Here’s a nice story from this weekend’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Waterford. The latter’s Pauric Mahony had a “free” that could have tied the match for his team in the final minute; instead, it fell just short. Mahony—who had already scored nine points in the match—collapsed to the pitch upon the final whistle, while Kilkenny fans rushed the field. (Kilkenny and Waterford were replaying the semi-final because they’d tied the previous attempt; this is how civilized sports handle ties in the playoffs.)

One Kilkenny fan, though, took time to console Mahony, and it was very nice. Kilkenny will face Tipperary in the All-Ireland final next month.

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