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He surely does. However, if you pick a top ten Monday the following day you'd probably change 2 or 3 players so it's an impossible task. Also to be fair, I'd say most people here would have seen very little of Declan Browne or Matty Forde so when deciding between them and Stephen O'Neill or Steven McDonnell a lot lads here would have seen way more of the Ulster boys.

These things are only a bit of craic at the end of the day as there's no way you can pick a top ten that is fair.



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GAA Discussion / Re: Top 10 Forwards since 1977 - Survey Results
« on: April 22, 2017, 08:28:29 PM »
Simply wrong. Connolly was excellent defensively against Keegan and turned over the ball repeatedly. It's unfortunate that the game has gone that way but Connolly, on top of being an extremely skilful, two footed and accurate forward is a very hard working effective tackler. The more I think about him the more I realise how good he is. The best player in Ireland by a distance. If there is a church of Connolly (whatever that is) then it's well earned.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Top 10 Forwards since 1977 - Survey Results
« on: April 22, 2017, 07:52:03 PM »
What's your point? Having one of the best footballers in Ireland designated to mark you every time you play is proof positive of the quality of Connolly. I don't imagine Mayo management assign their best player to man mark Connolly because he's overrated.

..except they play opposing positions regardless, and continually loses the duel even on the scoreline - embarrassing for a forward.

I'm glad the Connolly hype train has broken the last 12 months. Lovely skills but not the temperament or big match delivery that justifies him being ranked on these sorts of lists or as the best footballer in Ireland - a title he never won in any of its yearly award forms, it should be noted.

Nonsense. A half back now has loads of bodies back supporting him so it's much easier to mark a forward and then break ahead yourself if your teammates turn it over. Keegan is a great player but half back is the place to be if you want to shine in the modern game.

His temperament is fine, yes a bit more aggressive than ideal but no harm having that edge. He has played brilliantly for Dublin in many big games so to say he doesn't deliver in big games is just silly. How many player of the year awards did Cooper or Canavan win? If other IC managers could pick a player to join their team Connolly would be on all the lists.

Canavan won the Texaco PotY in 2003, Gooch the following year.

Trying to tell someone Connolly has a 'fine' temperament two weeks after he got sent off in a national final, itself hot on the heels of coming on in the previous game and getting sent off within 15 minutes, is laughable in the extreme.

Ok so the guy who was voted by GAAboard as the best of the last 40 years won it once and Gooch, regarded by many as the best Kerry forward of all time, won it once. Surely if the POTY award was genuinely reflective of the greatness of a player it would be won more than once by those greats? If Connolly wins it before he finishes does that change things? He has certainly been in the running a few times too.

A black card for a rush of blood to the head was silly but the Monaghan black card was very soft (wrong actually). For a guy who has to deal with a lot of attention he has been remarkably restrained. If Canavan was in the era of the black card he'd have gotten a few. One of the things that made Canavan a great player was that edge that Connolly has.

He might not be everybody's cup of tea but it's daft to question his standing in the game, easily the best player in the country.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Top 10 Forwards since 1977 - Survey Results
« on: April 22, 2017, 06:53:41 PM »
What's your point? Having one of the best footballers in Ireland designated to mark you every time you play is proof positive of the quality of Connolly. I don't imagine Mayo management assign their best player to man mark Connolly because he's overrated.

..except they play opposing positions regardless, and continually loses the duel even on the scoreline - embarrassing for a forward.

I'm glad the Connolly hype train has broken the last 12 months. Lovely skills but not the temperament or big match delivery that justifies him being ranked on these sorts of lists or as the best footballer in Ireland - a title he never won in any of its yearly award forms, it should be noted.

Nonsense. A half back now has loads of bodies back supporting him so it's much easier to mark a forward and then break ahead yourself if your teammates turn it over. Keegan is a great player but half back is the place to be if you want to shine in the modern game.

His temperament is fine, yes a bit more aggressive than ideal but no harm having that edge. He has played brilliantly for Dublin in many big games so to say he doesn't deliver in big games is just silly. How many player of the year awards did Cooper or Canavan win? If other IC managers could pick a player to join their team Connolly would be on all the lists.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Top 10 Forwards since 1977 - Survey Results
« on: April 22, 2017, 02:26:29 PM »
Ah stop Benny, you must be winding me up. DMcA, Rock, McManamon, seriously? A guy who can't make the team, a guy who can't kick and a guy who probably wouldn't make the team if he wasn't a very good free taker? Like I said, you're either winding me up or you honestly hold an opinion that very few would share.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Top 10 Forwards since 1977 - Survey Results
« on: April 22, 2017, 02:12:58 PM »
What's your point? Having one of the best footballers in Ireland designated to mark you every time you play is proof positive of the quality of Connolly. I don't imagine Mayo management assign their best player to man mark Connolly because he's overrated.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Top 10 Forwards since 1977 - Survey Results
« on: April 22, 2017, 02:01:07 PM »
Connolly is the best player in Ireland. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I'm at a loss to see how anyone could view Connolly as anything other than one of the best players of his generation. Brogan is far better than decent. By the way, one of the reasons Brogan wil definitely be there in 10 years time is because more people will remember him better than Canavan or other players from the 80's 90's. Sure Matt Connor is easily the best forward of the past 40 years but he didn't top this one and will probably slip down the list as the years pass by.

I didn't enter a top ten as I couldn't really decide who would be in it and it's very hard to objectively compare current players with those from the past. While the likes of Brogan may benefit from being current, many past players benefit from being remembered for their best days rather than the days the couldn't hit a barn door or get a ball off some sticky corner back.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Top 10 Forwards since 1977 - Survey Results
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:27:46 PM »
Bernard Brogan? Really? Run this poll in 10 years and Brogan wouldn't even be mentioned, never mind make the top 25. Connolly either.

Are you serious? They'll both be in the top 10 for definite, Connolly should be in the top 5 now and in 10 years. Both are genuine great forwards playing in an era when it is much more difficult to be a forward, particularly an inside one.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 19, 2017, 12:22:33 AM »
MR2 what worse atrocities were there? Surely dropping a nuclear bomb on civilians (mainly elderly, women and children) is about as bad as it gets?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: April 18, 2017, 10:12:29 PM »
I agree Benny. No harm in responding to public criticism every now and again and so what if Brolly's view has irked Cooper somewhat? Joe is articulate enough to make BS sound like rationale analysis. Joe makes some good points at times and is a better pundit than some of the others but when he talks rubbish it can be a special kind.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: April 17, 2017, 08:53:16 PM »
That's easy to say but that's putting the referee in a very awkward situation. Indeed, if the penalty for a cynical foul (what's the definition for a start?) is a 20m free or if in a goal scoring position (define that?) a lot of players could well try to play for that resulting in referees getting hauled over the coals on the SG when replays show the forward dived or grabbed the hand and pulled the defender down.


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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland U21 football championship 2017
« on: April 15, 2017, 09:49:58 PM »
I thought it was fine. Did he not lose control of the ball and then flick the loose ball into the net?

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland U21 football championship 2017
« on: April 15, 2017, 05:40:38 PM »
Kerry only able to hoof a few balls in around the square. Very poor performance from them and Galway deserving winners.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland U21 football championship 2017
« on: April 15, 2017, 05:35:01 PM »
That'll do it for Galway I'd say. Kerry don't seem capable of penetrating Galway at pace so won't get the scores they need.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland U21 football championship 2017
« on: April 15, 2017, 05:31:45 PM »
Jesus that was very very harsh.

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