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NBC offers pre-Preakness roundtable, er, oval table

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NBC’s pre-Preakness roundtable smacked of a mea culpa for its lackluster coverage of the Eight Belles story at the Kentucky Derby.

But as always, Bob Costas was a natural in that format, and there was a memorable moment when analyst Gary Stevens seemed on the verge of tossing over the roundtable – actually, it was sort of oval – and lunging at columnist Bill Rhoden.

It was more eventful than the race itself, which merely set up the long gallop to Belmont.

The Super Bowl generates two weeks of hype for 3½ hours of action. The Belmont Stakes gets three weeks of hype for 2½ minutes of action.

At least betting on it is legal.

Tags: bob costas , nbc

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