Funny Things Sports Commentators say
secondary and adult
Mario Rinvolucri, Pilgrims, UK
Level: upper intermediate to advanced
We now have exactly the same situation as we had at the start of the race, only exactly the opposite.
Bill Frindal has done a bit of mental arithmetic with a calculator
Hodge scored for Forest after 22 seconds- totally against the run of play
I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father
We actually got the winner three minutes from the end but then they
I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body
Sure, there have been injuries and death in boxing – but none of them
If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again
The race course is level as a billard ball
I would not say David Ginola is the best left winger in the Premiership,
but there are none better.
The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it, which is identical
He dribbles a lot and the opposition don't like it- you can see it all over their faces
Group the students in fours to discuss where they have placed the utterances and why.
Here are some more snippets:
I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat
Ah, isn't that nice, the wife of the Cambridge president is kissing the cox of the Oxford crew
To play Holland, you have to play the Dutch
Here we are in the Holy Land of Israel, a Mecca for tourists
Well, either side could win, or it could be a draw
Her timeis 4.33, which she is capable of
I'd like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona
Strangely, in slow motion replay , the ball seemed to hang in the air even longer
Interviewer: Have you ever thought of writing your autobiography?
Boxer: On what?
What will you do when you leave football? Will you stay in football?
Acknowledgement: Neil Grant collected these bits and communicated them in October 1999.