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NBC Bob Costas Rips Usain Bolt, Live

Posted on: August 18, 2008 8:29 pm

Bob Costas, of NBC, said that Jamaica's Usain Bolt showed no respect for his competitors, the Olympics and the entire audience for breaking the 100m dash world record, his own world record, by just 300th of a second in the final on Saturday.

I totally understand Mr. Costas. It is exactly how I felt Saturday morning when NBC refused to show the 100m dash final live in the USA. It was broadcast more than 12 hours later.

NBC showed no respect for the competitors, the Olympics and its entire audience.

At least Bolt had a very good reason to showboat. He is an Olympic champion, the fastest man on earth. I can only imagine how it feels to dominate the most important race of the Olympic Games in front of the entire world. Well almost the entire world...

Costas' argument is that Bolt could have done better. Sometimes I wonder if people think before talking. 100m in 9:69 is not good enough for Mr. Costas. It must be that high standards apply only to others.

Category: Olympic Games

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2008 5:00 pm

NBC Bob Costas Rips Usain Bolt, Live

When the USA swim team celebrated, at least the race was over.

Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2008 4:40 pm

NBC Bob Costas Rips Usain Bolt, Live

No one rips the US swim team when they yell and scream at the end of a relay race.  I think Bolt's celebration was somewhat more understated than the 4x100 relay swim team reaction.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2008 2:52 pm

NBC Bob Costas Rips Usain Bolt, Live

I agree, NBC should be just as ashamed by their "Primetime" coverage. I wake up or use the internet feeds to get my information because all they are willing to show is Michael Phelps and women's gymnastics. The most hyped events at the Olympics are the 100 and 200 meter runs and they have been absolutely terrible in showing us what we want to see in primetime. Granted we want to see when the U.S. wins being an American, but they haven't even given us that unless we won everything in swimming. While I respect Mr. Costas I think his employer should give us what we want if he can criticize it so freely.

Since: Aug 19, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2008 11:23 am

NBC Bob Costas Rips Usain Bolt, Live

in the broadcast last night they talked about a man 6'5" being able to run that fast - there are many people that size of almost world class speed - check out jonah lomu on the internet, a back for the new zealand all blacks rugby team - wikopedia shows him at 6'5" and 270lbs running 100m in 10.89 - not too bad for a man his size - i also don't think the fastest man has been discovered yet - thanks - jim g 

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