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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 18, 2017, 09:35:47 PM »
Denmark no where near the ability of the belgiums
The original reference was to the strength of the Belgian team in that 1997 WC play off.

These play offs are naturally stiffer than the Euro 2016 play offs which were contested by 3rd place teams, Our opponents B&H were the top seeds then.
 I think we did well to get Denmark, they'll be favourites but not by much and naturally O'Neill will be out to reduce the technical ability deficit. O'Neill's record against the odds in the crunch games, is very good, however this current team is about the weakest play-off team since 1997.

Weakest or not they’ve made three of the last four playoffs and have made two tournaments in the last five years. Better than almost any single period in Irish history bar Big Jack’s team. Denmark aren’t a world away from Bosnia, if we’re being honest.

As individuals we’re nothing special but our defensive organisation and spirit have been first class. Generally those things count for a lot at international level.
I think tournament numbers in recent years have been expanded to.insane levels , Syf . Eg 1988 Euros had 8 teams while most recent had 24 iirc.

Until last year Euros hadn't expanded in quite some time. We qualified under the 16 team system for 2012 in case you forgot, and this WC is still the usual 32 so you've picked a wrong time to bring up that chestnut.
Ireland were worst team in the 2012 Euros. It would have been better not to have qualified.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 18, 2017, 07:08:08 PM »
Denmark no where near the ability of the belgiums
The original reference was to the strength of the Belgian team in that 1997 WC play off.

These play offs are naturally stiffer than the Euro 2016 play offs which were contested by 3rd place teams, Our opponents B&H were the top seeds then.
 I think we did well to get Denmark, they'll be favourites but not by much and naturally O'Neill will be out to reduce the technical ability deficit. O'Neill's record against the odds in the crunch games, is very good, however this current team is about the weakest play-off team since 1997.

Weakest or not they’ve made three of the last four playoffs and have made two tournaments in the last five years. Better than almost any single period in Irish history bar Big Jack’s team. Denmark aren’t a world away from Bosnia, if we’re being honest.

As individuals we’re nothing special but our defensive organisation and spirit have been first class. Generally those things count for a lot at international level.
I think tournament numbers in recent years have been expanded to.insane levels , Syf . Eg 1988 Euros had 8 teams while most recent had 24 iirc.

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General discussion / Re: Ophelia
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:05:28 PM »
Agreed Syfīn.
For once......
Jaysus Chrisht !

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:52:49 AM »
Sean Hughes is a shock. Liver issues it seems  :(
Caroline Ahern died young as well

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General discussion / Re: Official Leicester City Thread
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:03:37 AM »
5 points. 18th place

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: October 13, 2017, 09:38:57 PM »
Donnie d**khead said this morning he met with the President of the Virgin Islands when touring hurricane damage. He is the President of the Virgin Islands  ::)

https://twitter.com/davidmackau/status/918847309928071168

“I think he’s crazy,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) confided to his colleague Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) in a July exchange inadvertently caught on a microphone. (“I’m worried,” she replied.) CNN’s Don Lemon, flabbergasted after a Trump speech last month, concluded that “he’s unhinged. . . . There was no sanity there.” Even some Republicans have grown more blunt, with Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) recently suggesting that Trump “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence” to succeed as president

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GAA Discussion / Re: Tom Humphries
« on: October 13, 2017, 04:34:39 PM »
What sort of sentence are people expecting ?

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Longford / Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
« on: October 13, 2017, 04:29:39 PM »
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(In case anyone is wondering why the names in Mullinalaghta team photo in the programme seem somewhat amiss, the photo that was sent to us to put names to was not the same as the photo that went into the programme.)

Eamon Reilly also some man according to the programme. He is both chairperson and vice chairperson

The pitfalls of copy and paste.
Nobody remembers programmes,  LaurelEye. They remember who won. In 50 years' time people will see Mullinalaghta on the roll of honour . It will be like Nottingham Forest on the list of European Cup winners. A very special coming together of players and management a long way from the centres of power.

https://youtu.be/g1zJXghYshw

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General discussion / Re: Apple's data centre in Athenry
« on: October 13, 2017, 01:59:57 PM »
The Apple data centre reminds me of an Elvis Costello song called shipbuilding. The jobs are needed but the system they are part of sucks. 

https://youtu.be/esjrHxpiet0

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GAA Discussion / Re: Paraic Duffy to Stand Down
« on: October 12, 2017, 05:27:54 PM »
The GAA should be fighting for a new economic system that supports wages rather than asset bubbles

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Galway Senior final on Sunday. Corofin going for 5-in-a-row v Mountbellew/Moylough going for their first since 1986. (Lost their last 2 finals in 2009 and 2 years ago). Corofin the obvious favourites but are showing aging signs and creaked their way past Annaghdown in the semi'. Some say that is their bad game out of the system but I don't necessarily agree. They're a long time on the road and, of their main forwards, Ml Farragher tended to play more out the field recently, Ian Burke was well held last day and Gary Sice just looked so tired and off-the-pace. M/M seem fresher and have been putting up fair scores in the past few rounds, always a good sign, and if they play to their own strengths are a good bet at 5/2 (PPs).
Who else do Mountbellew have apart from Michael Daly? Is Joe Bergen still.togging out?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Paraic Duffy to Stand Down
« on: October 12, 2017, 04:54:59 PM »

Lads, claiming this without any evidence makes it no truer. The super 8's was a response to the demands of the counties and the limitations they placed on Duffy. I doubt very much it would be what he would have proposed if he had a free hand.

Perhaps those of you who feel it was just a monetary decision could tell us how we could provide IC teams with more games, keep the provincials and not impact on clubs?

In excess of 20K people attend league games and most IC teams want to play there so should Dublin have to play in a 10K stadium when 20-30K want to go to the game and both teams want to play there?
Some evidence for you. 
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Man himself Mr Duffy recommend that the quarter-finals be replaced by two groups of four, playing off in round-robin format to increase those attendances figures.
Thosé numbers are shocking.
Emigration post crash and a dead football championship are probably the main reasons.

The four 2017 provincial finals had an average winning margin of 0-9, the four quarterfinals concluded with an average margin of 0-15, and the semi-finals’ concluding average was 0-9.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL 2018
« on: October 12, 2017, 11:34:55 AM »
FBD kicks off on Wednesday Jan 3rd !

http://www.gaaroscommon.ie/news-detail/10030235/
It will tie in nicely with the end of the Christmas cake

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Following on from the map controversy on the Late Late Show,this week we have had Sean O'Rourke laughing on air at Liam Cosgrave's suggestion that water was too good for the hunger strikers and Eamon Dunphy thanking God on air for "Londonderry" (referencing the contribution of Martin O'Neill,Mc Clean and Duffy in Cardiff).

This has caused a howl of protests up North,but no adverse reaction at all in the South.Are we too sensitive up here? I must say I did laugh at Dunphy's comment,which I interpreted at the time as being tongue in cheek

The blocking of certain programmes is particularly distasteful. For example, why would they block Ireland soccer matches, but allow Rugby or Gaelic?
First guess : Quality control
Second guess : Health and Safety

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Sure there are no decent soccer managers in the 26 counties anyway. At least Martin O Neill has decent experience.
The panel during 26 county matches are like 3 mothers talking about a child with very little aptitude for the game. Dunphy is hilarious. Especially rapping about Hoolihan.

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