Sometimes, you watch a YouTube video and think, “This guy is going to be haunted by this his whole life.”
Definitely felt that way the first time I saw poor Brian Collins, a young sportscaster from Ball State University, on this famous clip from 2005. The kid was as bad in front of the camera as I’ve ever seen, and came up with an odd catchphrase, “Boom Goes the Dynamite.” Here, watch for yourself and cringe, as 4.6 million others already have:
I thought that was the end for Mr. Collins’ broadcasting career. Who could survive that kind of public ridicule and actually get another job? “Boom Goes the Dynamite” became a catchphrase, but for all the wrong reasons. I felt terrible for the kid. It turns out, it was his first night doing the broadcast, and the teleprompter guy screwed up, so it wasn’t all his fault.
Still, I figured Collins would end up a tax collector or a plumber or pushing papers behind a desk.
But Sports Illustrated, in their annual “Where are they Now?” issue (one of my favorite of the year), found Collins and thankfully, he’s doing OK.
The kid is now a web producer at a Fox station in Cincinnati, and can laugh at his situation. Good for the kid, though I have to admit, the clip is pretty damn funny.
**This is fantastic and awesome. A DJ named Steve Porter created a mash-up of great press conference moments a few years ago, and it was a huge YouTube sensation.
Here’s his sequel, featuring Tiger Woods, Herm Edwards (God love Herm), and LeBron James. Enjoy.