On Saturday night past, DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology) won the Sigerson Cup for the first time. In the small hours, naked photos of one of their star players, Meath’s Alan Nestor, began appearing on the internet. Naked that is, apart from the fact that he covered his manhood with the Dr. Sigerson Cup.
I have to say, if I had a face like Alan’s, I wouldn’t be posing in the nip, but then again he is from Meath. The fun really began when the GAA’s Higher Education Chairman Ray O’Brien described this as “a serious matter that could be seen as bringing the association into disrepute,” adding that, “If we have to take disciplinary action we will.” One hopes this will not discourage GAA players from posting naked photos of themselves on social media. It is a civil (and perhaps religious) liberty that we must zealously protect. Safe to say, the only drug that Alan was on at the time was Guinness, which as Shakespeare put it, “provokes the desire but takes away the performance.”
Around about the same that Nestor was saying to his mates, “Alright lads, just one more photo and remember this is to be kept strictly amongst ourselves,” US heavyweight Tony Thompson was knocking out hot favourite David Price, leaving the huge Liverpudlian crowd wondering. A few days before the fight, Thompson, 41, said candidly in the press conference that, “Doping has become so widespread in professional sport that it should be legalised. All banning it does is leave the few remaining good guys without guns.”