Season 3 of IFC’s Brockmire debuted last week (you can find our review here), and while the whole season has plenty of notable sports media moments in Jim Brockmire’s return to MLB spring training, one of the best ones we’ve been anticipating since the season trailer airs in Episode 2 Wednesday at 10 p.m.
Here’s a preview clip of Brockmire (Hank Azaria, who appeared on the AA podcast recently) telling Bob Costas he’s the one responsible for Costas’ pinkeye infection during the 2014 Sochi Olympics:
There’s a whole lot of greatness there, from Brockmire’s quick attempt to change the topic “Now, you ever been to Ojai? They’ve got a delightful bistro there.” to his “Oh, it took some doing. I have connections with the Russian mafia. But the tough part was getting it into the second eye!” And Costas’ response is also amazing: “You son of a bitch! I’ve won 28 Emmys, a Peabody, hosted who knows how many Olympics, World Series, Super Bowls, NBA Finals, and nobody gives a shit about any of that any more! …After all I’ve done, if you Google my name, the first thing that comes up is pinkeye, before all the honors, even before ‘Bob Costas feet.’ And as it happens, my feet are goddamn delightful!”
It’s fun to see Costas embrace the absurdity here and just go in on Brockmire, and it fits in well with the other media cameos we’ve seen on this show, from Brian Kenny and Tim Kurkjian to Joe Buck. And hey, Jim Brockmire bribing the Russian mob to infect Costas’ eyes is a more logical and less embarrassing explanation than some that were thrown out there.
Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on IFC.