When tuning in to the Opening Ceremonies for the Sochi Winter Olympics, Bob Costas popped up on my screen as the main correspondent, sporting a pair of hilariously dorky glasses and an extremely red eye. My first thought wasn't, Oh, good to see they're tackling the controversial political issues about why they're hosting in Sochi or Why am I watching Maria Sharapova when she's a tennis star, which has absolutely nothing to do with winter sports? Nope, besides being annoyed by a frustratingly slow start, my first thought was, I can't wait to see how the Internet responds to Bob Costas' eye.
And respond they did. Everyone's immediate thought was that Bob had pink eye, but usually that could be cured in a few days with some antibiotics. But the infection spread -- and was getting worse. Finally, NBC had no choice but to replace Bob with Matt Lauer. Seems his evil eye was scaring all the kittehs and little children out there tuning in to the Olympics.
This will actually be the first time since 1988 that Costas won't be hosting primetime coverage for the Olympics. Kind of sad, but sorry, he just had to go. "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 explained Thursday night. "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."
Well, it hasn't cleared up, but in fact has gotten worse, with the infection traveling from one eye to the other. I mean, just look at the poor guy! And yes, Bob Costas' Eyes has its own Twitter account:
Costas Transformation: Day 5 pic.twitter.com/U9l7uqC9O2— Bob Costas' EYES (@BobCostasEyes) February 11, 2014
Obviously we hope it isn't anything too serious and that Bob makes a speedy recovery, but since we're in the age of the Internet, memes, tweets, and hilarity abound, all targeted toward poor Bob and his stubborn eye(s):
Solving the Sochi red ring problem (*Cough* Bob Costas) pic.twitter.com/vGgATQcV5n— Milmore (@StoolMilmore) February 7, 2014
We have a fashionable solution to Bob Costas' problem: pic.twitter.com/DHwmkoRMdr— SB Nation (@sbnation) February 9, 2014
Whoa, check out Bob Costas's eyes pic.twitter.com/mLZHdZ9Gkf— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) February 11, 2014
7. Looking like Voldemort:
Florida is now recognizing the "Bob Costas' eyes told me to do it" defense.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) February 11, 2014
Bob Costa be like pic.twitter.com/DEpcH4gvTR— lauren hayes (@lauhaze) February 8, 2014
10. Bob curing his eye by swilling vodka:
Thanks, Bob, for being such a good sport and providing the Internet with endless hours of inspiration and entertainment. Let's hope he's back in the saddle in the next couple of days infection-free.
Are you happy that Matt Lauer is replacing Bob Costas? Were you freaked out by his eyes?
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