Thursday, May 05, 2005

Boom Goes The Dynamite

For most working in TV, this is a little old, but it is still spreading across the country and becoming something of an urban legend (much more so than the rough weathercast from last year).

As not to pile on, I won't link to it, but you can search the words "boom goes the dynamite" and see for yourself. An aspiring sports broadcaster has a rough go of it his first time out. Despite not being to identify the players in a highlight, he manages to remember his "Sports Centeresque phrase" and utter the following:

"Later, he gets the rebound, passes it to the man, shoots it, and boom goes the dynamite." Update: Jon gives us the exact quote.
As Steve Scheuer put it, thankfully the internet wasn't around when he was at TV 10. I feel the same, as I'm sure many do about their college work. This kid has declined interviews, which I respect, but man... he could really cash in.

He could trademark the phrase, sell t-shirts, maybe do one of those "This is Sportscenter" commercials, be a pitchman for something... the phrase is catching fire.

Lemons to lemonade!

7 comments:

Jonathan Ahl said...

I have the audio clip from this segment on my desktop, and play it at least once a day. The exact words are:

"Later, he gets the rebound, passes it to the man, shoots it, and boom goes the dynamite."

It's totally awesome. I feel bad for the guy, but that little four seconds of audio always makes me smile.

Gehly said...

this guy(and the weathercaster, which was worse IMO) have provided many laughs in my newsroom. it's kinda sad because I know where this kid is coming from, and have heard a little of the back-story. I think he was just thrown in to fill-in at the last minute. that's rough. but the line was classic. I hope he wasn't the one who wrote it.

((now going to burn all of the tapes I ever saved from college))

Anonymous said...

Steve is right about the back story to the guy, but there is more to it.

The only reason I learned this is because my girlfriend is a graduate Commmunication instructor @ Ball State (where it happened) and the kid's roommate is one of her students.

The clip is from the BSU student newscast, the guy who we see was a freshman working off camera (BTW, freshman aren't normally allowed on air), and was only on that day because the sports anchor and the two fill-ins couldn't show.

Meaning he had a total of 10 minutes warning that he was going to be on air.

To add insult to injury, the prompter died, which made an awful experience that much worse for a kid who never wanted to be on-air in the first place.

I only mention these details because so many of us use this clip as a source of comedy (I was one of them before I learned the story). If you understood the psychological state this guy is in now, it would be harder to laugh.

The way I understand it, the experience really messed him up.

I'm not trying to be preachy, I just feel guilty because I laughed very hard when EP sent the clip.

It's harder for me to laugh, after hearing the kid didn't leave his dorm room for some time, and won't return to the TV station.

Just some thoughts,
Will Koch

Edgar said...

Thanks for the rest of the back story, Will. It was a rough way to start out, but like I wrote, there is opportunity to come out on top with this... especially in our society where reality show runner ups and also rans and runaway brides and the like get way more than 15 minutes.

Hopefully he realizes that it isn't the end of the world and he gets back on the horse so to speak.

And hopefully he'll be able to look back one day and laugh, although I'm going to guess that won't be for a while.

Jonathan Ahl said...

Good points, Will. I do feel for anyone that has their worst moment turned into a nationwide industry joke (and beyond).

That said, there is a famous quote that does something like "10% of life is what happens to you, and 90% is how you deal with it." I hope this guy can find the ability to roll with this and grow from it, and not let it consume him. It's really up to him.

Anonymous said...

The funny thing is not that the kid didn't know what was going on. That's understandable. The funny thing (and sad thing) is the ESPN catch phrase. It's funny because the kid didn't know the players, didn't know what was going on, but knew enough about ESPN to come out with a stupid Stuart Scott line....that's what's funny....it's "boom goes the dynamite" that's funny....not the kid struggling through the sportscast.

Anonymous said...

I wish he could take his bad experience and roll with it. Hiding from it isn't going to make it go away any faster. He could have some fun with it, and you're right, he could really cash in on it if he wanted. One of the local sportscasters where I live ended up saying, "Boom goes the dynamite!" during a home run highlight last week. This thing has spread like wildfire.