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NBC's Bob Costas addressed the negative reaction from some corners about his critical coverage of Russia President Vladimir Putin during NBC's Olympic coverage. Costas said, “This is a controversy only for those looking for the most flimsy pretext for a controversy and a kind of cut and paste thing that isn't even journalism." Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly said of Costas’ criticism of Putin, “You're not some raving lunatic leftist. You're basically a baseball guy. When you were a kid you were collecting baseball cards, you weren't studying Herbert Hoover like I was." Costas, who reached into his suit jacket to reveal a baseball card said, "Just because I have Mickey Mantle's 1958 baseball card … doesn't mean that I don't know (Hoover)." O'Reilly somewhat jokingly said, "You're not smart enough to be ideologue, you’re a baseball kid." Costas: "Line up some ideologues and tell me how smart some of these clowns are" ("The O'Reilly Factor," Fox News, 3/3).

IN BAD TASTE: ESPN's Keith Olbermann, on the new uniforms for the Buccaneers and the U.S. soccer teams: "Both uniforms stink. Not because they're at the extremes of a spectrum in which the next step past the Buc uniform is giving the team Flavor Flav's giant watch chain to wear around their necks or the next step past the U.S. team's kit is, 'What else do you have for 12-and-under at the boys shop here at Sears?' It's that in each case there is an attempt to manufacture instant tradition" ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 3/3).

BETTER INGREDIENTS? FS1's Jay Onrait said of Broncos QB Peyton Manning being cleared to play next season, "That means his $20 million salary is fully guaranteed next season and that means more Papa John's franchises to add to his empire. Can I suggest a location or two in Sochi where again, we can't stress enough, the food options were lacking?" ("Fox Sports Live," FS1, 3/4).
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