‘SNL’ cold open tackles Patriots’ ‘Deflategate’: ‘You can’t handle the truth!’

Deflate-gate has a new detractor: “Saturday Night Live.

In its opening segment Saturday, the comedy show took aim at New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, who have softly denied charges that they knew game balls had been improperly deflated during last weekend’s AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Comedian Beck Bennett played Belichick, who has been blasted for perceptions that he threw Brady under the bus during Friday’s press conference.

“I remember right before kickoff, Tom got this crazy look in his eye, and he whispered to me, ‘I’m gonna do it,’” Beck’s Belichick said. “‘I’m finally gonna do something about those damn footballs.’”

Enter “SNL” actor Taran Killan, playing Brady, who has been roundly attacked for avoiding questions about the scandal at his press conference.

“I wasn’t even aware that footballs could be inflated or deflated,” Killan’s Brady said.

But it was when he turned the news conference over to “Assistant Equipment Co-Manager Dougie Spoons” (Bobby Moynihan) that things really got hot.

Moynihan’s riff on the courtroom climax of Jack Nicholson’s “you can’t handle the truth” speech from “A Few Good Men” should be headed for the “SNL” hall of fame.


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