Encounters with Bob Costas

New York Magazine’s Will Leitch, formerly of Deadspin, has a sorta funny story about the time he went on Bob Costas’s HBO show and got verbally abused by author Buzz Bissinger.  Leitch was basically called out for writing on the internet.  And the above clip doesn’t really do the exchange justice.

There may have been spittle involved.

We milled around the green room. If you’re the type of person who cares about such matters, the following people were extremely friendly: John McEnroe, Michael Wilbon, Selena Roberts, and Mike Tirico. The following people were less so: Jason Whitlock, Cris Carter, Joe Buck. I talked to Braylon Edwards, who seemed as confused as anyone else as to why he was on my panel but jokingly pointed out how much better he looked in his suit than I did in mine. And, pacing around the room, clutching a folder of Deadspin printouts (though I didn’t know this at the time) like it was a talisman, was Buzz Bissinger. David went over to talk to him first, and left about fifteen words in with a grimace and a heads-up: “He’s locked and loaded.” Then, with the show about to start, Buzz walked over to me.

“Hey, it’s good to meet you, sir,” I said. “This should be fun.”

He didn’t even look at me. “So, you’re a Cardinals fan?” he said, with a smirk. “Yes,” I said. “They’re pretty much our family religion.”

He walked away, not even acknowledging my response. This was not going to end well.

And end well it didn’t, but it was Bissinger who ended up looking like an old man fool for not understanding the internet, well not getting it, really.  And the picture painted of a try-too-hardy Costas, obsessed with his lack of height, is well, unflattering might be a word I would use except that word is too kind for this portrait.

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