Subject: Colemanballs


A term coined by British magazine “Private Eye,” to describe verbal gaffes, errors or misuse of words and phrases spoken by British football (soccer) announcers, coaches or players – initially BBC broadcaster David Coleman and the suffix -balls, as in “to balls up” or make a mistake.

It’s now 1-1, an exact reversal of the score on Saturday.

He is accelerating all the time; the last lap was run in 64 seconds and the one before that in 62.

(1926 – ) English sports commentator

Socrates, so named because his father was interested in Greek mythology.

It’s real end-to-end stuff, but unfortunately it’s all up at Forest’s end.

English football player & commentator

They’re the second best team in the world, and there’s no higher praise than that.

English football player & manager

John Bond has brought in a young left sided midfield player, who, I guess, will play on the left side of midfield.

English football player & manager

It was that game that put the Everton ship back on the road.

English soccer commentator

Batistuta gets most of his goals with the ball.

Scottish football player

He just can’t believe what’s not happening to him.

(1926 – ) English sports commentator

With the very last kick of the game Macdonald scored with a header.

Believe it or not, goals can change a game.

There’s a slight doubt about only one player, and that’s Tony Adams, who won’t be playing tomorrow.

English football player & manager

The acoustics seem to get louder.

British football announcer

The game is balanced in Arsenal’s favour.

English television football commentator

It’s his outstanding pace that stands out.

English-born Jamaican football player

He’s on the lips of every team in world football.

And the line-up for the final of the Women’s 400 meters hurdles includes three Russians, two East Germans, a Pole, a Swede and a Frenchman.

(1926 – ) English sports commentator

Yes, Roger Hunt misses a few, but he gets in the right place to miss them.

Scottish football player & manager

The Uruguayans are losing no time in making a meal around the referee.

English football commentator

And I suppose they [Spurs] are nearer to being out of the FA Cup now than any other time since the first half of this Cup now than any other time since the first half of this season, when they weren’t ever in it anyway.

English television football commentator

If you keep asking me questions, I will continue to find excuses.

Scottish football player & manager
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