Joe Montana entertained an audience of media types and Roger Goodell in London earlier today, and sounded a lot like some San Francisco natives I know when asked about the 49ers’ impending move to Santa Clara.
“I understand people’s concern about them leaving San Francisco,” Montana said.
“I don’t think there was not enough of an effort by people in power at the time to try to keep them there. To me, they made a terrible effort to try to keep them in San Francisco.”
But instead of harping on the failures of Gavin Newsom and other San Francisco political figures, Montana had jokes. To make the point that 49ers fans would enjoy the team’s new stadium in Santa Clara, Montana remarked, “It’s not like it went to Oakland.”
Montana was also good-humored when asked about his relationship with Steve Young.
“Do you have anybody trying to take your job?” Montana said, “My job, basically, with Steve was to make sure he stayed behind me.”
Montana didn’t suddenly turn a new leaf, however. After a few decent commercials and his first appearance on Saturday Night Live, Peyton Manning was considered the Louis C.K. of NFL quarterbacks. But Montana has shown comedic chops in the past, too.
Montana and Ronnie Lott did a commercial for Tivo that my sister Meagan still references on a near-monthly basis.
And for my money, the Saturday Night Live sketch where Montana played Stu (otherwise known as “Sincere Guy”) wasn’t just one of the funniest SNL moments that included a professional athlete — it’s one of the funniest sketches in the show’s history. Unfortunately, it’s been completely wiped off the internet except for the transcript. Thanks a lot, NBC/Hulu.
The words are pretty amazing, but nothing beats seeing Montana and his internal monologue on screen as the sketch concluded:
Dan: Well, listen, Stu, I think Leslie and I are gonna stay up a while and talk, so I guess we’ll.. uh.. see you tomorrow.
Stu: Great! See you tomorrow!
Stu’s Thoughts: Great! I’ll see them tomorrow!
[ Stu heads upstairs ]
Leslie: Uh.. listen, we’ll talk quietly, so as not to disturb you, okay?
Stu: Oh, you won’t disturb me. I’ll be in my room masturbating.
Stu’s Thoughts: They won’t disturb me. I’ll be masturbating.
[ Stuart retreats upstairs ]