BOB COSTAS… AND NBC

“If this is retaliation, what are they going to do next? Pelt me with cotton balls?”

In a recent interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Bob Costas acknowledged that his frequent criticisms of the NFL — which incidentally is the most watched entertainment in America and the only one of the Big Three sports leagues to which NBC has the rights — created the friction that produced the tension which led to the end.

His end.

His departure.

Firing?