The Craziest Men in Sports

The game of Irish Hurling fascinates me to no end. If you think hockey players are tough a bit crazy, or perhaps rugby is your reference point, keep in mind they have nothing on Irish hurlers. “Hurling is a thrilling and dangerous sport, and in Ireland the players are universally admired for their nerves. Within this pool, it is the goalkeepers who are most venerated.“A key requirement to be a goalkeeper in hurling is that you have to be mad,” says Feargal McGill, head of games administration and player welfare for hurling’s governing body, the Gaelic Athletic Association.* To wit: In 1997, goalkeeper Joe Quaid shattered one testicle, and had to have half of the second removed, when he took a ball to the crotch on a penalty shot. Upon recovery he returned to the sport, and continued playing as a goalie for three more seasons.”

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  • @brianlindenmuth April 14, 2011, 11:36 am

    The Irish writer Ken Bruen wrote the following.

    "Hurling is our national sport, a cross between hockey and murder."

    • @slyoyster April 14, 2011, 12:16 pm

      That's brilliant! What a great quote. I love watching this sport whenever they air it on ESPN in the twilight hours.