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#1
Rory McIlroy
Van Morrison
Jamie Dornan
Paddy Kielty
Pat Jennings
Gary Lightbody

George Best would win most famous and most loved if we include historic. Well, him or Jamie Bryson.
#2
GAA Discussion / Re: GAA WTF
February 18, 2024, 08:53:10 PM
The results service is going to be an improvement I reckon. They haven't seemingly quite got their heads around the fuzzy logic of competition names (e.g if I type in terms like nfl or national or division or d2, they should ALL present me Allianz National Football League Division 2 as an option), but once that's nailed, it's going to be a big improvement on pressing through a series of buttons and toggles.
#3
GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2024
February 18, 2024, 07:52:08 PM
The one stroke of luck that Tyrone had that year was that Mayo took out Dublin.

Tyrone were probably a better side than Mayo at the time but I don't honestly believe they'd have beaten Dublin in 10 attempts. That 2018 final had them scarred beyond words.

I also do believe that's why so many of the Tyrone team have dropped performance levels and/ stepped away since then. They didn't ever expect to win an AI, as they didn't ever expect to beat Dublin. They were never going to have the greed or drive of KK hurlers or Dublin footballers. One wasn't plenty, but it was enough.
#4
GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2024
February 18, 2024, 12:51:55 PM
It would be a nice social experiment some time.

Rossies v Dublin scheduled for first week of National League.

Roscommon clubs are ejected from AI club series and its players ejected from player Sigerson.

Dublin agree not to collectively train from October until the match, and only meet up on the morning of the match.

Play the game in Roscommon too ffs.

We all know what the outcome will be.

And availability for collective training has f**k all squared to do with it.
#5
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
February 16, 2024, 02:07:24 PM
Quote from: Truth hurts on February 16, 2024, 01:25:50 PMOn the Down Facebook page, a post congratulates UU on their victory. People need to relax; irrelevant GAA content has taken over every club's Facebook page. Mary has been selected for the U14 team; please post. Let's get a post up when Jimmy fractures his arm at school and Scotty passes his theory exam. Jesus wept.

This.

PROs up and down the country have created a stick with which to beat themselves and each other.

A good recent example was the well of South Down clubs who took to Twitter and Facebook to wish their Abbey players good luck ahead of their MacRory QF.  Delivering that kind of content across multiple codes, in multiple schools and across all age groups is not plausible. So it's favouritism. Which then leads to shitty conversations and backbiting within clubs.

The poster above might value  the presence of Down players in a Sigerson Cup winning team more than, for example, St Joseph's winning the Pat King Cup with a largely a Down playing pool. But the youngsters and their parents would not, and therein lies the problem.

A county PRO who were to cover every football and hurling related byproduct in their county, would produce a mess. And 20 hours a week of labour needed to create that mess.
#6
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
February 16, 2024, 09:26:29 AM
Quote from: Golden Eye on February 15, 2024, 11:15:59 PMAgain Down GAA Social media shocking to say the least! No Recognition to are players involved last night!

If the difference between someone's happiness and plight, is that our county board publishes a congratulations message every time someone from Down wins something in any sphere of Gaelic Games, then I really do despair for the future of the human race.

We do not need this validation of our efforts. We really do not.
#7
Wouldn't be a U2 fan but can appreciate that if Bono had have endured an unfortunate accident after Rattle and Hum, it would have been a tidy back catalogue.

1. Running to Stand Still
2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
3. Angel of Harlem.
3.
#8
General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
February 12, 2024, 02:48:51 PM
Quote from: gallsman on February 12, 2024, 02:31:02 PMKeith Earls wasn't good enough to play international rugby. Have a word with yourself ffs.

You're inadvertently highlighting the biggest problem with Irish rugby.

Earls was a flat track bully, who spent his entire career padding his statistics by scoring braces of tries in routs against tier 2 and tier 3 nations. And invariably he contributed nothing in the major games.

And Irish rugby's problem? Instead of identifying this weakness and solving it over a four year cycle, the media start making documentaries about his service to his country and the fans lap it up like a Christmas dinner.

If the goal is to win a 6N match against Italy then Earls was a perfectly competent international player. Beyond that, he was not good enough.

#9
General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
February 12, 2024, 02:27:02 PM
Quote from: Milltown Row2 on February 12, 2024, 01:55:40 PM
Quote from: thewobbler on February 12, 2024, 01:39:48 PM
Quote from: seafoid on February 12, 2024, 10:08:04 AMIreland are in a very good place

Problem is that they're the only ones who value this place.

Everyone else has eyes further ahead.

In the world cup, Ireland got bate by the better team on the day, very unlucky and Ireland could be no.1 in the rankings at the next world cup and still meet a team who could beat them on the day.

There isn't much between New Zealand France South Africa and Ireland at the minute so when they play each other its a 50/50 game

Binning anyone over a certain age now will not mean Ireland will be a better team for it, cause if your are a team with youth and getting hammered in most games then it won't actually do much for the confidence.

Bleed in players slowly and bring them up to speed with the requirements at that level.

Ireland will do well to hold on to the manager, as he's brought about a different animal to the previous managers albeit we can't get past the first knock out stage! 

Honestly this is pretty much all on the money.

Except.... Ireland ended up in a situation last year whereby they've brought no back up no.10, no back up full-back, their back up scrum half was past it 5 years ago, and the replacement utility back in Keith Earls was never honestly good enough to play international rugby, let alone at centre or full back.... But he had to be taken along as his experience was worth more to the side than untested potential.

Just test the potential in advance this time around lads.  That's all I'm asking.
#10
General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
February 12, 2024, 01:39:48 PM
Quote from: seafoid on February 12, 2024, 10:08:04 AMIreland are in a very good place

Problem is that they're the only ones who value this place.

Everyone else has eyes further ahead.
#11
General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
February 12, 2024, 01:27:45 AM
9ers so much better but they'll not win a tight game against Mahomes
#12
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
February 10, 2024, 09:22:32 PM
Quote from: ardtole on February 10, 2024, 08:50:23 PMIn fairness there is a massive difference in winning the McCrory with the equivalent of Kerry and bringing Kilkeel single handedly to the final more suited to a Sligo.

Ordinarily I'd agree with you.

But Clarke weren't alone. It was a freakish time for St Louis football.

Over those couple of seasons he'd teammates of the calibre of James Colgan, Joe Ireland and Pete Fitzpatrick, three of the best players in Ireland for their age group.

Then Gavin Joyce, Eamon McConville, Hugh Magee, Gerard McCartan, who won AI minor medals in 2005.

Luke Howard was involved too, a fine player who I think played in an u21 Ai final.

And something in my head says the O'Reilly brothers were St Louis men too around that time.

Marty was fabulous.

But this wasn't just the Marty show.


#13
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
February 10, 2024, 08:45:15 PM
I've been around a long time and I don't think I've ever seen a player as exciting to watch - at any level -  as Wee James in his peak years, some of which included his multi-year MacRory stint.

Marty Clarke was perhaps a better player. But rough and all as it sounds, I don't believe anyone should be considered the best (Down) MacRory player of all time unless they actually lifted the farkin thing.
#14
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
February 09, 2024, 11:23:17 AM
Quote from: DownGael71 on February 09, 2024, 10:10:53 AM
Quote from: thewobbler on February 08, 2024, 07:11:13 PMDisdain?

Couldn't be further from the truth. I've nothing but pride in my club mates who have developed an lGFA club in Ballyholland over the past two years. My daughters are both playing and loving it, and I really enjoy watching the sport.

But the reality is that until our club expands its facilities, then the onus has to be on LGFA to slot in and the GAA club to accommodate wherever possible. Not the other way around. This is just a blunt reality. Ignore these things if you want, but doing so won't help anyone.

Sounds like GAA clubs could be a match for the DUP and their attitude to the nationalist community.  You can come to the table but don't expect to be our equal you pesky woman, this is ours!

Honestly this kind of commentary is bewildering and unhelpful.

If you don't believe here's a logistical challenge in integrating another sport - one which runs on the same annual schedule, uses the same referees, and is every bit as vested into youth development - into an existing pool of oversubscribed facilities, then any conversation is pointless.

If you can accept that this situation poses a logistical challenge, but would prefer to stick your head in the sand and hope it all works out, then this conversation is pointless.

But most of all, if you are going to always react to any attempts by the GAA to put some order onto proceedings, as a show of misogyny, then you're just being obstructive.


#15
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
February 08, 2024, 07:11:13 PM
Disdain?

Couldn't be further from the truth. I've nothing but pride in my club mates who have developed an lGFA club in Ballyholland over the past two years. My daughters are both playing and loving it, and I really enjoy watching the sport.

But the reality is that until our club expands its facilities, then the onus has to be on LGFA to slot in and the GAA club to accommodate wherever possible. Not the other way around. This is just a blunt reality. Ignore these things if you want, but doing so won't help anyone.