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Green Thumb/Red Thumb: It’s the week in comments

Featuring a heart-warming Brian O’Driscoll tale, Emile Heskey and Mick Wallace’s love for Torino.

JUST WHEN WE think your comments can’t get any better, you collectively go and produce a week to remember. Read on. Be proud.

Brian O’Driscoll’s Late Late Show appearance inspired Darragh O’Brien to share this wonderful story about Ireland’s top tryscorer:

My aunt’s nephew who is about eight is rugby mad and when his child was born he got his mother to send Brian a congratulations card, which he made. He put 2 Euro of his pocket money in the card as well to buy as a gift for the child. My aunt thought nothing more of it until she received a phone-call from Brian asking to speak to Adam, to thank him. He spent 10 mins on the phone to the child and said he would visit his school someday. It says all you need to know about the man. Legend and a gentleman.”

We debunked the most irksome phrases used by sports journalists and featured the word ‘ace’ above a picture of former England striker Emile Heaskey. Shane Kearney replied:

Emile Heskey is an ace goddammit.”

Either Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss out on World Cup 2014 after Portugal were paired with Sweden in a playoff. Jason Naughton felt the tournament will miss out on more than that:

And Simon Cox. He won’t be there either.”


Simon Cox: Not available in Brazil.

Stephanie Roche’s wonder-strike for Peamount attracted worldwide attention and forced Paddy Murphy to reassess some sporting goals:

Right men, we need to regroup and master another sport.”

Davy Fitz is staying on with Clare for three more years [at least] and Dave Sherman is delighted:

A headcase, but a likeable headcase.”

Fiona Byrne has a nice solution to allow Roy Keane vent some anger after he was slated in Alex Ferguson’s autobiography:

Wow, this is new Roy Keane making scathing criticisms of someone. That never happens. Let’s all be shocked! Haha, RTE, give that man a job on the panel. The fights would be epic.”

‘David’ jumped in with this great comment after Independent TD, Mick Wallace was pictured in the Dáil in a Torino football jersey:


What next? Mary Lou [McDonald] in her pajamas?”

After speculation that post-match dressing rooms could become the norm in Irish sport, Tony Flynn shared this graphic recollection:

ITV had dressing room cameras in some grounds for their FA cup coverage a few years back. It was stopped fairly sharpish after some lad was shown walking around bollock naked on live TV at 3 in the afternoon.”

Former Ireland winger Shane Horgan shared his thoughts on Leinster v Connacht but ‘Kevin’ was more concerned with Shaggy’s hair:

Great pundit and player but is it just me or is Horgan dying the bejaysus out of that hair? This pic is only a set of sideburns and big pair of sunglasses away from being a poor Elvis tribute.”

Ipswich’s fans gave their opinion on Mick McCarthy and whether he would be a good Ireland boss. ‘dna30′ believes Mick looks like the former bar-tending legend from Cheers.

What has Ted Danson ever done for us?”

imageCaptain fantastic? AP Photo/Alex Brandon


We spoke with football writer Sid Lowe about a Dubliner called Patrick O’Connell, who managed Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. ‘Goose’ had this superb response:

I have a tenner on him at 100/1 with paddy power for next Ireland manager!”

Ever hear the story of the Irish manager who saved Barca during the Spanish Civil War?

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