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2014-02-11 12:38:23 PM  
i still hold the conspiracy theory putin farted on his pillow
 
2014-02-11 12:38:44 PM  
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2014-02-11 12:39:03 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: Bob Costas going away is never a bad thing.


^^^^
THIS

Watching the Olympics with friends last weekend, and as soon as BC's face appeared we all groaned.
How does that grim joyless gnome keep any broadcasting job? He's no fun, at all.

/bud thinks BC must have pictures of the head of NBC with a goat...
//not fond of Matt 'gee I didn't notice my wife was ill' Lauer either - he's a meathead too.
///Hey NBC, bring in Dorothy Hamill, Kristi Yamaguchi etc. as Olympic announcers!
 
2014-02-11 12:43:17 PM  

nanim: InterruptingQuirk: Bob Costas going away is never a bad thing.

^^^^
THIS

Watching the Olympics with friends last weekend, and as soon as BC's face appeared we all groaned.
How does that grim joyless gnome keep any broadcasting job? He's no fun, at all.

/bud thinks BC must have pictures of the head of NBC with a goat...
//not fond of Matt 'gee I didn't notice my wife was ill' Lauer either - he's a meathead too.
///Hey NBC, bring in Dorothy Hamill, Kristi Yamaguchi etc. as Olympic announcers!


There was a question posed recently of whose secret archives you would want to look through, and my first thought is always CIA, Mafia, KGB, etc. Really though, I think it would be the anybody who has no business doing the job they are doing, just to find all the dirt they have on the world.
 
2014-02-11 12:44:45 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: [media.tumblr.com image 424x550]


Make sure you wear protection when you eye-fark the figure skaters, Bob.
 
2014-02-11 12:50:34 PM  

orezona: Quick, cut off his head before it spreads through the whole Olympic Village!

[static1.wikia.nocookie.net image 782x561]


Olympic village? What if he got from downtown, and now there's a million tourist spreading it across the globe?

/Shut Down EVERYTHING!
 
2014-02-11 12:56:29 PM  
If only they could both DIAF.

Then, perhaps, I might again watch the Olympics.

At this point, I'd rather watch Cletus the Robot on Fox.
 
2014-02-11 12:56:52 PM  

nanim: InterruptingQuirk: Bob Costas going away is never a bad thing.

^^^^
THIS

Watching the Olympics with friends last weekend, and as soon as BC's face appeared we all groaned.
How does that grim joyless gnome keep any broadcasting job? He's no fun, at all.

/bud thinks BC must have pictures of the head of NBC with a goat...
//not fond of Matt 'gee I didn't notice my wife was ill' Lauer either - he's a meathead too.
///Hey NBC, bring in Dorothy Hamill, Kristi Yamaguchi etc. as Olympic announcers!


Nothing can top the joylessness of Costas's "showboating" rant from a few years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdSBxeAtO34

Costas demands that you get off his lawn with your hotdogging and your showboating like a showboating hotdog.
 
2014-02-11 12:57:32 PM  

Anayalator: You think you're excited, feel these nipples!


That one took me a second.
 
2014-02-11 12:58:29 PM  
ChrisDe:

I don't get it. Wally Pipp? Why?
 
2014-02-11 01:03:29 PM  
I don't get all the hate on Bob Costas. He's a really good person who helps many children with his charities (Bob Costas center, etc).

He knows a ton about sports, and is a great interviewer. The interview he did with Sandusky ended that dude.

Still, his eyes have looked bad over the past couple of days, so I hope he gets over the Sochi Stinkeye fast.
 
2014-02-11 01:07:31 PM  
Jim McKay is rolling in his grave.  Back when ABC covered the games they actually covered the entire Olympics, on one channel, with old school sports broadcasters.

That meant you had people like Chris Shenkel doing skiing, or Kieth Jackson doing bobsledding, or Howard Cossell doing speed skating.  And when you watched them, wearing the ugliest tan sport jackets possible, you knew damn well that after filming those guys were going to go out and get liquored up at the local pub/bar/beer house.

Now it has all been ruined for our kids, with an emphasis on figure skating and other more crowd friendly events.  Its a disgrace.

However...why isn't Al Michaels taking over?
 
2014-02-11 01:09:39 PM  

adm_crunch: In my head I always hear "I'm Matt Lauer for HBO Entertainment News" every time I hear his name.....


Oooo now you are farkied as "wealthy in the early 90s"
 
2014-02-11 01:19:28 PM  

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2014-02-11 01:20:11 PM  

jaybeezey: That is all.


Oh, man, if I had only scrolled down TWO more posts...

Sorry, guys. Sorry.
 
2014-02-11 01:24:54 PM  
Oh, great.  The last time Matt Lauer had the big chair, he showed up for with without his socks.  Somehow, seeing him in dress shoes without socks sent me into the deepest rage I've ever felt toward a television personality.

This time around I'm getting my Olympic coverage via the BBC.  No thanks, NBC boneheads.  We're through.
 
2014-02-11 01:28:36 PM  

Private_Citizen: I don't get all the hate on Bob Costas. He's a really good person who helps many children with his charities (Bob Costas center, etc).

He knows a ton about sports, and is a great interviewer. The interview he did with Sandusky ended that dude.

Still, his eyes have looked bad over the past couple of days, so I hope he gets over the Sochi Stinkeye fast.


Me neither.  I  can't judge since I don't watch sports, but he always seemed smart and easy going. (Used to come off like a puppy dog.)   Maybe that's changed.
 
2014-02-11 01:30:15 PM  

Far Cough: Oh was that the joke? It doesn't really work without the explanation; thanks. (serious)


The joke was that wearing a bow tie is as effective at treating a broken collarbone as wearing glasses is at treating pink eye. As in, not effective at all.
 
2014-02-11 01:34:54 PM  

umad: Far Cough: Oh was that the joke? It doesn't really work without the explanation; thanks. (serious)

The joke was that wearing a bow tie is as effective at treating a broken collarbone as wearing glasses is at treating pink eye. As in, not effective at all.


Oh, okay.  I guess it's intended to limit his infecting of others, but the only practical way to keep his hands out of his eyes are wide coverage goggles, such as woodworking goggles.  Which, let's face it, would LOOK AWESOME on the TV.  He should have gone that way.

/oh duh I just realized he can't wear his contacts and that must be why
 
2014-02-11 01:35:04 PM  

Far Cough: Private_Citizen: I don't get all the hate on Bob Costas. He's a really good person who helps many children with his charities (Bob Costas center, etc).

He knows a ton about sports, and is a great interviewer. The interview he did with Sandusky ended that dude.

Still, his eyes have looked bad over the past couple of days, so I hope he gets over the Sochi Stinkeye fast.

Me neither.  I  can't judge since I don't watch sports, but he always seemed smart and easy going. (Used to come off like a puppy dog.)   Maybe that's changed.


I always thought he was easy going also, then I saw that Sandusky interview. You can actually hear when Bob realizes "holy moly, this guy is guilty!". Then Costas absolutely Grills him. It was nice to see old school, hardball journalism.

/seems like reporters today don't want to offend anyone because it could limit their interview prospects.
 
2014-02-11 01:39:37 PM  

ransack.: adm_crunch: In my head I always hear "I'm Matt Lauer for HBO Entertainment News" every time I hear his name.....

Oooo now you are farkied as "wealthy in the early 90s"


I grew up where Columbus, OH, where interactive-cable TV was born. It rolled out in 1977 so that I was the age when it was invested in by AMEX and it became a household thing around there. 30 channels and feedback from your button pushes was future stuff in your living room.

www.qube-tv.com

If you pressed all three buttons at the bottom at the same time, it would randomly tune into one of the premium channels.
/csb
 
2014-02-11 01:39:44 PM  

umad: The joke was that wearing a bow tie is as effective at treating a broken collarbone as wearing glasses is at treating pink eye. As in, not effective at all.


So wearing contacts doesn't hurt at all with pinkeye?
 
2014-02-11 01:49:27 PM  
And he'll tease you
He'll unease you
All the better just to please you
He's precocious and he knows just
What it takes to make a pro blush
He got Greta Garbo stand off sighs
He's got Bob Costas eyes

He'll expose you, when he snows you
Off your feet with the crumbs he throws you
He's ferocious and he knows just
What it takes to make a pro blush
All the Commie boys think he's a spy
He's got Bob Costas eyes
 
2014-02-11 01:50:02 PM  

Far Cough: The Olympics are on?

/seriously wasn't sure they'd started


Being that I watch NBC Nightly News, I wasn't aware that anything else is going on in the world.
 
2014-02-11 01:50:09 PM  
Bob Costas can GFHS. Stink eye? Pink eye? who cares? Pansy-ass liberal.
 
2014-02-11 01:50:21 PM  
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2014-02-11 02:00:58 PM  

freakay: Jim McKay is rolling in his grave.  Back when ABC covered the games they actually covered the entire Olympics, on one channel, with old school sports broadcasters.

That meant you had people like Chris Shenkel doing skiing, or Kieth Jackson doing bobsledding, or Howard Cossell doing speed skating.  And when you watched them, wearing the ugliest tan sport jackets possible, you knew damn well that after filming those guys were going to go out and get liquored up at the local pub/bar/beer house.

Now it has all been ruined for our kids, with an emphasis on figure skating and other more crowd friendly events.  Its a disgrace.

However...why isn't Al Michaels taking over?


What would Al Michaels know about Olympic commentary?

/Why wasn't Michaels doing this in the first place?
 
2014-02-11 02:03:14 PM  

DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: Bob Costas can GFHS. Stink eye? Pink eye? who cares? Pansy-ass liberal.


If right wingers could hold a point of aim like they can hold a grudge, they'd be able to shoot the wings off flys at fifty paces.
 
2014-02-11 02:04:46 PM  
Did I miss something?  The right wing are Sandusky supporters now?
 
2014-02-11 02:25:00 PM  

Far Cough: Did I miss something?  The right wing are Sandusky supporters now?


After Jovan Belcher's murder suicide, Costas gave an anti-gun rant/speech during half time on SNF.
 
2014-02-11 02:25:11 PM  
so why can't they buy him 5 bucks of topical steroid to clear the redness and itching?
 
2014-02-11 02:26:16 PM  
... Bob Costas will be EYEING him closely.

Just a little bit funnier.
 
2014-02-11 02:27:30 PM  

ransack.: ChrisDe:

I don't get it. Wally Pipp? Why?


Wally thought he was just taking a day off, too.
 
2014-02-11 02:34:03 PM  

jaybeezey: [fc09.deviantart.net image 478x262]

That is all.


Thanks so much. When I watched the opening ceremonies, I pulled it up and watched the video.
 
2014-02-11 02:45:10 PM  
Costas, who does not normally wear glasses, has been sporting a pair since the beginning of the Sochi Games due to an infection that started in his left eye and has now spread to his right eye.

I don't always wear glasses but when I do it's because 'm not wearing contacts.
 
2014-02-11 02:45:18 PM  
So Matt Lauer is replacing Costas, due to Bob having pinkeye?

I hope Lauer is a good.....wait for it.....pupil BAM FROM WAY DOWNTOWN, NAILED THE LANDING, TRULY POETRY ON ICE, HE KNOWS IT, LOOK AT HIM, HE KNOWS IT, HE KNOWS THAT WAS PERFECT, LETS GO TO THE SCORECARDS SIX POINT OH ACROSS THE BOARD YOU KNOW RICKY EARNED THE GOLD THEY'RE PARTYING BACK IN PHOENIX DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?  YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!
 
2014-02-11 02:46:51 PM  
Eye eye you?

/long johnson
 
2014-02-11 02:53:23 PM  

rickythepenguin: So Matt Lauer is replacing Costas, due to Bob having pinkeye?

I hope Lauer is a good.....wait for it.....pupil BAM FROM WAY DOWNTOWN, NAILED THE LANDING, TRULY POETRY ON ICE, HE KNOWS IT, LOOK Anc.T HIM, HE KNOWS IT, HE KNOWS THAT WAS PERFECT, LETS GO TO THE SCORECARDS SIX POINT OH ACROSS THE BOARD YOU KNOW RICKY EARNED THE GOLD THEY'RE PARTYING BACK IN PHOENIX DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?  YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!


Um, would have worked a lot better if there were something about learning from Bob's example before you hit the punch.   You tried a triple axle from a standing start.

/soviet judge, 6/10
 
2014-02-11 02:54:48 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: I grew up where Columbus, OH, where interactive-cable TV was born.


I had that same box!  Damn, brings back memories.

"Hey, Animalypics is on again!"
 
2014-02-11 03:22:47 PM  
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Far Cough: /soviet judge, 6/10


 
2014-02-11 03:32:28 PM  
Bob Costas go away. Commentators politicizing an event that is supposed to be non-political go away. NBC focusing on just a few sports and shoving them in our faces with lame stories, go away.

Its time for a new station. I am ready for Fox Olympics! Anything has to be better.

Bye.
 
2014-02-11 03:37:04 PM  

organizmx: Who will now distract me from the global unity and spirit of the games to try and start a new Cold War?



Don't worry, St. Louis seems to provide an endless supply of blowhard sports announcers filled with self righteous indignation and the typical baby-boomer over inflated sense of self importance.   I think Joe Buck is next in line.
 
2014-02-11 03:38:42 PM  
Why they didn't chose the great Al Michaels or the dapper Dan Patrick, I don't understand. Matt annoys the hell out of me.
 
2014-02-11 03:39:14 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: ransack.: adm_crunch: In my head I always hear "I'm Matt Lauer for HBO Entertainment News" every time I hear his name.....

Oooo now you are farkied as "wealthy in the early 90s"

I grew up where Columbus, OH, where interactive-cable TV was born. It rolled out in 1977 so that I was the age when it was invested in by AMEX and it became a household thing around there. 30 channels and feedback from your button pushes was future stuff in your living room.

If you pressed all three buttons at the bottom at the same time, it would randomly tune into one of the premium channels.
/csb


Wow, this is really cool. I love this kind of stuff, thanks for the link.

So this was like a test market thing? You got HBO and all this futuristic stuff with your regular cable?

I bet the channel guides and DVRs and such that came about in the late 90s-early 2000s didn't surprise you at all.
 
2014-02-11 03:42:07 PM  

Mode101: Bob Costas go away. Commentators politicizing an event that is supposed to be non-political go away. NBC focusing on just a few sports and shoving them in our faces with lame stories, go away.

Its time for a new station. I am ready for Fox Olympics! Anything has to be better.

Bye.


Okay, I'm flying blind here but... first, based on what nelsonal said, Costas talked about gun control on Sunday football, not the Olympics. So, second, has Costas in any other way talked politics out of turn during Olympics coverage?  Third, the modern Olympics has been political from the very beginning.  It's impossible to avoid when you're literally pitting countries against one another.  Fourth, an independent press is a nice thing to have.

So, fifth, why all the gnashing against Costas?  Is it just kneejerking because people think he's outed himself as a filthy liberal and must be expunged from view?  'Cause, sixth, that's what it sounds like.

And oh yeah, seventh, it's currently moot if philandering old Matt has replaced him.
 
2014-02-11 03:51:51 PM  

nanim: InterruptingQuirk: Bob Costas going away is never a bad thing.

^^^^
THIS

Watching the Olympics with friends last weekend, and as soon as BC's face appeared we all groaned.
How does that grim joyless gnome keep any broadcasting job? He's no fun, at all.

/bud thinks BC must have pictures of the head of NBC with a goat...
//not fond of Matt 'gee I didn't notice my wife was ill' Lauer either - he's a meathead too.
///Hey NBC, bring in Dorothy Hamill, Kristi Yamaguchi etc. as Olympic announcers!


Somewhere along the line someone decided that Bob Costas is a 'broadcasting legend', whose has the voice of a generation.  I personally detest him, because it's like watching a poor William Shatner impersonation mixed with the ego of TIm Robbins.
 
2014-02-11 04:14:11 PM  

freakay: Jim McKay is rolling in his grave.  Back when ABC covered the games they actually covered the entire Olympics, on one channel, with old school sports broadcasters.

That meant you had people like Chris Shenkel doing skiing, or Kieth Jackson doing bobsledding, or Howard Cossell doing speed skating.  And when you watched them, wearing the ugliest tan sport jackets possible, you knew damn well that after filming those guys were going to go out and get liquored up at the local pub/bar/beer house.

Now it has all been ruined for our kids, with an emphasis on figure skating and other more crowd friendly events.  Its a disgrace.

However...why isn't Al Michaels taking over?


Not going to defend NBC too much here, because they could just put events on all of their cable outlets with little fanfare and people would watch. It's foolish not to have apps on every platform available, etc.

But the crap on NBC is done the same way that McCay did it. Tape delayed with human interest stories. Dick Ebersol is a Roone Arledge protege.

FFS, the vast majority of the country watched The Miracle on Ice on tape delay, despite it being in the US.
 
2014-02-11 04:15:46 PM  
The thing that bothers me about Costas is that he seems to feel carte blanche to use the MNF halftime to give a rant on whatever he feels.  I watch sports for sports.  I would hope that sports would be one place where the politics don't matter.  Of course based on this Olympics and the statements of Putin that is hard, but when the Packers are playing the Bears I want to hear about what happened in the first half, not whatever it is that has a bug up Costas' ass that week.

//Same goes for singers.

///From either side of the aisle.
 
2014-02-11 04:17:01 PM  

ladodger34: FFS, the vast majority of the country watched The Miracle on Ice on tape delay, despite it being in the US.


That's because of the time of day that the game was.  Russia refused to agree to move the time of the game so it was played in the morning or early afternoon IIRC.
 
2014-02-11 04:17:40 PM  
I'd like to see Tom Brokaw describe the shifty, air-to-fakie, poptart flail that wins the halfpipe.
 
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