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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Little Bob's Big Mistake...


Here's what we know: Jovan Belcher was a troubled man who did a terrible thing. Bob Costas is a tiny, well spoken man with impeccable credentials. And no one, no matter how experienced and articulate, should go out of their way to mix politics and sports. Bob Costas did just that in addressing the Belcher murder/suicide at halftime of the game on Sunday night, and I'll tell you why he should have left it alone. Actually, Bob will tell you why he should have left it alone...

Monday morning, fellow NBC colleague, Dan Patrick, invited Costas onto his popular radio/TV show. Likely in an attempt to let his friend and collaborator explain himself better than the 90 seconds at halftime allowed. Here, Bob would be able to explain that he wasn't trying to spout his views on gun control, that he didn't mean to quote noted reverse race baiter, Jason Whitlock, and more or less the whole series of events was a big misunderstanding. Problem is, Costas didn't back down. Sure, he used the word "mistake", but he otherwise continued to "stick his guns". At one point even misspeaking and using that inappropriate pun...

Nope. Instead, Bob merely admitted that perhaps he gave the audience "too much credit", and how the subject matter was likely over their heads or beyond their comprehension. And you know what? He's right! That doesn't make his statements any more appropriate, it only proves that he never should have opened his mouth on the topic in the first place. And that he knows it! They don't discuss Roe vs Wade on Dancing With the Stars (at least not to my knowledge), and they shouldn't be discussing gun control on Sunday Night Football! But, this is what happens when a group of people start to take themselves too seriously...

And that's where the irony comes in. Bob started his soliloquy by saying that people tend to use the phrase "puts things in perspective" too often and far too cavalierly in the aftermath of situations like Belcher's murder/suicide. Yet, by his even devoting 90 seconds to the topic on this type of platform, he was giving credence to that exact way of thinking. You're right, Bob. People use that phrase far too often and then allow themselves to slip right back into their apathetic way of thinking. You nailed that right on the head. But wagging your finger in disdain at a National TV audience is no way to effectively get that message across. And halftime of a football game is definitely not the venue for it, either...

If Costas wanted to talk gun control and it's impact on the public good? That's fine. He's well spoken, he's intelligent. I'm sure he would have a lot of insightful things to say. But that just wasn't the proper forum in which to broach that topic. Which got me thinking: In this day of instant info and even swifter reaction, are their even improper forums, anymore? That's where I'll give Costas a bit of a pass. In this day of 5 minute news cycles, NBC just wanted to get an opinion from one of their big guns on the air as soon as possible and to as many people as possible. Which is why, as Costas said and Patrick backed him up, the producers of the broadcast came to Costas just minutes before he was scheduled to fill that 90 seconds, and told him they wanted commentary on Belcher. Again, not excusing Costas, but even a pro like him is bound to make a mistake or two when given that little of a heads up. And that's what he did. He made a mistake. He's not likely to admit it, which is only going to make things worse. But I'm sure if he were put on the truth serum, or say we tied a car battery to his man parts, I'm guessing he'd eventually crack...

Lucky for him, he'll be able to benefit from that same 5 minute news cycle that led him down this sorted path. Lindsay Lohan will get arrested again, the politicians in Washington will continue to argue over the impending economic disaster, and the doomsday theorists will continue to warn us that the end of the world as we know it is mere weeks away. And like that, he'll be gone. Like a tiny Kaiser Soze...

...unless of course NBC tries to make him apologize on Sunday. A misstep there, and that tiny legend could lose his job. So tread carefully, Mr. Costas. You're a great asset to the sports entertainment community, and we'd hate to see you lost to something as trivial as this...


As for the rest of my sports universe, there's not much to report. Which is to say, there's far too much and I'm far too lazy. So allow me to summarize...

The Red Sox: I have no idea what they're doin', up there. But I'll wait for them to finish building before I make my final judgement. I will say this, though. They are giving a lot of money to a lot of questionable dudes. And none of those questionable Teds are even pitchers...

College Hoops: Been a good season, so far. Syracuse is lookin' good, Kentucky is sucking. I like it. I like it a lot. If I had to pick a #1 team right now (which thankfully I don't), it would probably be Duke. It's close between Duke and Indiana, but I'd give the nod to Duke probably based on the fact that I've seen them play more. Still early, though. I'm guessing I'll be rolling out my first set of rankings within the next few weeks, so keep an eye out. As for the games to watch? You've got the Interweb. You know where to find them...

Football: Pats are in the playoffs and playing the Texans on Monday Night. Which is great. My picks continue to keep me in the black. Also great. And since nobody cares about college football in the greater Boston area, it turns out I actually won't have to hear any Notre Dame talk over the next month+. Thanks, Pink Hats!..


NFL Picks

Last Week: 8-6-0

Overall: 120-89-9 (.571)

Twitter Picks: 26-10-2 (.711)

NCAA Picks

Last Week: 6-3-0

Overall: 90-56-3 (.614)


Hope you enjoyed, friends. And I'll catch you on Friday...


Teddy Williams...
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