Stephen Colbert’s Marathon Bombing Tribute Among His Best Sports Takes


There’s a new sheriff in town on late-night TV.

Comedy Central star and “Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as the new host of ‘The Late Show’ on CBS in 2015.

Colbert has created some unforgettable moments during his nine-year tenure as host of the Colbert Report, delivering his uniquely satirical opinion on everything from world politics and breaking news stories to celebrity gossip and entertainment .

The often outrageous host has even made several forays into sports, and it is in this discipline that many Boston natives have their fondest memories of Colbert.

Following the horrific attacks on the Boston Marathon in April 2013, Colbert opened his show with a moving monologue about the strength and resolve of the city of Boston, riffing that a city that “withstood an 86-year losing streak” with the Boston Red Sox could not be shaken by anything.

In honor of his big move to the late-night spotlight, we count down Colbert’s top ten best sports moments.

10. Colbert interviews boxer Floyd Mayweather

In this hilarious interview, Colbert and superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather discuss how in some neighborhoods, “chess is the only way out.”

9. Colbert talks “The Decision” and the NBA lockout with commissioner David Stern

In this 2010 interview, Colbert grills NBA commissioner David Stern on the lockout and LeBron James’ big decision.

8. Colbert tries out for the New York Knicks

Colbert looks for his big break in the Big Apple.

7. Colbert joins in on Linsanity, takes shot at Tom Brady

Colbert gets swept away by Jeremy Lin’s rapid rise to fame and manages a subtle shot at Tom Brady as well.

6. Colbert rips Canada for poor showing in Vancouver Olympics

Colbert lets the Canadians have it for their poor start to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

5. Colbert takes over Major League Baseball’s Twitter feed

Colbert plans his Twitter takeover after defeating the MLB in a Beat the Streak Challenge.

4. Vikings punter Chris Kluwe defends gay marriage on Colbert Report

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe defends his support of gay marriage in this 2013 interview with Colbert.

3. Colbert joins the U.S. Olympic speed skating team as assistant team psychologist

Colbert lands his “dream job.”

2. Colbert wins bet with Canadian mayor after adopting the Saginaw Spirit

Colbert’s support of the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit pays off in a big way.

1. Colbert rips Boston Marathon attackers in rousing speech

Colbert gives a new meaning to “Boston Strong” in the wake of the attacks on the 2013 Boston Marathon.

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