Bob Costas seeing Red. Or is it Dorian Gray?
The "sports announcer," amateur political commentator, and sage of current affairs has pinkeye. Actually he has pink eyes.
In the book The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mr. Gray's portrait was altered as he wove and spun his mischief. With each event, the portrait deteriorated. It seems that with Mr. Costas, each misguided comment outside the sphere of his alleged expertise brings a decline in his appearance. In this case, his eyes take the brunt.
In December 2012, Bob Costas removed his nose from pro football and inserted it into the Second Amendment.
In October of 2013, Costas again decided that his opinion on the Washington Redskins needed to be shared with sport fans.
And during the Olympics this month, Costas again shared his wisdom.
Just in the past year, Putin brokered a deal to allow Syria to avoid a U.S. military strike by giving up its chemical weapons and helped bring Iran to the negotiating table over its nuclear intentions. He has repeatedly showcased his confidence to take on the West, particularly the United States, offering asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, enticing Ukraine to back out of a deal to join the European Union, and passing laws viewed as repressive to members of the gay community and their supporters.
One click at a time, Mr. Costas provides political interjections into sports commentary where none is sought, and as he does, Bob's imagery slips. And as with the painting in the story, one's pink eyes seem to be some bizarre manifestation of his missteps.
But, as Oscar Wilde noted in the story, "[e]xperience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes." Just don't name them "Redskins"...right, Bob?
(Photo via the Daily Mail.)