Late night TV talk show host David Letterman had surprisingly been taking it easy on San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary this NFL season, after lampooning the coach in a series of fake Singletary interview skits last year.
Letterman's "Late Show" writers have finally resurrected their Singletary sketch routines for the 2010 NFL season. The fake Mike Singletary popped up on the "Late Show" Monday night, reprising his ridiculous role as a cliche-screaming coach with a tenuous grip on reality and a knack for repeating his shouted sentences.
ESPN transcribed the fake interview, which Letterman started with a questioned tuned right in to the details of the 49ers current schedule.
"After a big win two Sundays ago over the Broncos you had yesterday off," Letterman started, "Do you wish maybe you didn't have that weekend free?"
"Week off? Week off?" fake Singletary shouted back, "Then who was I coaching in Tampa yesterday?"
As always in these sketches, Letterman ignores fake Singletary's unhinged answer and calmly poses another football question, asking, "You recently replaced Alex Smith with Troy Smith at quarterback. Are you going to stick with him now?"
"The first rule of coaching is this," fake Singletary yelled back, "You try to put the best Smith on the field. This is not a philosophy. That is a credo! A credo! Write it down!"
"This Sunday you are at home against the St. Louis Rams," Letterman continued on. "It's a big divisional game and the Rams are much better."
"I think you need smelling salts, my brother," fake Singletary told him. "We're going to Birmingham to play the Stallions."
49ers Faithful should get used to more 49ers national television attention. This week after the 49ers go to Birmingham to play the Stallio -- wait, Candlestick to play the Rams, they follow with an ESPN Monday Night Football date at the Arizona Cardinals.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who couldn't find online video of Monday night's Singletary sketch on Letterman, but here's an old one that should give you the idea.