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'The Russian Rubberbandits' and a frosty atmosphere in Chile - it's comments of the week

Plus, the three certainties in life — death, taxes and Arjen Robben cutting in on his left foot.

IT’S BEEN ANOTHER busy week of sport. Here’s how you reacted…

Brendan urges people to get behind the League of Ireland this season.

Do yourself and your kids a favour, buy a season ticket for your local LOI club and discover the joys of becoming a real football supporter. Friday nights are LOI nights!!!!

Kieran O Callaghan wins puns this week, after his comment under the article entitled ‘Alexis out! Thousands of Chileans to march for Sanchez to ditch Arsenal’.

There’ll be a frosty atmosphere no doubt……


ktsiwot pretty much summed up everyone’s reaction to this article on Russian hooligans and their plans for next year’s World Cup.

At first glance I thought it was the Rubber Bandits.

On the back of our interview with Jon GoodmanGreg Doyle recalls encountering the man himself during his days as a footballer.

He came to visit my school in Wexford after the Liechtenstein game in ’97; stayed for a good while, happy to answer questions from the class and talk football. Struck me as an absolute gentleman.

st.ultan sees parallels with his own experience in Paul Dollery’s recent article on the highs and lows of being a League of Ireland supporter.

Substitute Bohs for Cork and you could have been talking about my own experience, particularly the rekindling of a love affair after a somewhat disillusioning break up (her father was a Dundalk supporter, that should have been my first clue), right through to the relationship with my father that is so wonderful now but wasn’t always. Brilliant piece Paul, well played.

Germany Soccer Champions League Bayern's Arjen Robben celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Arsenal. Source: Matthias Schrader

If only Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin was as perceptive as Tom Murphy, he could have prevented Bayern Munich’s opening goal from being scored in the midweek Champions League clash.

Three things certain in life; death, taxes and Arjen Robben cutting in on his left foot.

Italy Ireland Rugby Six Nations Ireland's CJ Stander runs on his way to score against Italy. Source: Alessandra Tarantino

Tim Brennan leads the calls for CJ Stander’s superb form to be recognised by rugby’s powers that be after another influential performance in Ireland’s win over Italy.

European player of the year!

A thoughtful analysis of last weekend’s Dublin-Tyrone clash from clumley.

Poor game in awful conditions. Great effort by both teams. Only realised how bad the weather really was when I got out of the stadium. Tyrone definitely will be in the mix come championship. Are they good enough to win it, well only time will tell. Possibly lack one or two real quality forwards but workrate etc. might compensate for that. I think they would have beaten Mayo last year with a little more ambition. Dublin showed great desire to rescue a draw. Doubt they are at full tilt just yet and have a number of players to comeback. I think hunger will decide whether they win another all Ireland thus year. Hard to go to the well for as long as they have. They deserve great praise for putting the shoulder to the wheel to get a draw so that is a good indicator. One aside can the gaa do something about the black card and the tackle really needs to be defined as there is huge inconsistency.

John Lally pays tribute to Finn Balor and professional wrestlers in general.

It’s a shame that these guys will never get the recognition of their achievements that other athletes do. These guys are more determined and better all-round athletes than just about any other sport. He’s an inspiration, a lot of people probably told him over the years he was too small to succeed but he’s proved everyone wrong. Hopefully he’ll be back for Wrestlemania, a fight with AJ Styles would be phenomenal.

It’s hard to disagree with Paul Scanlon’s points in relation to talk of a potential Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight.

Mayweather is right. Conor is is an employee of the UFC, He is under contract for 4 more fights. There is no way he can fight without the UFC being in on the deal on his side. It’s an easy flight for Floyd, easy money. The problem is Conor is under the control of The UFC, They tell him what to do.

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