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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
February 28, 2024, 01:53:54 PM
It's a great way of manufacturing publicity though - Blur vs. Oasis.
Others fed it though. RTE with their camera cuts to the 10 on the bench after a kick gets missed or nailed.

The problem was that the debate lingered far too long.
And it surely contributed to Kidney losing his nerve and restoring ROG to 10 during the 2011 WC and Ireland invariably crashing out.
GAA Discussion / Re: The Advanced Mark
February 28, 2024, 01:30:49 PM
Quote from: JoG2 on February 28, 2024, 11:05:10 AM
Quote from: Rossfan on February 28, 2024, 08:41:35 AMWhat percentage of Gaaboarders know the playing rules fully?

never fails to amaze me how many supporters at games haven't a clue about the rules,and they're usually the loudest!  :o
Yep, the fellas who roar for frees for 'two turns', 'showing the ball' or query why a player got pinged for picking up a 'rolling ball'.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
February 28, 2024, 01:25:49 PM
Sexton's big break came when Felipe Contepomi pulled up injured in the '09 HC semi in Croke Park. After that he was in the driving seat and in fairness to him, he saw Leinster over the line for their first Heineken.

Dislodging ROG wasn't the only challenge Sexton - he was the better player and ROG's poor big tournament record meant he needed to be put out to grass anyway.
The Munster PR machine was at full throttle in this era, and they really hated the idea of their 'ligind' being usurped by some pup who yelled in ROG's face. That created the noise and sense of 'big debate' about the 10 jersey, when there really shouldn't have been any.
It used to be Barack Obama, it's Shane Lowry now.
General discussion / Re: Lions Tour
January 11, 2024, 06:59:26 PM
The best to revive the Lions concept would have been to out Clive Woodward in charge, thus ensuring very closely fought matches against the Aussies.
I've been listening to most of these episodes and I'd highly recommend them.

Michael Foley recalls in great detail the events of a truly memorable summer. To this day there has never been a hurling championship like it for controversies, plot twists, and chaos.

It fully warrants the running time as there is so much to delve into. Other parts covered are Galway's football breakthrough and the Omagh Bombing which was a catastrophic event right at the start of the emerging peace agreement.

Foley himself as a journalist was in the dressing rooms at the time so you pick up some extra nuggets.
His recall and details are accurate, which is always a bonus.
He presents the events pretty fairly without putting on his own slant, or making it about himself. Like, it's clear that Gerlock went full Colonel Kurtz without the narrator needing to tell you as much.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
December 23, 2023, 03:44:56 PM
Quote from: Milltown Row2 on December 23, 2023, 02:35:08 PMWas round at the neighbours last night for few Xmas drinks, chat turns to football and most are Liverpool fans, they watch Utd more nowadays than they did when Utd where winning the leagues consistently.
It seems a common trend for Liverpool fans seem to spend more time watching and talking about Man Utd.
General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
December 23, 2023, 03:43:17 PM
There are parallels to when Van Gaal's time was up around Xmas 2015. Slow ponderous football, little cutting edge, and few goals.
The uncertainty of the Jim Ratcliffe buy in won't help, but I doubt Ten Hag will be part of his long term vision, when he does take control.
Work ongoing for the new stand in Newbridge. 3,000 seats is very modest in an overall development of €17.5 million.
I'm sure the prawn sandwiches will be nice though.

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
December 20, 2023, 06:50:15 PM
RIP Johnny Flaherty.
In 1981 Galway were cruising, comfortably in the lead and then couldn't buy a score in the last 20 minutes.
Offaly started to eat into the lead and closed with 1-6 without reply.
Pat Delaney's high fielding and solo runs were immense and key to Offaly turning the game.

Flaherty's point off the stick before the goal was a lovely piece of wizardry.
Flaherty had been in America for most of the 70s when he would have been at his peak. He came back at just the right time to help push Offaly to make the breakthrough.

Notice it was Jimmy Cooney RIP, jabbing the butt of the hurl at the celebrating Offaly players.
General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
December 04, 2023, 03:39:13 PM
There is part of me that admires the sheer brazenness of Martial and Rashford. They're not trying to hide their contempt for putting in a shift.

Some players at loggerheads with a club still put on a facade for the fans, badge kissing, running around to be noticed, throwing in dirty tackles.
These two are one step short of bringing an armchair and crossword puzzle onto the pitch with them.

In the Ferguson era, a player that got ahead of himself was gone - think of Ince, Beckham, Kanchelskis, Heinze and Tevez. Now it's completely flipped, players can down tools to usher the manager out the door.
General discussion / Re: East wall #Irelandisfull
November 24, 2023, 12:50:52 PM
As often happens, commentators bestow lofty political, or aspirational motives on the rioters - the far roysh.
In many cases, the truth is a lot simpler. A lot of these local hoods are opportunists, so when they see a chance to get one up on the Gardai, smash up and rob expensive sports gear from shops, they take it.
Same goes for when ATMs start spewing money, the chancers come out of the woodwork.
These same 'far roysh' would be wearing Celtic tops and singing to the Wolfe Tones on another day of the week.

Dublin north inner city has always been a problem spot with a concentration of social problems there. Covid has made it worse, add to that a demoralised and generally powerless police force and a very weak judicial system. It doesn't take much to spark it off.

General discussion / Re: JFK assassination: 60 years on
November 24, 2023, 09:53:49 AM
It looks difficult for someone at Oswald's location to get off enough accurate kill shots at a target moving away from him.
He could have started earlier when the cortege was coming towards him, which suggests he was waiting until Kennedy moved into range of shooters elsewhere - the grassy knoll perhaps?
However, all these touted, wide ranging, multi-agency conspiracies are surely hard to organise. At some point in the following 60 years, someone amongst the dozens of people required to plan it, would spill the beans, or have regrets.

General discussion / Re: Murder of Aisling Murphy
November 13, 2023, 03:16:43 PM
Quote from: Gold on November 12, 2023, 07:55:03 AMI'm sure this Roma wouldve been advised he was fucked (had no prospect of being acquitted) and should plead (as he would have got a lesser tariff).
In a murder, there is no lesser tariff for pleading guilty. So basically, you might as well take a shot to nothing with the state's money backing you.
That's why Puska decided to play silly buggers and invent the story about him fighting the real killer.
If he had managed to get just one gullible juror to swallow it, then the murder charge doesn't stick.

General discussion / Re: Jason Corbett
November 10, 2023, 09:35:40 PM
At least prison will be no picnic for an ex-FBI guy.