28 December, 2011

Top Moments of 2011:

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            It's the time of year where you'll be hearing about the  "Top Five"  of everything from books to films to hairdos and etc. so the last thing you probably want to read about is the  "Top Five Moments of 2011;"  but I'm going to tell you anyway!
            Anyway;  with no further ado, here we are the  "Top Five Moments of 2011"  in descending order:

1st     Dewey Bozella wins the heart of the World and a pro boxing fight:
             Having been wrongly incarcerated for a murder he did not commit in 1983;  Dewey Bozella was released in 2009 after 26 years too many.  He proceeded to open boxing gyms around his native New York state and to coach kids in those gyms.  Asked for his attitude towards the prosecutors and police who invented  "evidence"  against him; Bozella said:  "I don't hold any grudge.  If I hold a grudge, then I can't do what I gotta do.  Never let where you've come from affect where you're going."  On release from prison; Dewey still had one wish; that to have one professional fight.  Bernard Hopkins heard about Bozella's story and offered Dewey a fight.  Sing, Sing Prison's Light Heavyweight champion proceeded to win the fight in true Hollywood fashion and a feature film is in the offing. 

McIlroy after Masters Meltdown (yes that's a capital 'M')
2nd  Rory McIlroy after his back nine final round U.S. Masters meltdown:
             Having endured the worst moment of his career;  Rory McIlroy spoke candidly and receptively to media for some 20 minutes.  Having led the field by five strokes with nine holes to play; he proceeded to collapse to a 43 on the back nine for a final round 80 to finish in 19th place some 11 strokes behind the eventual winner, Charl Schwartzel.  After the worst moment of his professional life; the 22 year-old spoke calmly and politely though admitting to  "crying my eyes out" only minutes later.  McIlroy's attitude was in stark contrast to that of 14-time Major winner, Tiger Woods, some 14 years McIlroy's senior, who acted like a petulant child after a disappointing finish to his own tournament.  So nice then to see McIlroy win his very next Major tournament;  the U.S. Open.

Goalkeeper kicks off without the ball
3rd  Dutch goalkeeper (Esteban Alverado) shows who not to mess with by attacking violent fan:
              It was the 35th minute of a Eredivise (Dutch League) game between Ajax and AZ Alkmaar this month at Ajax's Amsterdam ArenA.  With the ball up the other end of the field; a drunken Ajax "fan" proceeded to run onto the pitch and attempt a "kung-fu" kick on the 6'5" stopper who proceeded to land two violent kicks on the prone trespasser before being red carded by the referee.  The result?  Such was the dismay of the Alkmaar manager that he ordered his players off the pitch and refused to finished the game.  The goalkeeper will not receive a ban for his retaliation with the Ajax fan protesting the reason he attempted to attack Alverado was because he "hated" the Costa Rican native.

4th   Australia   6 -  15  Ireland:  Rugby World Cup 2011:
          This was the game where the  "Golden Generation"  of Irish players finally produced it on the biggest stage of all.  Although the likes of O'Driscoll, O'Connell and O'Gara had won so many Triple Crowns, Grand Slam and Heineken Cups;  they had never quite produced it on the biggest stage of all.  While subsequent events meant that the campaign was a disappointment; this was a truly heroic effort; epitomized by Stephen Ferris picking up Wallaby scrum-half Will Genia and quite literally carrying him 12 yards back towards his own try-line late in the first-half, really highlighted this super human effort.

5th  Shamrock Rovers become first Irish side to reach Group Stages of a major European football competition:
             After so many false dawns and near misses; an Irish club finally reached the Group Stages of a major European footballing competition.  Whilst the club proceeded to lose all six Group games; it's a major breakthrough for Irish football.  Of course this breakthrough needs to be built on with wise investment.  Fingers crossed this happens though of course there is by no means no guarantee of this.
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