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22-07-2020, 20:03   #61
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Brian O'Driscoll, recognised as one, of, if not the best centres to have ever played.
Maintained high standards throughout for club and country, and held in extremely high regard internationally.
And I know the usual "rugby is only played by a few posh lads" will be incoming but the question asked was greatest sportsperson not most popular sport.
Rugby is only played by a few posh lads.
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We could have won that world cup..
Because we would have totally outclassed that Brazil team.
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Rory McIlroy.

4 Majors and constantly bothering the number one in the world spot.
But he's a nordie so it doesn't count.

The problem with the nordies is there is always this are they Irish,care they British ambiguity.

And McElroy is guilty of causing that confusion more than many others.
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Because we would have totally outclassed that Brazil team.
Not saying we’d much chance but that Brazil team was beatable without outclassing them. It was one of the poorest latter stages of a World Cup ever.
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Rory McIlroy.

4 Majors and constantly bothering the number one in the world spot.
Didnt he identify as british, or would have if he played in the Olympics
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Rory McIlroy.

4 Majors and constantly bothering the number one in the world spot.
Op is talking about sports, not games. Golf is no more a sport than Connect-4, which isn't even intended as an insult by the way. Both are very enjoyable games.
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Op is talking about sports, not games. Golf is no more a sport than Connect-4, which isn't even intended as an insult by the way. Both are very enjoyable games.
Someone mentioned a jockey earlier which counts as neither.
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Didnt he identify as british, or would have if he played in the Olympics
He had said he would play in the olympics but pulled out for health reasons, can’t remember but was there something to do with a virus from a swamp or something.
It’s a very complicated thing in fairness he’s British and still Irish, he grew up golfing in an all Ireland system which most sports bar soccer have.
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Michelle Smith for me, or Katie Taylor.
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Its between Taylor and Padraig Harrington for me. I think with what KT has done she edges it but I will always have a soft spot for Paddy.
No way would you put Harrington up there, he’s shat the bed in numerous big competitions when he’s been leading. Ok three majors and around 06/07/08 he was something else.... a real purple patch..But .... blowing a three shot lead somewhere with three holes to play and he is interviewed... “ Padraig, you must be devastated ?”... PH : “ahhh sure, ahhh sure, look it’s a lovely day isn’t it.” He’s been second so often that it’s just bewildering.

Roy Keane :

7 Premier League Championships

4 FA Cups

1 Champions League

1 intercontinental Cup

1 Scottish League

1 Scottish League Cup

12 years at United, 13 trophies.

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Harrington without a doubt.

First Irish (as in non nordie) to win a major.
First European to win a major in 27 attempts.
Then he goes and defends the Open championship the next year.
The first European to do that in 102 years

Then he just goes and does what no European had done in 78 years and win the PGA.

The above coupled with his numerous other tour wins makes him hands down the best.
If ROI only then yes, its Harrington. Roy Keane running box to box, winning the ball back and then passing to a creative player was, by his own admission, his game. He was great at that but Harrington possessed the same desire minus the thuggery of Keane.

Even though he peaked at the end of the 00's the idea that he'd just won three majors and looked to get even better is testament to his winning attitude. Others might have sought to maintain their swing after such success but he always strove to improve in spite of that. The crazy game drove him a bit crazy and his subsequent form suffered but if you could only bottle the guys desire and dedication to the game. That he's a genuinely nice man coupled with his achievements then hes the greatest Irish sportsman for me.
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No way would you put Harrington up there, he’s shat the bed in numerous big competitions when he’s been leading. Ok three majors and around 06/07/08 he was something else.... a real purple patch..But .... blowing a three shot lead somewhere with three holes to play and he is interviewed... “ Padraig, you must be devastated ?”... PH : “ahhh sure, ahhh sure, look it’s a lovely day isn’t it.” He’s been second so often that it’s just bewildering.

Roy Keane :

7 Premier League Championships

4 FA Cups

1 Champions League

1 intercontinental Cup

1 Scottish League

1 Scottish League Cup
Fair play to him for winning all those

Katie Taylor is the correct answer. Closely followed by Paul O Donovan.
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Op is talking about sports, not games. Golf is no more a sport than Connect-4, which isn't even intended as an insult by the way. Both are very enjoyable games.
..yet theres always this comment whenever theres a sport thread in AH and golf gets mentioned. Of course it's a sport.

Sport - an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

You have to get a ball around a course which can be upwards of 7,500 yards long in as few shots as possible. That's the competition. The raw physical exertion bit is trying to accomplish this by hitting the ball a very long way. The full golf swing is a resonant athletic movement. To be remotely competitive at an elite level requires a swing speed of over 110 mph for the driver. The skill aspect is doing that movement very accurately while then having to employ finesse and deft touch when the ball is much closer to the hole. Raw power and controlled finesse in the same sport. It can be played individually or within a team per the very definition of Sport. The Ryder Cup for example is one of sports great exhibitions.

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Fair play to him for winning all those

Katie Taylor is the correct answer. Closely followed by Paul O Donovan.
Katie never achieved as much as Roy, she didn’t consistently achieve over a similar timeframe... ok, it’s difficult to compare but at this time, she quite simply, hasn’t.
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Fair play to him for winning all those

Katie Taylor is the correct answer. Closely followed by Paul O Donovan.
Katie Taylor has totally dominated her sport for almost twenty years but the patriarchal mainstream media and social media sites like this one will have you believe that she isn’t as important as Roy Keane or Brian O Driscoll because she has “less competition.”
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