‘Tebowing’ Alec Baldwin hosts NFL Honors
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Trying to do his best “Tebowing,” Alec Baldwin got a bit of help on stage.
That capped a nearly 10-minute monologue Saturday night on the eve of the Super Bowl as The Associated Press awards for the 2011 season were announced.
The evening’s first presenter, Katy Perry, kept in the spirit.
Early in his monologue, Baldwin pretended he saw Madonna _ who’s performing at halftime of the game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants in the audience. He then pointed out it was instead Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.
“I was confused by the hair and biceps,” he said to a roomful of laughs. Matthews, for the moment, didn’t look too amused.
Baldwin jabbed a famous reality show family, too. Mentioning the power and popularity of the NFL, “It would take 800 years for the Kardashians to date and destroy all of them.”
But Baldwin did not spare the NFL.
He joked about the NFL lockout, saying fans would’ve had to resort to watching Canadian football with teams with silly names such as the Argonauts.
And he compared Philadelphia quarterback Vince Young’s preseason comments of being on a dream team with a bad dream _ the nightmare of being naked in school. The Eagles lost four of their first five games.
Rather than choose between his quarterback sons, Manning offered a quick retort.
As for the postgame altercation between coaches Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers and Jim Schwartz of the Lions, “I haven’t seen a handshake that awkward since Nixon met Elvis.”
Before the show, players were eager to hear Baldwin’s take on the NFL.
“He’ll say anything but he’s always funny,” Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said.
The evening’s presenters included television host Jimmy Fallon, “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm and “Entourage” actress Emmanuelle Chriqui.
John Carucci covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow him at http://www.twitter.com/jcarucci_ap.