Photo of David ColemanColemanballs have probably been around since man first learned to speak, but they get their name from David Coleman, pretty much the master of the art, both in what he said, and how often he said them.

They’re most closely – though not exclusively – associated with sport, and sports commentators. Perhaps it’s the speed at which things can happen which so often results in things being said that, if you had the time to think about it, you’d probably have phrased differently.

Nowadays pretty much any subject can become a sub-set of these by adding ‘-balls’ to the end of the subject, just like Watergate spawned a plethora of subjects, perceived to be a cover-up of one form or another, such as Diana-gate, Iraq-gate, etc.

Possibly the most well known Colemanball, and still one of my personal favourites, is a comment made on Pot Black, a televised snooker tournament.

“And for those of you who are watching in black and white, the pink is next to the green”Ted Lowe

Ted Lowe was almost as prolific as David Coleman when it came to making on-air gaffes. He once told viewers that one player, struggling to rest one leg on the edge of the table in order to reach a long shot, “is getting on a bit and is having trouble getting his leg over“.

"If you need just a first eleven and four others, why did Columbus sail to India to discover America?"  Claudio Ranieri
"I’d been ill and hadn’t trained for a week and I’d been out of the team for three weeks before that, so I wasn’t sharp. I got cramp before half-time as well. But I’m not one to make excuses."  Clinton Morrison
"And some 500 Italians made the trip, in a crowd of only 400."  Radio Commentator
"....and so they have not been able to improve their 100% record."  Radio Commentator
Ogrizovic was in two minds as to whether to go or stay and in the end he did neither."  Radio commentator
"Roy Keane going to Celtic would be a case of out of the goldfish bowl, into the fire."  Radio commentator
"He just got his body between himself and the goal."  Ray Clemence
"He just got his body between himself and the goal."  Ray Clemence
"If you were in the Brondby dressing room right now, which of the Liverpool players would you be looking at?"  Ray Stubbs 
"Unfortunately, we keep kicking ourselves in the foot."  Ray Wilkins
"Yeading was a potential banana blip for Newcastle."  Bobby Robson 
"There will be a game where somebody scores more than Brazil and that might be the game that they lose."  Bobby Robson