Comments: Your Olympic Hero

Even before the movies, etc., I always viewed Costas as an entertainment figure as well as sportscaster. His persona really crosses over from sports into entertainment, he has been involved in so much non-sports related activity over the years.

There still are few better sportscasters than Costas for basketball, and to a certain extent baseball, when he doesn't get overly sugary on the baseball reflections.

Posted by John B. at December 9, 2004 08:33 AM

Yes, Costas tends to get a little sugary in his stories, but that doesn't detract from his abilities as a writer an sportscaster. Sure he tells stories about Babe Ruth's home runs as if he witnessed them first hand, but you can forgive him that little indiscretion because his love for the sports he covers is so obvious.
The thing that most people overlook was his pioneering work on "Later" in which he hardly ever talked sports (unless of course Billy Crystal was his guest). The show had a freedom about it that allowed him to carry guests over for more than one night if the interview went long. If a guest was so funny as to crack him up, they didn't edit that out, but kept it as a part of the show so that the audience could enjoy it too.
I miss that show, and I hope that his HBO show can live up to that even in part.

Posted by Dan at December 9, 2004 09:45 AM

Listen, you little nerd. If you ever come near me again, it's your ass. I haven't been fawned over like that since Paris Hilton jumped me at Howard Stern's Birthday Bash. I'm not kidding. My people know where you live.

Posted by Bob Costas at December 9, 2004 11:42 AM

Is Costas really only three apples high?

In all seriousness, I liked his recollections on the Spirit of St. Louis in that ABA documentary, but I don't like the 4-minute Olympic special report on the speed skater from Finland whose dog has heartworms.

Posted by norbizness at December 9, 2004 02:29 PM

"Listen, you little nerd. If you ever come near me again, it's your ass. I haven't been fawned over like that since Paris Hilton jumped me at Howard Stern's Birthday Bash. I'm not kidding. My people know where you live"

Geez Bob seems like a real jerk on the internet. :) It must be great getting to meet someone you can try to base you career off of, Steve.

As much as I like the guy, I don't like him on the Olympics. It's not him, it's just the coverage, and he is NBCs face on the olympics. Maybe he'll replace Brokaw? That'd be novel for a few weeks.

Posted by Jeff S at December 9, 2004 08:23 PM

I'll always have great sympathy for Costas's having had to co-host the 2004 Olympic Opening Ceremonies alongside the asinine idiotic babblings of Katie Couric.

Posted by Dave J at December 11, 2004 06:06 PM

That was a great account of the Costas thing. Very entertaining...JUst say no to BLOGS BOB!!!!

Posted by A at December 14, 2004 12:16 PM

i enjoyed da blog... I must say that Costas is definitely one of the greats and has encyclopedic knowledge of baseball... one of my fave Costas memories is in the daze before google he hosted a trivia show on KMOX that would blow your mind...people would wait all week to call in some inane question about arcane baseball facts and it didn't matter if it was 1941 or 1977, while a jeopardy-esque clock ticked away he could remember every factoid of player, every record, every time, rarely was he stumped...he's right up there in the voices of the game hall of fame with Scully, Buck, Rizzuto, hell.. John Facenda!...plus , if ya can't tell i'm likely biased as he is an old family friend, even if he is a little big for his post modern britches, ...my dad was the GM who hired him outta a box of demos, fresh from syracuse to do St. Louis Spirits games, later came the rest...our family moved on as the team folded, Bob hit NBC.... the rest is as they say ...history

Posted by Lil Mike Martzke at March 2, 2005 05:29 AM
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