Mitch Albom: Stick to your guns -- except for Bob Costas?
from the Detroit Free Press:
Stick to sports.
I've heard it often. So have many of my colleagues. NBC's Bob Costas just heard it in spades.
Costas focused his halftime commentary last Sunday night on the horrific murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher.
The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, the day before, shot his girlfriend, drove to the training facility, and eventually shot himself. It was tragic. It was news. It certainly could elicit commentary.
The truth is, in today's world, demanding a sports commentator "stick to sports" is hypocritical. Are you sticking to sports when you say that? Or are you saying it because you disagree with his opinion? A Nebraska newspaper writer pummeled Costas, saying "just shut your trap and tell me who scored." Does Costas tell him to shut his trap and talk about the corn crop? ........................(more)