Bob Costas' hipster glasses are back.
You might remember the Harry Potter-esque frames from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London so it seems fitting that the veteran NBC sportscaster wore them again as he kicked off coverage for the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi on Thursday. But this time around, Costas provided an explanation for wearing the glasses as soon as he began anchoring the broadcast.
"Bear with me for a moment as I spare my friends in the press office countless inquiries," the 61-year-old said. "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."
Cue the split screens of Costas and the well-known cartoon characters.
He continued: "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."
So, that means his bout with pink eye will force him to wear these frames for the next few nights. And obviously his glasses and eye infection got the Internet buzzing.
Can I follow Bob Costas's glasses on Twitter yet?? Matt Harvey (@harvitronix) February 7, 2014
Bob 'Left Eye' Costas don't go chasing waterfalls. #SochiEye? C McNeil (@Reflog_18) February 7, 2014
Whoa. Bob Costas is wearing Clark Kent glasses in Superman's fortress of solitude.? Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) February 7, 2014
Bob Costas' teeny weeny glasses are cracking me up. Even he is making fun of them!? Sam Kloecker (@RobinCSparkles) February 7, 2014
Dear Bob Costas, the Harry Potter glasses are freaking me out. Stop it!? tarawhite16 (@tarawhite161) February 7, 2014
What do you think of Costas' glasses? Sound off in the comments!
Be sure to tune in to our coverage from Sochi on E!, beginning today, and watch the opening ceremony tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC!