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General discussion / Re: The official Premier League 2018/19 Thread
« on: May 19, 2019, 01:49:52 PM »
Pity he didn't leave before the Leicester game! Great leader in fairness. His body was starting to let him down but his mind and attitude are still spot on.

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: May 14, 2019, 09:47:50 AM »
A terrible shot. Very unprofessional but sometimes they go in. Hate seeing things like that because it sends out the wrong message to kids and reinforces the cult of self versus the team. I'll probably get called a killjoy for that view but I don't mind.

Killjoy

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Championship 2019
« on: May 12, 2019, 10:00:25 PM »
Tipp are back
Still think their backs hit too many hail mary balls up the field

In fairness not as many. The second goal was a case in point. Paudie trundled out  the field and was winding up for the Hail Mary but you could nearly see him catching himself. Instead he played a sensible pass 50 yards into bubbles who squared for John McGrath. There were a fair few instances  of that.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 10, 2019, 10:27:20 PM »
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/09/pentagon-builds-knife-bomb-kills-targets-without-exploding/

'Ninja bomb': Pentagon's new bladed missile that kills targets without exploding
•   Ben Farmer

 
The Pentagon has built a new missile known as a 'ninja bomb' which deploys a ring of steel blades to kill its target rather than exploding.
The secret R9X missile is designed to destroy individual terrorist targets without harming surrounding civilians and could potentially kill a car's front seat passenger without harming the driver.
American forces have only used the highly specialised weapon a handful of times since it was first developed from the more common Hellfire missile, the Wall Street Journal reported.
R9X missiles are thought to have been used on targets in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia. Victims include Jamal al-Badawi, who was accused of being behind the 2000 USS Cole bombing that killed 17 American sailors in a Yemeni port.
Ahmad Hasan Abu Khayr al-Masri, the Egyptian al Qaeda No 2, was also killed in Syria's Idlib province by an R9X fired from a US aircraft operated by the CIA in 2017.
There had been speculation about the possibility of a new Pentagon weapon after analysts noted the unusual aftermath of at least one high profile counter terrorism strike.
 
Moments before impact the missile deploys a ring of steel blades
America's weapon of choice for air strikes targeting terrorist suspects has long been the high precision Hellfire missile, which began life as a Cold War anti-tank missile but later became used for counter-terrorism strikes.

The Hellfire explodes on impact and reduces targets to blasted, burnt wreckage. Hellfire missiles are still used to target groups of militants where there are no concerns about civilian casualties.
However, photographs of Masri's vehicle after he was killed instead showed an oblong hole torn into the roof, with no burn marks to suggest an explosion. The windscreen was only cracked.
The R9X, which is nicknamed “the flying Ginsu” after a brand of American household knives, carried an inert warhead and was designed to punch 100lb of metal through car and building roofs, officials told the paper.
The effect is likened to an anvil falling from the sky onto the target. But the weapon is made more deadly by a ring of six long blades stowed inside which deploy through the skin of the missile immediately before impact, shredding anything in their way.


As well as cars, the weapon could also be used on flimsy buildings which could collapse and kill others if hit by an explosion.
The new missile was under development as early as 2011 and was reportedly born from Barack Obama's emphasis on cutting civilian casualties in America's long-running counter insurgency and counter terrorism campaigns in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
Officials said terrorist fighters had become increasingly aware of American efforts to cut civilian casualties because of the anger they caused among the local people.
Mr Obama in May 2013 said he was not ordering any strikes unless there was “near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured”. Terrorists had adapted to the American hesitancy to strike by increasingly hiding among groups of women and children as human shields to avert strikes.
The R9X is now only used in limited cases, to target single individuals where there is detailed information about their location, officials said

Think I'd prefer to go in a wreck-all explosion rather than the Ninja Bomb....sounds grim.

Fair enough, though I doubt you'd notice the difference. But the lad beside you mightn't share your preference.

Amazing stuff. Really cutting edge.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 10, 2019, 05:55:07 PM »
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/jurgen-klopp-provides-injury-update-15024715

Just Bobby and Keita missing for Sunday.

Robbo didn't train today so unlikely to make Wolves.

One of these lads look fit enough to stand in...

https://twitter.com/Oddschecker/status/720891066203971585?s=09

They are the companions. Just because you are in a wheelchair doesn't mean you have to go to the match on your own!

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 09, 2019, 02:36:14 PM »
Final will be a toss up. Two evenly matched teams who will be well rested and probably at close to full strength if kane is back.

I was asked an interesting question today, would most Liverpool and City fans happily swap positions now i.e. Liverpool with the league in their own hands on the final day and City in the CL final. For me definitely. Great to be in the CL final but the league was always the priority, irrespective of how momentous the Barca match was. I suspect more than a few City fans would have the same view.
Would 100% swap positions with City. League title is all that matters. If we win the Champions League it will be a great consolation prize though.
I would say Pep would definitely swap places with Liverpool.

+1 (or is it +2?)

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: May 09, 2019, 10:43:05 AM »
What has happened to Munster's support?  It seems to have fallen off the cliff edge.  They no longer travel in their thousands for away European fixtures and there were only 10,000 at recent Pro 14 playoff.

Lack of success....when winning everyone wants to be on the bandwagon.

I go to every game in Thomond Park, and I've said it before. There's a key support of about 8-10k. The bandwagon rolls around for European games, and league games against big opponents. That said, the style Munster are playing is not entertaining in any way, and the whole thing has gone flat. They seem to have plateau'd at the level of semi finalist, and quite a bit behind the top 3 or 4 teams. Casual fans just don't want to pay money to watch Conor Murray box kicking.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: May 09, 2019, 10:31:59 AM »
The price is 3billion, business men ain't buying at that price? They simply couldn't make money, even another leveraged buyout wouldn't be sustainable. The only alternatives are a vanity buyer or the current owners.

The six million dollar question is had United got Klopp or Guardiola would they be sitting pretty now or would they be exactly where they are? The easy answer is they'd be sitting pretty, I'm not sure..

United would have a different squad so impossible to know for sure.

Of course it would be a different squad. I think 9 of the 14 players Liverpool used on Tuesday were signed by Klopp, and obviously the likes of Oxade chamberlain, Salah and Firmino are others. He could field a team entirely made of his signings and acadamy grad(s). Really only Henderson, TAA and Gomez are semi regulars who were not brought in by Klopp.

Alisson
TAA
Matip
Van Dijk
Robertson
Wijnaldum
Robinho
Shaquiri
Mane
Salah
Firmino

Robinho, jaysus. The last I heard of him he was in trouble with the law in Brazil.

:) Fabinho of course :)

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: May 09, 2019, 08:57:43 AM »
The price is 3billion, business men ain't buying at that price? They simply couldn't make money, even another leveraged buyout wouldn't be sustainable. The only alternatives are a vanity buyer or the current owners.

The six million dollar question is had United got Klopp or Guardiola would they be sitting pretty now or would they be exactly where they are? The easy answer is they'd be sitting pretty, I'm not sure..

United would have a different squad so impossible to know for sure.

Of course it would be a different squad. I think 9 of the 14 players Liverpool used on Tuesday were signed by Klopp, and obviously the likes of Oxade chamberlain, Salah and Firmino are others. He could field a team entirely made of his signings and acadamy grad(s). Really only Henderson, TAA and Gomez are semi regulars who were not brought in by Klopp.

Alisson
TAA
Matip
Van Dijk
Robertson
Wijnaldum
Robinho
Shaquiri
Mane
Salah
Firmino

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 09, 2019, 08:52:58 AM »
f**k that... did not want Spurs! >:(

Fair play to them though, some second half.
Yeah would have preferred Ajax. Thought we would have picked them off on the counter.
Spurs though were excellent against us at Anfield and will probably have Kane back.

I think I prefer having Spurs. I am not saying it is going to be easy against Spurs but you never get an easy opponent in the champions league final. Spurs I think are as easy as it gets at this stage.

Ajax were the better team they just let it slip through their fingers.

I don't know. It's difficult to beat a team 3 times in a season, and Tottenham are obviously very familiar with Liverpool's style. I think Ajax are technically better, but they are not as physically strong and I think Liverpool's approach would have rattled them. 

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 08, 2019, 12:44:43 PM »
Florent Sinema Pongelle scored against Olympiakos that night too I think :)

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 07, 2019, 11:14:23 PM »
I don't know what to say.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 07, 2019, 08:59:18 PM »
Duff just said Shaquiris left foot is his weaker one. Do they even watch?

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 07, 2019, 07:18:30 PM »
Good to see Rhian Brewster there.

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