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Bob Costas’ pink eye has spread to both eyes!

Bob Costas pink eye glasses

Bob Costas is really running into some terrible luck these days.

When Costas first started appearing on TV from Sochi to promote NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, the redness and infection in his left eye was quite visible, and he was wearing glasses. He didn’t take long to address the obvious and even made fun of himself for it. But his assistant said at the time he was being treated for the eye infection and they hoped it would be gone in a few days.

Unfortunately, the exact opposite has happened — it’s only gotten worse!

Costas’ pink eye has now spread to his right eye in addition to his left eye. He’s still wearing glasses, but it doesn’t really cover how bad his eyes have gotten.

Here was Costas on Friday:

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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

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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Bob Costas: Bud Selig is trying to repair his steroid legacy

Bud SeligMLB has taken a harsh stance towards those who violate the league’s drug policy and seems insistent on moving past the “steroid era” of the game. Not only has the league instituted a strong drug testing program, but it is also working hard to enforce penalties. MLB went to great lengths to pursue the Biogenesis scandal — striking a deal with Tony Bosch and paying for evidence — and they suspended former NL MVP Ryan Braun for 65 games this season. All the players connected to the Biogenesis records are facing suspensions from the league.

After baseball was a haven for steroid users for nearly two decades — keep in mind that both players and owners benefited from having steroids in the game — they’re finally cleaning things up. Broadcaster Bob Costas believes that is because commissioner Bud Selig is determined to change his legacy regarding steroids.

“It’s very obvious that baseball is serious about this,” Costas stated in an interview with Amani Toomer and Eytan Shander on NBC Sports Radio. “They weren’t serious for much too long, and Bud Selig does not want it to be part of his legacy — although it will be inevitably because he looked the other way in the 1990s — he wants to repair that legacy as much as he can. He wants to leave office being able to say truthfully that baseball had the toughest and most effective anti-drug program of any of the four major North American sports.”

Costas noted that MLB has undergone a total culture change regarding steroids. Not only is the commissioner’s office tougher, but the player’s association is no longer in denial about the steroids problem in the game, and they’re no longer blocking the league from testing or penalizing players. Costas believes that MLB was determined to penalize Braun because of how everything unfolded with the outfielder’s appeal of his positive drug test. He specifically said MLB was “infuriated” by what happened.

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Bob Costas: Mets celebrating represents ‘decline of Western civilization’ (Video)

Bob-CostasThe New York Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon to come back and beat the Chicago Cubs. The game ended on a three-run walk-off home run from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was greeted at home plate like a conquering hero by his teammates. This did not please Bob Costas.

The win was only the Mets’ 25th of the year and they remain 13.5 games out of first place in the NL East. The Cubs are 15 games out of first place in the NL Central, so it’s not like New York had just defeated a powerhouse. That’s why Costas ripped the Mets during the US Open broadcast when recapping the game.

“The Mets with four in the bottom of the ninth to win it, 4-3, and a team 14 games under .500 celebrates as if it just won the seventh game of the World Series,” Costas said. “Another indication of the ongoing decline of western civilization.”

Let’s not get overly dramatic, Bob. Costas has been known to give a moving eulogy and entertain us by rapping Ludacris lyrics, but that comment seemed a bit much. Teams are always going to celebrate walk-off wins no matter what their division standing is, let alone a comeback that took four runs in the bottom of the ninth. I don’t think it has anything to do with western civilization.

H/T Amazin’ Avenue

Bob Costas raps Ludacris lyrics (Video)

Bob-Costas-LudacrisIf anyone ever tells you Bob Costas has no game, you tell them they’re wrong. You tell them they are so, so wrong. Costas is usually the man who handles all of the most serious issues in sports and does so with grace and professionalism, but the return of the MLB season had him in a unique mood on Tuesday.

When discussing Robinson Cano’s decision to sign with Jay-Z’s agency, MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds asked Costas who his favorite rapper is. The exchange that took place after that was solid gold.

“I have got to give props to Ludacris,” Costas said. “Although he’s not the only one, I think he was the first one to name check me. I believe it went something like this — and for you youngsters out there we’re not encouraging this behavior. This is just a lyric and I’m just quoting it and it’s Ludacris talking about himself.”

Then came then unimaginable.

“I be rollin’ torpedoes, get blunted with rastas,” Costas rapped in hilarious fashion. “For a hefty fee I’m on your record, like Bob Costas.”

For those of you who don’t know, the song that mentions Costas is “Chicken and Beer.” I don’t know if he was adjusting his ear pierce or motioning like he had a blunt tucked behind his ear, but I’m going to assume the latter for my own entertainment. Costas then said he was so flattered by the shout-out from Ludacris that he could die a happy man today.

“It was at that point where I said to myself, ‘If I step off a curb right now and get hit by a bus I’ve lived a full life. It’s all good,’” he said.

After watching this clip, I feel the exact same way.

H/T Twitter/Drew Silva