Colemanballs . .


Here are a couple of great ‘gaffes’ – that’s posh for idiotic mistakes, I believe– these are often  referred to as Colemanballs – a phrase coined by Private Eye magazine – due the frequency which sports commentator David Coleman did this sort of thing!!

e.g. “do my eyes deceive me, or is Senna’s Lotus sounding rough?”,

“with half of the race gone, there is half of the race still to go.”

“That’s the fastest time ever run – but it’s not as fast as the world record.”

“Don’t tell those coming in the final result of that fantastic match, but let’s just have another look at Italy’s winning goal.”

“He is accelerating all the time. The last lap was run in 64 seconds and the one before that in 62.”

You get the picture?


2 Replies to “Colemanballs . .”

  1. Being a cycling fan I’m more familiar with the commentating style of Phil Liggett and his trusty sidekick Paul Sherwin. Liggett doesn’t make gaffes on the the order of your examples, but can employ the odd turn of phrase. Sherwin has come close. For a couple of years he would describe a race as ‘literally exploding’. Not a pretty sight, I assure you.

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