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Old 01-09-2014, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Not sure if anyone posted this anywhere, but I just heard about this today.

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In an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show earlier this week, veteran sportscaster and host of NBC’s Olympic coverage Bob Costas denounced slopestyle — a discipline of snowboarding added to the Olympics for 2014 — as little more than a byproduct of the MTV show Jackass. “I think the president of the IOC should be Johnny Knoxville,” Costas said, laughing. “Basically this stuff is just Jackass stuff they invented and called Olympic sports.” After prompting from Lauer, Costas added that he “mean[s] that in the kindest way possible.”

Read more at: Bob Costas Rips Olympic Snowboarding Slopestyle, Calls It ‘Jackass Stuff’ | Olympics | NESN.com
I watched a video of it, seemed like he was joking around about it, but still it would probably piss me off if I was an Olympic snowboarder. They work their asses off as hard as anyone else competing at that level. It seems to me a bit ignorant to write off Slopestyle in the way he did.
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Never liked that guy... It's between him, joe buck, and Troy Aikmen for worst announcers of all time.... The three of them are just annoying to listen too.
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Yeah pretty ignorant, like you said people work really hard to get there. He probably just got picked on by some boarders when he was little and needs to vent haha.
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I think it's bec slope style is new and people don't understand it. I'll bet once they watch it a bit and see what it's about they'll come around...
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I think it's bec slope style is new and people don't understand it. I'll bet once they watch it a bit and see what it's about they'll come around...
Yeah true, I also think some people into more of the mainstream sports have a bias towards snowboarding because of the culture aspect of it, and that there isnt a point system to determine who wins. Stereotypes y'know
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I think it's bec slope style is new and people don't understand it. I'll bet once they watch it a bit and see what it's about they'll come around...
Yea maybe, but since he is so involved with the winter Olympics, you'd think he'd be a bit more professional about it even if he hasn't seen it or understood it. Yea, he was just kidding around but again I think he does a disservice to the sport because there are, unfortunately, a lot of people who don't understand it and like and follow what Costas has to say. Linking it to the already-despised-by-certain-demographics Jackass show just re-affirms any suspicion they had about the sport already.
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Yeah true, I also think some people into more of the mainstream sports have a bias towards snowboarding because of the culture aspect of it, and that there isnt a point system to determine who wins. Stereotypes y'know

Also very true. To the naked eye (which I'm sure bob costas eye is naked) a winning run could be a run that is very fundamentally unsound, but it could look cool to them. And then a guy like Mark McMorris goes and wins it and they can't understand why, because they don't know what the judges are looking for.


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Yea maybe, but since he is so involved with the winter Olympics, you'd think he'd be a bit more professional about it even if he hasn't seen it or understood it. Yea, he was just kidding around but again I think he does a disservice to the sport because there are, unfortunately, a lot of people who don't understand it and like and follow what Costas has to say. Linking it to the already-despised-by-certain-demographics Jackass show just re-affirms any suspicion they had about the sport already.

Exactly, it may have been more affective for Costas to say I don't understand it and explain why rather than leading to a comparison. He definitely hurt the sport a little bit. Hopefully people watch and see how awesome it is.
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Costas is a fucktard.
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Costas is a fucktard.
This sums the thread up well! lol
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Yup, I'd say so.
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