Saturday, October 22, 2005

Nothing But Net For CostasNOW

The current CostasNOW reminds us why Bob Costas is the top journalist in sports television.

In just this episode, Costas has a revealing interview with Yankees skipper Joe Torre, an interesting panel discussion including Pete Rose, and a great story on David Robinson, son of legend Jackie Robinson. Even though I don't care much for major league baseball anymore, I found all three parts of the show interesting.

Torre, who just renewed his contact with the Yankees, reveals several interesting tidbits about the most petulant owner in pro sports, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Jim Palmer, serving on the panel with Pete Rose, answered questions about whether Rose should be allowed in baseball's hall of fame while sitting next to the man banned from baseball.

Costas' interview with David Robinson highlights Robinson's efforts to bring more prosperity to a village in Tanzania that produces some of the finest coffee beans in the world. Despite the excellence of their product, the farmers live in poverty, and Robinson has assimilated into their culture for two decades and is working for economic justice on their behalf.

Costas is still at the top of his game, and HBO is still the network that allows its stars the freedom to excel.


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