So every St. Patrick's day, as consistent as gravity, my buddy Kevin McGuigan undoubtably sends me an email telling me "Happy St. Patrick's Day" I inevitably call him a drunk, he calls me fat, and we have a good laugh. But not before I remind him that St. Patrick was born in a Roman province, and is actually Italian. I then spend the rest of the day with a shit-eating grin on my face knowing that, "all the Irish have is a holiday celebrating an Italian." However, in honor of the highest-Irish-holiday I have decided to compile a list of the most famous Irish athletes. along with the help of my Irish roommate, Ryan McGuire.
Do you know what happens when you do a Google search for "greatest Irish athletes." A grainy picture of the most obscure boxer in history comes up. So I've decided to make him number one. John Lawrence (J.L.) Sullivan, He also was the first heavy weight champion ever of "Gloved Boxing." Coincidentally, he was also the last heavy weight champion of "Bare Knuckle Boxing." The jury is still out on how he did in "drunken-Irish-boxing" but the smart money is on "good" to "very good."
(*Much in the same way that I deny that Steve Nash is a Canadian)