YardBarker- OJ Simpson’s Bronco chase is forever etched in the memory of many Americans who watched it unfold on TV, but who OJ was calling from the back of the Bronco wasn’t well known. Al Michaels said on the day of the chase that OJ called him as the two were friends, but it turns out he tried to call another famous sportscaster that night.
In an interview on the Seth Davis Show, Bob Costas said that OJ tried to call him too that night. Costas was at Madison Square Garden anchoring NBC’s coverage of Game 5 of the Rockets/Knicks NBA Finals series, therefore he didn’t answer the call made to NBC. Only in November of 1994 that when Costas went to see Simpson at the LA County Jail that he learned that Al Cowlings and Simpson did try to call him from the back of the Bronco that night.
Before we begin, lets just take a second to reflect on the mental image of OJ Simpson tucked away in the backseat of a white Dodge Bronco. Sirens filling the air, hundreds of flashing lights in the rearview, choppers circling over head, and OJ Simpson frantically looking through his rolodex so he can call famous sportscasters on his car phone. There are plenty of long running science fictional shows that focus on the thought process of criminals, but has there ever been a single episode whose script included "I've gotta talk to Costas"? A thousand words can't do that picture any justice.
I know that street cred isn't exactly something that is valued highly in the social circles of Al Michaels and Bob Costas, but I'll be damned if this story didn't earn them some. I have a completely different few of who those two men are now that I know that Juice was calling them as a fugitive. Everyone has a guy they contact when they are in trouble, and considering how connected OJ was, I doubt he had a shortage of legitimate candidates. The guy was represented by a Kardashian for fuck's sake. I guess what I am trying to say is that when you are about to get arrested on suspicion of murder you aren't placing courtesy calls. There's no time for "hey, just wanted to see how you were doing" when they are about to slap the cuffs on you. I'll never know what OJ Simpson and Al Michaels talked about that day just like I'll never know what was going through OJ's mind as Costa's phone went to his answering machine. However, given the situation at hand I have a hard time believing the content of those conversations would have been casual. That unknown will forever affect how I view two guys that - up until about ten minutes ago - I considered fairly conservative. A Hall of Fame running back and his biggest accomplishment is making two relatively mundane old white guys look like bad asses based on nothing more than a presumption. Unreal.