You may remember Brian Collins, the Ball State University sportscaster who, back in 2005 was one of YouTube’s biggest stars thanks to a horribly awkward highlight package when he was working the anchor desk for a broadcast. The crowning moment of the infamous clip was his would-be catch phrase, “Boom goes the dynamite.”
Sadly, Collins was mocked for this, with people claiming he was nervous, not prepared or out of his depth. According to the Wikipedia page of the incident, however, Collins was a last minute fill-in for the regular sportscaster and the real problem was that the teleprompter guy messed up and Collins had to fly with no script. Either way, it led to widespread mockery and, eventually anyway, sympathy for Collins. “Boom goes the dynamite” can still be heard from time to time.
The latest appearance: Ron Darling, Cal Ripken, Gary Sheffield and Pedro Martinez doing their own “Boom goes the dynamite” promo for TBS for the postseason. While one hopes that they reached out to Collins for his blessing (or at least gave him a heads up) and don’t offer it in a mocking spirit, it’s hard not to laugh at this. I think Sheffield’s performance is the best, but they all shine.
Oh: and even if this was how they actually called games for TBS, they’d still be better than a lot of national baseball broadcasters who will remain nameless.
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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”