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Ireland giving Jamaica a run for their money and all the Comments of the Week

Plus, excitement builds after Joe Schmidt commits to Ireland.

MISSED FIELD GOALS between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals led to the first draw in the NFL in two years, an unusual outcome in American sports as Phil O’Meara points out:

A draw? Why that’s as un-American as a socialised system of universal healthcare!

There was relief this week after Joe Schmidt announced he will remain as Ireland’s head coach until the 2019 World Cup at the very least, and Lad can see Irish rugby being successful on two fronts in the coming years:

So we’ll be defending the WC in Ireland.. Ideal!

Joe Schmidt File Photo Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Although, Mark wasn’t pleased with Ireland’s squad selection for the November internationals, with no space for Connacht pair Tiernan O’Halloran and Niyi Adeolokun:

On the bright side, Connacht will take advantage of being unfairly neglected once again and go on and win the league, Connacht Abú.

Former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant looks set to depart Singapore side Tampines Rovers after declining a new deal, but it was the club describing the midfielder as having an “iconic status” that grabbed most of the headlines. John F wasn’t sharing those sentiments, however:

Iconic status? Wow. Give them Joey Barton, they’ll wet themselves in excitement.

Before Katie Taylor signed a professional contract with Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn remained tight-lipped on the mounting speculation, much to David’s delight:

Anything that shuts Eddie Hearn up is only a good thing.

Team Ireland Team Kit Launch - Smock Alley Theatre Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Former Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse scored one of the more fortuitous goals you are likely to see, with Padraig Corcoran providing his insight on the strike:

 He gave everyone the eyes including himself!

This year’s Dublin Marathon takes place on Sunday, and we offered you 26.2 tips to help you prepare for the gruelling challenge. Derek McKeever was one reader that offered his own advice:

Always said I’d do a marathon when I’m 40 kind of wish I said 50 now!

Opta stats released this week showed Ireland’s Shane Long as the fastest player in the Premier League so far this season, with James McClean coming in fifth, and Keaneland summed up the findings perfectly:

Ireland, the Jamaica of Europe!

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