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Matt Lauer zings Bob Costas with classic joke about red eyes

Bob Costas returned to his position as host of NBC’s Olympic coverage in Sochi on Monday, and his eyes are looking much better. While wearing sunglasses on a cloudy day during an appearance on “The Today Show” Friday morning, Costas fell victim to a cheap joke from Matt Lauer.

Lauer appeared to be making innocent conversation when he asked Costas when he will be leaving Sochi. Costas said he is leaving Monday. And then the punchline:

“You are?” Lauer said. “Taking the redeye home?”

Now THAT is a low blow. Costas handled it like a champ and admitted he walked right into it. He took a shot at himself over the red eyes before drinking vodka on live TV toward the beginning of the Olympics, so Costas has been a good sport about it all along. Good for him.

Bob Costas pink eye glasses

H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz 

The Sochi Olympics wolf was another classic Jimmy Kimmel hoax (Video)

Sochi-Olympics-wolfYou know that video we shared with you on Thursday of what appeared to be a wolf wandering the hallways of one of the Olympic Village dormitories in Sochi? As it turns out, it was indeed a real wolf and not a husky or some other kind of stray dog. The video, on the other hand, was fake. You can thank Jimmy Kimmel for that.

Earlier this week, US luger Kate Hansen agreed to help Kimmel execute his latest internet hoax. Kimmel pulled a similar viral prank months ago with that girl everyone thought accidentally caught on fire while twerking.

“There was a little more backlash than I thought there would be,” Hansen said on Kimmel’s show. “But it was all worth it in the end.”

Kimmel’s crew actually built an exact replica of Hansen’s Olympic dorm hallway to pull off the prank. They then hired a real wolf and took control of Hansen’s Twitter account (with her permission) to set the internet on fire.

“I started hearing people talk around the building,” Hansen said. “Security started freaking out because that technically was a breach within athlete safety. It kind of went a little crazy over here, but we handled it.”

Russian officials, who have had enough problems to deal with before and during the Games, likely did not appreciate the joke. We certainly did.

Ashley Wagner rips Olympic judges: ‘People need to be held accountable’

Ashley-Wagner-faceUS figure skater Ashley Wagner brought us the equivalent of McKayla Maroney’s “not impressed” face at this year’s Olympics. Wagner has received some scores in Sochi that she is not happy with, and she feels that she has been treated unfairly by the judges. After finishing seventh in the ladies’ individual event on Thursday, she voiced her displeasure.

“I feel gypped,” Wagner said according to Fourth Place Medal.

More specifically, Wagner felt that the Russian skaters were given preferential treatment. Russia’s Adelina Sotnivoka won gold and Julia Lipnitskaia finished fifth after falling in each of her programs.

“People don’t want to watch a sport where you see people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean,” Wagner said. “It is confusing and we need to make it clear for you.

“To be completely honest, this sport needs fans and needs people who want to watch it. People do not want to watch a sport where they see someone skate lights out and they can’t depend on that person to be the one who pulls through. People need to be held accountable.”

Wagner said the sport should do away with anonymous judges in order to create more accountability. Her total score of 193.20 was more than seven points behind Lipnitskaia, despite the fact that the Russian fell twice. Wagner, who went viral after the reaction you see above last week, had another entertaining reaction to her score on Thursday.

She’ll have a long flight home from Sochi.

GIF via Deadspin

Rob Ford’s reaction during women’s gold medal hockey match was priceless (GIF)

rob-ford-reactionIn the first of two matchups in two days between the hockey teams from the United States and Canada the ladies from north of the border came away with a 3-2 victory in the gold medal game on Thursday.

The U.S. held a 2-0 lead with 3:26 remaining in regulation only to see Canada force overtime with a goal by Marie-Philip Poulin with just 55 seconds left on the clock. Poulin would light the lamp once more in the extra period to complete the comeback, sinking the hearts of Team USA and their fans.

Around Canada the reaction was, obviously, at the other end of the spectrum. Among those keeping tabs on the game were the Toronto city council and Mayor Rob Ford, who was particularly excited.

In related news, hockey is big in Canada.

GIF via Deadspin

US women’s hockey came an inch away from gold over Canada (GIF)

The US women’s hockey team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Canada in the gold medal game on Thursday. It was a bittersweet feeling for the US as they received their silver medals after blowing a 2-0 lead with just 3:26 remaining in the game.

Canada was able to cut America’s lead to one on a goal from Brianne Jenner. Marie-Philip Poulin then tied the game with 55 seconds remaining and an extra attacker on the ice for Canada. They went on to win on a power play goal in overtime.

To make matters worse for the US, there was an opportunity for an empty-net goal with roughly a minute left that rung off the post. The US literally came an inch away from a gold medal, though Canada deserved to win the game. The Canadians never gave up and played with a sense of urgency until the final whistle. They could have just as easily packed it in.

US-womens-post-Canada

GIF via @PeteBlackburn

Kate Hansen shares video of possible wolf in Sochi Olympics hallway

Sochi-Olympics-wolfThere have been a number of stories about stray dogs wandering around Sochi at the Winter Olympics. Some have been adopted by athletes while others are left to bark at skiers during their training runs. Stuff got real on Wednesday night when US luger Kate Hansen may have spotted a wolf roaming the hallways of her dormitory.

Could it have been a husky? Siberia is only 2,666 miles from Sochi, so I guess that’s possible. If you Google the differences between wolves and huskies, you’ll notice that wolves have a longer, more defined snout than huskies. The animal spotted by Hansen looked like it had a pretty long, narrow snout, which is more characteristic of a wolf.

Needless to say, you can now add “possible wolves wandering hallways” to the growing list of #SochiProblems. Thankfully, Hansen didn’t come running out of her room to show the wolf her trademark dance moves. Who knows how that would have ended.

UPDATE: The wolf was real, but the video was not. Another classic hoax from Jimmy Kimmel.

The Austrian hockey team is sorry for partying

Sorry-for-partyingThe Austrian national hockey team surprised everyone — themselves included — when they defeated Norway in the final game of group play at the Winter Olympics. The win came on the heels of an 8-4 loss against Finland and 6-0 loss to Canada, so you can understand why the team was excited. In hindsight, the Austrians probably could have taken the celebration down a notch.

According to EuroHockey.com, the Austrians went out partying after beating Norway 3-1 and did not return until 6:00 a.m. Less than two days later, they were knocked out of the tournament with a 4-0 loss to Slovenia. Austria head coach Manny Viveiros said he was stunned by his team’s behavior.

“We had a real chance to reach the quarterfinals I don’t know why this happened, especially before what is most likely the most important game for modern era Austrian ice hockey,” Viveiros said Wednesday. “It was a shock what happened after the game against Norway. I had no idea about it. I was shocked. We knew the players went there (Austria House) to eat something. But it was planned that they return to their rooms right afterwards.”

Viveiros said the names of the players who took part in the drink-a-thon will be published and “there will be consequences.” The Austrian team featured three NHL players — Michael Grabner, Michael Raffl and captain Thomas Vanek. They released a letter apologizing for their behavior, which was translated by Deadspin.

“We know that this behavior is not a professional one, yet we think this did not influence our performance against Slovenia in any way or form, the disappointing team effort was the reason for the loss,” the NHLers wrote. “We are aware of our role as role models and should have moved the celebrations to the evening after our last tournament play…

“We are at the end of the day just people who make mistakes, and we want to sincerely apologize for the negative impression that may have arisen in the public.”

Austrian Ice Hockey Federation president Dieter Kalt added that Viveiros’ decision to choose Vanek as captain to have an experience player leading the way “obviously went wrong.”

We have heard plenty of stories about the, ahem, fun activities that take place in the Olympic Village, but rarely do we hear about athletes partying so hard that it may have affected their performance. You drink the booze, you lose.