David Clifford is a phenomenon. The best ever to play Gaelic football? That’s a subjective issue but he’s certainly in the vanguard thereof. Though only via video in my case, comparable in style and class to Matt Connor and – perhaps more aptly in this case – Maurice Fitzgerald. But, as I always say in… Read More Just when you thought the GAA couldn’t frustrate you anymore…
Do you remember when, in GAA, the National Leagues used to be used to trial experimental rules? Many of which would, eventually, make it onto the set menu of playing rules. Stipulations such as the introduction of red and yellow cards, the taking of frees sideline balls from the hand, several incarnations of the Sin… Read More High fielding is a multi-sport art
Mayo’s Lee Keegan bowing out of inter county fare could hardly be classified as a shock. Especially as it was signposted on this site nearly a month ago. It was, however, sadly in keeping with modern trends of county players retiring too young. The Westport clubman being only 33. Thankfully, there will always be those… Read More Laois lucky to have another good Ross on the grid
Whether Colm O’Rourke made a formal announcement regarding his retirement from inter county GAA cannot be recalled. There was definitely activity in the media the following year when rumours of a comeback began to swirl. Either way, feelings in this seat were of tremendous sadness. An era was ending. Of course, the disappointment from a… Read More Assuming the limelight in the afterglow of Brady’s brilliance
One of the great things about having a life centred around sport is that sometimes all is not what it seems to be. For example, Leitrim shouldn’t win the Connacht Senior Football Championship – on perceived rank and status within GAA – but in 1994 it happened. Indeed, the people of that great county have… Read More Master still holds sway as great story rumbles on
The two greatest things derived from reading Con Houlihan’s mesmeric meanderings were a vastly increased vocabulary and an ability to scribe on a much broader range of subject matter. Or, to be more accurate, having the confidence to do so. Now read on… Baseball and ice hockey remain as the two bridges that have never… Read More New Brady bunch, same outcome
Roy Keane has had many famous utterances throughout his playing, management and subsequent media career. “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” may be the most famous thereof, but, for me, his correct excoriation of the “Prawn Sandwich Brigade”. Those corrosive pests are in every sport. The suits in Croke Park on an All Ireland weekend… Read More Trump used sport for his own benefit
For reasons yet to be wholly defined, fish has become the dish of choice on a Friday for yours truly of late. It’s certainly not linked to what were perceived as obligations of observance from times past. Though the idea of upholding at least some traditions will always contain certain appeal.
When it comes to team sports, who is the most important player? The question is posed in the context of positions. Naturally, it will differ from one sport to another but, the bottom line is, with team games, one position tends to be deemed the most pivotal above all others. Thus, those that fill said… Read More Big quarter asked – and expected to be delivered
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… Read More Another case of dodgy Patriotism?