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If attendances keep declining as they have been then Croke Park will only ever be full once a year for the forseeable future. Based on that fact alone then there might be some justification for taking certain semi finals out of Croke Park but geography, infrastructure and keeping sponsors on board mean that it will simply not happen.

Some amount of Dub bashing all over the press since yesterday, itís become a bit embarrassing to be honest and I say that as a non Dub. Itís aimed at taking away from what is an exceptional group of players who come along once in a lifetime. The Dubs will always be competitive due to sheer numbers alone and I think most people would think it only right that money be spread equitably across all counties but the timing of the drip drip media articles in a season when they are going for 5 in a row is no coincidence. Media hacks and ex players playing the populist card.

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: June 24, 2019, 02:40:45 PM »
Good to see that after Mayo fans complaining about the throw in time last week that the GAA have listened to supporters complaints and have took into account the travel time involved for Armagh fixing the game for 7pm!! So it will be the small hours before supporters arrive back home. You would think they would have learned the lesson from the week previously but sadly not. 

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: June 24, 2019, 01:44:12 PM »
Would rather have avoided Mayo but on reflection it might be a good thing since making the super 8s following an easy draw would not be ideal for the development of this team. I think Armagh have a chance in this, the only downside is that it is away from home. Mayo apparently struggled to put a mediocre Down side away and gave up a few decent goal opportunities that if Down had taken may have led to a shock result. Mayo are worthy favourites and the Mayo of 2/3 years ago would blow Armagh away with their running power but I think they have lost some of this. Armagh on the other hand have found a few new younger players this season who play with no fear and I think we probably have a better forward line than Mayo's. 

GAA Discussion / Re: Cavan v Donegal Ulster Final
« on: June 24, 2019, 01:15:48 PM »
Is anyone REALLY suggesting that we have a chance of beating them though?

Of course they have a chance, there is an almost acceptance by some other top counties that they are beaten before they take the field against Dublin now. They are worthy favourites but they will get beaten at some stage and not many will see it coming. If Donegal can beat Kerry in the Super 8s then I think they have a great chance of getting to an AI final. In a once off game against Dublin they have a punchers chance and I certainly wouldn't rule them out.

GAA Discussion / Re: Cavan v Donegal Ulster Final
« on: June 24, 2019, 11:12:13 AM »
Donegal are a very slick outfit with a good balance between defence and attack and certainly look best equipped to derail Dublins 5 in a row ambitions.

GAA Discussion / Re: Monaghan v Armagh Sat 22nd June Clones 7pm
« on: June 23, 2019, 10:15:53 AM »
With a good draw Armagh could now realistically hope to make the super 8s. Going forward they are as good as any side bar Dublin, Kerry and Donegal. If they shore up defensively they can hope to be a division one side in the next couple of years.

OíRourke did a good job with Monaghan but probably stayed on a year too many they may lose a few players now that he has moved on. Maybe itís time for Dick to step up.

GAA Discussion / Re: Down versus Mayo
« on: June 21, 2019, 03:33:48 PM »
Heard the Carlow coach Poacher on Newstalk speaking up Down saying there was a buzz in the county and they'll run Mayo close. I think the buzz will soon end on Saturday as Mayo will hammer them out of sight!
I predict that Mayo will mark their All-Ireland intentions this weekend and show that they haven't gone away.

Why does anyone give this idiot any airplay at all? Don't get me started about that knob and as for his view that the county is buzzing, well I don't know where he lives but there is far from a buzz in any place I have been in Down lately. The supporters are so flat about this Down style of play, it's just not us. I fear for Saturday night and feel we could get a trimming, we've rode our luck all year in so many games but this could be the end of the road. I hope Poacher stays in Carlow, to keep him the hell away from us and I'm a Down man.

He isn't on his own though, there are a select group of new age coaches from all over the country who think they have reinvented the wheel by trying to over-complicate the game. They build their careers on this gobbledygook and most of them massage each others ego to protect this particular form of bullshit. Build up a profile, write a newspaper column and you can do well for yourself out of it.   

GAA Discussion / Re: Down versus Mayo
« on: June 17, 2019, 10:58:18 AM »
I think Down could spring a surprise in this one, Mayo are on a sharp decline, a lot of old and tired legs in that side. Away from home on a Saturday night itís perfectly set up for an ambush and I think Down quietly fancy their chances.

Mayo won D1 of the league 6 weeks ago, without their key forward.

Since then theyíve lost one match, against another D1 team, when they kicked two dozen wides.

Iím not sure you actually understand what a sharp decline is.

Thanks for the reminder but I can make my own mind up on these things. You forgot to exclude the fact that Mayo have lost to Roscommon and Kildare in their last 2 championship fixtures which I imagine would be more of a priority than a national league. By any reasoning most people would agree that Mayo are certainly not on an upward curve so to argue that they are not in decline is to simply just ignore the evidence in front of you.

GAA Discussion / Re: Down versus Mayo
« on: June 15, 2019, 08:12:30 PM »
I think Down could spring a surprise in this one, Mayo are on a sharp decline, a lot of old and tired legs in that side. Away from home on a Saturday night itís perfectly set up for an ambush and I think Down quietly fancy their chances.

GAA Discussion / Re: Monaghan v Armagh Sat 22nd June Clones 7pm
« on: June 12, 2019, 11:27:34 PM »
McGeeneys last stand??

I don't think so. Has there not already been noises that he will be there next year?

I know they talked about extending it before the Down game. Iím thinking more along the lines that me may call time on it himself

Hard to see him walking away from the current squad and become the equivalent of the Two Brians for any incoming manager.

This Armagh squad are a mile off the team the 2 Brianís left behind. That team were AI contenders for 3 years before Joe stepped in whilst the current team are a good bit off even challenging for an Ulster title. Has McGeeney taken the team forward, well the jury would be out on that one. The county board would reappoint him in the morning and there is no chance he will walk away. The clubs on the other hand will be questioning the wisdom of reappointing a manager who has won one provincial match in 5 seasons and who have yo-yoíd up and down between div 2/3 and who has never shown any real interest in the club scene. I would say he has done a decent job overall given the talent available but a bit like like Liam Kearns in Tipperary, there comes a point where the players may need a fresh approach.

GAA Discussion / Re: Jimmy McGuinness
« on: June 12, 2019, 04:30:06 PM »
I suspect that LOI clubs would not be able to afford what Jimmy might be looking for and in all reality he has achieved nothing in soccer that would justify them taking a punt on him. The Tyrone job might be available next year and that would be a good fit for him.

GAA Discussion / Re: The Sunday Game
« on: June 09, 2019, 10:18:51 PM »
RTE have got far too PC of late, the analysis will soon be of the Jim Gavin variety, bland boring analysis with pundits afraid to say anything remotely controversial.

GAA Discussion / Re: Attendances
« on: June 09, 2019, 06:21:38 PM »
It feels like the GAA is at a crossroads. The disconnect between club gaels and intercounty teams is sadly growing every year and if the sight of vast swathes of empty seats at Croke Park and only 13,000 attendance between two top 6 sides yesterday in Ulster isnít enough for the GAA top brass to sit up and take notice then I donít know what is.

It shouldnít have been allowed get to this but it now feels as though the elite inter county teams are almost playing a different sport.

The precedent was set with Philly McMahon and I'd expect that McCann will get the same punishment as he did (I don't remember what it was but it probably cost him POTY that season with all of the bad publicity). It was a nasty incident alright but at least it will give the media something in order to justify their analysis fees for the next few days as well as being manna from heaven for the moral outrage police. It will also serve to deflect from what was a horrible Tyrone performance.

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