Tuesday 24 October 2017

7 wonders for this weekend

Munster's Simon Zebo stars in movie spoof for Mayo's sponsors Elvery's
Munster's Simon Zebo stars in movie spoof for Mayo's sponsors Elvery's
Westmeath all star Dessie Dolan
Colm Parkinson thanks Dublin sponsors AIG for new dubs jersey

Peter Sweeney

1 Westmeath are in, then they're out and then they're back in again...

GAA themed Twitter spat of the week has to go to Westmeath minor hurling manager Johnny Greville and his county board, with Greville first alleging that he heard, through a third party, that his team weren't being entered in the All-Ireland B Championship because they had no jerseys after they all went missing following the Leinster semi-final defeat to Dublin. Then it was claimed the county board didn't enter the team in the first place as they were ineligible, which then turned out to be untrue. Apparently. Johnny's still lighting up social media on this one and it's a story with a bit to run yet, it seems.

2 Bonner and Seamie Try Hard, but Zebo still stars in hilarious movie spoof

Mayo's sponsors Elvery's have produced a fantastic piece of work to promote a competition they're running at the moment, featuring Ireland rugby international Simon Zebo, the lad who played Eoin McLove in 'Father Ted', any number of people with thick wesht of Ireland accents, a taxi-driving Conor McGregor lookalike and Tipperary hurlers Patrick 'Bonner' Maher and Seamus Callanan. Yup, that's right, Bonner Maher and Seamie Callanan. It's a 'Die Hard' spoof, called Try Hard, with Zebo as the hero and the Tipp lads as the hapless cops trying not very successfully to liberate an under-siege warehouse. Throw Try Hard Simon Zebo into the Googlebox there, sit back and enjoy.

3 Releasing not-to-be-seen advert was marketing masterstroke from TG4

So, that TG4 ad for their coverage of ladies football featuring a player cradling a ball as a pregnant woman would her bump was never supposed to see the light of day. But it did. And, as only the internet can, it whipped up a storm from nothing over it's gender stereotyping, and suggestion that football is more important that motherhood. Here at Seven Wonders HQ, the staff weren't bothered by the ad. We even thought it a bit clever. What was really clever, was making a not-supposed-to-be-seen ad public. You couldn't buy the publicity.

4 Still no gender equality in the weird and wacky world of Gaelic Games

Staying with controversies surrounding women's sports, there have been quite a few recently. As it stands, it seems that there could be a coin toss to decide whether Dublin or Clare progress to the All-Ireland camogie quarter-final from their group. If Clare beat Derry this weekend the teams will finish level on points and apparently the only provision in rule to separate them is to draw lots. This follows hot on the heels of the news that Ulster Poc Fada winner Patrick McKillion got a free holiday as part of his prize. His female counterpart Catherine McGourty got a… medal. Seriously, lads.

5 My Cousin Vinny makes his Sunday Game debut in true Ron Burgundy style

The Sunday Game, The Catwalk Years continues, with a horrific addition to the hall of shame. Tomas Ó Sé's debs suit look is unlikely to be topped, but former Westmeath All Star Dessie Dolan went close with his burgundy effort. At the other end of the desk was the ever-sleek Eamonn O'Hara and wedged between them was the always-traditional Kevin McStay (we admire that look Kevin, we really do). Dessie was likened by the internet to, variously, Anchorman character Ron Burgundy and Joe Pesci's turn in My Cousin Vinny. Ouch.

6 Colm Parkinson won't know what to do with brand new (free) dubs jersey

It wouldn't be a proper Seven Wonders week if we didn't mention Colm 'Wooly' Parkinson, sometimes of this parish. Earlier in the week he took to Twitter to thank Dublin sponsors AIG for sending him a brand new Dubs jersey. He joked, kind of: "Now I just need to mention something about car insurance on @offtheball." We're not sure what Wooly intends to do with the jersey, beyond a bit of product placement. As a proud Portlaoise and Laois man (Everton are the other sporting love of his life), he'd hardly pull the sky blue top over his head. Would he?

7 Press-up champs rise to the challenge for diabetes charity

GAA stars past and present are getting involved in Diabetes Ireland's #PressUpChamp challenge, posting videos of themselves doing as many press-ups as possible inside a minute. Those posting their results online so far include Tyrone legend Philip Jordan and the Westmeath footballers, including John Heslin, complete with space boot to protect his damaged ankle. Our favourite features the Moran men, Ogie and David, and Indo columnist Eoin 'Bomber' Liston, all Kerry heroes. The camera goes off the Bomber early though and when contacted by Seven Wonders, he admitted that he'd 'reached his max'. To donate, text the word pressup to 30300.

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