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SPORTSCASTER BOB COSTAS: "Horrible Mistake" To Nix 'Bull Durham' And Robbins
The O'Reilly Factor | 041803 | F16Fighter

Posted on 04/18/2003 6:02:08 PM PDT by F16Fighter

Bob Costas was whining like the girly-man he is about the Hall of Fame's decision to forego an invitation to leftist radicals Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon to appear in Cooperstown for a puzzling 15th anniversary celebration of the overrated movie 'Bull Durham.'

Not only have Robbins and Sarandon been anti-America political distractions, but were nattering nabobs of negativity regarding the Iraqi war.

Apparently, O'Reilly felt it was better to sit on the fence during the brief interview, while Costas, as usual, holds the belief that he is the High Priest of MLB Baseball, and for all of the rest of us to bow down to his God-like opinion.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baseball; bobcostas; halloffame; oreilly; susansarandon; timrobbins
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A.) Bob Costas ought to stick to baseball analyses and believing his own overrated hype.

B.) Costas has been outted as a Democrat and Hollywood sympathizer.

C.) The Hall of Fame made the right decision.

1 posted on 04/18/2003 6:02:08 PM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: F16Fighter
B.) Costas has been outted as a Democrat and Hollywood sympathizer.

It's not like he was in the closet about it. I remember he was a big Dukakis supporter during the 1988 campaign.


2 posted on 04/18/2003 6:05:07 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Rest in pieces Saddam!)
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To: F16Fighter
Sports is infected with leftism...must be a Disney residue...look at how Martha Burk had her saggy butt kissed by Dick Schaap's son and ESPN and Costas. "Oh, don't diminish the importance of the justice of Martha Burk's quest for women's equality even though the turnout was small, blah blah blah..."

I wonder how these sportscasters make the decision to lose their balls...Cosell would tell Burk and most likely Robbins to jump in a vat of acid.

Bob Costas is a woman. Roberta Costas.

3 posted on 04/18/2003 6:05:40 PM PDT by Benrand
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To: F16Fighter
Costas wears Martha Burke's skirt. He outed himself on Augusta on Leno the other night.

Pathetic.
4 posted on 04/18/2003 6:06:56 PM PDT by nicollo
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To: Paleo Conservative
"It's not like he was in the closet about it. I remember he was a big Dukakis supporter during the 1988 campaign."

You've got a good memory...

Costas has now slimed himself again then. This time I'll remember.

5 posted on 04/18/2003 6:08:58 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: Benrand
"Bob Costas is a woman. Roberta Costas."

LOL...And apparently enjoying it.

6 posted on 04/18/2003 6:10:25 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: F16Fighter
I am saddened, deeply saddened by all of this....
7 posted on 04/18/2003 6:12:25 PM PDT by JusPasenThru (Eliminate the ninnies and the twits...)
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To: F16Fighter
When people speak out for the cause of an enemy our troops are facing, they endager the lives of our troops. Free speech is fine, but it should stay off world wide television broadcasts during war.
8 posted on 04/18/2003 6:12:43 PM PDT by alrea
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To: F16Fighter
Costas started off so well 25 years ago and then morphed into the phoney he is today. He has had a number of laser surgeries on his face (especially eyes) in an effort to try to continue his boyish, Michael J. Fox charm.

I have agreed with him on a number of baseball issues in the past, but have become increasingly dismayed by the shrillness of his positions in recent years. His position on the Hall Call with respect to Robbins and Sarandon is plain stupid. He did not need to weigh in on the issue, and by doing so, revealed himself.

Bill Huber, in his letter to the New York Times on April 13, got it exactly right:

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have used their celebrity to protest against the administration and the war at every opportunity. In doing so, they became, by choice, symbols.

Honoring them is as much a political statement as disinviting them.

Freedom of speech is not consequence-free. It allows people — and organizations — to answer back.

Give it up, Bob. You only diminish yourself when you shill for your leftist masters.

9 posted on 04/18/2003 6:14:37 PM PDT by Zebra
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To: F16Fighter
I happen to agree with the Hall of Fame's decision, but I also happen to respect Costas' opinion. I saw the interview with O'Reilly (who is also on record as disagreeing with the decision to cancel Robbins' appearance). He had his reasons, well thought out reasons, and although I disagree with him........I can certainly understand his points.
10 posted on 04/18/2003 6:15:19 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: F16Fighter
Costas should have kept his mouth shut.
11 posted on 04/18/2003 6:17:43 PM PDT by Bob J (Freerepublic.net...where it's always a happening....)
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"He outed himself on Augusta on Leno the other night."

I missed it...

I'm surprised. I hadn't realized Bob Costas -- a guy who supposedly appreciates the American tradition of baseball and America I presumed -- is ignoring the obvious ramification of having leftists Sarandon and Robbins profane the Hall of Fame with their presense. But then again I guess he is of their ilk, isn't he?

Costas is out alright -- never will I have an iota of respect for him on any level.

12 posted on 04/18/2003 6:18:07 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: F16Fighter
And we care what Costas, Robbins & Sarandon think because?
13 posted on 04/18/2003 6:20:41 PM PDT by Starstruck
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To: F16Fighter
The whole thing is way over-blown. Field of Dreams was a much more appropriate baseball movie, and a better movie overall. And, the rating allowed the whole family to see it, rather than just the adults. Isn't baseball a family sport?

On the other hand, it's good to realize that we have time to worry about something as trivial as this, instead of body counts. GBA.

14 posted on 04/18/2003 6:22:26 PM PDT by Bernard
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To: F16Fighter
Again, where was Costas when John Rocker and Marge Schott were on the receiving end of this type of treatment? Did he defend their right to make stupid comments and expect baseball to all Rocker and Schott to alienate its customers?
15 posted on 04/18/2003 6:22:43 PM PDT by Ol' Sparky
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To: Zebra
"His [Costas'] position on the Hall Call with respect to Robbins and Sarandon is plain stupid. He did not need to weigh in on the issue, and by doing so, revealed himself."

Agreed. He did nothing BUT out himself as a leftist tool, but Costas has always been a self-proclaimed elitist on everything from baseball to....I guess politics.

16 posted on 04/18/2003 6:23:20 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: F16Fighter
Bob Costas is deeply in love with the sound of his own voice.
17 posted on 04/18/2003 6:24:02 PM PDT by clintonh8r (You can have no better friend and no worse enemy than a U.S. Marine.)
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To: RightOnline
"I can certainly understand his points."

IMO, he makes his "points" for and on behalf of his ideological brethren -- Sarandon, Robbins, Garofalo, and Penn.

18 posted on 04/18/2003 6:28:18 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: F16Fighter
How could anyone watch that ad Sarrandon did for Sadam and still want too see her face again.
19 posted on 04/18/2003 6:28:25 PM PDT by Brimack34 (Liberal's want to keep kids in prison!!)
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To: Brimack34
WHY CAN'T THESE MORONS GET THE POINT. Here it is, boiled down: I have the right to stand in front of my store and tell people how horrible our country is and how much I hate Bush. Nobody is going to arrest me. However, I shouldn't be surprised if people stop coming to my store and tell their friends to stop coming to my store. It's as simple as that.
20 posted on 04/18/2003 6:31:24 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Bernard
"Field of Dreams was a much more appropriate baseball movie, and a better movie overall."

I agree.

But you know Hollywood -- they need even a baseball movie to have an "edge" (i.e. whores, transvestitism, and kinkiness) or else it's not taken seriously.

Maybe the Hall should have shifted gears years ago anyway by lauding a 'Field of Dreams' as the essential 'baseball film.'

21 posted on 04/18/2003 6:34:15 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: F16Fighter
Why do we never see Costas and Katie Couric together at the same time? Hmmmmmm....
22 posted on 04/18/2003 6:36:07 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Mr. Avuncular)
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To: Brimack34
Costas probably has scuzz-ball Sarandon's poster over his bed.
23 posted on 04/18/2003 6:36:47 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: martin_fierro
Hehehe...
24 posted on 04/18/2003 6:37:51 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: F16Fighter
I can just picture Tim and Susan, had they been asked not to get into anything political: they would have gone out of their way to be political.

Also, their followers would have probably descended onto the event to raise a ruckus in order to get themselves on the news.

25 posted on 04/18/2003 6:43:12 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: F16Fighter
Costas knows baseball, and one can appreciate that in him. But he knows nothing of politics, and when he tries to mix the First Amendment with baseball and golf, he's like a dumb A-ball pitcher throwing trash to a worn-out catcher...

Back in 1908, Theodore Roosevelt told the Republican candidate, William Howard Taft, that he ought stop playing golf, for it would offend western voters. Roosevelt said the game was an aristocratic diversion, an offense to "the people." Taft said hell no. In fact, he explained, nothing is more democratic than golf, for it is every man against only himself. Think about it. He was exactly right.

Taft was purposefully avoiding politics and sports. Roosevelt was doing the opposite. Roosevelt also ignored baseball. I don't know why, but I know he ignored it. He paid great attention to college football, making a political issue over a percieved violence of the game. As President, Taft took to going to baseball games, and the popularity of the game skyrocketed. From 1909 to 1912 attendance more than doubled, following the President's example.

Sadly, media fools like Costas manipulate popular culture. Costas has done much for the game of baseball, if only through his enthusiasm for it. Nevertheless, one wonders who is being more political here, the Hall of Fame, or Costas? The accusation is that the Hall was being political by cancelling the event in order to prevent the political associations of Robbins and whatzhername. That's dubious logic.

The decision was made, and a good reporter -- isn't that what Costas is? -- ought report on the facts and go forht with the reality. Instead, he chooses to inject politics into it, just as he did with his support for Burke's idiot 1st Amendment-busting crusade against golf.
26 posted on 04/18/2003 6:44:00 PM PDT by nicollo
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"I can just picture Tim and Susan, had they been asked not to get into anything political: they would have gone out of their way to be political."

Yep, it's their nature...

If these two niwits had been in the Garden of Eden, they'd have been flinging apples all over the place while God was still chastising them.

27 posted on 04/18/2003 6:49:47 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: Benrand
Costas may rethink his position after the ratings are in for the Tim and Susan show. I hope no one on this forum plans to watch. We didn't need to see Michael Mooron spew his anti-Bush hate on the oscars to know he did it - we don't need to encourage Costie and his fellow travelers by adding to their ratings.
28 posted on 04/18/2003 6:50:35 PM PDT by Let's Roll (And those that cried Appease! Appease! are hanged by those they tried to please!")
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To: F16Fighter
Well Bob C has joined the ranks of my NOT TO WATCH under any circumstances list. Not many people left to add. I am glad I am an Internet and talk radio junkie.
29 posted on 04/18/2003 6:52:08 PM PDT by PISANO
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Interesting how they aren't vocal about the movements to intimidate the sponsors of such shows as Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, etc.
30 posted on 04/18/2003 6:53:26 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: F16Fighter
Apparently Costas is a graduate of "The Jeanene Garafalo School of Trolling for Attention."
31 posted on 04/18/2003 6:56:57 PM PDT by Texas Eagle
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To: F16Fighter
Bottom line? Bull Durham was a movie, in other words pure fiction. Tim Robbins is not now, nor has he ever been, a MLB baseball player. That fact alone is enough to disqualify him from speaking at the Hall of Fame.

MLB is real. The MLB president has an obligation to protect MLB from anyone who might tarnish the image of MLB. He did just that.

Robbins should shut his pie hole. He has absolutely no right to speak to an MLB gathering without the authority of the MLB brass. The brass said no, and for good reason.

32 posted on 04/18/2003 6:58:56 PM PDT by yooper
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"Costas has done much for the game of baseball, if only through his enthusiasm for it. Nevertheless, one wonders who is being more political here, the Hall of Fame, or Costas?"

Good post...

And regarding the HoF, Costas is lamenting the lack of "free speech," yet in the case of his support for -- as you put it -- "Burke's idiot 1st Amendment-busting crusade against golf," he goes against the grain.

33 posted on 04/18/2003 7:02:04 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: Bisesi
no watchy here
34 posted on 04/18/2003 7:02:54 PM PDT by fooman (CNN exclusively aides the brutal Castro regime)
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To: RightOnline
I happen to agree with the Hall of Fame's decision, but I also happen to respect Costas' opinion. I saw the interview with O'Reilly (who is also on record as disagreeing with the decision to cancel Robbins' appearance). He had his reasons, well thought out reasons, and although I disagree with him........I can certainly understand his points.

What were Costas' points on the cancelation?

35 posted on 04/18/2003 7:06:23 PM PDT by FreeReign (V5.0 Enterprise Edition)
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To: Benrand
Bob Costas is a woman. Roberta Costas.


36 posted on 04/18/2003 7:07:28 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: Paul Atreides
"Interesting how they aren't vocal about the movements to intimidate the sponsors of such shows as Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, etc."

Leftists like Robbins and Sarandon will always seek out the weak to intimidate, don't they?

When somebody hits back, they, like all bullies, go into shock then whine like little babies.

37 posted on 04/18/2003 7:08:06 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: Paleo Conservative

38 posted on 04/18/2003 7:09:00 PM PDT by OrioleFan
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To: F16Fighter
Who is this Bob Costas? I saw BO tonight and while the name is vaguely familiar, the face wasn't.

Should I care, or continue to be the Hans Blix of [recent] sports knowledge?

Okay, I admit it. That early 90s baseball strike killed off most spectator sports for me.

And sports talk shows having porn stars pick the winners of football games doesn't help, either.

39 posted on 04/18/2003 7:09:39 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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Cosell would tell Burk and most likely Robbins to jump in a vat of acid.

Somehow, I doubt it, Cosell was a former labor union lawyer...you do the math.

40 posted on 04/18/2003 7:09:59 PM PDT by Homer1
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Yes, but Cosell didn't suffer morons easily.
41 posted on 04/18/2003 7:14:19 PM PDT by Benrand
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To: F16Fighter
A 15-year anniversary bash - for a movie? Please.

Let's see if it's remembered after 300 years. THEN have a celebration...

42 posted on 04/18/2003 7:14:51 PM PDT by Libloather (And it STILL isn’t safe enough to vote DemocRAT…)
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To: yooper
"Tim Robbins is not now, nor has he ever been, a MLB baseball player. That fact alone is enough to disqualify him from speaking at the Hall of Fame."

ALL people -- especially conservatives -- ought to wise up...

Tom Hanks shouldn't be considered an authority or honored by American Patriots, and D-Day and WWII enthusiasts by virtue of his Hollywood role on 'Saving Private Ryan' either, but he is.

43 posted on 04/18/2003 7:15:22 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: Calvin Locke
"Who is this Bob Costas?"

Please refer to post # 36...

44 posted on 04/18/2003 7:16:56 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: F16Fighter
bobby costas is a horrible mistake
45 posted on 04/18/2003 7:18:10 PM PDT by The Wizard (Saddamocrats are enemies of America)
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To: F16Fighter
Just for fun sometime, give this a try.

When Bob is blathering, mute the TV and turn on the closed-captioning and enjoy reading the inanity. Best when done during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics when the moron has a comment for everything.

Thank heaven the Cardinals had the sense not to hire him back after Jack Buck died. Bob wanted that job.
46 posted on 04/18/2003 7:21:24 PM PDT by Desdemona
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To: Desdemona
LOL -- you MUST be a masochist ;-)

Good thing the Cardinals aren't...

47 posted on 04/18/2003 7:26:09 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: F16Fighter
Ah, an over-paid, under-worked, over-rated, whining leftist who complains about getting up in the morning?
48 posted on 04/18/2003 7:27:37 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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LOL -- you MUST be a masochist ;-)

No, just living in the city where he got his start. I think he still lives here, although I'm not positive. he and his wife split up last year. She's from here and her family is here, so who knows.
49 posted on 04/18/2003 7:29:34 PM PDT by Desdemona
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To: Calvin Locke
Yep, that's Bob Costas -- leftist "baseball commentator" and liberal shill who has come out from behind the mike to help shield Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon from their deserved conservative backlash.
50 posted on 04/18/2003 7:35:43 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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