Will and Guy's Sports - Best Colemanballs
Not many commentators have had a new word named after them. David Coleman was the inspiration for calling commentary gaffes - Colemanballs. This term for a blooper was first used at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.
the fastest time ever
run - but it's
not as fast as the world record
A truly international
field, no Britons involved.
The Republic of China - back in the Olympic Games for the first time
And the line up for the final of the Women's
400 metres hurdles includes
three Russians, two East Germans, a Pole, a Swede and a Frenchman.
This is one of the most famous Colemanballs:
While describing an 800m race David Coleman said: 'And there goes Juantorena down the back straight, opening his legs and showing his class'.
The problem is that it was said by Ron Pickering!
[Information kindly supplied by David Beale]
Best Colemanballs from Other Sports
While Colemanballs are primarily associated with David Coleman's athletics commentaries, gaffes are to be found in most other sports, here some of Will and Guy's collection.
For those of you watching who do not have television
sets, live commentary is on Radio 2.
Steve is going for the pink ball - and for those of you who are watching in black and white, the pink is next to the green.
last gold medal was a bronze in 1952 in Helsinki
Born in America. John returned to his native Japan
obvious these Russian swimmers are determined to do well on American soil
raining and the track is wet!
Naturally, Yogi Berra predates David Coleman, and it has to be said Yogi developed a style of homespun humor all of his own. It's also worth remembering that Yogi was a baseball legend with New York Yankees back in the 1950's. And he still holds the record for winning the most World Series.
More Athletics Gaffes
The Americans sowed the seed, and now they have reaped the whirlwind
Cram nailed his colours to
the mast and threw down the Great Pretender
Mary Decker Slaney, the world greatest front runner, I shouldn't
be surprised to see her at the front
Ingrid Kristiansen then has
smashed the world record, running the 5000 metres in 14:58.89. Truly amazing. Incidentally, this is a personal best for Ingrid Kristiansen.
run faster than herself before
...and finally she tastes the sweet smell of success
More Genuine Colemanballs
no 'I love you'
message because Steve Ovett has married the girl
We estimate, and this isn't
an estimation, that
Greta Waitz is 80 seconds behind
And with alphabetical irony Nigeria follows New Zealand
He is accelerating all the time. That last lap was run in 64 seconds and the one before in 62.
31 this year. Last year he was 30
A 2008 Tranche of Colemanballs
He's a player you only miss when he's not playing
We are not as good we think we are. We need to go out and prove
Fourth spot is what we are aiming for. We don't want to be
Gary Neville was the captain and now Ryan Giggs has taken on the
Football is like a roundabout. Sometimes you are up and sometimes
For example, Bill Bayliss sent us this gem from the Paralympics:
Hodge scored for Forest after 22 seconds - totally against the run of
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