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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2011
For all the big journalists associated with Brian Williams' "Rock Center," it was sportscaster Bob Costas who put this self-important, over-promoted newsmagazine on the map Monday with his exclusive interview of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. What a "get" for Costas, and what a superb job of getting to the heart of the matter by Costas with the man accused of sexually abusing boys as young as 10 years old in his capacity as coach and head of a foundation that purported to mentor adolescent boys.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson has been through a lot over the past several years, but he clearly hasn't lost his sense of humor. During a question-and-answer session before joining NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas for a fundraiser at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills to benefit the Casey Cares Foundation on Friday night, the legendary third baseman was asked whether there was one play during his career that he wished had been subject to...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
Bob Costas, one of the sports world's most eloquent voices, used one of pop culture's biggest stages to argue for Art Modell's place in pro football's Hall of Fame Sunday. Here's what Costas said during halftime of NBC's Sunday Night opener between the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers. NBC's Sunday night games are the highest rated series on American prime-time television with as many as 20 million viewers a week. As you've heard, Art Modell, the longtime owner of the Cleveland Browns, and then the Baltimore Ravens, died Thursday at the age of 87. Modell's rich and impactful life began in Brooklyn, where he grew up. With that background, he no doubt understood the lasting enmity toward Walter O'Malley, the owner who moved Brooklyn's beloved Dodgers to Los Angeles.
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Sports Digest | May 11, 2014
baltimoresun.com/nascar Major League Lacrosse Bayhawks fall, 12-7, on road despite Turner's 17 saves Goalkeeper Kip Turner (Severn) was spectacular at times in making 17 saves, but several lengthy offensive droughts doomed the Chesapeake Bayhawks in a 12-7 loss to the host Charlotte Hounds on Saturday. Midfielder Peet Poillon (UMBC), who was making his season debut, scored two goals for Chesapeake, which put less than half its shots (17 of 35) on goal. Attackman Brendan Mundorf (UMBC)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
Far be it from me to suggest anyone interested in TV baseball watch anything but the Orioles game Friday night. Still, given the O's last three games in Arizona, having a backup plan seems like a good idea just in case things start to fall apart -- again. And the MLB Network has a nice alternative with Bob Costas and Bill Ripken doing the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at 7 p.m. Friday. It's Ripken's first game with Costas, and I think the pairing is indicative of how well the one-time O's infielder is doing in the studio and the booth these days.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2011
What does it say about NBC News and its priorities that it hired Chelsea Clinton as a correspondent for Brian Williams' overblown "Rock Center" newsmagazine? And why are some people still talking about the interview Bob Costas did last Monday with accused child rapist and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky? And can Gayle King and Charlie Rose put a dent in the curse of weekday mornings on CBS? Those are some of the questions host Howard Kurtz will be asking me and two of my favorite media-critic colleagues Sunday at 11 a.m. on CNN's "Reliable Sources.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | February 25, 1994
Like you need help deciding what to watch tonight. There's only one show in town tonight -- and the town happens to be Hamar.* "The 1994 Winter Olympic Games" (8 p.m.-11:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 11) -- Hold on to the roof, because ratings for tonight's CBS Olympics coverage probably will go right through it. Two days ago, Nancy Kerrigan earned first place in the technical program. Yesterday morning, two of the other skaters in the top five collided during practice, adding a last-minute unexpected and unknown injury quotient into this already outrageous equation.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2012
NBC will air a one-hour look at the career of Michael Phelps at 7 tonight, the network announced late Saturday night. "Michael Phelps: America's Golden Champion" will feature what the NBC Sports is calling an "exclusive" interview by Bob Costas done with the Phelps at the end of his final day of competition Saturday. "America's greatest interviewer sitting down with the world's greatest Olympic champion makes for an inspiring piece of television," NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell said in a statement announcing the prime-time special.
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By BRADLEY OLSON and BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTER | May 21, 2006
As Deanna Keith sat pensively, waiting for the hundreds of Loyola College graduates who would precede her on the stage, she got a welcome text message on her cell phone: "Mom, I'm proud of you." It was from her 20-year-old daughter, one of many congratulations yesterday for Keith, 43. She and her sister received their master's degrees while a dozen family members, some from as far away as California, looked on. "Everybody in the family is very, very proud," Keith said. About 12,000 people attended the commencement ceremonies held at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena, the 154th commencement in Loyola's history.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson has been through a lot over the past several years, but he clearly hasn't lost his sense of humor. During a question-and-answer session before joining NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas for a fundraiser at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills to benefit the Casey Cares Foundation on Friday night, the legendary third baseman was asked whether there was one play during his career that he wished had been subject to...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
Watching baseball on television is one of the great joys of my life. But I have to be honest. By the end of the year, I couldn't watch the Orioles any more on MASN. I was so mad about them playing without a sense of playoff urgency - and the MASN announcers refusing to call any of them out. I could not stand to hear manager Buck Showalter or his players stand there, loss after winnable loss, talking about how "resilient" they were and how they had to just keep "grinding" while the MASN talent nodded in dumb agreement.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
Far be it from me to suggest anyone interested in TV baseball watch anything but the Orioles game Friday night. Still, given the O's last three games in Arizona, having a backup plan seems like a good idea just in case things start to fall apart -- again. And the MLB Network has a nice alternative with Bob Costas and Bill Ripken doing the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at 7 p.m. Friday. It's Ripken's first game with Costas, and I think the pairing is indicative of how well the one-time O's infielder is doing in the studio and the booth these days.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
Whether it's a Sunday night football game or the third Saturday in May at Pimlico, when NBC Sports floods the zone with members of its A-Team, the telecast is almost always a winner. That was again the case for the 138th Preakness Stakes -- thanks to airtight production, sure-handed direction and enough talent to cover three or four races. Sure, the NBC analysts were wrong in picking Kentucky Derby victor Orb (or, in the case of Michelle Beadle, Mylute) to win the Preakness. But did anyone on the planet have Oxbow?
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
You will find no tears here for the cancellation of Brian Williams' "Rock Center," which was first reported Friday by the New York Times. It was one of the sorriest excuses for a newsmagazine that I have seen in 30 years of reporting on network television. I wrote that as many times in as many ways as I could since its debut. From the hiring of the Chelsea Clinton as special correspondent, to the quotes from Williams comparing his team to the baseball Hall of Famers in Cooperstown, never has such journalistic bankruptcy been promoted with such self-important bluster.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
Bob Costas, one of the sports world's most eloquent voices, used one of pop culture's biggest stages to argue for Art Modell's place in pro football's Hall of Fame Sunday. Here's what Costas said during halftime of NBC's Sunday Night opener between the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers. NBC's Sunday night games are the highest rated series on American prime-time television with as many as 20 million viewers a week. As you've heard, Art Modell, the longtime owner of the Cleveland Browns, and then the Baltimore Ravens, died Thursday at the age of 87. Modell's rich and impactful life began in Brooklyn, where he grew up. With that background, he no doubt understood the lasting enmity toward Walter O'Malley, the owner who moved Brooklyn's beloved Dodgers to Los Angeles.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2012
Does it feel as if NBC and its affiliates are getting a little greedy with its London coverage? As one who has defended the network's right to try and make as much money as it can off the games in hopes of offsetting the $1.18 billion it paid for rights, I have to admit even I have been getting a little queasy as to the way  that long-held patterns of network prime-time programming and affiliate news are being bent in pursuit of extra profits....
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November 23, 2006
Critic's Pick-- A returning contestant gets messages from Bob Costas and more on a Thanksgiving-themed Deal or No Deal. (8 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11).
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October 25, 2006
"How do you throw The Bus under the bus?" Bob Costas Host of NBC's NFL pre-game show, after analyst Cris Collinsworth nominated Ben Roethlisberger, not former Steeler and current network colleague Jerome Bettis, for the NBC Golden Peacock Award last week
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2012
NBC will air a one-hour look at the career of Michael Phelps at 7 tonight, the network announced late Saturday night. "Michael Phelps: America's Golden Champion" will feature what the NBC Sports is calling an "exclusive" interview by Bob Costas done with the Phelps at the end of his final day of competition Saturday. "America's greatest interviewer sitting down with the world's greatest Olympic champion makes for an inspiring piece of television," NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell said in a statement announcing the prime-time special.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2011
What does it say about NBC News and its priorities that it hired Chelsea Clinton as a correspondent for Brian Williams' overblown "Rock Center" newsmagazine? And why are some people still talking about the interview Bob Costas did last Monday with accused child rapist and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky? And can Gayle King and Charlie Rose put a dent in the curse of weekday mornings on CBS? Those are some of the questions host Howard Kurtz will be asking me and two of my favorite media-critic colleagues Sunday at 11 a.m. on CNN's "Reliable Sources.
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