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ON THE CHIN

By Pete Moore On March 19th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Well done to Ireland for a thoroughly deserved victory. Where have they been hiding all winter? They were irresistible, irrepressible and spanked England’s backside for 80 minutes. As always, forwards determine who’ll win the game and the result was never in doubt. As so often, despite the forwards’ efforts (and a special mention to the astonishingly good David Wallace, he has never played better), Brian O’Driscoll was decisive. For him comes a record number of tries for the Championship. The man’s a genius, one of the all-time greats and recklessly brave. He deserves it.

To England, have some of that. Even without the astonishing Irish intensity and always idiosyncratic referee Bryce Lawrence, being completely dopey for an hour will do you and we were well done. However, congratulations also to England for being the deserved 6 Nations Champions. We’ve been the most consistent team, scored the most points and deserve to finish top of the pile. Given that many players are very young and playing in their first 6 Nations, it’s a real achievement. In the long term, today’s arse-spanking will be a lesson well learned.

IN WHICH I ASK FOR BELLIGERENCE

By Pete Moore On March 18th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Giv’em a reason to hate us lads …

The final day of the 6 Nations dawns tomorrow and all eyes will be on Dublin. I cannot describe how much I’ve been looking forward to this one all week. England go to Lansdowne Road/the Aviva with the Calcutta Cup in the bag after a win against the Jocks last week. If we win tomorrow it’s the Championship, Triple Crown and Grand Slam for what has been the best team in the Northern Hemisphere this year. With the World Cup looming in a few months a fancied Wales were seen off in Cardiff, Italy were put to the sword in style and the French beaten in a stunningly intense 80 minutes. The madman Lièvremont sent out a team for a punch up. England obliged him in a game where both packs took out anything above grass height. That same intensity tomorrow and we’ll do it.

Dublin, however, is where dreams have often gone to die. Ireland are better than they’ve shown this year and they’re due a Big Performance. England are full of energy and spirit but this Irish team has bags of experience, pride to recapture, a good recent record against England to maintain and World Cup places to secure.

We were in this very same position in 2003. England coach Martin Johnson was the Captain then of a team which had blown the Championship repeatedly on the final day in previous years. A World Cup was looming, England went to Dublin determined not to blow it again and so took the field determined to make themselves feel at home. We almost had a diplomatic incident …

Prediction: England by … one would be enough. Since I’ll be watching it in the village rugby club someone will have to remind me of the score the next morning in any case.

The sport of Queens and Kings?

By Mike Cunningham On March 17th, 2011 at 9:05 am

A combination of noble blood, breeding, courage and beauty?

 

Or a regular and reliable source of healthy protein, as shown here?

Good sport, or a cheating, lying, grubby man?

By Mike Cunningham On March 4th, 2011 at 9:45 am

As some may know, my knowledge or interest in Sport in general is minimal to non-existent.
So when I comment upon an individuals prowess, character or personal history, it is from an un-aligned viewpoint.

Giving the above as read, does anyone share my view that the Cheating, Lying Fraud who goes by the name of Dwain Chambers should continue to live his life without sullying the tracks of the Olympic Stadiums by his ‘druggie’ presence?
It is all very well saying he has served his sentence, and should be given an opportunity to proceed in his chosen sporting activity, but I cannot forget that he lied and cheated, and in doing so deprived other honest competitors of a chance at their moment of sporting glory!
No, Chambers should be told that he is not welcome, now or at any time, because it should be clear that cheats never prosper, and should not even be allowed the chance at that prosperity!

WEALTHY CYCLIST WANTS YOU TO PAY FOR HIS FUN

By ATWadmin On July 27th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Sir Chris Hoy, the four-time Olympic gold medallist, has warned that further funding cuts for competing sports in 2012 could hinder future generations beyond the London Games.

Oh well, we’ll just have to live with it.

Hoy, speaking to mark the two-year countdown to the 2012 Games, said: “It’s important to invest in sport.

No it’s not.

It’s important for the success of the nation to be doing well in home Games and for future generations.

No it’s not. Important maybe for people who want to run, skip, hop and jump instead of getting a job, but they can fund themselves instead of getting the government to loot us for their benefit.

We don’t need to prove our superior genes, that’s for totalitarian states. We don’t have to dig deep so Chris Hoy (there he is above, another funding application come good) can cycle for “national glory”. Most of all, we never needed to blow £20billion of money we never had so the parasitic class can wave at the proles for three weeks from the best seats while handing future generations the bill.

left foot, right foot

By ATWadmin On May 20th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

 

Although I know very little about professional football, apart from the knowledge they get paid obscene amounts of cash to play what is only a game, I always thought that the only necessity which was required of a player in today’s game is that you have to be very, very good at what you do.

But it now appears as though I was wrong, and two new requirements have crept in to the selection process; one is an ability to say the right thing at all times, and the other is not to vote for someone whom the majority disapproves of.