Any good broadcast, not just an Olympic broadcast, should have texture to it. It should have information, should have some history, should have something that's offbeat, quirky, humorous, and where called for it, should have journalism, and judiciously it should also have commentary. That's my ideal.— Bob Costas
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You have to be simultaneously well-prepared and spontaneous.
You don't really know for sure what percentage of the preparation you are going to use, and you don't know exactly where it will apply. So you have to be prepared, but not locked into that preparation.
If OJ Simpson did not have a handgun, Nicole and Ron would still be alive today.
If that's the last image of Michael Jordan...how magnificent is it!?
The National League game is chess; The American League is checkers.
I can't do anything about how people who are all but completely unaware of my actual motivations and my actual thought process and my actual worldview, how they characterize me. There's not much I can do about it, except never say another word other than 'there's a ground ball to shortstop.' And I don't think that's going to happen.
We're still buzzin' about Bruce Springsteen at halftime, but I'll tell you if there was one guy we weren't thinking was 'Born To Run' it was James Harrison.
All that's missing for Utah is a blindfold and a cigarette.
It doesn't seem that long ago to me that the word 'irreverent' seemed affixed to my name. 'Irreverent newcomer.' I went from irreverent to venerable in what seems to me like the blink of an eye.
Yes folks, their gold medal looks the same as everybody elses.
It occurs to me as we're all sitting here thinking of Mickey, he's probably somewhere getting an earful from Casey Stengel, and no doubt quite confused by now.
We're used to comeback stories in the world of sports, but the Gail Devers story is remarkable. This is a comeback from an illness which almost killed her.
If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.
He was our symbol of baseball at a time when the game meant something to us that perhaps it no longer does.
His doctors said he was, in many ways, the most remarkable patient they'd ever seen. His bravery, so stark and real, that even those used to seeing people in dire circumstances were moved by his example.
People will speculate about what they want, but that is not my intention.
17 seconds from Game 7, or from Championship number 6,Jordan, open, Chicago with the lead. Time out Utah, 5.2 seconds left, Michael Jordan running on fumes with 45 points.
commenting on baseball players who test positive for steroids: It?s an announced test, so you not only failed the steroid test, you failed the IQ test.
I don't want to be in the Jerry Sandusky business.
America's gun culture demonstrates itself in the Wild West, Dirty Harry mentality of people who actually believe that if a number of people were armed in the theater in Aurora, they would have been able to take down this nutjob in body armor and military style artillery. When in fact almost every policeman in the country would tell you that that would have only increased the tragedy and added to the carnage.
Champions don't become champions in the field---they are merely recognized there.
When we lose Fenway, we lose the sense that somebody sat here and watched Ted Williams hit.
I don't feel any different than I did when I was 40.
But I realize mathematically, I'm equidistant between that and 80. I'll keep doing this for a while, but I'm not going to be one of these people who hang on just for the sake of being on the air.
There are some times when sports rises to the level of news and when sports broadcasters acquit themselves as well as the best news broadcasters do, they aren't there to dramatize. They're there as journalists.
I wish I had said 'some athletes here are competing unfairly.
' It was my opinion, never an accusation.
The best thing about sports is the sense of community and shared emotion it can create.
(He was) a fragile hero to whom we had an emotional attachment so strong and lasting that it defied logic.