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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: February 18, 2020, 10:27:21 PM »
Notre Dame will play Navy on August 29th 2020 at the Aviva.

Game will have a 7pm kickoff - Dublin time.

Anyone ever been to this? Tickets on ticket master are ~Ä560. Would that be right?

As I understand it the tickets currently available are hospitality tickets only. The normal tickets go on sale here on March 20 and in the US before that.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 18, 2020, 09:34:10 PM »
Is the reason for the city ban not actually because they didnít comply with FFP but because they falsified returns to mislead UEFA into believing they had complied. Ie the punishment is for the fraud rather than the underlying breaches?

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 18, 2020, 02:32:03 PM »
In Ole we trust.

And VAR of course.

VAR works.

Chelsea may feel hard done by, but a push and offside were plain

Which push?

Fred's one on Azpilecueta or the resultant one on Williams.

Ludicrous decision.

On the other hand, I thought the one NOT to send off Maguire was probably justified.

Strange one last night. The Fred push probably goes unpunished in the majority of cases , especially in the box unless the player goes to ground. However there is no question that Fred's actions is what cause Azpilucetta to "foul" Williams. On that basis you cannot let the goal stand so do you award a penalty to Chelsea?

Red card decision I am not sure about. Probably was on the basis that Son got a three game ban for something similar but there wasnt much in it for me.

I think the first goal shows yet another problem with VAR as you have to work backwards. So was a goal scored? Yes. Was it offside? No. Was there a clear and obvious foul in the build up? Yes. Azpilucetta clearly and obviously fouls Williams by pushing him in the back. Ok so the goal has to be chalked off. From there you keep going backwards. Was Azpilucetta fouled? Yes. Was it clear and obvious?  Probably not. Therefore free out remains the decision. 

Under no circumstances can the goal be allowed to stand. Even if you think Fred commits a clear and obvious foul there the best you can do is play advantage. That advantage ends with Azpilucetta commits his foul. He wasnít pushed directly into Williams he stopped short and extended both arms through Williams pushing him to the ground. So itís either a penalty or a free out. In the circumstances I think the correct decision under VAR was made but not the correct decision that should have been made under the other laws of the game.

So did VAR actually benefit the game?

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2020
« on: February 09, 2020, 01:00:35 PM »
Very poor refereeing. Either the referee saw it and didnít deem it a foul so the booking shouldn't have followed and the linesman shouldnít be re-refereeing the match. Or he didnít see it which begs the question what was he looking at when it involved the player on the ball and the game should have been stopped immediately.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2020
« on: February 09, 2020, 11:23:39 AM »
I think Dinny it was the 2 Lazarus like recoveries (11 and 23?) That riled Armagh support so much. The rest of the stuff you see in every game  sadly.

Indeed but the Armagh official and the steward who had a go at the Kildare doctor after the second of those definitely didnít cover themselves in glory.

Also it was interesting to note that whilst Kildare players were being treated the referee stopped the game. When Armagh were having players treated leaving them down to 13 men he played on.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2020
« on: February 09, 2020, 09:30:57 AM »
Armagh playing with determination in second half, Jamie Clarke sent off for 2 yellows. Still 7 points ahead.

Excellent performance from Armagh. Terrible performance from Coldrick and his linesmen. Clarke got booked for pushing a defender off him as he ran through. As it happened Coldrick saw it and gave Clarke the advantage only to then come back and book him for it. The advantage resulted in a point for Armagh. So Coldrick booked Clarke for a decision he gave in Clarkeís favour. Absolutely mind boggling

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: January 05, 2020, 09:27:37 PM »
Wow.  Its like the Vikings are the Saint's Kryptonite in the last three years.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Full Size Astro Pitch
« on: December 15, 2019, 11:59:20 PM »
Was involved in a soccer team building a small one a few years back. We were quoted 60k for just the carpet. It was a small enough pitch mind about 1/4 of a GAA pitch

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: December 08, 2019, 05:19:51 PM »
I like utds re found principles based on youth academy, honest and sustainability. Sadly other clubs like city and pool are prepared to buy their way to the top. Ruins the game.

ďRefoundĒ?

United struck gold with a single group of youth players in the early 90s. Fair f**ks to them for it, but itís  hardly been a major foundation of the club outside of that outlying group anymore than any other club. Post class of 92, almost all of their superstars until Rashford have been bought for big money. Same as in the 80s (Whiteside excepted).  Time will tell whether the current players coming through make the grade.

How much are they still paying Alexis Sanchez each week?

To be fair Utd have a smattering of home grown talents all the time. Yesterdayís squad for example would have included off the top of my head, Rashford, Lingard, Perreria, McTominay, Tunazebe, Williams, Greenwood. In the squad as a whole Iím sure thereís more you could add including arguably Pogba.

Isnít there some kind of remarkable stat about Utd havenít included at least one former academy player in every squad for over 40 years. Throughout that time homegrown talents have been a major foundation. They certainly havenít always been the main superstars but they have more than simply made up the numbers.

Is that not the case with most clubs though? Problem at the bigger clubs is that with the higher standard most of them end up as part of the rotation rather than first choice or leave for lower clubs.

I donít think so certainly not to the same degree or as consistently. Certainly looking at the City squad itís not. Liverpool maybe had it to a level but not that same level. Also my earlier post should have said having not havenít.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: December 08, 2019, 08:14:53 AM »
I like utds re found principles based on youth academy, honest and sustainability. Sadly other clubs like city and pool are prepared to buy their way to the top. Ruins the game.

ďRefoundĒ?

United struck gold with a single group of youth players in the early 90s. Fair f**ks to them for it, but itís  hardly been a major foundation of the club outside of that outlying group anymore than any other club. Post class of 92, almost all of their superstars until Rashford have been bought for big money. Same as in the 80s (Whiteside excepted).  Time will tell whether the current players coming through make the grade.

How much are they still paying Alexis Sanchez each week?

To be fair Utd have a smattering of home grown talents all the time. Yesterdayís squad for example would have included off the top of my head, Rashford, Lingard, Perreria, McTominay, Tunazebe, Williams, Greenwood. In the squad as a whole Iím sure thereís more you could add including arguably Pogba.

Isnít there some kind of remarkable stat about Utd havenít included at least one former academy player in every squad for over 40 years. Throughout that time homegrown talents have been a major foundation. They certainly havenít always been the main superstars but they have more than simply made up the numbers.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: December 07, 2019, 06:30:00 PM »
I genuinely canít understand how Silva canít understand that thatís a penalty Following his foul on Rashford

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: December 07, 2019, 06:28:22 PM »
A stunning half of football from United. Goal was coming as Martial, James and Lingard had good chances to score. Not sure how the ref didn't see the foul on Rashford for the Penalty. Rashford missed a sitter after it and hit the crossbar its no joke to say United could be leading 4-0 at the break.

DeGea hadn't a save to make when did that last happen in a Derby. City to be fair to them had good calls for penalties but VAR didn't think so.

The Lindelof one was never a penalty and I donít think the Fred one was either but as I stated recently I simply donít understand the handball rule anymore

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General discussion / Re: Scammers
« on: November 21, 2019, 08:35:42 AM »
Used to get loads and loads of calls years ago from scammers about renewing my mobile phone contract I would always politely decline. After a few drinks one night though I decided to play along. As it got to the end of the call they began asking me for my bank details which I refused to give them. From there the conversation went like this.

Scammer: why wonít you provide those sir?
Me: why would you need those I donít pay the bill myself.
Scammer: Do you use the phone mainly for business or leisure.
Me: neither,
Scammer: what did you mean neither?
Me: itís for governmental work
Scammer: why what do you do
Me: Iím a double 0
Scammer: oh so you wouldnít make the decision on the new phone?
Me: No
Scammer: oh who would sir?
Me: Well Q looks after all of our technology but youíd probably be better speaking to M sheís the one in charge.
Scammer: Click

That was about 16 years ago and whilst not particularly funny or clever Iíve never been phoned by scammers since. I hope theyíve added me to their list of time wasters.

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General discussion / Re: VAR? For or against
« on: November 12, 2019, 07:28:48 PM »
I read somewhere that the decision was that the liverpool handball didn't meet the definition of deliberate.  If that's true, then you'd have to wonder about a number of the handball decisions made already this year.

This is what I mean about the new rules. Did the handball not result in a goal?  If it did is whether or not itís intentional not a moot point?

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General discussion / Re: VAR? For or against
« on: November 11, 2019, 12:38:51 PM »
They should bin it for these close calls and just go with on field decision. Salah clearly off side for his goal yesterday, not to mention the blatant handball by TAA. It's hard to believe but VAR has actually caused more controversy.

Nobody is disputing the Salah call. It was tight but the onfield decision was right and VAR confirmed it.




Is that blue line adjusted for the fact the camera is not square on. I mean it looks like Salah is closer to the line on the grass than the City defender. Again though that goes back to what I was saying earlier.

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