Thursday 19 September 2019

A Liverpool fan holds up a sign at Anfield last weekend. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Ewan MacKenna: 'We can relate to Liverpool's suffering, the chase is the greatest part of life' 

The morning after the Cubs had won a classic game seven of the 2016 World Series - while the north side of Chicago woke with sore heads, bruised bodies, and clothes still wet with booze - for neutrals it left an empty feeling. The 108-year epic had included everything from William Sianis and the curse of the billy goat after he was asked to leave a long-ago Wrigley Field game due to the smell of...

Dublin played two games in Croke Park during the 2018 Super 8s. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Ewan MacKenna: Gaelic football is dying - and if the Dublin problem isn't tackled, it will soon be in the ground 

Dick Clerkin had a good one the other day. Taking to Twitter in the aftermath of the All-Ireland final he wrote of the champions: "Dublin are not simply the benchmark Gaelic football team, they are the template to which any sports person should aspire to. Committed drive towards excellence, yet grounded in humility with a sincere appreciation for the opportunities afforded to them."

England players celebrate after beating Colombia on penalties

Ewan MacKenna: You have to actually be good to win a World Cup - and that's where mediocre England fall way short 

Before their team kicked a ball at this World Cup, the BBC had managed to set a fair old chunk of the tone. Their introductory video ahead of their opener skipped forward to 15 July, and imagined that England had won the lot of it. There was Gary Lineker and Harry Kane and Theresa May and Alan Shearer, and it would all have been a bit of fun if only we didn't know the neighbours so well.

Tom Humphries and (inset) Donal Óg Cuask and David Walsh

Ewan MacKenna: Humphries, Walsh, Cusack...The Shame Game 

Back on Christmas Day of 2012, the first book taken from a pile of literary presents that would fill a library was always going to be 'Seven Deadly Sins'. It consumed many of the following hours as, despite the great reviews, it surpassed them, with David Walsh documenting his pursuit of Lance Armstrong. But even with the quality of the story and the telling, ultimately it wasn't any of the first 423 pages that would leave an aftertaste. Instead it was a couple of sentences on page 424.

Conor McGregor will make his professional boxing debut when he fights Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas

Ewan MacKenna on Conor McGregor: A would-be 'working-class hero' who became a parody of himself 

The last few efforts on Conor McGregor's Twitter are enough to give a tell-tale insight into his modern-day mindset. "Driving home in this heat and in this nick and in this motor and in this bread and in this f*****g life I am so blessed," he writes beside a picture of himself topless while driving a convertible. "Long rangy dangerous motherf****r," he writes still without a shirt but now on the...