Archive for May, 2009

Dreams shattered, reality bites

Posted in Uncategorized on May 28, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
A miserable night

A miserable night

The past few weeks were spent looking forward to the Champions League final, for me it was the only show in town. The Premier League was in the bag, a League Cup safely tucked away, United were officially the World Champions. Though dreams of a quintuple were dashed by Everton it was still promising to be a dream season if victory was secured in Rome last night. And now when all is said and done, when three trophies have been won in season 2008-2009, there is a feeling of anti-climax. Continue reading

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Both clubs have a date with destiny

Posted in Uncategorized on May 27, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe

Champions League LogoDuring the long, dark and dreary winter days when football fans have to endure the cash making machine that is the Champions League group stages we often wonder is it really worth it. When mega clubs with massive support like Manchester United and Barcelona are pitted against minnows like Aalborg and Basle in the group stage there is no competitive edge, there is never a question as to which of the two opposing teams will emerge victorious. Easy wins are taken for granted and a safe passage into the knockout rounds is guaranteed. Continue reading

United to blame? Gimme a break!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 23, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
Well within his rights

Well within his rights

Did you know that Man United will be responsible for the relegation  of two clubs from this years Premier League on Sunday? No, neither did I. Incredibly there are some who think that the fact Sir Alex Ferguson will select a second string side at Hull tomorrow is disrespectful to the league itself and a major contributor to the plight of Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesborough. There was even tabloid talk of a legal challenge being mounted by these clubs against United if Hull managed to win. What a joke. Continue reading

Amateur dramatics and the likes

Posted in Uncategorized on May 19, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe

 

The world at his feet

The world at his feet

I’m still coming to terms with Shane Lowry’s dramatic win in the Irish Open at Baltray last Sunday, it is a truly remarkable achievement for the man from Offaly. Amateur golfers very rarely win professional events and Lowry is only the third such player to do so on the European Tour. He well and truly bucked the trend by overcoming Englishman Robert Rock in a three hole play-off even though the winners cheque for half a million euro goes to Rock due to Lowry’s amateur status. And to think I wrote last week that the Irish Open was now a low key event that failed to grab the public’s attention. Talk about having to eat your words.

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Really Rory?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 14, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
Misguided comments

Misguided comments

The Irish Open got underway this morning at Baltray in Co Louth but its safe to say that for the most part its been a pretty low key affair to date. Gone are the days when it was one of the flagship events on the European Tour, when major champions like Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam would travel over to Portmarnock and Killarney to tussle for the trophy. Continue reading

5 weekend thoughts from A Sporting View

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
On his way from Old Trafford?

On his way from Old Trafford?

1 – Straight off, it seems Carlos Tevez will not be playing for Man United next season, that’s if you believe everything you read in the papers. There was also his reaction to scoring yesterday which spoke volumes, running over to front up to Sir Alex Ferguson and club directors while cupping his ears to lap up the acclaim of the crowd. So was Tevez’s reaction justified or a foolish play for attention? Tevez would have been wise to remember while running over to Ferguson that there is only a single factor at Man United in deciding who stays and who goes, and it ain’t the crowd.

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Murtagh, Munster, Messi and Ronaldo

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe

Poor ride at Chester today

Poor ride at Chester today

1 – The reason top flat jockey’s are the best is that they rarely, if ever, make mistakes. They ride the best horses all season long and are only beaten if the ground is not to their mounts liking, an injury occurs to their horse or a rival jockey rides out of his skin to pip them. Poor judgment from these guys is a rare thing. Continue reading