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GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: May 23, 2019, 11:12:05 AM »
They've limited Liam to 10 +2 teams and the excitement levels are gone through the roof.
That excitement is to do with the number of realistically possible winners, not the total number of teams.

GAA Discussion / Re: The Sunday Game
« on: May 22, 2019, 12:22:45 PM »
BBC's deferred coverage of Down v Armagh was good. The post match on-pitch chat between Oisin, Mark and Marty was entertaining.
 The commentator's gaffes during the game just add to the enjoyment. McHugh? what can you say?  he's unique, the lack of coordination between thought, language, expression and time, is endearing.

Despite the sunday game going into extra time, BBC still rendered a full highlights edition of the Cavan Monaghan game.
Thomas Niblock's commentary was refreshing and a damn sight better than Ger 'Bollix' Canning who couldn't commentate on a pillow fight.

The Sunday Game needs an overhaul - more action and less talk.

Why spend the guts of an hour yapping about 2 live matches that were shown a few hours previously and show longer highlights of the matches that weren't shown live.

Time to jettison the attention seeking Brolly and Spillane combination and get shot of Canning at the same time.

The best RTE football pundit I thought was Anthony Tohill and they didn't keep him in the seat for too long for some reason.

Cause big Tohill said it as it was and it didn't go down to well
A lot of people don't like the truth

Was Tohill used on TSG up until his accident which left him with a facial scar? Maybe it’s a coincidence, but I haven’t really seen Tohill being interviewed or on TV since. Maybe he’s self conscious about appearances?
Nah, he hadn't been on TSG for a few years before the accident. Also thought Tohill was the best pundit on RTE, probably spoke too much sense for them though.

General discussion / Re: Game of Thrones - Spoilers
« on: May 21, 2019, 04:55:53 PM »
Saw an interview one time with GRRM and he said that Littlefinger was the character who was most different from the books.

General discussion / Re: Game of Thrones - Spoilers
« on: May 15, 2019, 01:25:51 PM »
Yeah. Almost all of those are, as of yet, unanswered questions as opposed to inconsistencies also.

General discussion / Re: Game of Thrones - Spoilers
« on: May 15, 2019, 11:04:29 AM »
This has been a ball of sh!te to be honest. In no particular order

What was Arya’s point in the last episode? To get that woman killed? Where did the white horse come outta?
How did Jamie just flip from being happy with the knight lady to heading off to Cersei for
No real reason
The mountain v the hound, brutal
Tyrion giving up Varys?

All in all terrible
Arya's point was that she turned away from being the assassin so that she could live a somewhat normal life. Assuming Bran could have sent the horse (though didn't like that part myself).
Jamie one is obvious. He has always loved Cersei and for him, in the end, it was only the two of them that mattered.
Mountain vs Hound was grand.
Tyrion had to give Varys up or he was a goner himself. Daenerys already knew.

General discussion / Re: Game of Thrones - Spoilers
« on: May 13, 2019, 01:27:50 PM »
I liked it. It was tense throughout and although I seen a few things coming there were others I didn't. Think a lot of people are disappointed that their favorite fan theories aren't coming true and just writing it off. Still don't know how it'll all end up either.

General discussion / Re: Game of Thrones - Spoilers
« on: May 09, 2019, 10:23:14 AM »
The fire Wight theory is very interesting. Did anyone notice Jon grabbing his heart after Thormund dunted him in the chest? Foreshadowing for Jon's demise?

Possibly or maybe it was a reference to the fact that that was where he was stabbed when he died.

I wonder if the whole idea of the fire Wight might work with the dead dragon that they Greyjoy killed?  Maybe that is why he seems surprised when he is looking into the sun at the end of the trailer as there are 2 dragons coming at him after he had killed one?

In theory it should as the dragon killed north of the wall was brought back so the Lord of light (Bran if this theory is correct) could bring Rayghal back.

Interestingly Tyrion mentioned the dragon seat he designed in season 2 in the last episode...could Bran ride in and feck shit up for Cersei?
Maybe i'm missing something but I always thought Brans power was more associated with the Old gods + Children of Forest as opposed to the Lord of Light.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: May 02, 2019, 09:31:25 AM »
Neither of them two clubs are exactly Corofin to be sacking managers 😆
Why would Corofin sack their manager?

General discussion / Re: More Dissident-Republican Activity
« on: May 01, 2019, 12:58:35 PM »
Bit off topic, but a geniune question -

Those who are on the fence with regards to who to vote for come Thursday - do Candidates knocking on your door do anything positive that would influence you to vote for them? Or is it an outdated PR stunt?

Good question - hard to assess if it makes any difference.  People who usually knock your door are away down the list in terms of policy making and are usually in to 'help' out at elections.

The problem here is you don't knock the door, you're a p***k and if you do, you're still a p***k.

Too many negative people on here - all about, they are useless, he's no good, don't have any time for them etc. etc.

Correct that those knocking the door are unlikely to be the candidate. Also true that its the larger parties that are more likely to knock the door as they have the volunteer resource to do so.

The negativity here is about parties that there is every grounds to be negative about. Presumably posters are positive about other candidates. What is there to complain about in that?
I've found the opposite. I've only had Independent candidates knock at the door and talk. The larger parties put leaflets through the letter box during the day when we were at work.

General discussion / Re: Game of Thrones - Spoilers
« on: April 30, 2019, 02:03:19 PM »
Enjoyed it, thought it portrayed the chaos pretty well. However still felt somewhat unsatisfied, the ending of the Night King seemed contradictory to his abilities and annoyed me a bit as did all the major players surviving....still bloody hooked though...

Him surviving the dragon fire surprised me I must say although as with you I expected a few bigger names to be cut down at least one of the Starks and a Lannister!

The Melisandre thing confused me why was she coming from the North where had she been?

Does surviving the dragon fire confirm the theory that the night king was a Targaryen? The wee smirk he gave after that was very good.
I'd have liked to know a bit more about the red woman's back story myself. Where was she and what was she doing?
The only small gripe I had was that the night king turned out to be a bit too easy to kill. I'd have liked to see a few 1 on 1s with the White Walkers and maybe between Jon and the Night King.
But have to say, I thought it was a fantastic episode.

Not sure if Jon's dragon died? Is there any army left at all?

He's not a Targ, they weren't around when the First Men were around. Targs didn't migrate from Valyria until 7000 years later after the events of the Long Night

I assume this is in the books? It's certainly not explained in any depth in the show.

It's in the show too, the Children of the forest explain how the Night King was made and I think its Varys or someone in Danys entourage in the early seasons talks about the fall of Valyria and thats when the Targs left and went to Dragonstone and then too conquer Westoros.. Just put the timelines together and there's no chance that the Night King is a Targ.

I expect with the Prequel show being about the First men we will get a backstory on the Night King in it.

Is there a prequel? Don't tease us!!
Announced a brave while ago Walter, last year sometime i'd say. It's called 'The Long Night'. Actors have already been cast. Naomi Watts is a/the main character.

From HBO:

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 30, 2019, 01:51:18 PM »
A quick look here can see some of the problems United have in terms of fitness

Martial's & don't make for good reading when compared against players in similar positions. Pogba's probably not as bad although if their were stats for sprints he'd be near the bottom of it, does more strolling about the pitch than most.

Been told those running stats improved when Ole took over.

Lukaku the fat ****, bottom of the second page. If it was a race to the chip shop he wouldn't be that slow.
What are you filtering by to get Lukaku bottom of second page? Martial's running stats are much worse. Can't be bothered to work out averages but Fred looks to be running the most when he's played.

General discussion / Re: Game of Thrones - Spoilers
« on: April 30, 2019, 10:20:46 AM »
Some of you are hard to please. Was an unprecedented piece of television.

My main issue was that it was a bit dark when I originally watched it so I changed settings on TV and watched it back last night. My only other gripe was that Jamie, Brienne and Podrick seemed to be stuck against that wall themselves for half the episode.

For an 80 minute battle I thought the character moments were still there and done pretty well. (Beric, The Hound, Theon, Jorah, Sansa + Tyrion etc.)

Loved the lighting of the swords and how quickly they were extinguished. Really helped early on to drive home that they couldn't beat the army and had to focus on the night king.

Enjoyed Melisandres not so subtle hint at Arya (Blue eyes) and Lyanna Mormont killing the giant was 100% fan service but enjoyed it none the less.

Most deaths seemed to be to protect someone else (Ed for Sam, Beric for Arya, Theon for Bran, Jorah for Daenerys)

Actually enjoyed that there was chaos. At different stages The Hound, Arya etc. looked like they could give up and be overwhelmed.

Liked that it was Arya and not Jon to kill the Night King. Jon was clean useless btw, running into trouble again and shouting at the dragon yoke at the end.

Apparently the second dragon survived as can be seen in trailer for the next episode.

Looking forward to Cersei's downfall, still think Daenerys could go mad yet.

GAA Discussion / Re: Tyrone v Derry - Sunday 12th May - Omagh 4.00pm
« on: April 29, 2019, 02:22:23 PM »
Have we become so blasé about things that the aul traditional rivalry doesn't merit it's own thread?

Will Derry's momentum keep going into this match? Meh
Will the memory of the hammering given to the defending All Ireland Champions in 2006 fill Tyrone with fear? No
Will Mickey's confdence be misplaced? No
Will Omagh be a sell-out? Meh
Will Tyrone keep to themore expansive game we saw in the latter stages of the league? It won't matter


Listen, we've maybe improved a bit but we match up very badly against Tyrone. It was the worst possible draw for us and I don't think even the most optimistic Derry fan can expect a win. I would have given us a chance of winning a game in Ulster if we drew anyone outside of Tyrone, Donegal and possibly Monaghan (I think we'd give them a tight enough game but probably lose that too).

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: April 24, 2019, 12:15:00 PM »
What does everyone think of the league restructuring thus far? Has the standard of football been any better or which teams results have been the most impressive so far?
Probably more competitive games and teams have to be a we bit sharper than other years as the threat of relegation is greater.
The downside being there are less league games for the players themselves and Ardmore, Doire Colmcille and Sean Dolans will ship very heavy defeats at the bottom.

Going by results Slaughtneil, Greenlough and Slaughtmanus are the early front runners in the 3 leagues.
Again based on results I would say Swatragh, Screen, Claudy, Drumsurn and Doire Trasna are the sides doing a bit better than I would have expected.

General discussion / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: April 17, 2019, 10:36:34 AM »
Looks like thon big fool Baby Miller has failed a drugs test. The guy should never have been given a shot at the titles. Hopefully Joshua May be forced to fight someone like Ortiz now as options will be minimal and surely they can pick a really low ranker to replace.
The irony

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