One of last week’s biggest stories in the news was Mike Pence’s staged walkout during the 49ers-Colts game in Indianapolis. Presumably in attendance for the ceremony honoring Peyton Manning, the vice president left the game when 49ers players kneeled during the national anthem.

As it turns out, Pence’s gesture and supposed outrage was completely pre-meditated, accompanied by a statement ready for the press and public just minutes after he left his seat at Lucas Oil Stadium. But the administration’s objective was accomplished. On Monday, Pence’s walkout and President Trump’s continued attacks on NFL player protests drew most of the media’s attention, rather than, for example, the White House’s response to Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery, tax reform, health care, or the president’s strained relationship with his Secretary of State.

So it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that Saturday Night Live poked fun at Pence’s walkout during its cold open. The opening sketch depicted Trump (Alec Baldwin) speaking to truckers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and communicating with Pence (Beck Bennett) as he walked out of several other events.

“That’s why I had Mike Pence go to the Colts game on Sunday,” said SNL’s Trump, “and when those players knelt for the anthem, I told him to get the hell out of there.

“But don’t worry — we’re taking Mike’s Colts season tickets and donating them to two lucky fans in Puerto Rico. They just have to fly themselves to Indiana and book their own hotel. Because at some point, they have to start doing things for themselves.”

Trump then contacted Pence at an Indiana Pacers game and was ordered to leave when one of the players began to kneel. Later, he got back in touch with his vice president at a Starbucks, telling him to get out of there because the cups didn’t say “Merry Christmas” — even though Pence pointed out that it was October.

That wasn’t the only sports-related story SNL took on this week. During the Weekend Update segment, anchor Michael Che responded to Mike Ditka’s criticisms of NFL player protests and his comment that “There has been no oppression over the last 100 years.”

Che then joked that Ditka would replace Jemele Hill during her two-week suspension from ESPN.

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  • Carter_Burger67

    but still nothing on the Harvey Weinstein issue. Just goes to show, Hollywood really doesn’t like making parodies of itself.

    • The show did address the Weinstein story, both in a sketch and during Weekend Update.

    • Sean Mooney

      They did address it you dumb simpleton. Dig a hole and bury yourself in it.

      • Carter_Burger67

        Looks like someone has been triggered. Safe Spaces are down the hall and to the right.

        • Sean Mooney

          You are such a weirdo even for an Internet troll

          • Carter_Burger67

            what does that say about you and the rest of the clowns that keep responding. What’s that? Say you need some Play-doh?

          • Sean Mooney

            How else would you justify your existence?

          • Carter_Burger67

            Watching people like you feed trolls.

    • Christopher Bates

      Shows how the right just believes whatever the hell they want to believe, facts be damned.

      • Carter_Burger67

        You sayin’ Weinstein is innocent?

        • Christopher Bates

          What are you, a nitwit? In what way could my words *possibly* be read as a statement of Weinstein’s innocence?

          You called out SNL for its failure to address Weinstein. Clearly you reached your “conclusions” without any actual evidence, since they absolutely addressed him.

          • Carter_Burger67

            so you are defending him then. Good to know what side you are on.

          • Parts

            #foundtherussiantroll

          • Carter_Burger67

            why yes, and thanks for feeding me fool. HA, HAHAHAHAHA.

          • Christopher Bates

            What? You want to have anal sex with the corpse of your heroes, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin? That is very disturbing to me.

          • Carter_Burger67

            you defending Weinstein is disturbing to the rest of the world.

          • brothermuzone

            Typical internet idiot. Dead wrong so you move the goalposts. .

          • Carter_Burger67

            you are the one defending him. not me. I’m just making sure I know your position.

        • brothermuzone

          Typical internet idiot. Dead wrong so you move the goalposts.

          • Carter_Burger67

            you are the one defending him. not me. I’m just making sure I know your position. OK

          • Christopher Bates

            I will be pleased to reveal my list of the most reprehensible jerks in the country right now:

            1. Donald Trump
            2. Jerry Sandusky
            3. Harvey Weinstein
            4. Jeff Sessions
            5. Carter_Burger67
            6. Woody Allen
            7. Steve Bannon
            8. Anthony Wiener
            9. Kellyanne Conway
            10. Mike Pence

          • Carter_Burger67

            you post that like the rest of us give a shit what you think.

          • Christopher Bates

            Well. I know you care. You’ve expressed your interest a number of times, like when you said, “Good to know what side you are on.”

          • Carter_Burger67

            That’s just so we know not to take you seriously. Like with that lame list you posted.

          • Christopher Bates

            Derp, derp, derp.

          • Carter_Burger67

            derp, derp, derp.

    • The Reminder

      I thought they already did that story

      • Carter_Burger67

        Nope, you thought wrong.

  • Moonpies

    i cant understand the black guy on weekend upodate

    • brothermuzone

      Maybe your white sheets are too tight.

      • Christopher Bates

        It’s hard to hear over the sound of a burning cross.

  • Dan

    Shocking that a late-night comedy show would do something to poke fun at the American political right.

    • Christopher Bates

      Yeah, because SNL never makes fun of Democrats. Never did a single Bill Clinton sketch, for example.

      • inku palios

        Watch Saturday Night live make fun of Bill & Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, & Nancy Pelosi.

      • Trump Smash

        And if you go back and look, Bill is just a jolly old rapist just charming his way through his term.

  • Mark Anderson

    SNL is on the level of your average buzzfeed reader. MADtv sketches from 15 years ago are funnier.

  • Waaaambulance (Judge MVP)

    how come every week we have to hear about what SNL did? SNL has never been funny

    • Christopher Bates

      Yeah, somehow they’ve just lingered on for 45 years for no good reason.