...grand. Can't say I was feeling that confident about an England grand slam before Saturday's game. My confidence having dropped over the last couple of outings. And then the ref being announced.
...team? The previous two home victories, against New Zealand and Scotland, were good but was winning away in Ireland the indication of where this England rugby team is under Stuart Lancaster?
...feel good about themselves? Opening games of tournaments have become increasingly cagey affairs, teams scared of getting off to a bad start, leading to some dire football and said teams ending up on the wrong end of a bad start.
...sixteen years on. It's sixteen years ago today that one of the great guitar players died, at the age of 47, Rory Gallagher.
...hell more than one at times. It was no surprise that the current England side butchered the Grand Slam chance against Ireland they aren't in the class of the 1990 or late 90s early 2000s sides.
...turn you guitar into a string synth and tin whistle. Bill Ruppert is back for St. Patrick's day getting some Oirish tin whistle sounds out of his guitar.
...Jocks. After all they repeatedly do their best to make the Jocks look good on a rugby pitch and they were at it again on Sunday as they struggled to keep the Grand Slam dream alive.
...way. England batting, bowling and fielding like bums shouldn't take away from a great victory by Ireland in the World Cup or the great innings by Kevin O'Brien.
...won? England could have quite easily have beaten Ireland on Saturday in the Six Nations, is it better that they didn't?
...remember and hate. The England rugby side that puts in shockingly awful performances that are followed up by the manager and captain saying how great they were.
...the Uilleann pipes. Bill Ruppert is back with his Effectology videos, this time getting the sound of Ireland from his guitar and some Electro-Harmonix effect pedals.