Phil Gould Describing Josh Addo-Carr As 'The Fastest Man On The Planet' Has Left Fans In Stitches
Right, let's just get this straight: Josh Addo-Carr is rapid.
I mean, he's arguably one of the quickest players in the NRL.
But the fastest man on the planet? Behave yourself.
There's a good reason why Channel 9 commentator and NRL personality Phil Gould's name was trending on social media platforms this morning.
The former New South Wales coach was in the commentary box last night for State of Origin and let's just say that he well and truly left his mark on the game.
It was a night to forget for Gould's NSW as the Queenslanders, who had previously been described as 'the worst Origin team ever', upset the odds by beating the favourites 20-14 in front of a packed-out Suncorp Stadium crowd.
But one incident late in the contest left Blues fans fuming - Gould included.
In the dying embers of the game, the ball was kicked through for lightning-fast winger Addo-Carr to chase.
With an empty field and the try line in sight, the Blues speedster looked destined to score.
But when Queensland fullback Corey Allan clearly blocked his path by committing a professional rugby league foul, calls for a penalty try rang out around Suncorp - well, from the NSW fans that is.
As viewers were left holding their breath and waiting in anticipation as The Bunker ummed and ahhed over their decision, commentator Gould produced one of the funniest and most bizarre one-liners we've heard in a long time.
Actually, it was just one single line - it was several.
"Josh Addo-Carr is the fastest man on the planet," Gould said while replays of the incident were shown on the big screen inside the stadium.
"He's taken out. He's taken out. He's the fastest man on the planet. He's the fastest man on the planet. He'd have got there.
"He'd have got there. He's the fastest man on the planet. He's the fastest man on the planet."
"Josh Addo-Carr is the fastest man on planet," says Phil Gould as the Blues hope for a penalty try. #Origin #Blues pic.twitter.com/ys5Cb4E4s5
- David Marler (@Qldaah) November 18, 2020
While Allan did receive his marching orders, NSW fans were ultimately left fuming at the referee's final decision to not award a penalty try.
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It meant the Blues missed out on clinching a historic three-peat, made even sweeter by the fact it would have been in Queensland's backyard.
Phil Gould heads to Wikipedia with ninja-like speed: pic.twitter.com/kwqSdIuKDK
- Derek Nielsen :flag_au::basketball: (@OzhoopsDrek) November 18, 2020
That being said, rugby league supporters did have a bit of a giggle after hearing Gould's commentary antics during one of the biggest calls of the series.
The bold claim that Addo-Carr is 'the fastest man on the planet' left most of us scratching our heads.
Fans on social media had a field day with it too.
One user even went as far as changing Addo-Carr's Wikipedia page to describe the Melbourne Storm winger as - you guessed it - 'the fastest man on the planet'.
Gus Gould: "Josh Addo-Carr is the fastest man on the planet."
- Laurie Horesh (@LaurieHoresh) November 18, 2020
Sleep paralysis but it's just Gus Gould saying Addo-Carr is "the fastest man on the planet" over and over again #Origin
- Elijah (@Elijahb90) November 18, 2020
I think Phil Gould thinks Addo-Carr is the fastest man on the planet?
- Alex Smith (@alex_smiffy123) November 18, 2020
Things that 2020 #StateOfOrigin will be remembered for
5. Paul Gallon "Worst @QLDmaroons
4. Phil Gould "Fastest man on the planet" x5♂️
3. Challenge on the 80th minute♂️
2. The so called "3 peat"♂️
1. Greatest Coach ever, old Mr Wayno Bennett:raised_hands:
- TEEZ_ALL (@TootSevenFour) November 18, 2020
Ado Carr is the fastest man on the planet and Penrith won the Grand Final.
Phil Trump Gould.
- Higgo (@Higgo74) November 18, 2020
Gus Gould's "he's the fastest man on the planet" "he's the fastest man on the planet" "he's the fastest man on the planet" "he's the fastest man on the planet". I haven't laughed so hard since Roy and HG used to call these games #origin
- Miles Kemp (@bykemp) November 18, 2020
Can someone ask Gus Gould if he reckons Addo-Carr is the fastest man on the planet? #Origin
- Trevor Long (@trevorlong) November 18, 2020
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