If you consider that Costas — whose mental and semantic alacrity once made him the exemplar of sports broadcasting — is deep into the back-nine of his career, perhaps his fits of shock-jock rhetoric are somewhat expected.
The baritone bard of the NFL for nearly 40 years, Summerall nursed an entire generation into the card-carrying, frothing football maniacs we’ve become.
Joe Frazier was blue collar to the bone, who worked as hard as any American ever has for what he has. And when boxing was an essential sport, Frazier was an essential boxer. Now he faces a faceless opponent: cancer.