That time of the year again…. 6 Nations Rugby Championship time!!
Wales versus Ireland at Cardiff Arms Park has to be one of the most wonderfully entertaining matches I’ve ever seen: 277 tackles!!!… But what about Ireland winger Simon Zebo’s extraordinary back-heel flick? Sheer magic!
In hibernation no more
Quench your thirst The moment is ripe.
Above the hallowed Cardiff turf Be of good courage
Break through the line
Follow the Celtic roar.
Bring on the Grand Slam!!
Wales Vs Ireland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 21st March, 17.30 hrs (GMT)
The Irish invasion of Wales has begun…
The ensuing Grand Slam victory (Wales 15 Ireland 17), and the feel good factor of this amazing win has Ireland abuzz with talk of lifting the gloom, kick-starting the economy and routing the recession. You know what? This might even be the case.
If someone makes a huge difference in your life it certainly doesn’t hurt anyone to show your appreciation for their hard work, especially if you have never met that person face-to-face: Credit where credit is due.
It’s the middle of the rugby union Six Nations 2008 Championships back home, my favourite time of the sporting year, with Ireland once again battling it out for glory against France, Italy, Wales, England and Scotland, and I know back home in Ireland everyone is glued to their televisions in anticipation of triumph. Great craic to be had by all especially when, with two rouds to go, any one of four teams can still claim the Six Nations title.
And here I am in China… no rugby, let alone Six Nations rugby is broadcast on State-run CCTV television, and the games on the Star Sports/ESPN satellite channels –if you can find a bar that uses the Philippines as opposed to Hong Kong signal to broadcast the rugby matches – are on so friggin late!
Well all is not lost… cue Gerry Thornley, the Rugby correspondent for the Irish Times, who in my humble opinion is the divine being of sports journalism. The way his words illustrate the protagonists, the villains, and set the scenes before, during and after each match is mind-boggling… he really is a master craftsman when it comes to writing and I’d be truly fecked if I couldn’t read his prose in the build up to each game.
So credit where credit is due….
From: Gerry Thornley [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 27 February, 2008 10:16 PM
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Sat, Feb 16, 2008 at 11:45 PM
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As a diehard Irish rugby fan living in China, where the State television monopoly makes it almost impossible to view any of the games Live, the manner of your writing talent only adds to my sense of frustration. Keep it up… I consider you the very best sports writer around.All the best
“We have a rugby squad full of trumped up prima donnas, more concerned about their images then living up to what we expected from them. No excuses, they have played dreadfully. On present form they dont deserve to advance to the next stage. Can’t believe I stayed up until 5.15 am Saturday morning watching such a shoddy performance. Argentina will add the final nail in the coffin. They’ve already beaten us twice this summer. Dreadful!
I am your typical armchair critic. I don’t play rugby, never did, and put me up head-to-head with that hairy and brutish monster Chabal (see photo) and, no doubt in my mind, I’ll run in the opposite direction faster than I have ever run in my whole life.
But all the hype about this team, these highly paid rugby players…. loads of taxpayers money was thrown at them, for what? Just like Saipan in the 2002 Football World Cup they’ve blown it. Where to from here? Home to mother lads!
An armchair critic is an individual who has a great deal of theoretical knowledge about a subject, with little or no practical experience.