The Rock And Hard Places


Enough to send you potty.

Pot D.

Suit yourselves.

73 thoughts on “The Rock And Hard Places

  1. Ollie Cromwell

    Will Ireland become the first host nation not to qualify for the finals ?
    That would be a sad stat to go with their being joint worst finalists in the history of the European championships.
    Lots of pressure on their English manager.

    1. topsy

      Great draw for Republic.
      As usual England placed in a group where English scum won’t be able to cause trouble.

    2. Cú Chulainn

      Obsessed with kickball, types M8, a bit thick with a esn soh.. I’m beginning to think, Oliver, old bean, that you might be a little bit chav..

      1. Ollie Cromwell

        Yeah they really imploded getting to the World Cup semis.
        Ireland,meanwhile ….#16longyears.


        1. Charlie

          You mean beating the might of Panama, the invincible Tunisia, a peno shoot out with clumsy Colombia and stumbling to the semi final by beating those kings of Europe, Sweden. Bwahaaaaa…

    3. Ollie Cromwell

      So Gibraltar it is for the first game.
      Most likely on the Rock.
      A tricky baptism for Micko.
      All to play for among the minnows.

    4. Steph Pinker

      Ollie: I know very little about soccer, but, England, as the host nation didn’t make it out of their group in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, ironically though, Stuart Lancaster and Andy Farrell – having been sent to Coventry by the English RFU; sports media; rugby supporters et al. – are very welcome in provincial and Irish rugby and it’s to our benefit as they will successfully carry on Schmidt’s legacy with pride, support, and without vilification – regardless of how we fare in the RWC next year; not to mention how they’ve both contributed brilliantly to Irish rugby to date.

  2. ReproBertie

    If nothing else we’ll find how just how right you were about Gibraltar fancying their chances against Ireland.

    1. Ollie Cromwell

      Well Bertie I’m fairly optimistic Micko will do a better job than Mr Magoo and Saddam Hussein.
      So Ireland might just nick it.

        1. Ollie Cromwell

          Back-tracking ?
          I just happen to think Ireland are marginally less crap than Gibraltar.
          At the moment.

  3. Yep

    Every. Day.Olivier.

    Surely it can’t be as fun as it used to be? Have you thought maybe it has just become habit and the bellylaughs and wide grins at the reactions have been gone for months now?

    I understand you have become an almost integral part of getting the comment sections firing nowadays and maybe you feel that somehow vindicates the effort put in? Stellar work in many cases.

    It’s just that I wonder if this continued hat you wear is becoming heavy and you have lost the fun. As well as finding it harder the silence that voice whispering “Why am I doing this?”..

    Take this week off. Till Thursday anyway. Don’t even read the posts. Just get your head together for Christmas and think about what your 2019 is going to be. Reassess some stuff. xxx

      1. Yep

        8 minute reply. 8 minutes. Do you get the email confirmation or just have a tab open? Ssshhhh don’t answer. Get up. Go out and stand in the rain. Fill your lungs. Relax…I only want you to be ok.

        It’s not a forum. It’s a comment section. I’m told they can be fairly mean about diet and the benefits of breastfeeding over there.

        1. Ollie Cromwell

          I’m perched on a high stool,sipping a decent pint,watching a cracking North London derby and winding up gullible Paddies.
          A perfect Sunday afternoon.

          1. jusayinlike

            ” another one pwned ”

            that’s what the estate agent said when you handed over cash for 3 shoe boxes in ballbriggan..


        2. SOQ

          @ John Ryan, you clearly know who these people are. Maybe you are just bored with your life but if so, why not just close the site down?

          1. bisted

            …and @John Ryan…will you deal with the problem of people who have a single username but multiple personalities…

          2. John 'Preposterous' Ryan

            Bisted, I am sorry you are unhappy but the commenters (you are accusing of being one person) use different IP addresses and noticeably different styles of writing which becomes obvious after a while.

          3. Ollie Cromwell

            I have enough trouble keeping up with one handle.
            Multiple usernames sounds like hard work to me.
            Anyway Mr Preposterous is most likely spending his Sunday evening romancing a comely maiden with his come-hither looks and flowing blonde mane.
            He’s Ireland’s very own Ric Flair.

          4. Bertie Blenkinsop

            As long as people keep responding Broadsheet will be delighted.
            Ignore him like we did to Leather Jacket Guy and he’ll crawl back under his rock.

          5. Ollie Cromwell

            You’ve been saying this for the past year since I chanced upon this site and decided to have some fun.
            As I keep in saying – if all you want to read is an affirmation of your views than go and live in an echo chamber.
            Free speech,alternative views,uncomfortable reading.
            They’re all signs of a healthy democracy.
            I get tugged occasionally for overstepping the boundary and that’s fair enough.
            But life would be awfully dull if all you heard is what you want to hear.

          6. John 'Preposterous' Ryan

            Forgive me if I sound upset, SOQ, but I have no idea who these people are and, as I have only shown you courtesy in all our dealings completely undeserving of this shabby provocation, I have no idea who you think you are.

          7. Conall

            Excuse me?

            Are you suggesting that Ollie Cromwell and John Ryan are the one person or that Ollie Cromwell & Jus Sayin Like are the same person.

            And seriously if they were is it any of your business?!!!

            Have you equity in this site? Sometimes these comments sections read like a shareholder’s meeting?

            Or are you just a general busybody.

            This is not Public Service Broadcasting. Why aren’t you on to RTE about nepotism instead of giving out about fellow commenters on a news site?

            The self regard is ridonc.

          8. Clampers Outside!

            +1 Con.

            A preposterous comment.

            While I also agree that the presence of multiple handle users are a pain on the site.

            The idiots behind them are nothing more than needy attention seeking scrotes with super fragile egos, in all fairness.

          9. Bertie Blenkinsop

            Without getting dragged into the argument, “I have no idea who you think you are” is a put down for the ages!

          10. Ollie Cromwell

            In the interests of accuracy I am Ollie Cromwell.
            I used to be Charger Salmons but just fancied a different username.
            I have no other username or any other connection with Broadsheet.
            I know of no-one on Broadsheet.
            The only person I would recognise is John Ryan and that’s because he used to be lead singer in The Darkness.
            Bodger would be a complete stranger if I passed him in the street although I’d probably chuck a few coins in his hat.
            I hope that clears this up once and for all.

          11. jusayinlike

            And I don’t have a thick drogheda accent and wear wellies.

            I don’t invest in rubbish apartments in places like Ballbriggan either.

            I own property in Cabinteely and South Africa. And I’m very proud of Irish Rugby.

            I have one username.

          12. millie st murderlark

            I have at least ten names.

            Mildred Clarabelle Evelyn Saturday Mary Angela Jane Matilda Fintan St Meadowlark.

    1. Spud

      I thought ‘Killing of Swan’ was a new band with the Guardian url apparently in the music section..

      To be fair, it wouldn’t take long to fine similar animal cruelty on our fair isle.

      1. Ollie Cromwell

        Never mind the fact that it’s an odd post to appear in a thread about the 2020 Euros it’s the automatic assumption that the entire 66 million population of Engerland should feel guilty about some scrote.
        Who might be a Johnny Foreigner anyway.
        Maybe I’ve unnerved so many people on here that they’re becoming desperate.
        It’s certainly a rum do.
        And a fowl deed.

  4. CLInt westwood

    I wish to complain about the generic nature and repetitive nature of the comments and their nature.
    In seven or eight years my youmgest children might read this rubbish and think I made it all up by meself just so as I’d look good.

  5. Ollie Cromwell

    You’ve got to be in it to win it.
    Seriously feller,if you want to step up to the plate get some decent ammo.

  6. Charlie

    Honestly Olive. There’s more chance of you serial chokers winning a tournament than there is of us embracing Morris dancing.

  7. Verbatim

    I happen to enjoy Ollie Cromwell’s comments when I read them, but the one-upmanship/childish/insulting reactions to them drive me pot d!
    “Have you equity in this site? Sometimes these comments sections read like a shareholder’s meeting? – Hilarious Conall!
    Why can’t we all just get along…haha the age of the outraged!

    1. Ollie Cromwell

      You get used to it after a while.
      Public debate has generally coarsened in the age of social media and while in days gone by an insult would be rewarded with a punch in the chops it’s now safe for keyboard warriors to hide behind internet anonymity.
      I’m sure most of them are quite decent people in real life although a couple of the usual suspects who hang around me like a fart in a spacesuit do strike me as oddballs.
      Hey ho.

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