NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, who courted controversy in December when he dared raise the issue of gun control during a halftime show a day after a NFL player's murder-suicide, has reportedly put down $4.7 million for a Crystal Cove beachfront home.
In November, former Angels pitcher John Lackey, who sat out the 2012 season with the Boston Red Sox while recovering from Tommy John surgery, listed a mansion for sale in the same guard-gated neighborhood for $10 million.
Realtor.com reports the home, which is being purchased by the veteran sportscaster and his wife, Jill, is not exactly a bungalow. It boasts four bedrooms, six bathrooms, 4,534 square feet of living space, custom light
fixtures, hardwood flooring, crown molding, a gourmet kitchen, a separate guest casita and
various bonus rooms.
My “guest casita” pulls out from a couch.
Casa de Costas–think “Buub Cooz-tazz” for the old SNL skit–is plopped on a
private corner lot that affords “breathtaking” views, according to the website, which can be taken in from a
saltwater pool and spa or the pool house or the outdoor kitchen or the bocce ball
court or anywhere else on the sprawling rear lawn.
It was the Dec. 2, 2012, Sunday Night Football halftime show that included Costas commentating the U.S. gun culture contributed to
Jason Jovan Belcher gunning down his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and himself, suggesting both would still be with us if the Kansas City Chief had not possessed a gun. (*Corrected: Costas had referred to Jason Whitlock's gun-culture column.)
Fortunately, the U.S. has experienced no other high-profile incidents involving firearms since Buub Cooz-tazz's monologue.
OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.