#10 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from a Weekend of Sport (2024)

The Good

On a weekend of tremendous sporting action, the US Open back 9 at Pinehurst on Sunday night was the highlight. I had been watching England’s inefficient victory against Serbia in the European Championships for a large portion of the evening but a quick glance at the leaderboard in the golf told me a change of viewing was required. Rory McIlroy had been hovering around the top for the majority of proceedings before drawing level with Bryson DeChambeau and overtaking him by two shots at one point. Unfortunately, an implosion on the greens saw McIlroy bogey three of the final four holes to hand the title DeChambeau. It felt like golf hadn’t had a classic final day showdown of this proportion in an age. Both players duelled it out on a nightmarish course set-up before real drama unfolded. The 18th hole proved the most theatrical. McIlroy was playing with the painfully slow Patrick Cantlay a hole ahead of DeChambeau when his drive on 18 found some shrubbery off the fairway. McIlroy managed to hack it out and up to the edge of the green, before chipping to leave an awkward four-foot downhill putt to retain six under par. It proved too delicate an operation for the Hollywood man as his putt lipped past and he dropped a shot.

It didn’t end there however as the American approached the 18th hole with similar ‘grip and rip’ tactics he had been deploying throughout the round. DeChambeau also missed the fairway with his drive leaving an awkward stance and a chip that found a greenside bunker. 55 yards from the pin, a mile in golfing terms for a shot from the sand to the green, DeChambeau held his nerve and salvaged par with an up and down of supreme quality. In doing so he claimed his second US Open title and second major victory overall after a gritty weekend of performance. McIlroy slunk away from the course in record time following his gut-wrenching defeat leaving DeChambeau to embrace the chants of USA and mingle with fans he had given so much time to throughout the week. Undoubtedly, two of the most intriguing characters in the game, McIlroy continues to chase a fifth major title his talent deserves, whilst no single sportsman has managed to turn themselves around to go from villain to hero quite like DeChambeau. His nickname of ‘The Scientist’ stems from his obsession with marginal gains through equipment, physical preparation or risky shot taking. Initially seen as odd, maybe selfish, he has endeared himself to fans in recent years with his unorthodox approach and gregarious interaction with spectators. McIlroy’s wait to return to the apex of the game continues.

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Credit: Golf Digest

The Bad

The Joe McDonagh champions Offaly and runners-up Laois proceeded to the preliminary quarter finals of the Liam McCarthy on Saturday, as has been the case in recent years. Trying to retain some link between competitions is the primary cause for this continued avenue of so-called progression. Aside from Laois’ humbling of Dublin in O’Moore Park in 2019, coached by an astute Eddie Brennan, the Joe McDonagh winners and losers are hammered year on year by superior opposition. This time both teams suffered a combined 21-point defeat at the hands of Cork and Wexford respectively. Offaly gave a good account of themselves yet still fell to a 9-point loss. Laois similarly battled bravely against a Wexford team in second gear at home but succumbed tamely in the finish. The time has come for the association to do away with these pointless fixtures. Rumours circulated online to suggest that Offaly’s under-20 star Adam Screeney was not named on the matchday panel because he instead was on his holidays. If these rumours happen to be true, it shows a distinct lack of interest from a county which is riding high thanks to its underage success. Players are bound to narrow their focus singularly to the competition they are competing in. Following the Joe McDonagh it would be natural for said players to relax and enjoy each other’s company for a few days. Trying to prepare for an outing against a team who are in effect All-Ireland contenders should not have been on their radar. Cork played within themselves, and the game resembled a loose challenge match. It was far removed from what we had encountered in the group stages of Leinster and Munster, both finals aside. This is not to say that Offaly cannot compete with Liam McCarthy sides next year, but to ask players to come down from a high to refocus and to go again a week later is unnecessary. That’s just the winners of the competition, spare a thought for Laois, who had to do it after losing.

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Credit: Irish Independent

The Ugly

English and Serbian fans clashing prior to their opening group game in the European Championships is the nadir of the weekend. Grown men fighting in the street. Ridiculous, embarrassing and shameful.

McIlroy's Final Round

Offaly vs Cork

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#10 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from a Weekend of Sport (2024)


What is the conclusion of sports? ›

Sports in a way are a great source of knowledge of what life is. We develop skills like Leadership, Teamwork, Patience, Competitiveness and Determination of Success. These are some of the good and must qualities that a person must have in his/her own life. Sports are generally played for fitness, passion and success.

What do you call a person who is good at sports? ›

The noun athlete comes from the Greek word athletes, meaning “contestant in the games.” Anyone who competes in sporting competitions can be called an athlete, but usually the term is reserved for people with a high level of dedication, skill and fitness.

What is the true meaning of sportsmanship? ›

Sportsmanship is an understanding of and commitment to fair play, ethical behavior and integrity, and general goodwill toward an opponent. It is an affirmation that an athlete is disciplined enough to have perspective, maintain poise and do what is best for his or her teammates.

What are the positive and negative effects of sports? ›

Although sports help build muscle in the body and also helps mentally there are risks and downfalls of playing sports. “Over-competition in sport is problematic for children's mental health. Some competition is fine to keep them focused, but too much is a problem.

What is the short summary of sports? ›

Sport covers a range of activities performed within a set of rules and undertaken as part of leisure or competition. Sporting activities involve physical activity carried out by teams or individuals and may be supported by an institutional framework, such as a sporting agency.

What is an example of a conclusion? ›

Example: In conclusion, Frederick Douglass was, as we have seen, a pioneer in American education, proving that education was a major force for social change with regard to slavery.

What do you call a sports lover? ›

A sports enthusiast is someone who is really passionate and excited about sports. Enthusiast comes from the Greek enthousiastēs, meaning "person inspired by a god." While it doesn't retain those same religious connotations today, an enthusiast is someone who is inspired by a cause or person.

What is a sports nut? ›

a person who is keen on a particular subject or hobby: She's a real sports nut.

What is a one person sport called? ›

Individual sports are also known as solo sports. These are sports that one competes in by oneself. Individual sports are characterized by the fact that participants do not have teammates to rely on to achieve the main objective.

What is poor sportsmanship? ›

Poor sportsmanship would be a player not taking responsibility and arguing the call, which could even escalate to the point of an ejection if the player persists. In addition, players show sportsmanship by being responsible to their teammates and coaches.

What is the most common offence of a bad sportsmanship? ›

Since every sport is rule-driven, the most common offence of bad sportsmanship is the act of cheating or breaking the rules to gain an unfair advantage; this is called unsportsmanlike conduct.

How to be a better sport? ›

Have a positive attitude and give your best effort. Follow the rules of the game. Accept calls and don't argue with officials. Support your teammates by saying something like, "Good shot" or "Good try." Don't criticize them if they make a mistake.

What does mental sport mean? ›

A mind sport, is a game of skill based on intellectual ability.

Do sports cause stress? ›

Competing often causes some stress, and that can be good. A little stress helps the body face a challenge and gets you to try a little harder. But too much can take the fun out of a sport and make it hard to perform.

How does sport affect you mentally? ›

There's plenty of evidence that taking part in physical activity can have a profound and positive impact on mental wellbeing. Being physically active can improve mood, decrease the chance of depression and anxiety and lead to a better and more balanced lifestyle.

How do you end a sports essay? ›

Here are some key aspects to include in your conclusion to ensure its effectiveness:
  1. End the essay on a positive note.
  2. Communicate the importance of your ideas and the subject matter.
  3. Provide the reader with a sense of closure.
  4. Reiterate and summarize your main points.
  5. Rephrase and then restate your thesis statement.
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What is the conclusion of sports science? ›

In conclusion, sports science is more than a field of study; it's a conduit to unlocking the full potential of human athletic ability.

What is a good conclusion for exercise? ›

Engaging in regular physical activity may produce improvements in an individual's physical health, cognitive performance, and psychological well-being. Physical benefits include, but are not limited to, reduced risk for diseases, and improvements in physical functioning, fitness, and overall quality of life.

How do we write a conclusion? ›

In a general way,
  1. Restate your topic and why it is important,
  2. Restate your thesis/claim,
  3. Address opposing viewpoints and explain why readers should align with your position,
  4. Call for action or overview future research possibilities.

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