Super Bowl 52: Are Bob Costas’ anti-football remarks the reason he’s off NBC broadcast?

Bob Costas will not be part of NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl 52, news that has surprised the sports media world since it’s a departure from plans Costas outlined about a year ago.

He continued, The whole thing could collapse like a house of cards if people actually begin connecting the dots.

NBC made no mention of that discussion, however, in a pair of statements issued in response to questions about Costas, one of which was attributed to Costas himself.

Dan and Liam have served as hosts for our NFL pregame/studio shows on Sunday nights and Thursday nights, respectively, throughout the season and will continue on Super Bowl Sunday, an NBC spokesperson said.

Costas’ statement, written solidly along the company line, read, Dan and Liam have done the job hosting NBC’s NFL coverage all season. It wouldn’t be right for me to parachute in and do the Super Bowl.

The Patriots went 13-3 and won the AFC East this year thanks to elite play in all three phases of the game. Even the defense, which struggled early, finished the season fifth in the league in points allowed.

The highlights include a 64-yard Tom Brady touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks. Dion Lewis returned a kickoff 103 yards for a score. As a team, the Pats forced 10 fumbles and recorded 12 interceptions. In the kicking game, Stephen Gostkowski made 37 of his 40 field-goal attempts, including all four from 50-plus yards.

He called me and said, ‘Coach, this isn’t right what they’re about to do, but (they) are gonna let you go,’ Kidd said.

Kidd says he told Antetokounmpo that I had a feeling that was gonna take place.

To which Antetokounmpo replied: What can I do? I’ll call the owners, I’ll call my agent.

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