It wasn't really Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis appearing on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" over the weekend, but Keenan Thompson stood in effectively.
Thompson played the effusive linebacker to perfection. He brought the energy, the emotion and of course, the face paint. Watch his exchange with SNL's Seth Meyers above.
The best lines:
Meyers: A lot of us saw you cry last week during the National Anthem.
Thompson: It's just I've never heard that song before.
Meyers: You've been playing football your whole life?
Thompson: I know, but, I always wear ear plugs before games to block out the sound of my own screams.
At the end of the exchange, 'Lewis' explains what's going to happen if the Ravens win the Super Bowl:
Thompson: I was driving up Sixth Avenue, and then this police officer said that the road was closed, said because of construction, there’s a ditch up two blocks ahead. I said, ‘Look, no roads are closed to Ray Lewis. Because I believe. Only a higher power could tell Ray Lewis what to do.’
Meyers: And then what happened?
Thompson: Well, I drove two blocks up and crashed into a ditch.
Meyers: Oh, Okay.
Thompson: I cracked two ribs, Seth.
Meyers: Oh no.
Thompson: I got a detached retina. But I got here. I survived. Nothing’s going to keep Ray Lewis down. Not a ditch. Not a retina. [Twitching] Not the 49ers. We are not gonna lose that game.
Meyers: I gotta tell you: I’m not worried about what will happen if you lose. I’m more worried about what will happen if you win.
Thompson: Seth, if we win the Super Bowl, I’m gonna go to the 50-yard line of the Superdome, kneel down and then I’m gonna ascend into heaven. I’m going through the roof, Seth. It’s gonna be a sight.
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