John Coogan: Sing if we're winning -- not two nights before
AN Irish footballer walks into a bar. Nobody is surprised to see him. There is no punchline. The unfortunate reality is that fans of the game in this country have had little to laugh about in the last decade.
It's nine years since Ireland have qualified for a major tournament and if Giovanni Trapattoni's team lose to Armenia in a European Championship qualifier tonight, the wait will continue for at least another two years. The implications are huge.
That's why Robbie Keane should have known better on Sunday when his response to the news that he would miss a game of seismic importance was to go to one of his favourite bars for a karaoke session.