Costas began his anchorman duties for the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, wearing spectacles with round lenses that could have been popular in an earlier era, USA Today reported Thursday.
After previewing NBC's network coverage of first-day events, Costas began a personal aside to explain his look.
"Bear with me for a moment as I spare my friends in the press office countless inquiries," he said. "I have no choice to go all Peabody and Sherman on you for the next couple of nights since I woke up this morning with my left eye swollen shut and just about as red as the old Soviet flag. According to the NBC doctors here, it's some kind of minor infection, which should resolve itself by the weekend. If only all my issues would resolve themselves that quickly, but that's another story."
His reference to "Peabody and Sherman" alludes to an animated cartoon series of the late 1950s and early 1960. "Mr. Peabody" was a talking dog that invented a time machine with which he and his adopted human "son" Sherman traveled to the past and encountered famous people. Both of the characters wore glasses similar to those that adorned Costas' face.