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Federer the GOAT, and Ireland head for Murray(s)field - It's Comments of the Week

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Australian Open Tennis Source: Aaron Favila

IT FELT LIKE the world stopped last Sunday morning to savour the Australian Open between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and, after Fed clinched Grand Slam title number 18, Brian succinctly summed what so many were thinking:

If there were any doubts – GOAT status confirmed. Fair play to Nadal too. What a match.

Mike Ryan simply couldn’t help himself after reading reports of an early-morning fire at Old Trafford:

Police suspect Arsene.

Scotland made it clear that there’ll be no easy ride for Conor Murray this afternoon. With the Ireland scrum-half in scintillating form, Padraig Corcoran reckons it could soon to be time for a slight change of name at Murrayfield:

He will make it Murraysfield.

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With GAA gate receipts up but attendances down, Andrew Corcoran had a suggestion for the decision-makers in HQ:

Heard Aogan [Ó Fearghaíl] on the radio the other day saying that it’s years since the GAA increased ticket prices. That may be so but it’s also years since a lot of people have had a pay increase. In fact a lot of people now have less disposable income to spend on match tickets. Maybe a small decrease in ticket prices would increase numbers through the turnstiles?

By Thursday afternoon, Antoine Griezmann was being linked with a €100m summer move to Manchester United. Kris Hetherington is already sick of the rumour mill:

Transfer window barely shut and off we go. 5 months of this.

As part of our week-long Class of 95 series, we looked at how the much-maligned Ireland’s Call became the anthem for rugby’s professional era. Mr Phil Officer, and many others, stood firm in their dislike:

I don’t criticise it because I don’t get it, I criticise it because I don’t like it.

And as Frank Lampard announced his retirement at the age of 38, EK paid tribute with this:

Tried my hardest to hate him when he played for Mourinho’s Chelsea but couldn’t deny his ability as a footballer. That goal he scored against Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League was pure class.

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