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SBD Global/December 23, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Veteran BBC Commentator David Coleman Remembered As 'Giant Of Sports Broadcasting'
Published December 23, 2013
CLASSIC COLEMANBALLS: In London, Nick Greenslade reported 1976 Olympic 10,000M Bronze Medalist BRENDAN FOSTER called him “the greatest sports broadcaster that ever lived.” Liberal Democrat MP and former athlete MENZIES CAMPBELL said, "In the 1960s and 70s, no Olympic Games was complete without the commentaries of this remarkable broadcaster." Inevitably, Coleman "had his share of on-air gaffes which led to the satirical magazine Private Eye dubbing its collection of commentator howlers Colemanballs." Famous entries from Coleman included: “A truly international field, no Britons involved” and “That’s the fastest time ever run but it’s not as fast as the world record.” He was "even given the dubious honour of appearing in puppet form in the Spitting Image series." Some of his "Classic Colemanballs" include: “He just can’t believe what’s not happening to him.” “It’s gold or nothing ... and it’s nothing. He comes away with the silver medal.” “The front wheel crosses the finish line, closely followed by the back wheel.” “Nobody has ever won the title twice before. He (ROGER BLACK) has already done that” (SUNDAY TIMES, 12/22).