GOLF: Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will play in the Honda Classic in Florida at the end of the month, so let’s hope he finishes the tournament this time around. A year ago he walked off the course after eight holes of his second round, a gesture that hinted at the frailty of his game and attitude at the time. He may have flunked in Dubai last weekend, but he appears to be a much better place right now and can prove it on his return to Palm Beach Gardens.
SOCCER: There are thousands of Leeds United fans in Ireland, most of them in their forties and fifties and throwbacks to the Don Revie era at the club. They must be disgusted with the current wranglings at their club where their Irish manager Brian McDermott was sacked by one potential owner on Friday, reinstalled by the current owners on Sunday and left with major doubts over his future when he returned to work on Monday. You couldn’t make it up if you tried.
SOCCER: Spare a thought for Irish midfielder Wes Hoolahan who has months left on his Norwich City contract after failing to secure a move to Aston Villa or West Brom on Friday, deadline day. To make matters worse for our Wes, he was caught calling City a “f****** s*******” club by a TV camera and now faces being ostracised by team-mates and fans as well as stuck in the reserves for the rest of the season. Not a happy camper.
SOCCER: Andy Reid was on the box again the other night when he orchestrated Nottingham Forest’s Championship win over Watford with one of the most skilful and sublime midfield performances you will ever see. His left foot was once again a thing of beauty which makes Giovanni Trapattoni’s decision to discard him for five years all the more baffling.
SOCCER: It was never going to be easy for David Moyes as he attempted to fill Alex Ferguson’s shoes at Manchester United, but he must be close to the brink now after losing at Stoke on Saturday. United really should have gone for Jose Mourinho last summer. Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Manchester City on Monday night proved it.
HERO OF THE WEEK
HE may be 35 years of age now and he may have more caps, at 129, than any other Irish players of any generation, but Brian O’Driscoll still has so much to offer the Ireland team. He proved that again with a faultless 73 minutes against Scotland on Sunday and he will prove it again when he settles a few old scores with Warren Gatland and Wales this Saturday.
IDIOTS OF THE WEEK
FANS at Tynecastle on Saturday – as Aberdeen beat Hearts in the Scottish League Cup semifinal – had nothing better to do with their time that pelt the Celtic manager Neil Lennon with coins and stones, probably on sectarian grounds. They should be ashamed of themselves. And those who run the game in Scotland shouldn’t be at all surprised when Lennon leaves for a decent job in England, probably sooner rather than later.