Monday 11 December 2017

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In defence of the happily married

I refer to Dion Fanning's piece entitled 'Resources and patience wearing thin at Old Trafford' [Sep 19]. At one point, he asks 'why do footballers get married?' Here are some thoughts on the matter . . .

Footballers are people; they fall in love; they may want to share this love by committing to a lifelong union; this often happens; this is often very successful.

Many footballers receive great family support; the vast majority of them never feature in the headlines, unlike Wayne Rooney; the mix of football and sex is nothing new; remember George Best? But there was also Bobby Charlton, a loyal and faithful family man . . . and many others like him.

Today, to counterbalance the Rooney situation, there are footballers such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and many others; try asking them why footballers get married; they do not make the headlines . . . the largest font is reserved for the most lurid material. Again, this is nothing new.

What is new is the use of a football column in the sports section of a newspaper to attack the institution of marriage; the ideas of family support and the love of a good woman may seem old-fashioned to you; not to me, however; I am married 25 years; marriage and family are my lifeblood, my support, my reason for living. I do not expect to see them under attack in a column such as yours. It is, I think, a sports column in the sports section of the paper

Perhaps you should stick to the topic you are meant to write about. Perhaps you should desist from launching opinionated attacks on generalities, based on particular examples. Perhaps you should use next week's paper to print an apology to all happily married footballers. Indeed, to all happily married people

Finally, perhaps you could steer clear of inane, irrelevant, biased drivel and write something factual and worthwhile?

Chris Lawlor

Brolly needs some time on the bench

Can someone explain to me how did Joe Brolly get appointed on to The Sunday Game team? I have been watching him trying to analyse games for the last few years and he seems to be getting worse as each game goes by. He is all hands, gestures and smart remarks which leaves people wondering does he actually know what he is talking about.

But last Sunday he really surpassed himself. At half-time in the Cork v Down game, he carried out his usual criticism of the Cork team and their manager. Okay, they were very poor in that first half, no one will deny that, but Brolly gave the impression that the game was over at that stage.

When Pat Spillane made the comment, 'We are not writing Cork off at this stage', and Colm O'Rourke agreed, Joe dashed in with, 'Ye are not but I am; they are gone, they are gone'. I, and no doubt many more people, could not believe an expert could, with the whole of the second half to come and just three points between the teams, make such a statement. We now have a change of champions in hurling and football. Time for a change on The Sunday Game team. Retain Spillane and O'Rourke but drop Joe Brolly.

Pat O'Leary

Kilkenny's dignity speaks for itself

With reference to JJ Ryan's letter [Sep 19], he should remember that Tipp have won five All-Irelands in 45 years against Kilkenny's total of seven in the last 10 years. Also, during the 1960s, Tipp led Kilkenny by four in the title race -- they now lag six behind!

Talking about a rub of the green -- in the semi-final, Galway were denied a penalty in the closing minutes. Hopefully, Mr Ryan and his supporters will adopt the dictum of Brian Cody -- 'win with dignity and lose with dignity'.

Jim Butler

Pitch celebrations were a damp squib

Eamonn Sweeney got it absolutely right [Sep 19] -- it is bloody hard to win the football title and you could not blame Cork for failing to what was undoubtedly a great Kerry team. I was delighted they won on Sunday -- that team deserved an All-Ireland but you don't get one just for getting there -- they had to win it the hard way and fair play to them. Down made the most of their chances but realistically they were beaten by more than a point.

The celebrations after both finals this year were a damp squib and totally un-GAA like. Apart from the Hill 16 fence, the sight of stewards standing all round the ground stopping people from participating in an occasion that is entirely theirs reminded me of the worst days of football hooliganism in the UK. The great thing about Gaelic games is the fact that there is never any aggro. I have brought friends from the UK, and indeed from Russia, to see games and they always marvel at this. But the GAA doesn't seem to get it.

Liam Flood

Sunday Independent

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