.
Chris Graham: So ... in this game, you went with Butler over Maryland -- the right pick -- because, in your analysis, Bulldogs are cuter than Terps?
Mandy: Exactly! I don't know what Terps are, but NOTHING is cuter than a bulldog! Except turtles.
Chris Graham: Oh. Well, actually, a Terp is a turtle.
Mandy: Seriously? It's a good thing I didn't know that! [laughs]
Chris Graham: Uh-huh.
Mandy: Oh! But can I add something about Butler? Instead of the Bulldogs, they should be called the Miniature Bulldogs!
Chris Graham: Because ... that would be even cuter?
Also amusing are the consequences resulting from this exchange:
Ted Trimble (played by Peyton Manning): Arizona really let me down!
Chris Graham: Well, they always do. This year, Arizona was supposed to make the Elite Eight. Instead, once again, they turned out to be the Tournament's Peyton Manning.
Original airdate: March 24, 2007
I'd also like to bring up a mid-'90s sketch called "Road the the Final Four". Paul Reiser and Kevin Nealon play two sportscasters who break down with great professional enthusiasm the matchups for the women's Final Four basketball games when they're on-camera ... but the instant they cut to commercial, they whine and moan about their bad luck for drawing the assignment of covering the women's Final Four.
SNL Transcripts only has a line-item acknowledgment that this sketch was on the air the night Reiser hosted, but no word-for-word breakdown. I remember seeing the sketch, but don't remember any of the punchlines. So I can't really vouch for how funny or ha-ha funny it really is. Like I said, we're a work in progress.
Original airdate: March 18, 1995
SNL Sportsplex entry No. 22