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Brian Collins
Born c. 1985
Nationality American
Occupation reporter
Known for catchphrase Boom goes the dynamite

Brian Collins (born c. 1985) is a former reporter for KXXV television in Waco, Texas, best known for creating the catchphrase "Boom goes the dynamite" during a college sportscast that became an internet sensation.

Collins agreed to fill in for the regular sportscaster on Ball State University's campus newscast due to illness during his freshman year providing sports highlights. The teleprompter was operational, but an inexperienced operator accidentally fast-forwarded through the script, leaving Collins with only an occasional few words to use.[1] Eventually posted on YouTube, the newscast is now known as "the Collins incident" in communications classes.[1][2]

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). [3]

A trademark application on the phrase was filed, but ultimately abandoned,[4] 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.

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt e-mailed Collins words of encouragement and paid homage to him using the "boom" line on the air several times.[1]

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

Popular culture

The line Collins made famous has appeared in popular television programs.


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