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McGregor and Roy on a Saipan beach? It’s Comments of the Week

Here are the best offerings from below the line this week.

THE RE-RELEASE OF adidas’ classic Copa Mundial football boots had a lot of readers, including Pa Magee, feeling nostalgic:

Flap down to the toenails. Load of black tape. Worth at least 4/5 extra points a game.

As Leicester inched closer to their impossible Premier League dream, Graham McKibbin was dreaming of a time machine:

If only my car had a flux capacitor so I could go back and put a bet on Leicester at the start of the season!! Wonder what odds I could get on Newcastle for next year – might be worth a flutter!!

UCC student Phil Healy became an internet sensation thanks to her stunning 4x400m run, and Em Ni Mhurchu helped to put her performance into context:

Olympic qualifying for 400mt event is 52.20 she ran a 54 last lap. So even though it wasn’t qualifying time for the Olympics fact she ran that fast AFTER winning the 200mt event earlier in the day and finishing 2nd in 100mt is amazing. This was an outstanding run by an unsponsored athlete that never, ever gave up. She dug deep and surprised everyone including herself. She has talent and incredible determination and that race will inspire thousands of young athletes throughout Ireland. Well done!

Conor McGregor’s retirement/non-retirement was one of the biggest stories of the week — and China Photo Daily hinted at the logical next step in the saga:

This could only get better if Conor tweeted a picture of himself and Roy Keane on the beach in Saipan.

Mick O’Shea was quick off the mark following the news of a young NRL prop who sprayed insect repellant into his mouth when he was pulled over for drink-driving:

No flies in him!

Ian Madigan’s candid interview on why he could never leave Leinster for Munster drew praise from Rascal McGee and others:

Superb interview. It really illustrates the point that for all the moaning and whining about the IRFU not moving players between clubs, it’s the individuals who don’t want to. And it’s also worth thinking about how that could dilute the intense rivalry we all know and love.

Manchester race officials were left red-faced when it emerged that their marathon course was actually less than 26 miles long — and Liam Kidney summed up what plenty of people were thinking:

You had one job.

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