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Begrudgers determined to spoil fun of magical moments like Canning's for everyone

Michael McCarthy

Published 08/07/2015 | 02:30

Resentful fans determined to spoil fun for everyone as there was a rush to diminish the greatness of Joe Canning's wonder goal against Kilkenny
Resentful fans determined to spoil fun for everyone as there was a rush to diminish the greatness of Joe Canning's wonder goal against Kilkenny

I never cease to be amazed by some of the cynicism, begrudgery and just general negativity we encounter on a nightly basis. It's very much in the minority, but it's constant.

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On Monday, there was a rush to diminish the greatness of Joe Canning's wonder goal against Kilkenny. Instead of enjoying something so unique and skilful, there was an anger in some listeners that the media were talking about it at all.

"What was so great about it?" a few dared ask. Some who bought into the magic of the goal were quick to bring us down to earth by suggesting the rest of Canning's performance wasn't up to par. Let's not carried away with ourselves here lads.

Leo Messi put in a display for the ages in the Copa America semi-final. He was stifled in the final by a team intent on curbing his influence. Apparently, he can't do it in finals, and no evidence to the contrary will be entertained.

Carli Lloyd scored a 13-minute hat-trick, including a goal from the halfway line, to win the World Cup for the USA - but the standard was atrocious.

I really have no idea why these people watch sport. Most of us watch to enjoy the great moments. Don't let the begrudgers ruin them for you.

Irish Independent

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