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General discussion / Re: Vaping
« on: August 17, 2018, 02:21:08 PM »
Iíd echo milltowns sentiments

Same as that. Just hope it does not become more accepted in the likes of pubs, trains etc. Regardless of whether there are any health effects, its still annoying.

General discussion / Vaping
« on: August 17, 2018, 01:13:50 PM »
Just wondering what the general consensus on vaping is? Some UK MPs pushing for a more widespread acceptance of vaping in public. It does seem to be getting a lot more popular in Ireland.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: August 09, 2018, 01:32:51 PM »
As far as I know as long as there has been no games conceded to the teams involved throughout the season then it goes to score difference. Otherwise itís a playoff.

Youíd imagine the championship will be between eskra and clogher so a chance of revenge for the eskra men there.

Cheers SB, that makes sense.

Would nt be too sure about the Championship being a 2 horse race. As Killeshil proved at Eskra any of the top 5 or 6 in Div 3 could turn them over in a single game.

Errigal Thirds could be a darkhorse albeit they have a tricky opening tie against Drumragh.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: August 09, 2018, 12:58:34 PM »
Kileeshil have blown the division 3 race wide open defeating eskra today
Eskra and clogher now joint on points at the top
Clogher have beaten eskra already in first game of season
Does it come down to head to head or score difference if they finish level?

Head to head. Clogher in pole position. A win away to Rock next week would almost guarantee them promotion with Glenelly at home in the final game.

Looks like  Eskra blew it with Clogher beating Rock. Ironic that the final positions are likely to be ultimately decided by the opening day result!

Score difference is pot luck to an extent. Depending on league positions getting a lower team at the end of the season as opposed to first couple of games can be worth 10 plus points in scoring charts. What happens if teams level on point sand head to head is a draw, does SD apply then?

General discussion / Re: The official Premier League 2018/19 Thread
« on: August 09, 2018, 09:08:14 AM »
Salah was key last year and he will be lucky to get half the goals this year.

Why do you say he'll be lucky?

I just think everything clicked for him last year but think it was a one-off.

In some respects I think you are right. There were signs towards the end of last year that some of the "lower table" teams had learned how to deal with him better by going really tight on him (Pieters for Stoke stands out). However, hopefully this frees up Mane and Keita in particular to contribute a bit more. Firmino, like Salah probably cannot really hope to improve too much on what was a stellar season.

For what its worth I think City will win the league relatively comfortably and I think the United woes are being over stated. Sanchez, Lukaku, Mata, Pogba,Rashford, Martial etc is a pretty potent attacking force and regardless of whether they get a CB in, any Jose team will be solid defensively. They will not lose too many games but it will not be pretty.

Liverpool should be competitive but an injury to VVD would really hurt them moreso than Salah in my view.  As for Spurs, if Kane stays fit and Alberweild stays, expect more of the same from them. Chelsea, again I think are being written off prematurely. Jorgiho and Kovacic is a serious midfield partnership compared to what they had (Bakayaro?) and their forwards are capable of scoring goals. Courtois is a major blow though.

Arsenal I have no idea about.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: July 29, 2018, 11:38:41 AM »
Well done, thatís put Liverpool into clear second favourites for the league, 4/1 which I think is a bit short, 6/1 is a better price..

Utd look flat and boring.. Jose out by Xmas

Obviously no comparison between who United will start with in a Couple of weeks but decent performances by Liverpool. I watched the two post match press conferences and the difference in man management is stark.  Klopp was gushing in his praise for his young lads while Jose essentially threw his players under the (parked) bus. Basically said Sanchez is unhappy because the players available arenít good enough. Canít see how that helps these players develop.

Read in a report as well that Liverpoolís average age was younger than United which surprised me

General discussion / Re: Mid life crisis
« on: July 27, 2018, 04:06:08 PM »
Poor Facebook is getting an awful hammering today. It seems to have become trendy to bash it.

I use it as it's a great source of information. The key is to unfollow any of your "friends" whose every thought you don't want to read about. They still remain on your friends list but you don't have to put up with them.

Clearly Wall Street regularly check in here for market intelligence. Facebook shares down close to 20% yesterday wiping the equivalent value of McDonalds of the business! Mark Zuckerberg persoanlly  down over $15bn in a day....

General discussion / Re: Dogs
« on: July 27, 2018, 01:24:55 PM »
That last picture reminds me of a corner back i used to play with, a vague interest in the ball but not enough to do anything about it...

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: July 27, 2018, 11:34:51 AM »
Any club football taking place now or is everyone still on vacation?
Junior league games last Sunday, this Sunday and next Saturday. League running off smoothly

Looks like they are going to wrap up D3 league in the next few weeks- then run off the championship. Could be a potential long wait for a team in the playoffs (and have to wait to D2 to finish up) and maybe dumped out of first round of championship.

Good in one sense in that most teams should be cleared up by mid September, even allowing for league playoffs. However as UL says the team that comes through  the playoffs awaiting the Div 2 relegation playoff team could be at a major disadvantage as they could have 4-6 weeks with no competitive games.

Not sure this is the best place for this, but anyway...

Emma Pengelly has written to people in East Belfast looking for support in signing a petition to complain about the naming of a bus stop on the Albertbridge Road "Short Strand".

The stop is literally in the Short Strand. She's not the MP for the area. Other than hating taigs, what other possible explanation can there be for such nonsense?!
Read that last night. There are very few issues they won't turn into sectarianism. Some posted a photo of the bus stop last night and it is a few metres away from a big sign saying 'Short Strand.'

Ian Og has a bit of free time on his hands, I'm sure he would be happy to get behind her on this.....

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: July 27, 2018, 08:20:54 AM »
Sorry to hear about Barry Eccles. Would have known him to say hello to, nice guy. Tragic with such a young family. My condolences Ziggy

Saw in the papers today thatone of UK's leading snow boarders dies on her 18th birthday

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: July 24, 2018, 03:00:44 PM »
Donegal have 3 very important players in Murphy, McHugh and MacNiallais.
One of the McMahons did a fine man to man job on Murphy a few years ago; could Hampsey do the same ? McKernan is young, but would he be worth a punt on young Ryan- Rory Brennan a good marker also? Hugh Pat on Odhran?
I'd play McClure in the middle and save Lee Brennan for the last 15-------
McBrearty would have made the difference but Tyrone have a massive opportunity now in the cauldron that will be Ballybofey

Rory Brennan has really impressed me every time I have seen him play. What age is he?

General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: July 24, 2018, 02:29:57 PM »
Anybody watch Ballers on HBO? Adult comedy/Drama based around the financial management of  NFL players. Dwayne Johnson (AKA the Rock) is the lead, ex-player turned financial manager who manages high profile nfL clients. Just finished watching the first three series over a couple of weeks and enjoyed it. Its pretty good in parts and some of the scenes around the excesses that NFL players enjoy (Booze/women/cars etc) are really good. If its even half "real to life", some of the dealing that go on in the NFL between players/agents/Authority are mental.

A few West Wing stars like Dule Hill and Richard Schiff,  with guest appearances from the likes of Danny Amendola/Tyrell Suggs/Caroline Wozniaki etc. I suspect it will not win too many writing awards but its easy watching (some seriously high quality WAGs in it as well) and pretty interesting if you are into the "behind the scenes" goings on at professional sports teams.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: July 24, 2018, 12:40:54 PM »
Could end up with one keeper !

That would depend on someone looking at Karius and deciding, "yeah, that's exactly what I need in my team".....even Gerrard hasn't  tried to tap him up FFS  ;) ;)

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: July 24, 2018, 11:10:27 AM »
8 players apparently for sale. Job lot of £100m

Ings £20m (Seems reasonable, would be a great signing for a mid table club)
Origi £27m (WTF? but apparently Sevilla interested)
Ojo £15m-Probably if Ibe is worth that
Markovic £7m meh
Chiverella £5m
Grujic £15m (Would be disappointed to see him go but would be a decent price
Mignolet £10m Reasonable in current market

Good to see that Sturridge is not on the list. Depending on what report you read Karius is also available......

p.s If anyone pays £27m for Origi then the market is officially f**ked

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