Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
Ireland come out of hiding for heads up rematch.
By Barny Boatman
The Irish team may tell you that the historic inaugural event in Merrion Square was a closely fought competitive affair which all went down to the final card. History records that we pipped 'em four nil and that the only thing we all went down to was the pub.
As Padraig said when starting his match with his team already three nil down, 'If I rescue the match now I'll really be a hero.'
The truth is, as our report at the time said, every match could have gone either way and we did get the rub of the green that night. So, we're taking nothing for granted in next week's return fixture.
The Irish for their part have been in intensive training for several months, watching old London's Burning tapes, studying Ram's online play for any signs of pre-flop aggression, looking up 'Elegance' in the dictionary and practicing dignified congratulatory speeches.
They have also made a few changes in their line-up. Padraig steps down as captain in favour of the steadying influence of respected veteran Christy 'The Mystery' Smith. This allows Padraig to take up a freer roll, and we expect that, unconstrained by the responsibilities of office he may be a little more vocal, which could give us a few problems in defence.
It will come as no surprise that the pride of all Ireland Andy 'The Saint' Black has been drafted into the side. Andy tops the Mob database All Ireland all time money list (Padraig is third) so, at least we know who'll be getting the first round in.
The fourth man is Paddy "Dusty" Mc Fadden, winner - we are told -of the Irish Poker League. Sounds a bit tasty.
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