On his Monday show, conservative talker Mark Levin reacted to pleas for stricter gun control laws from some sports media figures, including NBC’s Bob Costas, in the wake of last weekend’s murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher. Levin’s verdict? Most sports broadcasters are “really stupid people.” “I could never stand that little hobbit Bob Costas,” Levin, author of “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America,” said. “He’s a liberal. Looks like he’s had some face work, his hair’s been dyed. So he’s all rework. One thing these surgeons can’t give him is height.”
Comments: Sports broadcasters are always trying to inflate their egos by dabbling in areas they aren´t trained in.
Back in the early 90s I had a 10ft sat dish that would pick up network live feeds that weren´t meant to be seen by the general public. I´ve seen Costas getting his make up applied and it was obvious what a prima donna he was. Never have been able to tolerate him.
Full disclosure, I dye my hair. But every time I see Costas´ laughable hair dye job, I wonder ´shouldn´t he be able to afford better?´ And don´t get me started on that horrible toop he wears. As far as the obvious plastic surgery, it´s hard enough to do it well on women , but it rarely works on men. Short, bald , & plastic is no way to go through life, Costas! Phony.
I´m not alone in flippantly calling sports journos "jock sniffers", it´s not a throw away cheap insult. I´ve worked in news, been in locker rooms and seen the interaction between the jocks and journos. It can be very strange and uncomfortable.
Not to say there hasn´t been great writing about athletics, there has.
Somewhere along the way, sports became a conduit for bigger sociological agendas from the media. As slanted as general news is, sports news is worse. Today it´s a runaway train.
1. There´s no doubt the evidence supports Levin´s contention.
They all seem sure that the very, very best players in any and every sport played in the last 10 or 15 years. The lack of perspective, not to mention any depth of knowledge on a sport´s history, is jaw-dropping.
2. "Smart" sportscasters -- some are certainly much smarter than others, but without engaging them in a ranging conversation, it´s hard to tell how much of that apparent intelligence is real. I´d add Chris Berman and Tom Jackson to the list, and agree on Collinsworth.
3. Abuse and ignorance of language: how many "degrees" of "unique" do we hear from them in, say, a week? It means "one of a kind." How can something be "sort of one of a kind"? While this next goes double for jock-to-sportscaster converts, it applies to the SCs, too: how many hours a day, or week, does a pro athlete devote to both game specific skills and general fitness? OK, now how many hours a week do these people who "earn their livings" using English devote to language competence? I´d bet not one in ten spends a single hour.
4. "Dead air." Shut up! Shut up! We know he made the catch. We just saw it! What´s worse than "dead air"? Deadening air!
5. Clothes: my eyes! My eyes! Plaid suit, checked shirt, and striped tie! Tie knots big as my fist [Merrill -- Pratt knot!] And those wacky wide-spread collars that look like the wings of a landing seagull! Where is Gallagher when we need him?
While most sportscasters are either blowhards of the first rank or rank morons, often the BEST and most objective writing is found on the sports page. But then again those guys write and the other ones just talk.
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