Bob Costas is in on the Superman Fortress of Solitude joke

Bob Costas Fortress Solitude

Welp, it’s official: the Fortress of Solitude jokes have reached Sochi.

NBC host Bob Costas began his introduction to the network’s coverage of the Olympics on Saturday with a joke about his eye infection and his studio set looking like Superman’s setup.

“Hi everybody, Bob Costas in Studio A at the International Broadcast Center, a studio some have likened to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude,” he began. “Unfortunately for me, the eye infection is not getting any better, so for the time being, I’m still stuck with Clark Kent’s glasses.”

Short, sweet and to the point. I love how Costas just got it all out of the way quickly and explained what is going on with his eye in a simple line. It’s also great that he acknowledged the Superman Fortress of Solitude joke. Way to show some humor.

And now for a little humor for ourselves. Between the glasses and raised eyebrow, Costas is looking like a James Bond villain:

Bob Costas pink eye

Sochi security checks writers’ computers to monitor wifi

Here it is, in plain picture form, just what you’ve heard about the officials being tight in Sochi. Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson shared a picture on Twitter of a management/security person going around the press room at the Olympics to check writers’ laptops to see what wifi network they were connected to:

According to Robinson, the person works for the “spectrum management team” and was scanning computers. If people were to be found using private wifi networks, they were supposedly seized. They’re so strict about making sure people are not on private wifi networks, they posted this note:

In Sochi, Russia, the internet is monitored. Only they don’t hide what they’re doing.

Bob Costas is straight up broadcasting from a Fortress of Solitude

NBC Olympics studios fortress

Did anyone else watching Bob Costas broadcast on NBC Thursday notice that his studio set bears a strong resemblance to the Fortress of Solitude?

Seriously, all they’re missing is a sign on the studio entrance saying “Kneel Before Bob.”

NBC Olympics studios

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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NFL writers argue on Twitter over Charles Haley snub

Charles Haley

One of the more controversial players when it comes to the Pro Football Hall of Fame debate is Charles Haley.

Haley has been a finalist for the Hall of Fame the past five season but has not made it into Canton despite having a resume that seems worthy of induction. Haley played 13 seasons and won five Super Bowls, made five Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro twice. He had 100.5 career sacks, including 16 in 1990. But he has not made the Hall, and most believe it’s because he was such a disliked player who was equally disrespectful to teammates and the media, according to most accounts.

After Haley was left out of the Hall once again, longtime Dallas Cowboys beat reporter Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram went off on the snub, which he chalked up to a bias on the part of the writers who vote for the honor. Jason Cole, who has written for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald and Yahoo! Sports and who votes for the Hall, disputed Hill’s contention that it was a matter of writer bias at play.

The result was a long dispute on Twitter where accusations were thrown about and the race card was played. You can read it all below:

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Jenny Dell off Red Sox games, likely because of Will Middlebrooks relationship

Jenny Dell Will Middlebrooks

Popular Red Sox sideline reporter Jenny Dell has been reassigned by NESN and will no longer be doing Red Sox games, likely because of her relationship with third baseman Will Middlebrooks.

Dell and Middlebrooks were long rumored to be dating, but the boyfriend-girlfriend relationship was not confirmed until December. In an article about Dell receiving an extension from NESN, The Boston Globe mentioned that she and Middlebrooks were dating and living together.

On Thursday the Boston Herald said that Dell had been reassigned in a move that was mutually agreed upon by both parties.

“NESN has an active search for a Red Sox sideline reporter,” spokesman Gary Roy told The Herald. “Jenny Dell, a multi-talented on-air personality, is anchoring ‘NESN Sports Today’ and handling other assignments for NESN.”

The Herald says Dell and Middlebrooks have been dating for nearly a year.

The Red Sox sideline reporter job for NESN is an excellent job and career launching point of sorts. Prior to Dell, Heidi Watney, Tina Cervasio and Hazel Mae all held the position and have gone on to land other great TV jobs.

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Jerry Remy returning to broadcast Red Sox games this season

Jerry Remy NESNGreat news: The president of Red Sox nation will be back in the booth this season.

Jerry Remy announced Monday that he will be back in his familiar role as color commentator for Red Sox games on NESN this season. Remy took a leave from broadcasting Sox games on Aug. 15 after his son, Jared, was accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death. RemDawg has also battled depression and lung cancer, but he received a clean bill of health and is going back to the Sawx after receiving encouragement from his wife and others.

In his press conference announcing his return, Remy answered some questions about parenting, the status of his grandchildren (he’s applied for custody), and how things have been for him emotionally over the past several months. You can read the transcript of his full Q&A session over at WEEI.com.

What transpired with Remy’s son is truly awful and there is no way around that. But that wasn’t Jerry who allegedly murdered the woman. He may feel terribly about it, have regrets, and question his parenting, but he is not the person who committed the crime. Hopefully he will get over it as much as possible and not blame himself.

I’m really happy that he will be back. Red Sox games are not the same without him calling them.

H/T SI’s The Wire