Aussie pundit shockingly claims Irish Olympic team is a joke
Australian sports pundit Russell Barwick had the blogosphere and airwaves humming as he denounced the Ireland Olympic team for not being part of the highly successful Team GB on ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption program.
Barwick went on to say Irish athletes going for gold for their country were similar to a Hawaiian surfer claiming he wasn’t from the United States.
“We, the rest of the world, can’t understand. It’s like a Hawaiian surfer not claiming that he surfs for the USA.
“It’s not like Tasmanians say they don’t want to represent Australia. You’re all part of the one mix master.”
“I understand the history of Irish politics. Well actually, I don’t understand the history of Irish politics.”
His bemused British co-presenter attempted to steer him away from the thorny issue of Irish politics claiming there wouldn’t be enough time. Barwick responded saying half of Ireland was part of Great Britain anyway and that Ireland managed to forget about their national identity when it came to the “British Lions” in rugby.
“Team GB has an enormous advantage over basically every other country in the world because it’s four countries all wrapped up into one,” said Barwick.
“What about the British Lions tour? They all kiss and make up for a British Lions and they kiss and make up for Six Nations.
“It’s a whole Irish joke, the whole thing. It just makes no sense,” he concluded as his co-presenter put his head in his hands, and invited people to respond if they wanted.