Saturday 21 October 2017

Never mind Eddie the Eagle: being good at losing isn't anything to sing about

A supporter watches in
dismay during the final
moments of Ireland v
Spain last Thursday.
A supporter watches in dismay during the final moments of Ireland v Spain last Thursday.

- I am sad following the humiliating demise of our national football team. As a fan of over 45 years, I do not criticise the efforts of the players -- they are simply not good enough, but they tried to a man.

The coach did well to get us there, but his shortcomings were also exposed, as they were when he brought Italy to a Championship previously, when he found himself in the furnace of the white heat of top-class footballers at the zenith of their abilities.

What is really annoying me is the Eddie-the-Eagle mentality gripping so many people and personified by the king of banality himself, Bill O'Herlihy, last evening. "Ah shure, we won the singing contest." Good God.

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