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SBD/February 11, 2014/Olympics
Costas' Eye Infection Puts Him On The Bench; Lauer To Host Tuesday's Primetime Show
Published February 11, 2014
DISTRACTING FROM HIS PERFORMANCE: YAHOO SPORTS’ Eric Freeman wrote Costas has not been "quite the same presence in the studio” as in past years. When Costas opened NBC's primetime coverage last night, it “immediately became clear” that his infection had not cleared up. He in fact “looks quite a bit worse" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/10). ESPN's Mike Greenberg said, "Watching what has become of his eyes is physically painful." Greenberg: "He looks like he just went nine rounds with Apollo Creed, and he’s out there doing the Olympics. ... He’s hanging in there because he’s the best in the business. Let’s give it up for Bob” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 2/11).
TWITTER REAX: CBSSports.com's Will Brinson writes, "We make lots of Costas jokes but it does take a certain resilience to fight through and work on live TV with your eyes staging a mutiny." Newsweek's John Walters wrote, "I've done 3 Olys with NBC. It's a total grind. Feel bad 4 Costas. If u're already sick, u won't recover on that schedule. Need day, 2, off." ESPN.com's Wayne Drehs: "For those back home who are concerned about my well-being here in Russia, don't be. I haven't come anywhere close to Bob Costas." Writer Tommy Tomlinson: "It appears that, for some reason, Bob Costas is watching Brian's Song during commercials." Meanwhile, writer Jon Acuff wrote, "Dear pharmaceutical industry, if you don't come up with a funny red eye sponsorship campaign for Bob Costas, you are dumb."