Thursday, May 31, 2007

Down With That Sort Of Thing

Along with hailstones and matchmaking festivals, no Irish summer is complete without a good old GAA brawl. Usually the shocking scenes take place amongst the brawny bullies of football, but Cork and Clare's hurlers showed on Sunday that even the graceful swans of the small ball game can get stuck in.

The purist will always prefer a football "schemozzles" (why do we use a Yiddish sounding word to describe GAA fights? Must the Jews get the blame for everything?), the players having both hands free to pulverise, throttle and gouge.

Here's the definitive one, from the 1996 All-Ireland final between Meath and Mayo. Apologies for the "hold a camcorder up in front of the telly" school of youtubing, although in some ways it adds to the chaos...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thing is,

any time there are "ugly scenes" or "schemozzles" (is this another word that's going to appear this year and be used as if it's always been there, like "(waiting in the) long grass") on the telly, there is much harrumphing but at the same time, everyone is gripped. Why can't we admit to our base natures and that our inner Roman needs to be fed.

4:05 p.m.  
Blogger Tom the Tim said...

Where's the action? Has it been censored, for the sake of the children?

Another GAA coverup.

4:48 p.m.  
Blogger Frank said...

Careful now

7:43 p.m.  

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