July 20, 2002
Seemed like a good idea at the time
From the news wires:
A Gaelic football team has been disbanded after players were caught on a hotel security camera playing pool naked during a late night drinking session.
County Roscommon's Gaelic Athletic Association said the drastic decision to sack the entire county side had been taken to restore the good name of the team after allegations of off-the-pitch misbehavior.
"We feel this is something we have to do for the good of Roscommon football. It's a fresh start," county board chairman Stephen Banahan was quoted as saying in Friday's edition of the Irish Sun newspaper.
Gaelic football is a cross between soccer and rugby and is the national sport of Ireland. I'm gonna take a wild guess here and speculate that it's played without helments.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 20, 2002 to Other sports
Could have been worse... naked pool-players trying their luck on the Irish Gridiron?
Correct - there are no helmets involved, and it's more a mix between soccer and Australian rules football.
And it's one of the national sports of Ireland - the other is called 'Hurling' and it's played with a ball made of the hardest substance known to man while the players have sticks and fire the ball around at 100mph+. It's the quickest ball game in the world, and helmets are more common in hurling than in football - but there are some toothless, smashed nosed hurlers who wouldn't wear a helmet coz it's just not right for a 'man'.
As for naked pool - that's taught in most Catholic boarding schools in Ireland ;o)