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General discussion / Re: You know what really grinds my gears?
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:27:57 PM »
People who post pictures of their babies every week and adding #1weekold, #2weeksold etc.

Latest was #5weeksold.

I know they're excited, but really..

People who change their profile picture to their child. Christ.

GAA Discussion / Re: Railway cup no more?
« on: November 21, 2017, 06:33:31 PM »
A modest proposal:

  • Find a fixed slot in the calendar and leave it there so people can get into the habit of watching it.
  • Play the semis as as double-headers with the LGFA/Camogie teams playing as the first match, football or hurling teams as the second match. Have the draw for the men's and women's games done jointly so that the same provinces are matched up in both codes.
  • Play the finals, again as double-headers, outside of Ireland in a place where the local GAA would appreciate it. If you played it in Boston or San Francisco you'd get a lot more than 150 people at it, and the game would be played with a bit of competitive bite and many of the spectators would actually have teams to support, which is more than can be said of the All-Star game. The prospect of an all-expenses-paid foreign trip would be a good motivator for players in the semis.

General discussion / Re: I urge any Irish Nationalists to boycott Wikipedia
« on: November 21, 2017, 05:04:10 PM »
We showed them!

General discussion / Re: You know what really grinds my gears?
« on: November 21, 2017, 05:03:30 PM »
People wearing scarves inside
People wearing scarves.
Hey now.

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General discussion / Re: Sexual harassment/assault allegations
« on: November 21, 2017, 12:40:59 AM »
I heard Sylvester Stallone's name mentioned the other night.

General discussion / Re: You know what really grinds my gears?
« on: November 20, 2017, 11:59:28 PM »
They do. Both of them.

GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: November 20, 2017, 10:41:15 PM »
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GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:29:20 PM »
Any harm in talking about the aesthetics of the game? Personally I find it great to watch. Seems to flow a lot better. No pulling and dragging, no blanket defences because of the mark. I say take out the behind posts and incorporate the rest of the rules into GAA football.

GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:25:38 PM »
My points are nothing to do with our ability to beat the Australians in a made-up sport, it's about contributing to  promoting another sport which has robbed us of some of our best talent. More importantly exposing amateur GAA players to increased risk of injury in an unfamiliar, highly attritional contact sport against heavier ,presumably better conditioned full time top professionals. Even junior club GAA pre-seasons are at least 6-8 weeks long , progressively exposing Players to equip them for the rigours and risks of a game they are familiar with , against fellow amateurs with a similar level of conditioning. Yet with the rules concept , with minimal prep, we are exposing them to the unfamiliar rigours and risks of this sport against full timers, who are usually much heavier and more cynical.  it's indefensible and we need to wise up!

Some people just hate this concept and that's fair enough, I used to really enjoy it whereas now I watch it and forget about it quick enough without getting too exercised, but I think you're running away with yourself a wee bit in the rhetoric stakes above.

Your alluding to 'highly attritional' and the 'rigours' and the 'risks' might have had a shred of truth about ten years ago when Aussie pole-axing was defintely de rigeur, but these days the series is largely sanitised. So much so that another chief argument of some detractors, only partly tongue-in-cheek, is that there's never any fighting any more. This in itself is used as a further stick by other detractors, tongue-not-in-cheek, to beat the concept a little more, because if people only watched it for the rows that don't happen any more, then surely we should get rid of it to hell.

The hit on Barrett aside (which was nasty, yes, but occurred in isolation, the forearm by Fyfe near the sideline looked worse than it was I think), there's seldom anything happens these days to start jumping up and down about, and anything that does happen frequently has equivalents occurring on our own playing fields anyway. You'll probably argue the toss about that but before you do, ask yourself simply and calmly whether our own players would genuinely play this game so willingly and as earnestly as we saw at the weekend if they felt they were risking life and limb or a career-ending injury every time they step on the field? Or are they all raving lunatics with barely a scrap of cop on at all at all?

The other notion, that we're promoting another sport and denuding ourselves of our best talent is flat-out farcical, jaded cliche. There's a very limited pool of Grade A, marquee talent in GAA to begin with, and only a further subset of that would be identified by AFL clubs as raw material for their game (Cavanagh yes, Gooch no etc.), and a further subset of that again that actually wants to go over there (Cavanagh no etc.). It's far from the lines shuffling off of coffin ships that you'd have us believe. What's more, what about all the guys who went out and then came home later (there are quite a few) to the actual - heavens above - benefit of their counties and clubs because of the enhanced conditioning and professional environment they had a chance to taste? There are plenty of other positives associated with the series too but they too are well worn at this stage, so I'll spare you, but whatever your read on it, the quality and competitiveness of this year's contests shows that it's a live prospect for the years ahead, the players like it, the brass are behind it so people need to dry their eyes and move on a small bit because it's here to stay.

These doomsday scenarios and dystopian rants every year over a bit of a jolly in the sun over two weekends get on my nerves a bit. There are much bigger and uglier boils much closer to home doing more damage to our game and our players and our efforts would be better directed to addressing those I think.

Could not agree more. There's far too much whinging and over-stating of problems in the GAA. Seems like there's scarcely a week that goes by without some clown penning another article predicting the imminent death of hurling or football at a time when the games have never been more popular. A few players, few enough to count on your fingers, go to Australia to try AFL, half of them come back, and there's panic about the "exodus." People need to keep a bit of perspective.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:38:47 PM »
Remember when Bernie Sanders was mocked because we couldn't afford $47 billion for college tuition?

"The bill, which is the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), not only exceeds President Donald Trumpís original defense request by nearly $100 billion, but also exceeds the spending cap on defense funding set by the Budget Control Act by nearly $150 billion."

This is textbook Republican politics. Gripe about the national debt and big government spending when in opposition, then revert to the "deficits don't matter" doctrine and spend like drunken sailors as soon as you get into power.

General discussion / Re: British Forces training at Curragh Camp?
« on: November 17, 2017, 05:34:17 PM »
Am I right in saying there's no neutrality written into the free state constitution?

General discussion / Bob Geldof
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:05:04 AM »
Deserves a thread of its own, I think.

Am I being a begrudger or is he really an insufferable West Brit bollox?

GAA Discussion / Re: Colm O'Rourke vs. the GPA
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:05:12 PM »
What grinds my gears is the GAA gets called the "Grab All Association" with unfounded accusations that it's all about "greed" and pocketing money, meanwhile the GPA openly brags about how much money it's going to raise to put in players' pockets and there's hardly a word about them. Fair play to O'Rourke for speaking up.

GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:02:40 PM »
Bloody begrudgers.  >:(

General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: November 10, 2017, 10:34:13 PM »

Daylight savings can take its toll on people. I seem to remember hearing about friends lost to suicide and there was a remarkable correlation with the time of year when the clocks change and the evenings are suddenly plunged into darkness.

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