No one had considered their side of the story — or given them any air time — until last night on Weekend Update.
And damn, was it funny.
One year ago, Captain Sully Sullenberger and his crew safely landed their US Airways jetliner in the Hudson River after striking a flock of geese five minutes after take off from LaGuardia. Immediately following the incident, another US Airways pilot [cast member Jason Sudeikis] appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” filled with sarcasm and envy that no one was honoring him for successfully landing his flight on the runway…like you’re supposed to.
Let’s face it — he had a point…albeit a bitter one.
Last night, a year after the tragedy, Larry the Goose had the spotlight to remember his fallen comrades in a parody of the name recitation ritual that is performed at the 9/11 Memorial. Kinda wrong….but since no one actually died on the Hudson River, I’m assuming people gave this a pass, especially once they heard the goose names being listed, including:
Honk Williams, Jr.
…just to name a few.
I don’t mean to simply recreate the sketch; you should watch it on nbc.com for the full effect. And hopefully, like me, you’ll find more than the goose funny.
You’ll laugh at all of us.