Tribute has to be paid the man who started Colemanballs,
the man who they are named after, the one and only David
Coleman. For nearly 50 years from 1954 he was a sports
presenter and commentator for the BBC and during that time for
most of us David Coleman meant sport. He had plenty to say -
he covered eleven Olympics and seven World Cups - and
sometimes what he said probably wasn't exactly what he
thought...and so started Colemanballs. There are some
who would prefer to call them Commentatorballs but I
will give credit but credit is due - to the one and only David
Coleman. Here are some of his more famous utterances....
the fastest time ever run - but it's not as fast as the world
"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's 31 this year - last year he was 30."
"He just can't believe what's not happening to
"In a moment we hope to see the pole vault over
"He is accelerating all the time. The last lap
was run in 64 seconds and the one before that in 62."
"For those of you watching who do not have
television sets, live commentary is on Radio 2."
"The late start is due to the time."
"It's gold or nothing...and it's nothing. He
comes away with the silver medal."
"There is Brendan Foster, by himself with
"Forest have now lost six matches without
"He's even smaller in real life than he is on
"The front wheel crosses the
finish line, closely followed by the back wheel."
Moses Kiptanui - the 19-year-old Kenyan who turned 20 a few
could be a repeat of what will happen in the European games
fastest time ever run, but it's not as fast as the world
that had gone in, it would have been a goal."
evening is a very different evening from the morning we had
seven seconds ahead and that's a good question."
think there is no doubt, she'll probably qualify for the final."
have the feeling she (Manuela Machado) is an athlete
who likes to get away from the opposition."
has ever won the title twice before. He (Roger Black)
has already done that."
"He's got his hands on his knees and holds his
head in despair."
"Both of the
Villa scorers - Withe and Mortimer - were born in Liverpool as
was the Villa manager Ron Saunders who was born in
accelerating all the time. The last lap was run in 64 seconds
and the one before in 62."