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  • DJ_Expanium
    "And finally it's a clean start.....Mitchell is away, but Boldon is there....and Frank Fredericks starts to turn it on!!!! ___ Boldon, Ato Boldon.......Bailey!!!! Donovan Bailey of Canada!!!!!"
    That has to be one of the most memorable and exciting Olympic finals of all time!!!!

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  • John G
    "Burrell wins". David Coleman, BBC

    (1991 WCh 100m final ............. he later re-recorded it as "Lewis wins and I make that a World Record".

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  • bman
    "Its Linford Christie!"

    "Mark Lewis-Francis has a shot at glory here..."

    "He's got one Keenyun..."

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  • bambam
    There are only 3 old sports moments that i watch that still give me a chill and goose pimples, every time I see them. Two have associated memorable announcing moments with them

    1 - is the already mention 1980 Miracle on Ice and "Do you believe in miracles? YES!"

    2 - is the 1973 Belmont, on the backstretch, when Heywood Hale Broun describes the horse, "And Secretariat is moving like an amazing machine."

    3 - no catchphrase, but the climb to Sestriere in the 1999 Tour de France. Armstrong leading after the time trial the day before, his first Tour back from cancer, and I was certain he would be dropped in the mountains. He was riding near the top with Richard Virenque and Alex Zuelle. I was expecting at any moment they would ride away from him, when he suddenly stood on his pedals and dropped them as if they were standing still. I knew then he would win the Tour that year, and still remember it, but cannot remember any memorable phrase from Phil Liggett to describe it.

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  • runforlife
    Originally posted by dukehjsteve
    " Do you believe in miracles ?! YES!! "
    That's the GOAT phrase.

    One of my favorites from a Jello pudding commercial of the '60's from Fran Tarkenton: "Don't think Tucker, just block."

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  • Pego
    Originally posted by Per Andersen
    "He's short but he's slow"
    Describes me perfectly :-).

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  • Conor Dary
    How about Phil Rizzuto on Meat Loaf's
    Paradise by the Dashboard Light from Bat out of Hell?

    "'s gonna be close here's the throw, here's the play at the plate Holy Cow! I think he's gonna make it."

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  • marknhj
    "Some weeks Nick likes to use Fanny; other weeks he likes to do it by himself."
    (Nick Faldo and his caddie Fanny Sunneson. NB Fanny does not mean ass in England)

    "Steve is going for the pink ball - and for those of you watching in black & white, the pink is next to the green."

    "Isn't that nice, the wife of the Cambridge president is kissing the cox of the Oxford crew."

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  • rumbleyoungmanrumble
    Originally posted by Rog
    "We welcome World Service listeners to the Oval, where the bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey".
    Seen this myth many times - never happened, unfortunately.

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  • lonewolf
    Rog, those are hilarious. You can't make up that stuff.

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  • Rog
    From Formula 1:

    It's raining and the track is wet!

    There are four different cars filling the first four places.

    This is lap 54. After that it's 55, 56, 57, 58.

    The gap between the two cars is 0.9 of a second which is less than one second.

    This is an interesting circuit because it has inclines, and not just up but down as well.

    Look up there! That's the sky!

    The faster he goes the quicker he'll get to the pits. The slower he goes the longer it will take.

    Twenty four points for Schumacher, twenty three points for Hill, so there's only one point between them if my mental arithmetic is correct.

    As you can see, visually, with your eyes.

    Either the car is stationary or it's on the move.

    There is nothing wrong with the car except that it is on fire.

    I imagine the conditions in those cars today are totally unimaginable.

    I make no apologies for their absence. I'm sorry they're not here.

    It's not quite a curve. It's a straight actually!

    He can't decide whether to have his visor half open or half closed.

    With two laps to go then the action will begin, unless this is the action, which it is.

    He's here again for the first time.

    And Michael Schumacher is actually in a very good position. He is in last place.

    A sad ending, albeit a happy one, here at Montréal for today's Grand Prix.

    From Rugby:

    I don't like this new law, because your first instinct when you see a man on the ground is to go down on him.

    You don't like to see hookers going down on players like that.

    He's looking for some meaningful penetration into the backline.

    From Football:

    Goalkeepers aren't born today until they're in their late twenties or thirties.

    In some ways, cramp is worse than having a broken leg.

    Gary always weighed up his options, especially when he had no choice.

    That would have been a goal if it wasn't saved.

    I'd love to be a mole on the wall in the Liverpool dressing room at half-time.

    I want more from David Beckham. I want him to improve on perfection.

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  • Rog
    "We welcome World Service listeners to the Oval, where the bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey".

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  • cullman
    Originally posted by BisonHurdler
    Well, this was supposed to be a track thread, but all good ones.
    Sorry, but I've got to mention a quote from baseball announcer Jerry Coleman:
    "(Dave)Winfield goes back to the wall. He hits his head on the wall, and it rolls off! It's rolling all the way back to second base! This is a terrible thing for the Padres!"


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  • Per Andersen
    "He's short but he's slow"

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  • cladthin
    Carol Lewis: The 300m world record was set in "Pre-oria"(?!) which is in South Africa.

    What a wonderful geography lesson from Carol.

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