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ESPYs host Seth Myers salutes the best athletes, even if he isn’t one of them
‘SNL’ comic                     mer Boston Red Sox/ New
                                York Yankee pitcher Roger
                                Clemens as one of his
                                                                                                                                                                    “He’s more outrageous
                                                                                                                                                              (than anyone else),” said
                                                                                                                                                              Myers of Barkley. “He’s been

hosts Bristol                   sports heroes. And if not
                                baseball, said Myers, he’s
                                                                                                                                                              so outrageous, no one is
                                                                                                                                                              surprised by anything the
                                up for glory in “any other                                                                                                    man says.”
sports network’s                sport where contact was
                                minimal, like tennis, where
                                                                                                                                                                    Myers also recently
                                                                                                                                                              hosted the White House

award show                      somebody couldn’t hit
                                you.”
                                      This was Myers second
                                                                                                                                                              Correspondents
                                                                                                                                                              Association dinner, where
                                                                                                                                                              President Barack Obama
    By MIKE CHAIKEN
     EDITIONS EDITOR            year hosting the annual                                                                                                       was among the guests and
                                ESPN awards show, which                                                                                                       speakers.
     “Saturday Night Live’s”    was held in Los Angeles at                                                                                                          Myers was asked who
Seth Myers was set to pay       the Nokia Theater.                                                                                                            was more intimidating to
tribute to the best in sports         Myers said he was                                                                                                       mock, professional athletes
moments on Wednesday            more than happy to return                                                                                                     or the president. “Obama is
when he hosted ESPN’s           for a sophomore venture.                                                                                                      more intimidating,” said
annual ESPYs.                   “It’s different from other                                                                                                    Myers. “The athletes can
     But, during a national     award shows,” said Myers.                                                                                                     probably hurt me, but
telephone conference call       Due to the way the awards                                                                                                     Obama has the power of
last Thursday about the         are handled, the winners                                                                                                      the IRS.”
Bristol-based network’s         are announced before air                                                                                                            Myers also said politi-
award program, Myers said       time. “You already know the                                                                                                   cians are definitely a
when he was growing up in       thing you wanted to win is                                                                                                    tougher comedy crowd
New Hampshire— and              yours.”                                                                                                                       than professional athletes.
playing sports in high                Press materials for the                                                                                                 “(Politicians) take them-
school— there weren’t a lot     ESPYs explain the awards                                                                                                      selves seriously,” said
of magnificent sports           “gather top celebrities from                                                                                                  Myers. “Athletes are more
moments in his own life.        sports and entertainment        ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Seth Myers hosted Wednesday’s annual ESPYs awards held                fun-loving… They laugh if
     “I didn’t have many        to commemorate the past         by ESPN.                                                                                      it’s funny.”
good sports memories,”          year in sports by recogniz-                                                                                                         As a comic and a com-
said Myers, whose day gig       ing major sports achieve-       winners in most of the cat-     Cleveland to Miami into his    the funniest, he gave the      edy writer, Myers was asked
these days is anchoring         ments, reliving unforget-       egories.                        routine.                       nod to Peyton Manning, the     how he knows whether or
“Weekend Update” on             table moments and salut-              At other awards shows,         Even though he had 12     quarterback of the             not a joke he quips about
“SNL”. Meyers said he was       ing the leading performers      such as the Oscars or           months of sports activities    Indianapolis Colts. “It’s no   an athlete—or anyone—is
on high school’s track team.    and performances. The           Grammys, you don’t know         to chose from for his          surprise, he’s in so many      too mean-spirited. Myers
But the best memory he          2011 ESPYs will recognize       till that night who won or      monologue and humorous         commercials,” said Myers,      noted he usually writes his
had from that venture was       both sport-specific achieve-    didn’t win, said Myers.         bits for the program, and      who met the QB on the set      bits, such as the ones he
actually finishing a race—      ments, such as ‘Best MLB        “Eighty percent of the audi-    he still had a week to go      of “Saturday Night Live”       gave at Wednesday night’s
once or twice.                  Player’ and ‘Best WNBA          ence leaves disappointed,”      before air time when he        when Manning hosted.           ESPY’s—with a team of
     However, if Myers          Player,’ and best-in-sport      said Myers.                     was interviewed, Myers         “He’s one of the funniest      writers. “If one writer thinks
could be up for his own         winners, such as ‘Best                The comic hosted for      said, “Any athlete who         guys. He was great on          it’s mean-spirited, it is,”
ESPY award, what sport          Team’ or ‘Best Female           the first time last year, and   wants to have a sex scandal    ‘SNL.’”                        said Myers. That said, as a
would he like to be remem-      Athlete’ that pit nominees      in his time on stage he         this week, it would be              That said, Myers felt     comedy writer, you’re
bered for?                      from different sports           worked in jokes about Tiger     great.”                        that former NBA great          always shooting for “the
     “Probably baseball,”       against each other.”            Woods’ sex scandal and               When it comes to what     Charles Barkley “may be the    line.” And sometimes, he
said Myers, who cited for-            Fans determine the        LeBron James’ move from         sports figure Myers feels is   most fun to talk to.”          said, you cross it.




                                                MIKE CHAIKEN




Watching ‘Legends’ perform
The latest installment of ‘Legends in Concert’ is now
playing at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort
Casino. The July edition of the show features tributes
to Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, Liberace, Cher, and
Michael Jackson. The show, which is completely live,
runs now through Sept. 4 at Foxwood Resort Casino’s
Fox Theater. Performances are 8 p.m. on Mondays
and Wednesdays through Saturdays, with Wednesday
matinees at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. For more
information and tickets, call 1-800-200-2882 or go to
Foxwoods.com. From the left, Tyler Hunter portrays
Elvis Presley; Katie Murdock is Britney Spears, and
Damian Brantley is Michael Jackson.

								
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