Archive for December, 2009

When the halo slips

Posted in Elin, Heath Slocum, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, YE Yang on December 15, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe

Not smiling anymore

If we are to presume that the floodgates of infidelity are a long way from closing then it is very likely that by the weekend Tiger Woods will have as many confirmed mistresses as he has major titles. The score currently lies 14-11 in favour of his golfing achievements. How quickly things change when you think that just over two weeks ago Tiger Woods appeared as the man who had it all. Now it remains to be seen just what he’s left with when this incredible episode reaches a definitive conclusion. Continue reading


Vodafone All-Stars in Argentina

Posted in All-Stars, Buenos Aires, Canning, Cody, Hurling, McCrabbe, O'hAilpin, Sheedy, Shefflin, Walsh on December 10, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe

Happy holidays

There is surely never a bad time for a weeks holiday in Buenos Aires, but there’s even more reason than usual to envy the 32 hurlers making up the Vodafone All-Stars panel that departed for the Argentinian capital yesterday. Not for them endless talk of budgets cuts and spending reviews, at least not for a blissful week in the sun anyway. The reward for the chosen hurling elite of 2008 & 2009 is the trip of a lifetime to the city known as the “Paris of South America.” With a chance to enjoy temperatures approaching 30 degrees celsius as the Southern Hemisphere summer kicks into gear, and to share a friendly trip with fellas they’d often view as mortal enemies on the field of play, it’s no wonder everyone on show was grinning from ear to ear. Click here to see the lads getting ready to check in at Dublin airport yesterday. Continue reading

Balon d’Or 2009 – Top 20

Posted in Barca, Casillas, Dzeko, Eto'o, Gerrard, Giggs, Gourcuff, Ibrahimovic, Kaka, Luis Fabiano, Man United, Ronaldo, Sevilla, Torres, Vidic, Xavi on December 1, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe

Winner by a mileNot that there was ever much doubt but once his brilliant header flew past Edwin Van Der Sar in the European Cup final Lionel Messi was always going to be this years recipient of the Balon d’Or. The little genius from Argentina lit up European football throughout season 2008-09, playing an instrumental role in Barcelona becoming the first Spanish club to do the treble. Continue reading