WATCH: Bob Costas’s Introduction of Nelly at the Winter Classic Was Just So, So Awkward

Bob Costas has the hosting duties for Monday’s NHL Winter Classic on NBC. Part of those duties, in the pregame festivities, included an introduction of hip hop star Nelly, who was to perform for the crowd in St. Louis’s Busch Stadium.

And based upon his intro, it is entirely reasonable to conclude (perhaps even declare a certainty) that Bob Costas had never heard of Nelly prior to Monday afternoon. One reference to “Hot in Herre,” which is, in Costas’s words, Nelly’s “signature tune,” made this abundantly clear.

Take it away, Bob.

Nelly’s signature tune is, ‘It’s gettin’ Hot in Here.’ And maybe you know what the next line is. So, to paraphrase, even though it’s not really getting hot in here, if it’s getting hot in here, take off all your pads. Here’s Nelly.

Ya see, the pads are a reference to hockey…y’know, hockey pads, and…oh, just watch for yourself above, via NBC.

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