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Sponsorship plan doesn't stack up
It appears that in the near future all sponsorship by drink companies to various sporting bodies in Ireland is to be banned and in so doing it will cure all excessive drinking.
The very lifeblood of our main sports in Ireland depends so much on sponsorship, so are we to believe that if, say, the sponsors were McDonalds that we would all be excessively overweight?
The drink problem has nothing to do with advertising, it goes far deeper than that; look at any country that is in financial depression and you will find people reaching out for anything whether it be drugs or alcohol to rid them of the reality in which they are living. How many young people with good jobs have a drinking problem? If the drinking problem is so bad why are so many pubs closing down? Are the off-licence shops the cause? If so, what have they to do with sponsorship or advertising?
We have many problems, not least the lack of leadership to lift us up off our knees and not keep preaching the same sermon, 'We are doing all we can to create jobs!' Now that really would drive anyone to drink. We have sent away the cream of our country and now the only thing you can come up with is to destroy the little happiness and escapism that our various sporting bodies bring. Wise up, wake up and smell the coffee – if it's really coffee you lot are drinking!
Back page piece strikes right note
Brilliant piece of writing today. I have never drank alcohol but that never stopped me playing games, participating in the "afters" etc. Every legislator in this country should read today's back page. Well done
New Minister for Common Sense?
Congratulations to Eamonn Sweeney on a wonderful article [June 9] entitled 'Let's get our priorities right'. It's the most common sense on this subject that I have read.
In fact, I would make it compulsory reading for every politician every day before they enter the Dáil. They may eventually employ common sense in their dealing with sport. Also, a campaign should be started to make Eamonn Sweeney the Minister for Sport and Common Sense.
Sideline cuts teed up for a change
Sunday after Sunday we see top hurlers effortlessly score points from 60 and 70 yards. When some of these players attempt to take a sideline puck, the result can often be a disaster. It is not unusual for the ball to to dribble 15 to 20 yards. In order to bring some uniformity, I think it would be a good idea to introduce a simple tee similar to a golf tee
Championship needs a revamp
I'm sitting here reading Colm O'Rourke's article while watching Offaly lead Kilkenny by a point at half-time – wouldn't an upset be great for the underdog? O'Rourke is talking about the failure of the provincial system in football and the demolition jobs that Dublin, Cork and Kerry have dished out of late. It needs a revamp.
So how does this sound? Let's have a Provincial League format. Every team in Ulster and Leinster plays each other once, the top two going into an Ulster/Leinster final to crown Provincial Champions; the Munster and Connacht teams play twice, home/away, to determine their Provincial Champions.
From this format we can seed the teams and, dare I say it, have a Champions League-style format starting in May; eight groups of four all based on their league standing play each other and then the so-called weaker teams will have a fair chance of progression and a minimum of three games.
Tyldesley remarks were out of order
I was dismayed by comments made by ITV's commentator Clive Tyldesley during the Ireland v England game recently.
Mr Tyldesley noted that the Irish fans were "having a good time tonight", before adding: "They probably have a good time every night". The remark was set against a backdrop of another offensive observation from the same commentator last summer. After Ireland's defeat to Spain, Mr Tyldesley said: "They're happy drunks, the Irish."
Ireland is unfairly lumped with a tag of being a nation of drunks, ignoramuses and happy-go-lucky chancers. Regrettably, as an Irishman living in London, I encounter this opinion all too often.
In this ultra-sensitive politically-correct era, how can sneering comments like Mr Tyldesley's be viewed as acceptable? These types of statements are at best derisory and at worst racist.