Bob Costas Just Doesn’t Get It

December 4, 2012

Sunday night, I turned on the game just before halftime, Eagles just went up 17-10. 30 minutes left and the game is just pay dirt and the PAT from being tied. No, this isn’t a sports article on a political website. We are a political website and some of us, at least, enjoy sports. I would love to tell you about the rest of the game as I’m sure it was exciting. Looks like the Cowboys ended up pulling it off 38-33. I don’t know how that score happened.

You see, though I turned on the game just before halftime, I turned the game off before the second half kick off. It was Bob Costas that just ended the game for me, in fact, ended my NFL week. I didn’t even bother to watch the Monday night game either. Good game, I missed it, thanks Bob.

In case you missed Bob’s halftime propaganda points, here’s the video (article continues below video)

Wow, that’s what I wanted to hear. I turned on Sunday Night Football to get a dose of politics. Other things I do for enjoyment is watch Disney Channel for adult movies, watch CNBC to learn about art work, and I browse the pages of Huffington Post to learn more about the Spanish Inquisition.

To Bob’s credit, he admits that it was a “mistake” to talk about gun control during halftime. During ESPN’s Dan Patrick show, Bob Costas explains his remarks.

every time something tragic happens, no matter what it may be, that in any way touches sports, there’s a chorus of people saying, ‘You know, this really puts it in perspective.’ Which is a bunch of nonsense, because if that was true, we wouldn’t have to have that perspective readjusted every time the next tragedy occurs. It’s a bunch of nonsense.

Oh I agree. I hate that people use other people’s tragedies to advance a political agenda and then call it “putting it in perspective”. Then Bob goes on…

So, I’m thinking I can’t address all of the possible aspects of this. Domestic violence; the possibility of athletes, especially athletes who play a violent sport are more prone to domestic violence than people the same age elsewhere in society. The possible connection between football and this particular tragedy. We know that football is connected, and it’s effects are connected to other situations. We don’t know yet whether it’s connected to Belcher, but that’s certainly a question that could be asked. The easy availability of guns is another.

Ah Domestic Violence, good one, let’s discuss that for a minute. Let’s say a Cowboys fan is drunk, watching the game… already moody because his team is down. Now I’m not calling Cowboy fans a bunch of drunks, although this season they may be drunker than other seasons. But let’s just say that because his team was losing to the rivaled and hated Eagles team, and half way through the game may have had a beer too many.

He’s already upset sitting back in his recliner. His wife brings him another beer as that cold one has evaporated down his throat. Just then, Bob Costas comes on with his anti-gun rant. The man, being one of those bitter small town folk who “cling to their Bibles or Guns” says out load that he thinks your opinions are a “load of Bull (figure out the rest)”.

His wife, happens to agree with Bob, and she says something. Now they begin to discuss gun control, and that discussion gets heated, and before you know it, drunk gun clinger smacks his wife a few times. Thanks a lot Bob, you are responsible for creating a domestic violence situation. Oh, you don’t want to take the blame for somebody else’s actions? Then don’t set the tone by blaming objects for the actions of people.

Bob Costas then doubles down on his insult of his viewers.

I thought that was on aspect that I could put out there and maybe, maybe I gave the audience too much credit, but I said if you’re looking for perspective, a bit of it could be found.

Gave the audience too much credit? In other words, we were too stupid to understand what he was trying to say, that one perspective is that hand guns are too easy to get. What Bob Costas still doesn’t get, is that he’s a sports announcer, not a political analyst. Sure he’s entitled to his opinions, but on the job, keep politics out of it, just as most of your viewers are expected to do on their job.

It didn’t help matters that I disagreed with Bob’s political propaganda moment, but even if I did agree with him, I’d still be furious. Sports isn’t the place for politics. It’s a time for us to become united. Yes, we are united. Democrats and Republicans cheer the same sports teams, Republicans rub Republicans and Democrats rub Democrats when their teams play each other, and we do it in jest. We insult each others teams, high five each other during a great play, and console each other during a loss. Sports is a time that friends and families laugh and have a good time. It’s one of our moments in America where our political divisions are forgotten and our friendships grow.

We don’t care to see Obama before the Superbowl anymore than we care to see George Bush. We simply want to sit down, watch the game, enjoy life for a little bit, and not have to think about the problems we face, either as a nation, a state, or in our personal lives.

How’s that for a “little bit of perspective”, Bobby?


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