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IT'S NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS
JOE POSNANSKI
February 22, 2010
Broadcasting major sports events, that is, at least the way Al Michaels and Bob Costas do it. Neither is getting them in the same room, but NBC has both hosting the Vancouver Games. Do you believe in miracles?
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February 22, 2010

It's Not As Easy As It Looks

Broadcasting major sports events, that is, at least the way Al Michaels and Bob Costas do it. Neither is getting them in the same room, but NBC has both hosting the Vancouver Games. Do you believe in miracles?

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We're lucky to have Bob Costas and Al Michaels, have been for more than 30 years. Yes, they have won all the awards and fame. They have been the background music to the biggest moments, and they have taken a few hits along the way too. But it isn't just that. Michaels is 65. Costas is 57 ... and they're still doing it. Why? Well, they can explain. Last fall they sat in a hotel lobby in Dallas, in leather chairs across from each other, and they talked. It was almost as if they were in a booth, calling their lives.

Michaels: "I know you hear athletes say it all the time. But I think I will know when it's time to step away. Whenever I don't get excited before a game, I will know."

Costas: "Here we are doing exactly what we wanted to do all our lives. It's still a thrill."

Michaels: "Absolutely. I mean, think about it. We're going to be broadcasting from the Olympics? How great is that?"

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