Bob Costas has pink eye and is wearing glasses in Sochi

Bob Costas eye

If you saw Bob Costas doing Olympics work on NBC at all Thursday, your first question probably was “what the heck is up with Bob Costas’ eye?” and why is he wearing glasses?

Turns out that the veteran broadcaster developed an eye infection that prevented him from putting in contact lenses, which is why he’s wearing glasses.

Costas’ assistant explained what was going on in an email to Deadspin:

Yes, Bob has some sort of infection which has his left eye completely red and almost completely closed, making it impossible to put a contact lens in it. It just came on within the last 24 hours, the NBC doctors in Sochi are treating it, and they think it should resolve itself by the weekend. Until then, he has no choice but to go with the glasses on air.

Thanks for checking with us.

Sounds like Costas didn’t listen to the warning and washed his face using the disgusting water in Sochi:

The good news is Costas’ case of pink eye gives us a great meme. Here he is as the Terminator:

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Charles Barkley: Nets stink, are beating up on ‘ugly chicks’

Charles Barkley eyebrowsThe Brooklyn Nets have rallied after a terrible start to the season that put head coach Jason Kidd’s job in jeopardy. Brooklyn was 10-21 at one point and reports said Kidd could be fired before the All-Star break. But the Nets have played well since the new year, going 11-4 to improve to 21-25 for the season. Though they’ve improved and are in position to make the playoffs out of the terrible Eastern Conference, Charles Barkley isn’t about to praise them. Matter of fact, he’s not buying them at all.

During a conference call Thursday to promote TNT’s coverage of the NBA’s All-Star weekend, Barkley ripped into the Nets in a way only he can.

“When you play in the Eastern Conference, you’re going to go on winning streaks. Listen, the Nets stink, man,” Barkley said via the NY Daily News. “They lost their best player in Brook Lopez. Deron Williams has been inconsistent. They’re beating up on a bunch of ugly chicks in the Eastern Conference. Don’t act like they have a good team, stop it.”

Classic Barkley.

Chuck is also down on Kevin Garnett and D-Will, saying KG is too old and that father time has caught up with him. He says Williams has been hit by too many injuries.

“He’s never going to get back to Utah. His best days are behind him,” Barkley said of D-Will.

I disagree with Barkley on most accounts here. I’ve said even when the Nets were struggling that they’d get a lot better once their players were healthy. I still believe Williams can get back to being a top point guard. And one thing Chuck left out is how good Mirza Teletovic has been from long distance this season. He’s a weapon as a 3-point shooter. They won’t win a playoff series, but they’re not as bad as Chuck is making them out to be.

By the way, the Nets have beaten the Hawks twice, the Thunder, Dallas, Miami and Golden State since the new year. That’s not too bad.

Lakers literally ran out of players against the Cavaliers

Lakers empty bench

The Los Angeles Lakers literally ran out of players in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, yet they still won 119-108.

As mentioned in our post about Chris Kaman taking a nap on the bench, the Lakers started off the game with just eight players because of injuries and/or rest days. Nick Young got hurt in the second quarter, Jordan Farmar got hurt in the fourth quarter, and Chris Kaman fouled out. That left the Lakers with just five players.

Things got really interesting for Robert Sacre, who was playing with five fouls. And wouldn’t you know? He picked up his sixth foul with under four minutes left in the game. That resulted in an extremely confusing situation because they Lakers didn’t have any healthy players who could replace him.

The referees went to the rule book for Rule 3 section 1 b which explains what happens in this exact situation:

a. Each team shall consist of five players. No team may be reduced to less than five players. If a player in the game receives his sixth personal foul and all substitutes have already been disqualified, said player shall remain in the game and shall be charged with a personal and team foul. A technical foul also shall be assessed against his team. All subsequent personal fouls, including offensive fouls, shall be treated similarly. All players who have six or more personal fouls and remain in the game shall be treated similarly.

The Lakers were charged with a personal and team foul and were assessed a technical foul. Things were so bad that Steve Nash, who is returning from his back injury and had the night off, got into uniform and joined the bench with a minute left just in case. Luckily the team didn’t need him, but it just shows how crazy things got at the end.

Antonio Cromartie: NFL should make weed legal

Antonio CromartieAntonio Cromartie thinks the NFL should allow players to smoke marijuana because so many players do it anyway. Marijuana is currently listed as a banned substance by the NFL and classified as a recreational drug/drug of abuse. It takes multiple positive tests for players to be seriously disciplined for marijuana use, but Cromartie thinks it should be allowed.

The New York Jets DB shared his thoughts in a casual interview with ThisIs50.com before the Super Bowl last week.

“They need to just let it go,” Cromartie said while laughing. “They’re just going to do it anyway. They just need to let it go. They need to go ahead and say, ‘Y’all go ahead, smoke it, do what you need to do.’ ”

Though the interview was posted a week ago, it started to receive attention this week. There was a small controversy because the New York Post made an error in their transcription. They wrote that Cromartie said “we’re” just going to smoke weed as if he were putting himself in that group. Cromartie cleared things up on Twitter by saying he wasn’t including himself in that group and that he doesn’t smoke.

Cromartie is due a $5 million roster bonus in March, so there is a strong likelihood that he is cut by the Jets. He said in the interview that he still hopes to be back with them.

Also, how unprepared was the interviewer? Asking Cromartie if he’s taken? Does she not know about his marital status or multiple children? This is Antonio Cromartie we’re talking about here.

As for the marijuana policy, states are already legalizing it. Maybe the entire country will too before long. I wouldn’t mind it if the NFL made it legal. Like he said, half the league does it already, and some players even say it’s extremely helpful for them in terms of healing or recovering. At that point it would just be up to the players to make sure they’re not abusing it.

Tip via David B.

John Elway still not over any of his Super Bowl losses

John ElwayJohn Elway lost three Super Bowls as quarterback of the Denver Broncos before winning back-to-back ones in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He just lost a fourth Super Bowl after watching his team get defeated by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday.

Though Elway lost his Super Bowls as a player in the late ’80s, he’s still not over them.

Asked at his season-ending press conference Tuesday how long it took him to get over his Super Bowl losses, Elway answered bluntly.

“I’m not over them yet. And we just added this one.”

Damn, someobody get this man some Prozac.

So that’s what you have to look forward to, Broncos players. Never getting over your Super Bowl loss.

If you’re wondering where Elway gets his drive from, look no further than this answer. He was also pretty fired up at the press conference, as you can see:

Richard Sherman: Seahawks figured out Peyton Manning’s audibles, hand signals

Peyton Manning Omaha

The Seattle Seahawks completely shut down the Denver Broncos in the first half of Super Bowl XLVIII. They held Denver to 11 yards in the first quarter, intercepted Peyton Manning twice in the half and didn’t allow any points. Richard Sherman says that’s because the Seahawks figured out Manning’s hand signals and audibles in the first half of the game.

Sherman told Monday Morning Quarterback’s Robert Klemko about how they got the mental edge on the Broncos.

“All we did was play situational football,” Sherman told Klemko at the team party after the game. “We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes. Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half.”

Klemko says Sherman then demonstrated how they figured out Peyton’s hand signals and said they were calling out his plays and getting them right.

“Me, Earl [Thomas], Kam [Chancellor]… we’re not just three All-Pro players. We’re three All-Pro minds,” Sherman says. “Now, if Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could’ve been exposed.”

So Sherman says they took gambles, but that was because they were confident they figured out Peyton’s signs. Looks like they were right.

This would actually be the second time in a Super Bowl that a defensive player beat Manning by learning about his tendencies. You may recall that Tracy Porter said he jumped the route in the Super Bowl between the Saints and Colts because of what he had studied of Manning on film. That led to a game-clinching pick-six for Porter.

And for all the talk about Peyton Manning being an offensive genius and smarter than most players — and that sure seems to be the case most of the time — it’s obvious he is not invincible. It sounds like Seattle’s defense simply outsmarted him. That’s not surprising considering what a student of the game Sherman is.

We also encourage you to read Klemko’s entire article on Sherman from after the Super Bowl. It’s loaded with great information and details.

H/T Business Insider

9/11 truther Matthew Mills on how he invaded Super Bowl: ‘I said I was running late’


A 9/11 truther named Matthew Mills somehow made his way into the media room after the Super Bowl on Sunday night and interrupted Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith’s press conference. Mills, who was later arrested and charged with trespassing, delivered a simple message about how he believes the American government was behind the 9/11 attacks. But how did he get in?

On Monday, Mills explained to NJ.com how he was able to bypass a number of security checkpoints at MetLife Stadium by telling employees he was late for work.

“I just said I was running late for work and I had to get in there,” he said. “It was that simple. I didn’t think that I’d get that far. I just kept getting closer and closer. Once I got past the final gate and into the stadium, I was dumbfounded.”

Mills, who describes himself as an independent journalist, said his original intent was just to get close to the stadium to conduct some interviews. When he spotted an employee bus at Secaucus Junction, he walked right on with an old credential he found at a festival that looked somewhat similar to the Super Bowl XLVIII media badge.

Security staffers are supposed to run the barcode on each media member’s badge, but Mills said he kept using the “I’m running late” excuse and it kept working. He didn’t have a ticket to the game or a valid press pass.

As we mentioned before, everyone is fortunate Mills was just a 9/11 truther and not someone who was a lot more dangerous. Believe it or not, his stunt probably did the NFL a service. They obviously need to tighten up their security measures for future events.