Apollos is ‘da’ man but Farage makes me cringe

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I am usually perfectly happy being miserable but after listening to Apollos Hester I felt I could do anything.

Apollos Hester is a 17 year-old American high school football player.

Apollos Hester.

Apollos Hester.

Apollos plays for the East View High School Patriots in Georgetown, Texas.

Following his team’s remarkable 42-41 comeback win against Vandegrift High School on Friday, Lauren Mickler, a local sports reporter, interviewed Apollos.

The interview started off like this, “So, what were you guys able to do to come back and win this thing?,” asked Mickler.

Appearing to possess the energy and positivity of Barney the Dinosaur on Prozac, Apollos said:

“Well, at first we started slow, we started real slow. and you know, that’s all right, that’s OK, because sometimes in life you’re going to start slow.

“That’s OK. We told ourselves, ‘Hey, we’re going to start slow, we’re going to keep going fast. We’re going to start slow, but we’re always, always going to finish fast. No matter what the score was, we’re going to finish hard; we’re going to finish fast.’

“Yeah, they had us the first half, I’m not going to lie. We were undefeated, but they had us. But it took guts, it took an attitude - that’s all it takes.”

If you don’t believe me then check the video out for yourself online, you won’t be disappointed.

It’s easy to stand on the sidelines and discredit Apollos for being too positive and idealistic but there’s a truth to what he said.

I’m almost twice Apollos’ age but he had me at hello with his enthusiasm and fervour.

If you’ve seen the interview then I’ll understand if you find it a little ‘too American’ but to be honest when you strip away Apollos’ high octane performance to camera he has got a point.

The only thing stopping many of us from actually doing the things we want to do is ourselves.

As Apollos said in his post-match interview, all it take is an attitude to be on your way.

If procrastination was a sport at the Olympics I would be Ireland’s answer to Chris Hoy and Steve Redgrave put together.

I’ve a list as long as several arms of the things I want to do and if I am completely honest with myself, the only thing stopping me from doing these things is me.

It’s never too late to change or try anything new and after listening to Apollos I intend to do just that. Rio 2016 here I come!

Farage makes me cringe

Staying with videos on-line, have you had the misfortune of seeing UKIP leader, Nigel Farage’s advert for betting firm Paddy Power and the Ryder Cup?

It’s much more cringing than Phil Coulter’s ‘Bright Brand New Day’ song and that’s saying something.

Farage is currently an MEP and will stand for election in next year’s general election but he is so anti-Europe that he makes Daily Mail readers sound like reasonable people.

In the advert, Farage rambles on about how he will be cheering on Europe against the “flag waving, fist pumping, ‘get in the hole’ shouting Americans”.

I found it hard to take Farage seriously before the advert but he’s a virtual laughing stock now. Instead of trying to cash in on one of the biggest sport events of the year he should stick to politics.