Hat-tipping anticipated competition from the championship fight, Saturday Night Live returned after a brief hiatus and cold-opened with a screen-roll touting a “pirated” feed of the championship boxing match (featuring Jay Pharaoh and Aidy Bryant) — until everyone left to “watch” the real thing. Sports figured later in the broadcast as well, with Kenan Thompson and Colin Jost letting the malaprops tumble in awkward as he commented on a Chicago White Sox-versus-Baltimore Orioles game from an empty Camden Yards, where host Scarlett Johansson managed to get into the act as well. “Baltimore is on fire this week,” was among the pithier comments tossed off and then instantly “regretted.” Did the SNL writers get these right in satirical tone? Let us know what you think.
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