And now for a man who needs no introduction, but we will be re-introducing on account of technical difficulties last time. It’s the great Bob Costas, legendary broadcaster of all things, and current baseball announcer for TBS and the MLB Network. In this episode, we’ve sent over friend of pod and big time WFAN muckety muck Spike Eskin to Bob’s place to deal with any tech issues. The result? A quality podcast wherein we discuss, among many topics, learn that HoS is a fine product!
Pod outline written by the astute Sam Schuette:
Why are so many New Yorkers prominent broadcasters?
The lineage of Costas, Cosell, Breen, Albert, Tirico, and more
The law of averages and New York as the mecca
Talking Shohei Ohtani
How Ohtani resembles Michael Jordan (but LeBron does not)
The one thing he’s missing
Should Ohtani get surgery now or later?
The trajectory of the MLB
The association between a team and its stars
The imbalance between teams like the Rays and the Dodgers
Informed commentary vs. hot take commentary
Avoiding egregiously hot takes and personal blows
How exclusively positive commentary can make you seem less authentic
Why Costas regrets speaking to ESPN about leaving NBC
Clickbaity titles and the distortion machine made his Super Bowl removal a bigger deal than it was
How it created a false “Bob vs. NBC” storyline
“Your prerogative vs. their prerogative”
Trying to be honest vs. making trouble for your bosses
The bar for controversial commentary has gotten so low that anything can cause a fallout
Bob’s Pat Riley story
How a botched teleprompter let Bob save Pat during a broadcast
How David Stern and Roger Goodell differed as commissioners
Goodell ducked an interview with Bob
Stern enjoyed the fight and accepted contentious interviews
The gambling tsunami taking over pro sports
The moral issues behind it
Legalization and convenience enlarging the scope of its damage
Does it take away the authenticity of being a fan?
The Pete Rose Hall of Fame controversy
If steroid users are on the ballot, should Rose deserve a spot?
Does the influx of gambling in the MLB make the Rose lifetime ban unwarranted?
Bob appearing on Bill Maher
Not having to prepare for it
The difference between Real Time and Club Random
Aggregators mistranscribing podcast words
How the internet misrepresents everyone’s words
Bob’s defense of network TV
The edginess and intelligence it offered to the average viewer despite its timidness