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I’ve always been a fan of Bob Costas dating back to the Sandberg Game in 1984. That game made a big impression on me as an 8-year old kid. (It led to me collecting Sandberg’s baseball cards… about 750+ individuals and counting.) The NBC Game of the Week was a big, big deal in those days and none was bigger than Costas calling those two slammers from Chicago’s soon-to-be MVP off the best relief man in the game.

Then in junior high/high school I related to Costa’s wit and accessible introspection on his talk show, Later with Bob Costas. It was fun at that age staying up late past Letterman to watch good TV. I really did like that show a lot. But I was also a kid who watched the Home Shopping Network just to guess how low they’d be willing to go on their prices, so there you go.

And of course there’s always Costas’ presence during all the Olympic Games for the past 20+ years on NBC. And any one who knows the Maldre family knows our love for the Olympics. The bridal party intro song for Andrea and I on our wedding day is testimony to that. (NBC’s Olympic theme song!) Classic. We should have invited Bob to be our DJ for the introductions.

It was quite a treat to watch him call the 2016 NLDS Game Two on MLB Network, especially when Travis Wood hit that historic homer. Great game!

Then Costas, in his trademark snarkiness, questioned whether people keep score at home. It struck a nerve. It wasn’t so much a challenge as an opportunity. Designing a custom scorecard was always on my list. What better opportunity to dig into it following Costa’s comment during a Cubs playoff game?

The next couple days I researched vintage scorecards for inspiration which led to my design which I used for each game of the 2016 NLCS and World Series. And of course the rest of that story skyrocketed as detailed in this blog post. And the best part of it all is the Cubs winning the World Series.

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