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The Strangely Vocal Reaction To Eddie O'Sullivan's Red Pants On 'Against The Head'

The Strangely Vocal Reaction To Eddie O'Sullivan's Red Pants On 'Against The Head'

Viewers who tuned into 'Against The Head' on RTÉ on Monday night will have done so in the hopes of hearing some thought-provoking analysis on Ireland's win over England having had a few days to reflect on the performance, and to be fair, that's exactly what they got.

Former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan was on hand to give an interesting spiel on the balance of emotion and keeping your cool in the sport of rugby.

Sadly for Eddie, his quote 'heart in the oven, head in the fridge' didn't get the attention it deserved because everybody was focused solely on his choice of trousers.

What is so startling about a man, in the year 2017, choosing to divert from the norm and add a bit of colour to proceedings? It got to the point where he even had to explain himself, and told RTÉ that it was because he used to play for Munster.

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Usually, a TV pundit would sport a tie or shirt in the colour of his team, but Eddie bravely plucked those striking red pants from his wardrobe, took a second look at them, and said 'fuck it'.

That should be respected, not ridiculed.

Sadly for Eddie, he took a bit of a battering on Twitter.

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And that's just a selection.

The man has made a bold move, opening the gates for lovers of colourful trousers to finally express themselves on Irish TV, and he's had it slammed in his face. Is it really such a crime? The sheer blandness of Gavin Duffy and Brent Pope's get-up, is this what we demand of our TV stars? What sort of message does that send to the viewing public?

Good for you, Eddie. Keep doing your thing and rocking your red trousers. End the stigma.

Mikey Traynor

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