The Washington Post — Bob is not omniscient. But he is a quick study and a sports encyclopedia. He is also a bit rebellious, self-deprecating and obnoxiously unflappable. At the Belmont Stakes in 2011, someone threw a can of beer at him, and he caught it one-handed, opened it, chugged some, lobbed it back from the victory stand, and proceeded with his interview of the winning jockey and trainer.
I gotta admit man… I think I’ve turned a corner on Costas. The self importance, the Napoleon complex, the “disappointed father” scoldings at halftime of Sunday Night Football when you’ve lost all your money gambling and you have the scaries it’s the last thing you need (OH MY GOD FOOTBALL IS SO CLOSE)… I think I’m starting to like it all. I kind of respect his steez. I think I’m a Costas guy now.
And this story here… all it does is boost that respect. Catching the beer and chugging it is like a top three hardo move and if you can pull it off on Live TV, I’ve gotta respect you for it. Costas is the best kind of hardo because you know that he really is that smart and really is that good at his job but you can still laugh at him because there’s one thing he can’t escape (his height) and he embraces that.
So yeah… I can get down with a little Bobby C in my life the next few weeks. Even more than get down… I can’t wait for it. Bob Costas is easily in my top five of things I’m looking forward to this Olympics, right up there with Gymnastics, Rugby 7’s, vehemently rooting against Russia in everything, and of course every story and video that shows us just how not ready Brazil is to handle the Olympics.
See you tonight Bob. Hope nobody farted on your pillow.
P.S. Raise your hand if you had to look up what “omniscient” meant