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An Irish TV commentator bringing us very colorful comments during the Laser Radial event at the 2012 Olympic Games. Video published on Sep 9, 2012.

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Today, our throwback inspiration comes via two sources.

Firstly, yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, so I hope the whiskey hangover is mild.

Secondly, the world’s foremost yacht race concluded yesterday, with Team New Zealand defending their 2017 victory and winning the 36th America’s Cup race.

In a first-to-seven series, things were tied at three apiece before the Kiwis claimed four on the trot, defeating Italy’s Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.

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So, what do you get when you combine boating and the Irish? Some classic commentary, as evident from this video focusing on sailing events from the 2012 London Olympics.

Stick around until the end for the real kicker:

Here’s the part I really like – the commentary is the work of Irish comedian Chris ‘The Viper’ Tordoff, although that fact passed many news outlets by when the video first went viral.

The Irish Olympic Council also failed to see the funny side, forcing Tordoff to take his video off YouTube.

Thankfully, other accounts stepped into fill the void, and now your Thursday is all the better for it.

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He also questions the human rights records of some of the competing nations - and claims to have spotted Steven Spielberg and Tim Henman on board one of the yachts. Warning: he also occasionally uses sweary words.

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This is possibly the best video we’ve seen this Olympics.

It’s commentary on “some boats in a race” from an Irish comedian named Francis “Fran” Higgins.

OK, so let’s be frank – sailing is not the most exciting sport to watch. But this may very well put it on the map.

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Sweet, the way commentary should be done! There's a dude in NZ who did alternative Games audio commentary for all kinds of events, I think he usually does rugby. Funny stuff, just toking up and smashing beer and calling sports. He's on www.youcommentate.com .. check it out. I think anyone can do it?

I love how the Olympics brings out the best skits! Very enjoyable

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Irish commentary confuses international media with mock Olympic race

Long before the o'donovan brothers arrived on the scene, one irish "commentator" was confusing international media..

Francis \"The Viper\" Higgins had many sports fans confused by his comments.

That time when Irish comedian Chris Tordoff's confused the media with his mock Olympic commentary. 

Long before the O'Donovan brothers arrived on the scene, one Irish "commentator" was sending international media and Olympic fans into convulsions of laughter at London 2012, with his very strange take on the Woman's Laser Radial. The very same sport in which our fantastic Annalise Murphy was to take silver in Rio in 2016.

Over in Ireland, mention Chris ‘The Viper’ Tordoff of the Hardy Bucks, and everyone immediately thinks comedy.

But when Tordoff’s mock-commentary of Olympic sailing went viral six years ago, most international media failed to get the joke.

With the hype and fame surrounding the Cork, silver medal-winning rowers Gary and Paul O'Donovan after the Summer Olympics in 2016, the video has once again resurfaced to the bemusement of many sports fans and brought another wave of confusion to those who can't quite believe we have commentary like this in Ireland—maybe because we don't.

Tordoff was widely referenced as simply an “Irish Commentator” at the time, or credited under his character name of Francis Higgins from the Hardy Bucks. Many sources didn’t realize Tordoff wasn’t serious, while Buzzfeed wrote, “I’m about 90 percent sure this is fake, but it’s just too funny to think it might not be.”

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With its resurgence, some YouTube commenters were horrified at what they heard. 

"They let idiot like that to to travel to Rio?" asked one, while another stated "and the commentator knew less than my friend who had never seen a sailing boat before."

Tordoff already knows that the line between reality and fiction can be a humorous place; ‘The Hardy Bucks’ is a mockumentary show which began as the mostly-improvised tale of five men from the west of Ireland attempting to reach the great metropolis of Galway.

It appears the Olympic Council didn't see the funny side, however, and The Viper's original video was removed, resulting in a foul-mouthed rant from Tordoff that would stir pride in Irish boxer Michael Conlan , who himself had strong words for Olympic judges with his shock, controversial defeat in the quarterfinals of his weight division in the 2016 Summer Olympics, even sending a tweet to Putin to ask how much the Russians had paid for their win.

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Thankfully someone succeeded in reposting and regardless of the media confusion, everyone’s in agreement about one thing: this clip is hilarious in ways you never thought sailing could be.

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Just thought you might like to see how the Irish are viewing the Olympic Sailing. http://www.thatvideosite.com/v/5852  

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politically un-correct.. but funny  

DougM

Really an interesting starting sequence. Sadly, the commentator was probably a golfer, and not a sailor. It is symptomatic of the reason why people aren't interested in sailing and its competitive side. They simply don't understand it. Probably a lot like me if I had to narrate a Cricket game.  

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That was too funny! I couldn't stop laughing.  

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And that announcer has the nerve to call the spectators idiots! Do you suppose he ever looked in to a mirror? -Paul  

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That was the funniest video I've seen in quite a while! Keep em coming.  

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that was as good or better than jackie stewart narrating f-1 and calling rene arnoux "the little frog" --then spent all the rest of the race trying to smooth that mess over--i laughed my tail off..  

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victorhoisington said: Just thought you might like to see how the Irish are viewing the Olympic Sailing. http://www.thatvideosite.com/v/5852 Click to expand

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jviss said: That's really funny! Do you think it's for real, or is it a spoof? Click to expand
Joe said: Well, it's someone's commentary on a real race(start, that is).... so it's real. Are you asking if it is an Irish Television Broadcasting Network production.....? Does it matter? Click to expand
DannyS said: Pretty much guarantee it's a spoof commentary, there's a fook of a lot of cussing!:naughty: How 'bout that Finnish lady? Click to expand
jviss said: Jeez, just wondering! Click to expand

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It is a comedian doing a voice over.  

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jviss said: Yea, I like how he kept saying "watch your fookin' head" when they would tack. Click to expand

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DougM said: Really an interesting starting sequence. Sadly, the commentator was probably a golfer, and not a sailor. It is symptomatic of the reason why people aren't interested in sailing and its competitive side. They simply don't understand it. Probably a lot like me if I had to narrate a Cricket game. Click to expand

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I bet he's just pissed that drinking and wife beating didn't make the Olympics this year..  

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It's an Irish dude having a bit of fun is all. I thought it was hilarious. First time I watched it, I knew it was a spoof commentary, but I was thinking "What the heck kind of sailboat race is this???" Then, when it got to the end, I really had to laugh. Jim  

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The UCD business student comes from a family steeped in sailing, starting courses in the sport when she was just seven. She was intent on following in the footsteps of Annalise Murphy, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist who has been both a coach and mentor. McMahon has enjoyed immense success at junior and youth level, winning world and European titles along the way but, given her relative inexperience in the senior ranks, LA 2028 might be a more realistic target for a spot on the podium. But the Dubliner will, no doubt, believe she can achieve that feat this time around.

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Until 16, the Carlow man divided his sporting time between Gaelic football, rugby and sailing, his father introducing him to the latter sport on the lakes of Blessington. So talented did he prove to be, he focused on it thereafter, and just four years later he qualified for his first Olympics, the youngest Irish sailor to do so. He missed out on Tokyo, though, but his form since has been impressive, the highlight coming in Athens in February when he won bronze at the European Championships. Ranked in the world’s top 10, he is a genuine medal hope this summer.

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Swimming events will take place in the Seine in central Paris. Over a billion pounds has been spent to clean it up, with both marathon swimming and the triathlon scheduled to use it for competition.

On July 17, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo took a dip in the river to try to prove that it was safe for athletes.

The athletes, meanwhile, will be housed in the newly-built Olympic Village, which will accommodate 14,250, and be spread across three towns.

After the Games, the Village will become a neighbourhood with more than 2,000 new homes.

The Eiffel Tower will provide a great backdrop

How many sports and events are there at the Paris Olympics?

The Paris Olympic Games will feature 34 sports and 47 disciplines in total. 

There will be four new additions - breaking, skateboarding, surfing and sports climbing.

In total there will be 329 events – and therefore 329 gold medals to battle it out for - across 19 days of competition.

Team GB are taking 327 athletes to Paris across 24 different sports.

The flagship 100m finals will take place across the weekend of August 3-4.

The women's 100m final will be held at 8.20pm UK time on Saturday, August 3 and the men's 100m final will take place at 8.50pm UK time on Sunday, August 4.

Full sports schedule:

  • Archery: July 25 to August 4
  • Artistic gymnastics: July 27 to August 5
  • Artistic swimming: August 5 to 10
  • Athletics: from August 1 to 11
  • Badminton: July 27 to August 5
  • Basketball 3x3: July 30 to August 5
  • Basketball: July 27 to August 11
  • Beach volleyball: July 27 to August 10
  • BMX freestyle: July 30-31
  • BMX race: August 1st to 2nd
  • Boxing: July 27 to August 10
  • Breaking: August 9 to 10
  • Canoe slalom: July 27 to August 5
  • Diving: July 27 to August 10
  • Equestrian Sports: July 27 to August 6
  • Fencing: July 27 to August 4
  • Field hockey: July 27 to August 9
  • Golf: August 1 to 10
  • Handball: July 25 to August 11
  • Judo: July 27 to August 3
  • Marathon swimming: August 8-9
  • Modern Pentathlon: August 8 to 11
  • Mountain biking: July 28 to 29
  • Rhythmic gymnastics: August 8 to 10
  • Road cycling: July 27 to August 4
  • Rowing: July 27 to August 3
  • Rugby: July 24-30
  • Sailing: July 28 to August 8
  • Shooting: July 27 to August 5
  • Skateboarding: July 27 to August 7
  • Soccer: July 24 to August 10
  • Sport climbing: August 5 to 10
  • Sprint canoeing: August 6 to 10
  • Surfing: July 27 to 30
  • Swimming: July 27 to August 4  
  • Table tennis: July 27 to August 10
  • Taekwondo: August 7-10 
  • Tennis: July 27 to August 4
  • Track cycling: August 5-11
  • Trampoline: August 2
  • Triathlon: July 30 to August 5
  • Volleyball: July 27 to August 11
  • Waterpolo: July 27 to August 11
  • Weightlifting: August 7 to 11
  • Wrestling: August 5-11 

Who are Team GB's best gold medal hopes at the Olympics?

Adam Gemili, who will be part of talkSPORT's punditry team in Paris, said: “In terms of track and field, I feel like we’ve got very good opportunities to get some, not just medals, but gold medals.

“Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the heptathlon, and Keely Hodgkinson in the 800 metres can definitely win it. She can medal at minimum, but I think she could definitely win it.

“Josh Kerr versus Jake Wightman (in the 1500m), again, two world champions that we’ve got who will go head-to-head.

“More recently this year, Molly Cowdrey in the pole vault. I think she could really put a good series together. I don’t see why she couldn’t come back with a gold medal as well."

Team GB stars to watch

Former Team GB Olympians Sir Steve Redgrave and Adam Gemili have picked out their gold medal hopefuls for the Paris Games.

Sir Steve Redgrave's Olympic medal hopefuls

  • Emily Craig and Imogen Grant – Rowing
  • Emma Wilson – Windsurfing
  • Adam Peaty – Swimming

Adam Gemili's Olympic medal hopefuls

  • Katarina Johnson-Thompson – Heptaphlon
  • Keely Hodgkinson – 800m
  • Josh Kerr or Jake Wightman – 1500m
  • Molly Cowdrey – Pole vault

Sir Steve Redgrave will also be part of talkSPORT's coverage, and said of Team GB's hopefuls: “Starting with rowing... The lightweight women’s double, of Emily Craig and Imogen Grant, is where you would put us as firm favourites to win.

“They were fourth place three years ago on a photograph finish. It was quite a dramatic finish to the race but they just missed out by literally a fraction of a second.

“Since then they have dominated the world. I don’t think they’ve been beaten, certainly unbeaten this year as a combination.

“You’ve got the men’s eight, women’s and men’s fours, women’s quadruple skull, men’s pair - they have all got a chance of gold medals.

“So of those 14 golds, 10 of them I think are going to be divided between ourselves and the Netherlands.

“Other sports you’ve got Emma Wilson who was bronze medalist at windsurfing three years ago. She’s at the top of her game, has been for a number of years. Now a highlight of winning bronze three years ago. The event has slightly changed. It’s now a foil windsurf.

“But she’s been around first, second place for the last couple of years and very much looking forward to turning her bronze into gold.

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“It will be really interesting to see how Adam Peaty’s doing. Obviously with well-publicised mental processes of struggling a little bit, but coming back after having a break from sports.

“He’s obviously a multiple gold medalist at the Olympics. We always have big hopes. Having that break, will that interfere? I know he’s been back on form the last couple of times he’s raced.”

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