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Why Does NBC Keep Bob Costas Around?  
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29840 posts, RR: 58
Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1553 times:

After seeing some of his comentary on these and past Olympic games, I have to ask the question.....Why is he still on the air.

The man isn't fit to bring Curt Gowdy, a truely great olympic commentator, his coffee.

No wonder everybody on this side of the pond, has tuned out the games, the coverage has generally sucked for every game that NBC has broadcasted and is getting worse instead of better.


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User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

Glad I'm not the only who can't stand that moron. Luckily, living two hours or so from the US/Canada border, I can watch QUALITY coverage on CBC in YVR.

I recall a comment the moron made in 2000, during the opening ceremony. He completely insulted someone from either an African or Pacific Island nation wearing their customary clothing as hideous and wondered aloud what sort of awful attire that was. Talk about an ugly American!



User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

For once, we agree!

US coverage has been TERRIBLE... This evening they showed A country that the US had to beat, and then it showed the US.... how about the ENTIRE TOURNAMENT??? or at least highlights!

I don't think the US is into the Olympics such as Europe and Asia are... we're more into Baseball (lame) and Football (lame) instead of all of the great sports that the athletes train for, for all of their lives and perform their routine which they can do in their sleep, to compete against the rest of the world.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29840 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

ABC Sports had their act so much more wired together, but of course at the time they had it, they also had guys like Curt and Howard working the mikes.

Hard to improve on those guys, but damn, at least try and be confident.

Even worse then the coverage Costas is providing is the crap that the Today show was doing this morning....I know it isn't a sports show, but damn, do we really need to see Katie taking a tour of the hairstyling salon in the athletes village or playing ping pong with Matt?



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User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

I'm also glad I live close to Canada and can watch quality coverage on CBC instead of tuning in to this No-Talent-Ass-Clown.

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

Bob Costas a "No-Talent-Ass-Clown"? Now I have heard it all.

User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

Would you rather have Tim McCarver again?

User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1457 times:


Wow. All this hatred for Bob Costas. I can think of at least 10 people who are far worse than Costas.



User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3877 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1449 times:

I can to, Cactus, but it is so much easier to make fun of him because he is on a higher plane than most other sportscasters. My personal fave Costas comment was issued during the opening ceremony just four days ago:
"Oedipus is the tragic story of a man doomed by fate to kill his father and marry his mother, a sequence of events that seldom turns out well"


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1448 times:

At least we're not getting hit over the head with Chris Berman.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Costas does suck... and showed how stupid he is when he and Katie Couric commented during the opening ceremonies (incredibly annoying).... like when Rogge gave his opening speech, with parts in Greek, French and English (I thought that was totally cool)... when the English portion began, Costas made some comment to the effect that it was annoying to him that Rogge had been speaking in French and Greek up to that point...

When will NBC get the message: Shut up already! We don't need commentary and we don't need over-produced, over-dramatized fluff... just show us the damned events! (in their entirety)



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User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1430 times:

At least we're not getting hit over the head with Chris Berman.

Couldn't have said it better myself.


User currently offlineTristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1414 times:

Costas must have blackmail pictures of some big wig at NBC, naked.

I have just two words for Olympic coverage.... "Jim McKay"




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User currently offlineN317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

The sad part is, NBC will look at the ratings and be too stupid to realize why they are down (if they are).

1) Over dramatization, tear-jerky, panty-waste crap.
2) Bob Costas (which I guess is another way to say the first one).
3) Not enough coverage and way, way to many commercials.

Thank God for Canada and CBC.



User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

Agreed 88 He is so F@&^%%$*#*#^&!!!!!ing annoying !!!


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User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5485 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

Does NBC have coverage of Torino 2006 and beyond?

THe best part of NBC's coverage has been the introduction to their coverage and their shots of Athens. Other than that, they have shown way too many commercials and their coverage of events as a whole has been a let down. I will say though, that their color commentating in synchronized diving and gymnastics has been noteworthy.

They royally f*cked up Sydney and I feel that with not much in live coverage and way too many commercials, I'm not sure NBC will put up a great showing in Athens. Is it me, or did NBC show commercials at more frequent intervals during their opening ceremony coverage?

ESPN and ABC desperately need to take over. Their World Cup 2002 coverage was nothing short of brilliant. They managed to show I think something like 93% of matches live, with most key ones being replayed at a more reasonable hour.

blink



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User currently offlineB2707SST From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 1371 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1354 times:

Bob Costas and Katie Couric were intolerable during the Opening Ceremonies. Their comments were irrelevant, flippant, patronizing, and/or factually wrong -- for instance, did you know that Belize is an "island nation" in Latin America? Katie is grating at any hour, but she is really out of her element in a symbolic, history-laden setting like the Opening Ceremonies. NBC also edited out about 20 minutes of the program without telling the audience.

The event coverage hasn't been much better. The commentators usually do a passable job, but the network spin is working against them. The background pieces on the standout athletes are absurdly overproduced. By ham-handedly trying to ratchet up the tension, they detract from the events themselves, which are dramatic enough. Only a few token non-Americans are featured: Ian Thorpe and Svetlana Khorkina are the only ones I recall seeing. The US teams (especially gymnastics and swimming) have been hyped up to the point where anything but solid golds is a disappointment.

The incessant cutting back and forth between events is icing on the cake. We get 10 minutes of one event, then 5 minutes of cheesy, we're-desperate-to-find-an-Olympic-tie-in commercials, 10 minutes of another event, more commercials, a third event, still more commercials, and then if we've been good boys and girls, we might get to see another sliver of the first event. With five or six channels carrying parallel content, you'd think they would have time to present events start-to-finish.

NBC is an embarrassment. Thankfully we get CBC, which has much less spin and hype. I wish the IOC would let C-SPAN cover the games -- Congress is on August recess, so there's not much to displace.

--B2707SST



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User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1332 times:

IMO, Bob Costas does just as good a job as anyone does or ever has done. Personally, I dont see what is so bad about him.

Now, NBC's coverage on the other hand, is very questionable.  Big grin


User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1282 times:

"Now, NBC's coverage on the other hand, is very questionable."

- And this is the second Summer Olympics in a row they have had The Games and they were terrible at broadcasting both (so far). The only good thing is this year they do have some live events late nights and Pat O'Brien (I believe is the dude's name) does a decent job broadcasting.

"ESPN and ABC desperately need to take over. Their World Cup 2002 coverage was nothing short of brilliant. They managed to show I think something like 93% of matches live,..."

- Blink182 mentioned ABC and ESPN need to get the games back. They would be better than NBC and they would be much, much better at the Winter Games. The Disney Family of Networks have just as many networks as the GE Family of Networks and better talent behind the microphone, period. And Chris Berman does get old after awhile, but I would take him over just about anyone at NBC, except for maybe Dan Hicks.



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User currently offlineSantosdumont From Brazil, joined Dec 2003, 1201 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1274 times:

L-188 wrote:

ABC Sports had their act so much more wired together, but of course at the time they had it, they also had guys like Curt and Howard working the mikes.

Thank you, L-188.


Tristarenvy wrote:

I have just two words for Olympic coverage.... "Jim McKay"

And thank you, Tristar. Now that we're on the subject of lame coverage, is John Tesh still covering women's gymnastics?



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