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When the camera zoomed in, you could see that the glasses might not be a fashion statement. Something seemed wrong with Costas s left eye. Thankfully, the host didn t leave viewers speculating for long. After previewing the night s coverage on NBC, he gave a self-deprecating explanation in a way only Bob Costas could:

Bear with me for a moment as I spare my friends in the press office countless inquiries. I have no choice to go all Peabody and Sherman on you for the next couple of nights since I woke up this morning with my left eye swollen shut and just about as red as the old Soviet flag. According to the NBC doctors here, it s some kind of minor infection which should resolve itself by the weekend. If only all my issues would resolve themselves that quickly, but that s another story.

That s why he s the best in the business, folks: cartoon references, an allusion to the old USSR and a whole bunch of self-mocking humor. I fully expect NBC s production team to have some fun in the next few days by putting Costas side-by-side with a picture of the aforementioned Peabody and Sherman.

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