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Getting Basingstoke to Championship in Football Manager and horse puns - It's Comments of the Week

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ANOTHER ACTION-PACKED week of sport at home and abroad, from Connacht’s search for Pat Lam’s successor to Champions League and Europa League action.

Here’s what you had to say.

Pat Lam Source: James Crombie/INPHO

On Monday morning, Connacht announced that Pat Lam will step down at the end of the current campaign and succeed as head coach at Bristol.

The 48-year-old former Samoa captain guided the province to the Guinness Pro12 title in May – their first trophy – and will obviously be huge loss to the Westerners.

Hidden Connemara said it all in one.

Best of Luck to Pat and family. Amazing achievements here in the west. An absolute gentleman and a very insightful perspective on things. Will be very hard to replace.

Patrick McEleneny dejected after Dor Miha scored Maccabi Tel Aviv's second goal Source: Dov Halickman/INPHO

Thursday night saw Dundalk’s European adventure come to an end, as they bowed out of the Europa League to Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Brian Guilfoyle said what everyone was thinking and paid tribute to the clubs achievement with this comment.

No shame at all for them. They did fantastically to be in the running on the last day of the groups. Hopefully the prize money is invested back into the club and European football becomes more regular for LOI clubs. Might get some Irish fans interested in domestic football.

This week, English non-league side Basingstoke Town has gone on sale on eBay with bidding starting at just 99p in a last-ditch move to keep the club afloat.

Smithers took us all back a few years with his comment.

Ah remember the days when I got Basingstoke to the Championship in Football Manager sure I might as well do it in real life

On Tuesday, English champions Sacrens signed Wallabies lock Will Skelton. As a result, they’re now spoiled for choice with their second-row options.

Thomas Moroney was quick to react with this sarcastic comment.

Poor Saracens, they have Itoje and Kruis, tried to get Etzebeth on a loan deal and instead they had to settle for Skelton, your heart would go out to them so it would.

Browns Dolphins Football Source: Lynne Sladky

During the week, we published a piece entitled “Analysis: Your favourite NFL team is rubbish… 2-point conversion edition”. In the piece, 2-point conversions were looked into, and why is it a fact that so many teams cannot execute them properly.

For example, in October, the Cleveland Browns attempted a two-point conversion before they absolutely had to in their 28-26 loss to the Titans. Most fans seem to think they messed up and should have waited later to make the move.

Stephen was first to agree.

You don’t have to tell me, I live in Cleveland. Go Browns they said.

Kieran Donaghy Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Kieran Donaghy’s autobiography ‘What Do You Think Of That’ was this week named the eir Sports Book of the Year. The book’s title is a nod at Donaghy’s response to a certain GAA analyst in 2014, right before he played a pivotal part in leading the Kingdom to the All-Ireland title.

Of course, after a whirlwind few years between the pair, the occasion couldn’t pass without the man himself getting a mention in the comments section.

Mick Jenkins did the honours.

Joe Brolly obviously wasn’t on the judging panel!

Prior to Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw to Manchester City, a Celtic fan was arrested and fined £90 for throwing a hamburger at a police horse in Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police tweeted about the incident afterward and confirmed the horse, named ‘Lancaster’, was in a stable condition.

David Higginbotham was quick to catch on.

Stable condition.. I see what you did there.

We have to applaud Alan O’Rourke for his witty reply.

Glad they’re doing well. That’s the mane thing.

And Darren Gleeson closed proceedings on the horse puns with this one.

Neigh bother to him.

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