Boom goes the dynamite

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For the Scandal episode, see Boom Goes the Dynamite.

Boom goes the dynamite! is the enthusiastic catchphrase coined by Ball State University sportscaster Brian Collins while covering the March 22, 2005[1] NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets. The phrase can be heard as Pacers shooting guard Fred Jones hits a 3 with 2:03 left in the first quarter.

During his freshman year, Collins agreed to appear on Ball State University's campus newscast in place of the regular sportscaster, who was ill. The teleprompter was operational, but an inexperienced operator accidentally fast-forwarded through the script, leaving Collins with no choice but to ad-lib most of his script.[2] Eventually posted on YouTube, the newscast is now known as "the Collins incident" in communications classes.[2][3]

Collins' sportscast was also featured on television and radio throughout the country and earned him an appearance on The Late Show (hosted by Ball State alumnus David Letterman).[4]

A trademark application on the phrase was filed but ultimately abandoned by a San Diego-based speculator who offered it on t-shirts, saying that part of the proceeds would go to a scholarship fund at Ball State for journalism students.[5]

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt sent Collins words of encouragement and paid homage to him using the "boom" catchphrase on the air several times.[2]

In 2009, the Fox Sports program Best Damn Sports Show Period called the clip the #1 biggest "sports blooper" in all of televised sports reporting history.

Collins, among other internet stars, is set to star in the upcoming film The Chronicles of Rick Roll.[6]


  1. ^ Allan, Marc D. (September 2005). "Boom Baby". Indianapolis Monthly (Emmis Communications): 90–96. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Wojciechowski, Gene. "Despite 'worst' sportscast, Collins says he'd try again". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  3. ^ Coyle, Jake (2007-07-31). "TV Anchors Subjected to Ridicule Online". Washington Post (Associated Press). Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  4. ^ Dakss, Brian (2005-06-13). "Phrase Originator Tells How It Happened, And About The Response". CBS News. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  5. ^ USPTO trademark status for application no. 78620419
  6. ^ "Get ready for the return of the "Numa Numa" guy". CBS News. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 

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