Hello, I'm Russell Barwick and I've just volunteered to have my ass kicked by this lady.
"Ireland is a joke for not joining team GB. It's a whole Irish joke. It just makes no sense."
If you only know one thing about the Irish, it should be that they are not British. One of ESPN UK's top pundits very much did not know this, and as a result ESPN UK has completely deleted the day of August 7 from its video library. By 'top pundit', of course, we mean gold-medal-winning idiot and host of Pardon the Interruption, Russell Barwick. Barwick's quotes on August 7th led many to hope he would soon find himself meeting Ireland's gold-medal-winning female boxer, Katie Taylor, in a dark alley while the Interney cheered on. (Editor's note: Ms. Taylor is a deeply religious and kind woman and would never indulge our fantasies of violence.)
Why should you never confuse Ireland with Britain? Long story short, there's some history there. Like centuries of political and religious oppression, a little incident where millions were allowed to starve to death, and a bunch of insurrections and revolutions that finally resulted in the freedom of all but the northeastern corner of Ireland. We probably messed that up pretty badly but the main point should still be clear: The Irish are not British. No. No no no no no. No. No. Unlike Australia, they are not even part of the Commonwealth of Nations because they hate the idea of being part of Britain, at all, in any form. Of course, that didn't stop world-class goon and probable dingo-lover (also probably a criminal like ALL AUSTRALIANS) from making these outrageous statements: