Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I really thought there were going to be more "Friends of Bob" for the Olympics, but it turns out there's only two. There's the roving reporter, Cris Collinsworth, who is spending most nights with Michael Phelps' Mom. And then there's the ever-awesome Bela Karolyi.
Costas has been forcing Karolyi to stay with him in the studio for Gymnastics contests and you can tell it's just killing the guy. Here's a clip of him last night....
He's so amped you can barely hear what he's saying. I love it. On top of freaking out during Liukin's routine, he called out the Chinese, and at one point during the prelims he ran over to the NBC announcing booth to tell them about an injury. The guy is a machine, and I'm loving every minute of it. Forgot the people who think it's a conflict of interest because his wife is coaching. The guy just loves the Sport.
Costas really needs to let him spread his wings though. Just have Bela on camera every 15 minutes or so from the Gym during every event and you're set. I think his head might explode during the Women's All-around though, so you might want to watch out for that.
(Anyone have a guess on how quickly this vid is taken down?)