This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Munich tragedy in which 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were taken hostage and later killed. You'd think that the IOC would do something to tribute the murdered athletes.
The IOC rejected the deputy foreign minister of Israel's request for a simple moment of silence at the Opening Ceremonies. The minister made the request on the behalf of two widows of the murder victims.
However, one man will not stay silent on this matter. Or should I say, will stay silent.
NBC's Bob Costas will have his own moment of silence on NBC's telecast of the Opening Ceremony as the Israeli athletes enter Olympic Stadium. Costas told The Hollywood Reporter, "I intend to note that the IOC denied the request. Many people find that denial more than puzzling but insensitive. Here's a minute of silence right now."
More broadcasters need to be like Bob Costas and stand up for what is right and less like the others trying to coin a catchphrase and become a celebrity.
Costas is among the last of a dying breed of sports broadcasting. In a world where reporting takes a backseat to asinine catchphrases, Costas is doing what reporters should do, good old fashioned reporting. I know it seems crazy, right?
Thank you, Bob Costas for taking a stand and giving the Israelis a much needed moment of silence. The IOC should be ashamed of themselves.