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Hurling Discussion / Re: The home of hurling
« on: September 23, 2018, 12:40:25 PM »
Liam Cahill mustn't be trusted by the head honchos when they seem to have went after Sheehy.

Has Cahill blotted the copybook somewhere?

He may be on the back room team. I think he may want it when paudie Brendan and seamie retire....

General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: September 21, 2018, 11:16:02 AM »
They were. Having said that, Jackson appears to be a bit of a bluffer. He's all sound bites. Todd Haley will be the next HC in Cleveland I bet.

Also, that might be the end of Tyrod as a starter. He was poor. That underthrow to Calloway was criminal, and he tried to blame the receiver for it.

Why did Parkinson fall out with OTB, I saw him tweeting that they didn't credit him for his interview with the ladies Mayo manager, a bit narcissistic I thought.

He reckons a couple of the more high-profile people involved with OTB are spoofers (Joe Molloy isn't one of them).
I recall he was sticking the knife into them around the time they lost the radio rights to cover games.
Basically said they were only interested in GAA coverage when it suited them.

Ger Gilroy *cough*

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: September 18, 2018, 10:58:22 PM »
Salah's reaction to that late winner was strange and he was taken off because he kept passing it to PSG.

Very strange and very worrying! All is not well in paradise!

Are ye serious? He celebrates with both hands up in the air when the goal is scored. Then a few seconds later with a mouthful of water he f**ks the bottle on the ground. That gesture was either 'f**king YES' or else thickness with himself for what he did for the PSG goal. The celebration immediately beforehand means he wasn't exactly annoyed Firmino scored.

PS McManaman and the commentator would give you the pip. They were laying into PSG like they were 5-0 down, when everyone could see that it was very possible that PSG could score at any time with the players they have.

General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:38:09 PM »
That's the conundrum. No point putting him in there if he's running for his life. Bradford is a perfectly serviceable quarterback, but he needs protection. Now in fairness he was only sacked once yesterday I believe, so that's not terrible against a very good front 7 in LA. My biggest dissatisfaction is the play calling so far. They are not using David Johnson, and they are not taking any shots at all.

General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: September 17, 2018, 02:01:57 PM »
My God the Cardinals are horrendous. Worse than even I thought. It may well be a race between themselves and the Bills for the #1 pick.

Yeah it's going to be a grim year for you!

Actually I have years of experience of this. It's only relatively recently the Cardinals became a team where 8 wins was disappointing :) You find bright spots where you can, so I'm hoping Johnson starts to round into form a bit (it would help if the Coordinator designed plays which let him catch the ball on short routes in space), Chase Edmonds shows a spark, Christian Kirk continues to develop and maybe even a cameo from Rosen. I also want to see the defense continue to develop.

I'd take 4-12 at this stage, but it may be more like 2-14.

General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: September 17, 2018, 12:14:55 PM »
My God the Cardinals are horrendous. Worse than even I thought. It may well be a race between themselves and the Bills for the #1 pick.

General discussion / Re: The official Premier League 2018/19 Thread
« on: September 13, 2018, 05:02:12 PM »
Good to have proper football back, international week is such a pain in the hole.

Proper football started a couple of weeks ago with NCAA and NFL :)

General discussion / Re: Vicky Phelan and cervical check
« on: September 13, 2018, 11:27:48 AM »
did ye not do focus groups and UX forums to make sure they liked the interface and usability?

Tsk tsk tsk.

GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: September 12, 2018, 04:41:09 PM »
On the 2017 spending list, I was surprised to see Limerick up in fifth place with €1.148 million.

Limerick played a grand total of four games in the 2017 senior championships - two hurling and two football - the lowest it's possible to play.

Yet there they are up in fifth place. €1.148 million is serious spending considering the teams' lack of success.

Now, as we all know, Limerick went on to win the 2018 All-Ireland hurling championship in superb style, playing eight games along the way.

So when the 2018 list is published, we can expect a hefty increase in Limerick's spending total for this year from the already hefty spending from the unsuccessful 2017.

Can we expect the usual suspects to thus claim that Limerick bought the All-Ireland?

Or does that spurious claim only apply to teams the usual suspects don't like, like Dublin?

Limerick DID buy the All Ireland. Everyone knows JP has been ploughing money into Limerick for years. The Academy structure in Limerick hurling is second to none. I suspect the reason people aren't more exercised about it is twofold.

1 - They've just won one. If they go on to destroy the competition largely because of the vast amounts invested, then it will be raised.
2 - It's HIS money. He can do what he likes with it. The GAA didn't suddenly decide they "need" a strong Limerick and plough millions of Central funds into their games development.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: September 11, 2018, 04:48:59 PM »
Only one man for the job. International Experience. Will do what needs to be done. And can collect money door to door in buckets if needs be.

Big Sam, welcome back.

GAA Discussion / Re: Philadelphia 2018
« on: September 09, 2018, 02:48:54 PM »
Setanta is the new club , them and Clan Na Gael co existed for about 6 months in 2001. Only setanta now. Very hard to know where we will be at coming into the summer, so hard to enter senior . Donegal Philadelphia won senior by a cricket score and a lot of people there reckoned there wouldn’t have been a kick of a ball between us.

So a lot of yer lads are J1s etc? That's what the argument was back in 2000/2001 when they set up Setanta...

GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: September 09, 2018, 02:47:26 PM »
He is two ends of a bollix but it doesn't mean he's always wrong.

GAA Discussion / Re: Philadelphia 2018
« on: September 08, 2018, 11:03:43 AM »
Great video , it was a great weekend as was this past weekend in Philadelphia. Long trip for us from San Diego , but in total we brought 113 players, both male and female. Hurlers won Junior A as did our footballers. We probably would have won senior football instead of junior A had we entered in time. Always great to see old faces you only see that one weekend of the year.

What club is San Diego now? I was Clan na Gael, but I think that went by the wayside after a departure of the locals. If ye are winning Junior A again, and good enough for Senior, I suspect the reason for the initial split might be happening again :)

GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: September 08, 2018, 11:02:19 AM »
I don't understand the defensiveness. I don't think anyone (maybe I'm wrong) is saying this team is only winning because of money. They work hard, are very well organised, have some excellent players and are the best team in the country no matter where you play them or when.

Are people denying that there is an inequity in funding, or that Dublin get a disproportionate amount of funding direct from CC, in addition to the multiples of 'revenue streams' they can generate by getting sponsorship etc based on their location and demographics? If people are denying that, when it has been accepted as at least needing review by several leading GAA officials over the past couple of years, then I don't think there's much more point debating it.

But those people, I would just say one thing. If the 16m has not contributed to structures, coaching and games development, and has not at least had a significant effect on the creation of the current situation in Leinster, then just stop accepting the money. If it hasn't been useful, then it's a criminal waste of money. If it has been useful, then at least acknowledge it.

I do not want to split up Dublin. Screw that. You want to play the Dubs and beat the Dubs, not Fingal or Rathdown. But review the financial situation to at least allow an amateur game be played on a footing where the only advantages Dublin have are the ones they've always had. Population, Home Advantage in massive games, and an inherent cockiness :)

Dublin won't win 6 or 7 All Irelands in a row. They will be caught one fine day by Kerry, or Mayo, or Galway, or Tyrone or someone who emerges to join he chasing pack. But when that day comes, it will not be some indication of the 'end' of Dublin. Unless the controllable inequities are addressed, the machine will keep turning, and out of the next 20 All Irelands, Dublin will probably win 14 or 15 of them.

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