In perhaps the most shocking development of the Rutgers men’s basketball scandal, which featured now-former head coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing players, Saturday Night Live produced a sketch about it within a week of it taking place. Normally, we would have expected to see this sort of sketch in two months or so, after every joke had already been made and the world had been outraged by at least 15 other incidents since then. But credit is due to SNL for jumping all over this one.
That said, the sketch in question featured Melissa “Rex Reed’s Hot Desire” McCarthy as a women’s basketball coach named Sheila Kelly who is apparently 10 times worse than Rice. A brief perusal of the Twitterverse and Tumblrsphere leads me to believe that people thought this was a funny sketch, and I’ll admit that I laughed at McCarthy staring down Jay Pharaoh through the window.
Other than that, I didn’t think it was anything remarkable, but that may also be due to the fact that my blood is still boiling over the fact that both Rice and ousted athletic director Tim Pernetti will receive $1 million from the school, per their contracts. Seriously, if I’d known that I could get $1 million for screaming “F*ggot” at a bunch of teenagers, I would have never stopped being a substitute teacher.