Olympics 2014: Bob Costas Eye Infection Gets NBC Coverage Off to Squinty Start

Bob Costas

NBC Sports anchor forced to wear “Peabody and Sherman” style glasses on air

In case anyone was wondering why Bob Costas’ left eye looked a little funky during Thursday’s coverage of preliminary competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics, the NBC Sports anchor explained it’s just a little pink eye.

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“Bear with me for a moment as I spare my friends in the press office countless inquiries. I have no choice to go all ‘Peabody and Sherman’ on you for the next couple of nights since I woke up this morning with my left eye swollen shut and just about as red as the old Soviet flag,” Costas said at the beginning of NBC’s primetime coverage Thursday night, referring to the odd glasses he was forced to wear instead of contact lenses.

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“According to the NBC doctors here, it’s some kind of minor infection which should resolve itself by the weekend. If only all my issues would resolve themselves that quickly, but that’s another story,” Costas added.