Another case of dodgy Patriotism?

Call it bandwagon hopping, a guilty plea will readily be entered. As regular readers will know, until a while ago, the extent of American Football knowledge in this seat would’ve been that there was a guy called Tom Brady with one of the teams. Even at that, not a clue was had as to which team that was.Experience brings insight, however. Plenty of Brady’s team mates are known now too. A few players from other teams too, but the New England Patriots are the favourites. One can’t help wondering, though, was it another case misguided Patriotism. For, after engaging in … Continue reading Another case of dodgy Patriotism?

Refuges of an insomniac sports fanatic

For those of you not au fait with American Football, the action can be slow. Bordering on the tedious and monotonous in fact. For a long time, it was one sporting area these wheels vowed never to venture. Due to lack of understanding mostly. It just seemed like a lot of pulling and dragging, minimal use of the boot in the game at all and very little skill. Then again, back in the day, similar misgivings were held about things like darts and cricket and rugby and tennis and, yes, even racing!Like everything, however, a little more exposure can change … Continue reading Refuges of an insomniac sports fanatic

Grasp the chance for a poignant permanent memorial

At the end of the day during which Cormac McAnallen died, these wheels rumbled out for a pint. Their driver in a numb, almost confused, state. That might seem strange considering Cormac wasn’t known to me personally. Indeed, only once had he been seen playing in the flesh. On what was actually a tough day for Tyrone as they lost to Sligo in Croke Park.The gist of the conversation around the counter might surprise some – it was thus: ‘Put your money on Tyrone to lift Sam, now!’Daft, you might think, but sadly, there was ‘form’ for such things from … Continue reading Grasp the chance for a poignant permanent memorial

Set menu discontinued – serving suggestions welcome!

A fry up after a night on the tiles, chocolate at Easter or stuffing with turkey around Christmas time. Take your pick, the point is, there are certain times when particular delectable goods become staple diet.A similar theory could be applied to racing. For the past few years, taste buds drooled in awe at Frankel. Before him, the salivated over Sea The Stars. With flat racers, the infatuation tends to be all too brief. Even the greatest stayer of them of all, Yeats, was only 8 when he was retired. Yet, in normal circumstances on the level, he’d have been … Continue reading Set menu discontinued – serving suggestions welcome!

Sports writing is a marathon job!

Seasonal or cyclical, call it what you like, the fact is that there are certain times of year when certain sports attain more prominence than is the case normally. Thus, there’s always something to be covered. Sports writing is a bit of a marathon job. Yes, there is a pun there, now read on…From my own perspective, it’s not seen as a job at all, rather a labour of love and a form of therapy. With interests ranging from match ploughing to test cricket, thankfully there doesn’t be too much idle time. Particular times of the year mean specific things … Continue reading Sports writing is a marathon job!