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General discussion / Re: The Horse racing thread
« on: March 01, 2021, 02:28:46 PM »
Performance enhancing supplements are par for the course in the industry, and the secret is finding how to mask them better than the others. It's all science. Gone are the days of the small trainer having the same chance as the top trainers.  Same in greyhound racing, my first love tbh. And if the authorities try too hard to crack down on it, it might be like turkeys voting for could destroy what's left of the "sport".

General discussion / Re: Cryptocurrency
« on: February 28, 2021, 09:48:16 AM »
A few of us got together and mined for crypto about 6 years ago when this was all in its infancy. Our crypto of choice was Litecoin, as it took a lot longer to produce a Bitcoin with our fairly basic mining equipment. Nevertheless we produced about 2 Bitcoins and 15 Litecoin (we punted on it being the next big thing). But after a few months the novelty wore off and emptied our wallets to reimburse the set up costs and make a small but tidy profit, around the time Bitcoin was worth around 2k!

Maybe we should have kept her lit a bit longer lol.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: February 28, 2021, 09:35:06 AM »
Surely Andy Farrell must have one eye on the world cup with his selections. Sexton still a fit lad, but will be 36 when world cups comes around. Cooney ticks the same boxes, maybe more as an all round playmaker, and is about 3 or 4 years younger. Can't understand his omission myself.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: February 28, 2021, 09:26:26 AM »
As far as I know last years 4 championship semi finalists are seeded. Erin's Own, Kickhams, Lamhs and Casements.

General discussion / Re: snooker world championship
« on: February 27, 2021, 07:59:35 PM »
Think about it. 48 players. About 4 will win decent prize money. It's the only sport...well boxing too....where you can back yourself to lose and make as much if not more than the winner. I remember paying out on an 11 frames to 4 winner at 33/1 that we knew about in advance to be one as cynical as I am.

General discussion / Re: snooker world championship
« on: February 27, 2021, 06:43:35 PM »
Easy money lol

Quick history lesson. Football only. Pre troubles, Hogan Cup winners 69 Runners Up (with different school) in 70.

all Ireland U 21 football champions 69.

Andy McCallin won an All Star in 71. Was on record recently saying he played on good Railway Cup teams back then (when it was a massive competition played in front of a full house at Croke Pk) alongside 5 Antrim starters in the winning Ulster team

Ulster senior football finalists 68 and 70, ask the great Down players of that era did they respect Antrim. They will tell you Antrim were up there with the best.

Did the troubles hit Antrim harder than the rest. I'd argue undisputably yes

Time for reboot.

General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Fleg Lives Matter
« on: February 26, 2021, 06:06:04 PM »
Rats in a corner....

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: February 26, 2021, 11:45:47 AM »
Keane not the man in my opinion. Mickey O Neill for me, but would he leave Stoke. Maybe if he was under pressure,  but that doesn't seem to be the case. Good guy, intelligent, cool head.

I'd have Rafa above him, for some reason I get a feeling Celtic would suit him. Doesn't need the massive money, got 12m in his job at China. Would love the challenge of getting Celtic back to the top, and some big European nights.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: February 25, 2021, 06:11:18 PM »
Cooneys omission the standout for me. Class act who is consistently overlooked.

General discussion / Re: snooker world championship
« on: February 25, 2021, 08:34:52 AM »
Maybe he "invested" 10k of his recent winnings on Higgins to win 6 - 0 at 18/1. Snooker is riddled with players lying down. Can make far more sometimes by losing than by winning. Not saying he did, because I don't work in that industry any longer, but when I did I sometimes knew the results before the match was played!

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: February 24, 2021, 08:50:17 AM »
The stand off with Lennon's compensation has obviously been sorted out, Lennon's adviser (agent) will get his pound of flesh too, and this brings a sad chapter to its logical conclusion. It's always about the money at that level.

TIAR didn't happen. Disappointing but life goes on and if lessons can be learned, Dominic Mc Kay can lead us into this European league in good shape for 2024.

Sometimes things need to get worse before they get better. Up the Celts.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: February 23, 2021, 07:59:03 PM »
I really am genuinely struggling to keep up with what you're saying. I asked four very simple questions yesterday, and haven't got an answer. Please keep it simple so that I can keep up. Or pm me if you want....anything.... but please no more riddles!

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: February 23, 2021, 06:38:57 PM »
It's good alright! You could lose a full day in that place very easily.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: February 23, 2021, 09:01:36 AM »

Some interesting thoughts on the subject. Very well worth a listen.

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