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The 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand

By Evan Coughlan June 6, 2017 (No)
In the 129 year history of the British & Irish Lions, the Lions have travelled to New Zealand 13 times. In all previous visits to the Land of the Long White Cloud, the British & Irish Lions have only managed to win one test series against the mighty All Blacks, back in 1971. This statistic probably won’t fill the Lions faithful with a whole pile of confidence as their team departs for a six-week long adventure to New Zealand. But despite this stat, there does seem to be a low key sense of optimism surrounding this Lions Tour, as they try to unseat the back to back World Champions in […]

2017 World Snooker Championship – Preview

By Evan Coughlan April 12, 2017 (4 Comments)
This year’s World Snooker Championship marks the 20th anniversary of Ken Doherty lifting the title when he defeated Stephen Hendry 18 – 12. Following that famous win for ‘Crafty Ken’, snooker has experienced a dramatic dip in terms of the popularity of the sport. Long gone are days of the sport’s flashy players with big personalities like Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins or Jimmy ‘The Whirlwind’ White. In their place are players who show very little, if any, personality and are extremely disciplined individuals. While all that’s great and we are seeing better snooker for it, the game has become almost robotic-like with less and less fans watching the World Championship every […]

Roger Federer – Is There Anything Left to Prove?

By Andy Leech March 25, 2017 (No)
Stan Wawrinka was choking back the tears as he offered his opinion on Roger Federer. At the age of thirty-five, the Swiss had just beaten him to secure the Indian Wells title. He’s the oldest player to ever win the tournament. Yet another record attached to the name of one of the greatest of all time. “He’s laughing, he’s an asshole but it’s OK.” As Stan Wawrinka jokingly delivered this line, it was hard not to feel a genuine pity towards him. While he has enjoyed success on the court that many of his peers would be jealous of, particularly later in his career, I’m sure he looks at his […]

6 Nations Final Day – What to Expect

By Andy Leech March 18, 2017 (No)
Well, this hasn’t exactly gone to plan, has it? Back in November, when Ireland were beating everything the southern hemisphere was throwing at them, it all looked rosy for Joe Schmidt’s charges. We sent the Aussies, South Africa and those fearsome All-Blacks packing, and boy did it feel good. We even made a documentary about the New Zealand match. A documentary. After winning what was essentially a friendly match. And losing to the same team the next week. A fu*king documentary. At the start of the competition we had high expectations for Ireland’s chances in the 6 Nations, flash forward a few months and there aren’t too many Irish production […]

5 Top Tips for Responsible Gambling

By Andy Leech March 15, 2017 (No)
Oh, I do fancy a flutter, don’t you? It’s Cheltenham week, oh course you do! And what a glorious time it is. Surely ‘tis the only week of the year where it’s quite acceptable to stroll into a bookies at half one on a Wednesday afternoon and precede to spend the remainder of the day there. You might even see your wife’s number appear on your phone, but you needn’t worry. Other days, you might be forced to pick up and instantly think of an excuse as to why you didn’t come home for lunch: “Sorry, love, I had to work right through” or “Sorry, dear, the boss wanted to […]

The Bluffer’s Guide To Rugby Terms

By Ryan Corry March 9, 2017 (No)
It’s that time of year again, when Six Nations fever grips the nation, or at least it did for 80 minutes until the Scottish put a very premature end to Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes on the opening weekend. BUT, all is on the up and up again and the rugger fans are back out in force as things are going relatively well. We made our predictions early for the 2017 Six Nations and Ireland’s Chances, as it stands the bookies are being made look very savvy with England producing the most dominant displays to date. As you all know, if you’ve ever been in a pub on a Saturday or […]

Is Ronnie O’Sullivan The Messi of Snooker?

By Andy Leech February 13, 2017 (No)
Last month, when Ronnie O’Sullivan made the bold claim that he can be “the Messi of snooker”, most of the sporting world collectively sniggered and said, “You play snooker mate, pipe down”. But to the astonishment of many, just a short time later, five time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi, declared to the masses that he one day wished to be “The Ronnie O’Sullivan of Football” (this may be an alternative fact). Despite the rather arrogant, and at times, quite strange utterings of O’Sullivan, there can be no doubting his genius. The Englishman’s record speaks for itself, but can his ability and achievements truly be compared with the greatest footballer […]

The 2017 Six Nations – What are Ireland’s Chances?

By Andy Leech February 4, 2017 (No)
Memories of beating all that the southern hemisphere had to offer in 2016 will mean that we Irish fans go into this Six Nations tournament with high expectations. Over the top of my pint cup, I watched in amusement as Ireland trounced Australia in the first half of their meeting last November in the Aviva. While the Wallabies came back strongly in the second half, they simply had no answer to the Irish for the first forty minutes of action. Looking around as men and women roared on the home team, I attempted to appreciate just how far we had come to not even be that surprised that we were […]

5 Of The Biggest Sporting Events In 2017

By Andy Leech January 4, 2017 (No)
With no World Cup, Euros or Olympics, you might be fooled into thinking that this could be a forgettable sporting year. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. To get your juices well and truly flowing, we have put together a list of five events that shouldn’t be missed this year. Just like your gluten-free, vegan, craft beer drinking mate (you know, the one with the shit beard, you kind of hate him), we’re not going to go too mainstream on this one. Champions League, Six Nations, Munster final, blah, blah, blah. Here are 5 of the biggest sporting events of 2017. They might even distract you from the […]

Top 5 Irish Breakthrough Sports Stars Of 2016

By theSharpeUser November 16, 2016 (No)
It truly has been an exceptional week for Irish sport. The Irish rugby team produced a heroic effort and tamed the mighty All Blacks for the first time in 111 years, the national soccer team conquered Austria for the first time since 1963 to move top of their World Cup qualification group and our very own Conor McGregor became the first man in UFC history to be crowned a dual-weight world champion. With all of that it would be quite easy to forget about the rest of the stars that helped put Irish sport on the map in 2016. Worry not, as we at thesharpe.com have put together our top […]

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The 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand

By Evan Coughlan June 6, 2017 (No)
In the 129 year history of the British & Irish Lions, the Lions have travelled to New Zealand 13 times. In all previous visits to the Land of the Long White Cloud, the British & Irish Lions have only managed to win one test series against the mighty All Blacks, back in 1971. This statistic probably won’t fill the Lions faithful with a whole pile of confidence as their team departs for a six-week long adventure to New Zealand. But despite this stat, there does seem to be a low key sense of optimism surrounding this Lions Tour, as they try to unseat the back to back World Champions in […]

2017 World Snooker Championship – Preview

By Evan Coughlan April 12, 2017 (4 Comments)
This year’s World Snooker Championship marks the 20th anniversary of Ken Doherty lifting the title when he defeated Stephen Hendry 18 – 12. Following that famous win for ‘Crafty Ken’, snooker has experienced a dramatic dip in terms of the popularity of the sport. Long gone are days of the sport’s flashy players with big personalities like Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins or Jimmy ‘The Whirlwind’ White. In their place are players who show very little, if any, personality and are extremely disciplined individuals. While all that’s great and we are seeing better snooker for it, the game has become almost robotic-like with less and less fans watching the World Championship every […]

Roger Federer – Is There Anything Left to Prove?

By Andy Leech March 25, 2017 (No)
Stan Wawrinka was choking back the tears as he offered his opinion on Roger Federer. At the age of thirty-five, the Swiss had just beaten him to secure the Indian Wells title. He’s the oldest player to ever win the tournament. Yet another record attached to the name of one of the greatest of all time. “He’s laughing, he’s an asshole but it’s OK.” As Stan Wawrinka jokingly delivered this line, it was hard not to feel a genuine pity towards him. While he has enjoyed success on the court that many of his peers would be jealous of, particularly later in his career, I’m sure he looks at his […]

6 Nations Final Day – What to Expect

By Andy Leech March 18, 2017 (No)
Well, this hasn’t exactly gone to plan, has it? Back in November, when Ireland were beating everything the southern hemisphere was throwing at them, it all looked rosy for Joe Schmidt’s charges. We sent the Aussies, South Africa and those fearsome All-Blacks packing, and boy did it feel good. We even made a documentary about the New Zealand match. A documentary. After winning what was essentially a friendly match. And losing to the same team the next week. A fu*king documentary. At the start of the competition we had high expectations for Ireland’s chances in the 6 Nations, flash forward a few months and there aren’t too many Irish production […]

5 Top Tips for Responsible Gambling

By Andy Leech March 15, 2017 (No)
Oh, I do fancy a flutter, don’t you? It’s Cheltenham week, oh course you do! And what a glorious time it is. Surely ‘tis the only week of the year where it’s quite acceptable to stroll into a bookies at half one on a Wednesday afternoon and precede to spend the remainder of the day there. You might even see your wife’s number appear on your phone, but you needn’t worry. Other days, you might be forced to pick up and instantly think of an excuse as to why you didn’t come home for lunch: “Sorry, love, I had to work right through” or “Sorry, dear, the boss wanted to […]

The Bluffer’s Guide To Rugby Terms

By Ryan Corry March 9, 2017 (No)
It’s that time of year again, when Six Nations fever grips the nation, or at least it did for 80 minutes until the Scottish put a very premature end to Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes on the opening weekend. BUT, all is on the up and up again and the rugger fans are back out in force as things are going relatively well. We made our predictions early for the 2017 Six Nations and Ireland’s Chances, as it stands the bookies are being made look very savvy with England producing the most dominant displays to date. As you all know, if you’ve ever been in a pub on a Saturday or […]

Is Ronnie O’Sullivan The Messi of Snooker?

By Andy Leech February 13, 2017 (No)
Last month, when Ronnie O’Sullivan made the bold claim that he can be “the Messi of snooker”, most of the sporting world collectively sniggered and said, “You play snooker mate, pipe down”. But to the astonishment of many, just a short time later, five time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi, declared to the masses that he one day wished to be “The Ronnie O’Sullivan of Football” (this may be an alternative fact). Despite the rather arrogant, and at times, quite strange utterings of O’Sullivan, there can be no doubting his genius. The Englishman’s record speaks for itself, but can his ability and achievements truly be compared with the greatest footballer […]

The 2017 Six Nations – What are Ireland’s Chances?

By Andy Leech February 4, 2017 (No)
Memories of beating all that the southern hemisphere had to offer in 2016 will mean that we Irish fans go into this Six Nations tournament with high expectations. Over the top of my pint cup, I watched in amusement as Ireland trounced Australia in the first half of their meeting last November in the Aviva. While the Wallabies came back strongly in the second half, they simply had no answer to the Irish for the first forty minutes of action. Looking around as men and women roared on the home team, I attempted to appreciate just how far we had come to not even be that surprised that we were […]

5 Of The Biggest Sporting Events In 2017

By Andy Leech January 4, 2017 (No)
With no World Cup, Euros or Olympics, you might be fooled into thinking that this could be a forgettable sporting year. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. To get your juices well and truly flowing, we have put together a list of five events that shouldn’t be missed this year. Just like your gluten-free, vegan, craft beer drinking mate (you know, the one with the shit beard, you kind of hate him), we’re not going to go too mainstream on this one. Champions League, Six Nations, Munster final, blah, blah, blah. Here are 5 of the biggest sporting events of 2017. They might even distract you from the […]

Top 5 Irish Breakthrough Sports Stars Of 2016

By theSharpeUser November 16, 2016 (No)
It truly has been an exceptional week for Irish sport. The Irish rugby team produced a heroic effort and tamed the mighty All Blacks for the first time in 111 years, the national soccer team conquered Austria for the first time since 1963 to move top of their World Cup qualification group and our very own Conor McGregor became the first man in UFC history to be crowned a dual-weight world champion. With all of that it would be quite easy to forget about the rest of the stars that helped put Irish sport on the map in 2016. Worry not, as we at thesharpe.com have put together our top […]

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