Boom goes the dynamite

"Boom goes the dynamite!" is a catchphrase coined by Ball State University student Brian Collins, popularized after a video of him delivering an ill-fated sports broadcast that included the phrase was shared on YouTube in 2005. In the ensuing years it has become a popular phrase, used to indicate a pivotal moment.



During his freshman year, Collins agreed to appear on Ball State University's campus newscast in place of the regular sportscaster. The teleprompter was operational, but an inexperienced operator accidentally fast-forwarded through the script, leaving Collins with no choice but to ad-lib most of his script.[1] Among the games Collins had to report on was the March 22, 2005,[2] NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets. The phrase can be heard as Pacers shooting guard Fred Jones hit a three-pointer with 2:03 left in the first quarter.

Collins had coined the phrase earlier in his freshman year while playing the video game Super Mario Kart with his college roommates; the group had enjoyed coming up with new phrases to shout during moments of triumph in the game.[3]

A video of the broadcast was posted on YouTube several months later.[4]

A trademark application on the phrase was filed but ultimately abandoned 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.[5]

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



The newscast is now known as "the Collins incident" in communications classes.[1][6]

In 2009, the Fox Sports program Best Damn Sports Show Period called the clip the #1 biggest "sports blooper" in all of televised sports reporting history.[citation needed]

Collins media appearances


Collins' sportscast was featured on television and radio throughout the country and earned him an appearance on The Late Show (hosted by Ball State alumnus David Letterman) on June 9, 2005.[3]

Collins was featured in the "Web Redemption" segment of the May 24, 2011 episode of Tosh.0. He was by then a professional freelance reporter, although he stated that he had not covered sports since the infamous 2005 incident.[7]

Collins, among other internet stars, was set to star in the film The Chronicles of Rick Roll, which was first announced in 2011.[8]


"Boom Goes the Dynamite" is the title of an episode of the TV show Scandal that aired on February 21, 2013. The phrase is also said by a character during the episode. [citation needed] The phrase was also used by Oliver Bird in Season 1, Episode 8 of Legion when starting a procedure on David.

The phrase has also been used in video games to indicate some notable accomplishment, including the games Orcs Must Die, Heroes of Newerth, Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse, Saints Row: The Third, Saints Row IV, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, APB:Reloaded, Borderlands, NBA Jam,[9] Tomb Raider, and Overwatch

Will Smith used the line after a mispronunciation during the 81st Academy Awards in 2009.[10]

The quote was referenced in the teaser trailer for Deadpool 2, where during the credits the boom operator for Deadpool's parody of the PBS series The Joy of Painting is listed as "goes the dynamite".[11]


  1. ^ a b c Wojciechowski, Gene. "Despite 'worst' sportscast, Collins says he'd try again". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  2. ^ Allan, Marc D. (September 2005). "Boom Baby". Indianapolis Monthly. Emmis Communications: 90–96. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Dakss, Brian (2005-06-13). "Phrase Originator Tells How It Happened, And About The Response". CBS News. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  4. ^ Goldman, Jeremy. "Boom Goes the Dynamite". YouTube. Retrieved 19 December 2023.
  5. ^ "Trademark Status & Document Retrieval".
  6. ^ Coyle, Jake (2007-07-31). "TV Anchors Subjected to Ridicule Online". Washington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  7. ^ "Tosh.0 | Comedy Central" – via
  8. ^ "Get ready for the return of the "Numa Numa" guy". CBS News. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  9. ^ "E3 2010 Wrap up — NBA Jam Creative Director Reveals Power-Ups, New Modes, and Boom Goes the Dynamite » 30ninjas » Get Your Action Fix". Archived from the original on 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
  10. ^ Eng, Joyce (2000-02-23). "Top 2009 Oscar Moments". TV Guide. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  11. ^ 20th Century Fox (2017-11-15), Deadpool's "Wet on Wet" Teaser, archived from the original on 2021-12-21, retrieved 2017-11-15{{citation}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)