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Jimmy the Greek on SNL

This is one of my favorite skits of all time on Saturday Night Live. I wish I could have found the “NFL Today” that they did during the 1987 player’s strike, but this will have to do.

Anyone remember when Brent Musberger and Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder were on CBS’ NFL Today? Anyone remember the racist comments he made to a Washington D.C. reporter in 1988 about blacks being the superior athletes? No? Here is the quote:

“The black is a better athlete to begin with because he’s been bred to be that way — because of his high thighs and big thighs that goes up into his back, and they can jump higher and run faster because of their bigger thighs,” The Greek said. “This goes back all the way to the Civil War when during the slave trading, the owner — the slave owner would breed his big black to his big woman so that he could have a big black kid.”

And he said this:

Here is a great SNL skit about the whole thing. Anyone else notice that that really isn’t Kenny Stabler in that highlight? Doesn’t make it any less funny.

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