A little more than three years ago, Ball State freshman Brian Collins volunteered to anchor the sports segment of the university’s nightly newscast, NewsLink@9, after learning the scheduled anchor had supposedly called in sick. It took some guts for him to give it a shot, since he’d never anchored before, and even more to keep going after the segment was obviously going down in flames just seconds in.

This happened when I was a graduate student at Ball State working at the computer lab. For weeks, I would hear students replaying the broadcast on computers in the lab, followed by outbursts of uncontrollable laughter. Amazingly, Collins’ meltdown became a national phenomenon.

Many of you will feel uncomfortable watching, as his mishaps are downright painful – from the “oh no” just 22 seconds in, to the pathetic sigh and dead silence that follows around the 47 second mark.

Know that despite his humiliation, Collins got his 15 minutes of fame. He appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Early Show” to name a few. Sports anchors around the nation  (including ESPN) regularly used (and still use) his now-famous phrase “boom goes the dynamite” – which you will hear at the 2:28 mark … “He gets the rebound, passes it to the man, shoots it … and boom goes the dynamite,” says Collins.

Driving to work last week, I heard the Collins’ clip on a nationally syndicated radio show. With early July being the deadest time for sports, they decided to play the entire sportscast, butting in with commentary along the way.

Classic is really the only word for it. For those of you who haven’t seen it, enjoy, and prepare for a good laugh.

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