They think it’s all over: Sports commentary: 10 questions

The title of this round must be one of the most famous pieces of sports commentary ever. Below are 10 more famous pieces of sports commentary: you get half a point for the sport, half a point for the commentator, half a point for the year, and half a point for answering the related question that follows. Each one involves a different commentator and a different sport.

  1. ‘This is so so so so sad. And so unnecessary. Oh, Jean Jean Jean. He’s surely not going to climb down in there and try to whack it out. That would be totally ridiculous.’
    Who won after Jean failed to?
  2. ‘He just didn’t quite get his leg over…’
    Who laughed uncontrollably?
  3. ‘She’s moving into second place. And here she comes on the outside. A tremendous run. And she’s going to do it. Ann Packer’s going to take the gold medal!’
    Where were these Olympics held?
  4. ‘This is Gareth Edwards…a dramatic start. What a score! Oh, that fellow Edwards!”
    Who were the opponents?
  5. ‘And Damon Hill exits the chicane and wins the Japanese Grand Prix… and I’ve got to stop, because I’ve got a lump in my throat’
    Who came second in the overall championship?
  6. ‘Desert Orchid has won the Gold Cup. Yahoo is second. Charter Party is third. Simon Sherwood punches the air. Dessie’s done it…’
    What month?
  7. ‘Good luck mate…Ohh, wonderful. That is really truly wonderful.’
    Who was wonderful?
  8. ‘Where were the Germans? But frankly, who cares?!’
    Where were these Olympics held?
  9. ‘…and I don’t think Foreman’s going to get up…AND HE’S OUT. Oh my God, he’s won the title back at 32’
    Who won the title back?
  10. ‘What a goal! Radford the scorer”
    Who conceded?

 

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  1. ‘This is so so so so sad. And so unnecessary. Oh, Jean Jean Jean. He’s surely not going to climb down in there and try to whack it out. That would be totally ridiculous.’
    Who won after Jean failed to?
    A: Golf, Peter Alliss, 1999, Paul Lawrie (Jean Van de Velde’s breakdown at the 1999 Open at Carnoustie)
  1. ‘He just didn’t quite get his leg over…’
    Who laughed uncontrollably?
    A: Cricket, Jonathan Agnew, 1991, Brian Johnston (the famous “leg over” incident)
  1. ‘She’s moving into second place. And here she comes on the outside. A tremendous run. And she’s going to do it. Ann Packer’s going to take the gold medal!’
    Where were these Olympics held?
    A: Athletics, David Coleman, 1964, Tokyo (Ann Packer winning the 800m at the Tokyo Olympics)
  1. ‘This is Gareth Edwards…a dramatic start. What a score! Oh, that fellow Edwards!”
    Who were the opponents?
    A: Rugby, Cliff Morgan,1973, New Zealand (Barbarians vs New Zealand friendly match, commentating on Gareth Edwards’ “greatest try of all time”)
  1. ‘And Damon Hill exits the chicane and wins the Japanese Grand Prix… and I’ve got to stop, because I’ve got a lump in my throat’
    Who came second in the overall championship?
    A: Formula 1, Murray Walker, 1996, Jacques Villeneuve (Damon Hill wins the 1996 world championship)
  1. ‘Desert Orchid has won the Gold Cup. Yahoo is second. Charter Party is third. Simon Sherwood punches the air. Dessie’s done it…’
    What month?
    A: Horse racing, Peter O’Sullevan, 1989, March (Desert Orchid winning the Gold Cup at Cheltenham despite the course being thought unsuited to him)
  1. ‘Good luck mate…Ohh, wonderful. That is really truly wonderful.’
    Who was wonderful?
    A: Snooker, Jack Karnhem, 1983, Cliff Thorburn (scoring the first ever 147 at the World Championship)
  1. ‘Where were the Germans? But frankly, who cares?!’
    Where were these Olympics held?
    A: Hockey, Barry Davies, 1988, Seoul (England beat Germany in the mens’ hockey final at the 1988 Olympics)
  1. ‘…and I don’t think Foreman’s going to get up…AND HE’S OUT. Oh my God, he’s won the title back at 32’
    Who won the title back?
    A: Boxing, Harry Carpenter, 1974, Mohammed Ali (Mohammed Ali wins in the Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire)
  1. ‘What a goal! Radford the scorer”
    Who conceded?
    A: Football, John Motson, 1972, Newcastle United (Hereford win in the 3rd round of the FA Cup)

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