Friday, February 17, 2006


I Don't Say It - I Just Talk About It


"Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don’t like them and won’t watch them ... Because they’re so trying, maybe over the next three weeks we should all try too. Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention.

-Bryant Gumbel

"The Oklahoma Sooners and the Hornets are the only brothers in town,"

-Charles Barkley

"It is the responsibility of everybody to stand up against people that are biased and racist and see them for the cowards that they are,"

-Al Sharpton

"Nobody believes I'm from Colorado. They're like, 'Colorado? They don't even have black people in Colorado."

-Chauncey Billups

If you listen to the Dino Costa Show on the Radio Colorado Network, or watch Raw Sports on FSN Rocky Mountain - you're very aware that there is no subject that is too hot for me to comment on in a direct and unapologetic manner.

As a talk show host and commentator - my objective when I take to the air each day is not so much to report the news, but instead, to give my opinion on what is making the news.

While others may choose to stay away from issues like race and gender items, I'm all too willing to speak my mind and to come across with my most candid thoughts.
I'm sometimes criticized for focusing in on racial parameters - however I would feel I'd be doing a disservice to my audience if I did nothing more than to pretend that I didn't see or hear about news that bothers me - and that I feel is not justified.

In addition these racial parameters come up so often and with such frequency, one would have to have their head all the way int he sand not to notice them.

Too often, the mainstream media will either distort, unreport, or totally mis-inform the audience they are reaching each day.

But people are sometimes very stupid, very stupid, and whatever is being reported in the style it's being broadcast or written about, is too often taken as gospel by folks who are too ignorant to know any better - or for those who have an agenda to divide people for their own profit.

While I am more than willing to admit that there are racial issues & items that do denigrate segments of our population - I am also too smart to think that they are assigned to just one group of individuals or one single ethnicity.

Have you ever been the victim of racism? Of course you have...we all have been there and done that. But if you chew on and swallow most of what the writers, columnists, and broadcasters tell you about all of the inequality that exists in our world today - you'd be certain that it is mostly a white on black thing almost without exception. A white on Latin thing. A white on...any other thing.

Give me a break.

What annoys me most is in the perception that certain people and or institutions, are patently racist because of isolated incidents, or due to circumstances that were not intentional.

I think it goes without saying that the overwhelming majority of the mainstream media are bleeding heart liberals who are all trying to save the world - and folks who are hell bent on writing and or broadcasting stories, that will make them appear to have a heart.

These people live in a dream world that discounts reality all the time.

The double standard in regard to what one person can get away with saying or doing, versus what another can and often does suffer as the result of what they may say, is criminal.

Lets say that on my next radio program I make the claim that New Orleans was never a good fit for NBA basketball, because the majority of the folks in that city are black, poorly educated, don't have any disposable income...and then I top it off by saying, "for crying out loud people, Saints owner Tom Benson is the only white guy in the city." For good measure and to illustrate my point with further emphasis, I note that, "I'll bet that in every kitchen in every home in New Orleans, you can find chitlins on every supper table".

Now obviously this would be a stupid, insensitive remark, that would no doubt fire up the embers of a lot of people looking to make it an issue. It would also cement in many peoples minds that Dino Costa is a bonafide racist with a brain the size of a marble.

To make the comment that New Orleans is not a viable NBA city based up economics and demographics is one thing, and it is indeed an arguable point, however, to add the other ingredients would be a tasteless thing to do on my part.
I don't need to tell you what certain high profile jackass just made some comments about the great state of Oklahoma, do I? I also don't need to tell you that this person has been doing and saying these kinds of baseless and irresponsible things for as long as he became a public person, do I?

On my last Raw Sports program on FSN Rocky Mountain, I raised this issue and wondered aloud as to why is it that this person continues to not only get away with saying such ignorant but why in addition is this person always rewarded for his dumb downed commentary?

My sidekick on Raw Sports is "Oren from Denver", a guy who I happen to believe is a super individual, with a great heart, and a man that I believe is decent in every way shape and form.

Oren from Denver is a black guy, and his response to me when I posed the recent rumblings of Charles Barkley (oops, I said his name!), was that it was simply another case of "Charles being Charles...again".

On the surface I believe this is pretty true. Charles Barley is someone who is as predictable as most of the boring talk radio shows in Denver (outside of my show of course), and his act and style are well known. I would have no problem whatsoever if someone wants to pass off his sleazy and slimy style as being about, "Charles just being Charles."

But if its good enough to just dismiss Barley's asinine commentary so easily, and to explain away his dumb dribble as nothing more than "it's just Charles being Charles", then why isn't that a good enough explanation for anyone who says something that is considered, "not right"?

Then there is Bryant Gumbel. I happen to like Gumbel, I think he is a marvelously talented, versatile, commentator, who directs traffic on HBO's Real Sports, in an incredibly polished and professional fashion.

What if on the next Raw Sports program I made the comment that I was tired of the NBA? That the Kenyon Martin episode was the last straw, and that to me, covering the NBA makes me feel as though I've been assigned to the latest NAACP organizational meeting most nights at the Pepsi Center?

Think that would go over pretty well?

Why can't the facts that are so obvious in regard to a host of issues speak for themselves and simply explain what should be so obvious to everyone including Bryant Gumbel?

I don't think anyone would contest the fact that the Winter Olympics (which I could personally care less about) are overwhelmingly "white" in terms of the participants.

This is a fact.

But this is not motivated by any sort of a racist fact you'd have to be a total moron to think it has anything even slightly to do with skin color.
Why would Gumbel see anything having to do with color in regard to this issue? Was he trying to be funny? Was this some political humor that Gumbel was injecting into his commentary?


For Gumbel has at other times either directly and sometimes subliminally inserted other commentary that tells me that he looks to assess things through a prism of color way too often.

Instead of going with factual material that says that winter time sports are not as popular with people of color for a myriad of reasons - Gumbel instead chose to denounce the Winter games as an endeavor with racist motives.


Not so much amazing that Gumbel said what he said, but amazing in that his commentary has been virtually swept underneath a carpet - while if we go back in time we can cite several instances where people such as Howard Cosell, Jimmy The Greek, Al Campanis, Paul Hornung, Rush Limbaugh, and others, were hung out to dry by the same media who placed those people on the front pages of their newspapers - while Gumbel's words have already been forgotten by many.

Why too would Gumbel even bring the GOP into this? If you're a black person, a conservative, a Republican, how do you take Gumbel's words?

And as for Gumbel's words about events like skating and skiing not existing back when Greeks started the Olympic games, please allow me to remind everyone that Basketball and Baseball were not around either, yet they are in the Summer Games...are they not? Of course baseball was recently dropped, but I'm sure you get my drift.

Turning the page, the situation in Boulder is one that has me shaking my head almost every day.

To read the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, or the Boulder Daily Camera, one would think that if you're black and walking the streets of that city after sundown, you're really risking you're life.

Or as I have said on my radio program, the city of Boulder is more dangerous at night for a black person, than for a white guy strolling down Martin Luther King Boulevard in Harlem at 2 AM.

Al Sharpton gets invited to speak at CU the other night, collects 28K for doing so, then jets out of town leaving that city more troubled than before he showed up.

The situation at CU is not specific to that university, or to that city, or to that area.
CU has racial parameters it deals with just like hundreds if not thousands of schools across the United States. But to listen to the people on the bogus "blue ribbon commission", CU is a school about ready to explode from racial hostility and oppression.

Funny but the other night when I was attending the CU-Oklahoma basketball game, I didn't see a hint of any racial strife, just a terrific game, with a CU student section that continues to solidify their position as one of the most obnoxious student cheering sections in all of college sports.

By the way, someone over at the University of Oklahoma must not have received the memo from Sir Charles about the state being no place for black people. Of the 12 players on the OU roster - 8 were black.

And then there is the Chauncey Billups story in today's edition of the Denver Post.
Why in the world would Billups want to infer even slightly, that the state of Colorado has any kind of a perception that there are no black people in this best of all states in the country? Does Billups have an axe to grind with his home state - was that not his picture I saw plastered on one of the walls of the Coors Events Center the other night where I was watching that basketball game...where Billups played?

Did Billups confer with Al Sharpton before he opened his mouth on this one?
I thought Billups remarks were out of line and now as the result a lot of people across the country could think of Colorado as a "problem state", in line with the grossly distorted stories being circulated out of Boulder, where Billups of course played his college basketball.

As the title to this column suggests folks, I don't say this stuff...I just listen and then tell you what I think.

Unlike some people, I'm not insisting that anyone be fired or even reprimanded.

What I am hoping for is that there are people who will begin to view stuff like this with fairness and an objectiveness that is sorely lacking today on just about all fronts.

Wishful thinking, I know.


Sunday, February 12, 2006




As the city of Denver continues to mature in their quest to be recognized as a major league town (which it is) - the franchises that are owned by Kroenke Sports Enterprises continues to retard that development.

The latest incidents involving Kenyon Martin, first with fans at the Pepsi Center, then with me in the locker room, is only the tip of a mighty large iceberg.

Of course in my own situation, Nuggets media aide Eric Sebastian watched as Martin verbally assaulted me, then stepped in only after I decided not to take the choice words from this thug lying down.

I'll admit it, it is indeed my nature to speak my mind, it's the way I have always been, love me or hate me for being this way - I apologize for nothing.

My mouth is what keeps a roof over my head and food in my mouth, and while others may not be as ready to defend themselves in a similar situation, I am not here to act upon their behalf. I am calling the plays only for me, and when someone roughs the passer as enthusiastically as Kenyon Martin tried to a few nights ago, I'm throwing a flag...and a few words of my own as well.

I apologize for nothing. Have I made this clear enough?

At the time of the Kenyon Martin incident, had my employers names been Don Crawford, or Bernie Daigle, or Foss Foster, or any one of a number of other short sighted and inferior feeling individuals, let there be no doubt that I would have been in hot water with them...simply for defending myself.

How blessed am I that I have employers at the present time who not only possess significant spine, but who also support me 1000% in this matter?

That the Nuggets and their minions have chosen to make me the instigator and Kenyon Martin the victim isn't surprising at all.

I concluded a phone conversation with a former Nuggets high ranking employee just a few moments ago.

It seems as though the Nuggets on the Kiki Vandeweghe watch, have become experts at protecting, enabling, and twisting both the truth in many instances, and the way things are reported in Nuggetland by the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News.

"They own those two newspapers Dino", my source said, "they have both of those organizations and their writers and columnists in their back pockets."

The fact is that this was not hollow smoke this person was blowing.

Here are a few incidents that have developed in NuggetCity over the past couple of years, all of which were either reported with Nuggets colored glasses by the media, not reported at all, or arranged to be reported on in a fashion that gave the individuals the benefit of the doubt.

>In Carmello Anthony's rookie season, both he and then Nugget Rodney White, walked into the Chop House Restaurant in downtown, to get something to eat, and to apparently get something to drink. The Chop house staff would not serve the pair alcohol because both players were underage at the time. The players not only threw a fit, but in addition, threw several sets of forks and knives at the staff before departing. The next day after practice, the then Nuggets coaching staff ordered the players to head back to the Chop House to apologize personally to those they abused at the restaurant. Vandeweghe was incensed at the then head coach for ordering this edict.

>Carmello Anthony was found with Marijuana in his bag as the team was headed for a road trip out of Denver International Airport. The Nuggets acted quickly to squash the claim - then orchestrated a scenario where one of Anthony's friends would take the blame by saying it was his drugs and not Carmello Anthony's. Vandeweghe was in top form manipulating this story - with help form the Nuggets media minions of course.

>One night when comedian Chris Rock was performing here in Denver, several players led by Carmello Anthony showed up - but had tickets in the last few rows. A Nuggets season ticket holder noticed the players in the back of the concert hall and told them that he had one extra ticket for a player of their choosing if they wanted it? Anthony accepted the ticket - and while the kind gentleman headed for the concession stand to get some food and drinks with his family and friends, the players headed for the front row seats that were now temporarily vacated. When the gentleman returned just in time as Chris Rock was taking the stage, he asked the players to vacate the seats that were his...only to be told by the Nuggets players, that instead of them heading for the back rows of the concert hall - that this man who was generous enough to give them a single front row ticket should flip flop seats with them. "Don't you realize who we are", they asked him? The guy was irate, the show couldn't start on time because of the confrontation that developed, and the guy ended up leaving the concert instead of arguing with the very players whose salaries he helped to pay. He called Nuggets GM Kiki Vandeweghe first thing the next morning, only to be told by Vandeweghe that "there must have been a good reason why they wouldn't move for you".

>While a member of the Nuggets, the Rodney White loaded gun charges went almost completely unreported by the Denver Post & The Rocky Mountain News.

The individual I spoke with said that the Nuggets have become the most dysfunctional and most paranoid organization in the NBA - and that they are a franchise that allows the inmates to run the asylum.

This person wasn't surprised in the least at the outcome of my Kenyon Martin wild adventure - nor was he surprised to learn that Denver Post Nuggets beat writer Adam Thompson has distanced himself from me, because Thompson couldn't stand the thought of being outside the Nuggets circle of trust by aligning himself with a person who dared ask questions that weren't the everyday Fluffanutter.

And now the latest issue being tucked under the powder blue Nuggets carpet - that of a player on the team being involved with several of the Nuggets dancers - which resulted in several of the girls quitting over the last few weeks.

My source isn't surprised at all.

With the dysfunctional Nuggets, with the help of their media minions, its all about spin baby.

Kenyon Martin? Take away his dunks and you're left with a player who shoots 32% from the floor - who gets paid 14 million dollars a year in the process.

The three headed monster of Kiki Vandeweghe, assistant GM David Fredman, and assistant GM Jeff Weltman, continue to provide the city of Denver with a mediocre product - and underachieving one, with a head coach more paranoid than the Clinton administration ever was. 




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