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Boom Goes the Dynamite is Relevant Again

by Erin Darling 26 February 2009 201 views 2 Comments E-mail Erin Darling

Every year at the Oscars there are subtle words, actions, and discreet pissed-off glances shot at winning actresses that the viewing public enjoys momentarily, but forgets soon afterward. But this year’s winner for Best Awkward Moment goes to Will Smith and a bad case of I-can’t-read-the-teleprompter-itis.

While tripping over his words and presenting the nominees for Best Sound Editing, Will Smith says, “boom goes the dynamite,” a reference to the best/worst sports broadcaster in history whose legend will live on forever (thanks to the glory of youtube).

For those of you who need more context to understand this: in March of 2005, aspiring sports anchor Brian Collins filled in for a student newscast at Ball State. His performance was legendary, but not for his colloquial elegance. Instead, Collins offered a less than stellar performance and coined the phrase “boom goes the dynamite.”

I’m not quite clear on the exact meaning of this phrase, but damn does it have some longevity. Thank you, Will Smith, for keeping this non-sequitur phrase relevant in popular culture, and not just to college news fanatics (shout out to Annenberg TV News).

For your viewing enjoyment, the original Boom Goes the Dynamite:

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  • Steven said:

    So awkward, it’s painful.

  • Steve said:


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