Thursday 14 December 2017

7 Wonders for the Weekend

Aidan O'Shea, Mayo
Aidan O'Shea, Mayo

Peter Sweeney

1 Dublin footballers and hurlers really cooking on gas this summer

The Dubs' on-going embracing of video content sees a few of the Boys in Blue engaging in a cook-off using products provided by their official flaxseed suppliers (no, really). Footballers Paddy Andrews and Jonny Cooper face off against hurlers Eamon Dillon and Chris Crummey over the stove, cooking chicken and couscous dishes, all refereed by Des Cahill and overseen by the teams' respective official nutritionists, Daniel Davey and Brendan Egan. Needless to say, the footballers won - and hardly a surprise either that the deciding factor was their more impressive presentation.

2 O'Shea not happy to see Mayo firm's free boots heading to the Kingdom

Mayo's Aidan O'Shea was clearly unimpressed that Elvery's were sending free boots to Kerry footballers and not him and his team-mates. On Wednesday the Kingdom's Darran O'Sullivan tweeted his delight at his new footwear from the Mayo company, with Down footballer Caolan Mooney, possibly angling for a freebee himself, responding by asking their retail price. O'Shea was having none of it, taking straight to social media to congratulate Elvery's on their generous act with the priceless line "must be 30boxes waitin in ElverysMchalePark for the team u sponsor." (Pardon the ropey spelling and grammar, but we're quoting directly here).

3 Would controversial Brolly know  analysis if it 'bit him on the arse'?

Fair play to Joe Brolly, running a one-man campaign to remove all form of sensible analysis from 'The Sunday Game Live'. Last weekend he came up with this priceless jibe at Armagh referee Pádraig Hughes after his award of a late penalty for Kerry against Cork: "Wee Paudie, he wouldn't know a penalty if it bit him on the arse." Normally unflappable presenter Darragh Maloney nearly fell off his seat, and when Brolly wouldn't back down, even Colm O'Rourke accused the Derry barrister of 'labouring the point'.

4 Does Fitzgerald deserve benefit of doubt for equalising wonder point?

So, did he or didn't he? Fionn Fitzgerald kicked an incredible equaliser for Kerry to force a Munster final replay with Cork. The corner-back took responsibility and hoisted over a mighty point from nearly the 45-metre-line. But did he mean it, or not? For what it's worth, those of us here at Seven Wonders Towers are happy to give him the benefit of the doubt. Former Laois footballer turned broadcaster and professional contrarian Colm Parkinson isn't so generous. On Twitter he suggested the Kerry man was trying to drop the ball into the square, saying: "Poor technique by Fitzgerald, he's not even looking at the ball."

5 Sultans a fitting soundtrack as Model U-21 goal immortalised in comic strip

Yellow Belly ( are purveyors of hurling pop art. In the run-up to Wednesday night's Leinster U-21 final they produced a brilliant piece of work, a comic strip featuring the build-up to the beautiful team goal that their Wexford heroes scored in the provincial semi-final win over Offaly. Better yet, it features a line from a Sultans of Ping FC song on each panel.  "Give him a ball and a yard of grass/He'll give you a move with a perfect pass. RATATATATATATAAA/He's a nice young man/With a lovely smile. . . "

6 Cork fans flag up unwitting alliance with US racists and loyalist terrorists

Supporters of the Rebel County find themselves in extremely dubious company. At least that's according to US newspaper the Washington Post. According to the Post, Cork fans are in a group along with Ulster loyalist terror group the Red Hand Defenders and extreme right-wing racists in the southern states of America. All of them fly the Confederate flag and use it to their own ends - some to justify racism, others death and others again the fact that they're from the People's Republic of Cork. There were plenty of Johnny Reb flags flying over Killarney last Sunday. Is that about to change any time soon?

7 In Kilkenny they drive the bus - Reds' Sterling won't even get on the plane

In soccer news, Raheem Sterling has refused to travel with Liverpool on their pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia, prompting much internet mirth and 'you ain't getting me on no plane, foo' BA Baracus-style mock-ups. It's different in the GAA and it's all a long, long way from the Kilkenny coach driver who was transporting the Cats' footballers (this wouldn't happen with the hurlers, obviously enough). When it turned out they were short of numbers the driver had to tog out and played (probably corner-forward, in his street shoes, hoping the ball didn't come his way).

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