Every April, the nostalgia about the Masters returns. It’s seen as the most pristine golf course in America and many view it as the best sporting event on the calendar. While Augusta is world-renowned for its grandeur and prestige, it is full of history that it would rather not talk about.
Bob Costas appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday and had a mostly normal conversation, but when Dan asked Big Bob to participate in the annual “Sound like Jim Nantz Contest,” Bob – the party-pooper that he is – refused and proceeded to malign CBS and Nantz for their neglectful coverage of Augusta National’s past.
“What no CBS commentator has ever alluded to, even in passing, even during a rain delay, even when there was time to do so, is Augusta’s history of racism and sexism. Even when people were protesting just outside the grounds—forget about taking a side—never acknowledging it. So not only will I never work the Masters because I’m not at CBS, but I’d have to say something and then I would be ejected.”
Bob is right about the ban. Augusta has a long history of banishing announcers who speak out of turn. Jack Whitaker was banned for calling the patrons a “mob,” and the mustachioed funnyman Gary McCord referred to the greens as being “bikini-waxed.” It’s really only a matter of time before David Feherty is banned, as well.
“I think somebody should have had the guts to do it along the way. Broadcaster, executive, somebody should have said to someone at Augusta, ‘Look, this is an issue. And this is not ‘Nightline’ or ‘Meet The Press,’ we understand that. But this is an issue. And it’s an elephant in the room. And we’re going to address it as concisely as we can, but we’re going to address it so our heads are not in the collective sand trap.'”
Bob isn’t shy about his opinions, most notably his essay on gun control during Sunday Night Football, and he seems to have total journalistic freedom to express them. He’s so decorated that he can expose his gripes, and while he didn’t name names, this was a clear shot at CBS and Jim Nantz. CBS doesn’t dare ruin the relationship that it’s formed with Augusta National and won’t be delving into any touchy subjects at all this week, or any week.