I have to admit that I have hated Bob Costas for many years. Listening to him try to intellectualize everything he sees regardless of context has always been painful to me. Sometimes the back story is no story. Sometimes a great sports moment can be highlighted by a simple Wow! or Holy S***!
But, that isn’t the Bob Costas way. His schtick is to be the know it all encyclopedia of everything. Costas’ massive ego always means that he must feed it by making himself out to be the brightest bulb in every room he enters. He just doesn’t know when to shut up and let the rest of us just simply enjoy the game. The sad truth is, that despite his high opinion of himself, most of the time he doesn’t know what the bleep he’s talking about. Far better to watch a sporting event where someone tells me something insightful about the game I am watching rather than tries to impress me with their non-existent intellectual prowess about something that has nothing whatsoever to do with what I am watching on the screen.
For those of you old enough to remember when Jim McKay was the anchor for the Olympics, he was the model of how real and intelligent sports journalism is done. Watching Costas host the Olympics is equivalent to nails on a chalkboard to me. Worse, listening to him bloviate during the World Series has often made me watch the games with the sound off. I’d rather enjoy the game without being interrupted constantly with the incessant insults to my intelligence that this bag of wind so often utters.
When NBC decided to turn the lights off in the studio to promote “green” energy week, I knew that no longer would there be any venue left in America that would remain unpoliticized. It is no accident that this is the network that gave us football commentary by the noxious Keith Olbermann just a few short years ago and is the same propaganda outlet that employs Costas. Therefore, it was no surprise to me that Bob Costas immediately tried to politicize the recent murder/suicide committed by a Kansas City Chiefs football player. It was also not a shock that this was done with the same worn out boilerplate left-wing anti-gun talking points that naive progressives like Costas trot out whenever there is an excuse to do so. This is just standard fare on the Peacock network where even our sacred NFL games are seen as just another venue to try to propagandize the nation.
With massive controversy sparked by his ill conceived rant, Costas tried to walk back his comments a bit. The thing that struck me most about what he said is that which has made me loathe the man since he’s been on TV. Costas said:
maybe I gave the audience too much credit, but I said if you’re looking for perspective, a bit of it could be found.
Sure, Bob, we in the audience are too stupid to understand your intellectual brilliance. It isn’t that your comments might have been mistaken or that your choice of forums to present them was poorly chosen, it is that we are all knuckle dragging idiots who don’t know (like all your enlightened progressive buddies you pal around with) what’s good for us. And that sums up Bob Costas to me in one sentence. The Arrogance of Idiocy.
If you want to read some excellent article on this subject, I highly recommend Rush Limabaugh’s excellent monologue on the subject: