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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: December 09, 2019, 09:40:38 PM »
Trubisky played well? He averaged 3.6 air yards per attempt. His performance against the lions was better than last night. All this little Chicago run will do is condemn them to another year of Nagy and Mitch.


It wasn't too bad last year.

If you've a problem with people saying he played well you've a lot of people to have a problem with. Most people said he played well. And good luck to him after all the flak he has taken. Nagy deserves more in my opinion but both need to do better.

So the Steelers are now two wins into their rest of the season where they won't win any games!  ;D . Buffalo and at Jets next two - both winnable. Think they'll need to win them to make the playoffs.
And your take on Marcus Mariota? Tannehill is lighting it up in Tennessee yet they didn’t have any weapons ? Only the third QB in HISTORY to have 4 consecutive games with a QB rating of 130 or higher. Mariota held them back and arguably had Tannehill been there from the start of the year the Titans would be vying for a bye week in the playoffs . Marcus Mariota won’t get a solid starting position again in the NFL . He’ll start for someone again, but as a backup , which is his level.

And your take on Tannehill at Miami? Trubisky is the first QB in NFL history to complete over 70% of his passes on 30 plus pass attempts, throw for 3 touchdown passes, rush for 50 or more yards and rush for a touchdown in one game and he did this on primtime at home against Dallas when the Bears were a 3 point home underdog!!
My point being is there are plenty of hot takes on young qb's these days outside of a Mahomes or a Manziel probably it is best to wait till their fourth or fifth year or even a new team like Tannehill before you write off a young qb! So I will wait another while yet before annoiting Tannehill or burying Trubisky or Mariota!!

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General discussion / Re: UK General Election December 2019
« on: November 12, 2019, 02:42:03 PM »
Spot on but you underestimate how thick the normal brit is. All you see on the news is smearing of labour and JC. It's ironic that given the age of smart phones we now have the ability to check or disprove any claim within a few minutes on Google. Unfortunately it seems the vast majority can't be bothered to do so.

The Irish are no brighter, except we've only had a socialist education system since the 90s. They've had one since the 60s.

What the f**k are you on about? I went to school in the 90's and it was a bog standard shitbox cold all boys catholic secondary school. It was only socialist in that teachers and students were both subject to the same freezing cold dump buildings with f**k all resources!!

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: November 06, 2019, 12:50:06 PM »
Nagy is going nowhere , the bears are done probably for the season, I’d imagine they’ll just play out the season now.
I’d think Freddie Kitchens is in serious trouble in Cleveland , beat agin today by a bad Denver team. They have a soft schedule the rest of the way , I think he could be gone tomorrow or Tuesday. Probably should never have gotten that job, but that’s Cleveland for you I guess. Raiders have turned it around , and are actually very good offensively , but their D is brutal....
Pats and Ravens about to start , I think the Ravens could chin them tonight...


That's why he should be sacked!
The QB will get the blame first , that’s typically how it is , I’m not sold on Naggy either.
I still believe the Bears should have traded for Bridgewater last week. Trubiskey isn’t the answer , it’s hard to know what they do now. Cam Newton probably done in Carolina and some other free agent QBs will be on the market next year .


Ya. I'm just sympathetic to Trubisky because there's a lot more wrong with the offense than him. They're not or they can't run the football so defenses are keying in on Trubisky. Getting rid of Howard and drafting a RB (of equal ability) made no sense with so few picks available. An extra o-line man would have made more sense. It's frustrating because this is a good roster and it will probably start to fall apart now. Maybe next year will be sh1t or bust.....could see the Bears going after Cam Newton in free agency alright which may not be the wisest either.

I am rooting for Trubisky too Seanie as he seems like a dedicated fella and by all accounts is a great leader and works his ass off to try and get better but the problem is, as bad as the offensive unit has been this year with inconsistent o line, inconsistent wr's( apart from Robinson) and missed assignments in every game killing us, the fact is Trubisky has regressed badly this year and is heading towards Rex Grossman levels of bad or for the older more scared fans like me Cade McKnown levels of bad (if that can be even called a level!!).
He has 8 games left to really show something and even if he does light it up for the last 8 games I would still bring in real competition in the off season be it a vet ( Bridgewater/Mariota etc..) or a draft pick (Jake Fromm/Sam Elingher etc..) because he is nowhere near a franchise qb at all and getting worse!!
I am wiling to cut Nagy a little slack because apart from the Saints game we have been in every game this year and not blown out like the Trestman years and also the team is young and unfortunately these young guys like Floyd, James Daniels, Eddie Jackson, Anthony Miller and Roquan Smith have been very up and down so far so lets see how the season plays out. Nagy has tried to run the ball more in the last two games but the O line has been so inconsistent so far this year and was absolute trash in the first half against the Eagles. Plus Trubisky cannot process the pre snap and post snap reads quick enough for Nagy to run anything more than a bare bones offence at the moment. The Eagles had eight stacked in the box leaving their secondary in one on one situations the whole game daring Mitch to beat them from the pocket and he couldn't which is a huge problem!!
I do think Montgomery is a better running back than Howard and if we had tight ends that could actually block at all along with a consistent O line like last year you would see how much a better fit he is for this offence than Jordan Howard. I loved Howard but he just doesn't fit what Nagy wants to scheme.
On the tightends they have been muck all year in passing downs or blocking in the run game. Maybe Burton is banged up but if Shaheen doesn't pick up soon he will surely be a strong cut candidate in the off season and the Bears definitely need to draft a tightend at some stage next April!!

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 13, 2019, 03:41:49 PM »
I would like to see Mick start Josh cullen instead of Whelan against the Swiss.

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: October 13, 2019, 03:38:19 PM »
Going by some reports Ireland and New Zealand didn't want the Scotland game to go ahead.

So they wanted to play each other?  I can see why NZ would want to play Ireland, but not the other way round.

South Africa are a big team and Ireland’s brute (and energy sapping) game might not be as effective there. It could disrupt the all blacks. Bit of rain that makes handling hard and you never know. Thought the Scotland Japan second half was enthralling. The Scots left it too late to figure out how to beat them but put up some effort in the end when a hammering at one stage  was looking likely.

The Kiwis play most of their important rugby in shite wet conditions like we do in the Northen hemisphere unlike say the Aussies so it won't be any advantage to us unfortunately.

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General discussion / Re: Carrickmacross
« on: October 07, 2019, 08:08:23 PM »
Ah, these Johnny Come Lately Ulster Plantation Presbyterian settlers would know feck all about it, would they?

Come to think of it he might have been one of those extremists we can't blame!!

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General discussion / Re: Carrickmacross
« on: October 07, 2019, 07:59:14 PM »
Easy to blame extremists. Some border towns in the north are totally overrun with Romanians and Bulgarians and whilst the truth might not be palatable, these lads aren't working and hanging around the streets all day, so people don't feel entirely comfortable.

Funny I remeber talking to a presbyterian minister about 30 years ago he was telling me that the town he lived in in Antrim had become totally overun with Catholics and while it might no be palatble these Catholics weren't working and were just hanging around all day so people don't feel entirely confortable.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo Millionaire backer withholds Money
« on: October 01, 2019, 09:43:02 PM »
A bit of a Roman Abramovich scenario going on here, lots of double standard posters.

Its not pleasant having your laundry aired in public is it... especially for everyones favourite county, the arent we great brigade.

You see it across the country where individuals put money into their county. Declan Kelly Tipperary, JP McManus Limerick, Bertie Ahern and the €5m to Dublin.

As i said Double standards, At least other counties can put it to use, not a hope in Mayo. Dont even have the competence to accept free financial gifts.

I suppose it's difficult when you have actual volunteers trying to run the county board. There are several full time administrators in your own county for example.

Then take money from donors and hire some people.
Unfortunately money from donors is not a fixed income that can be budgeted to pay the annual salary or salaries for full time administrators let alone a CEO position. The only fixed income outside of gate receipts for a county like Mayo is sponsorship and most of this money is sucked up by day to day stuff like insurance, debt repayments, team expenses and coaching. Team expenses are the most frustrating since stuff like travel expenses and backroom teams to stay relevant or just compete are spiraling out of control but sponsorship and gate receipts depend on the level of success of a county team so it is a catch 22 situation!!

And they are out of control because you don't have the people in place to control it... Structures first, sun holidays second.

Sun holidays are fundraised each year seperately through an online lotto for mayo supporters and wouldn't be high up the list of priorities or a significant drain on resources.The structures in place in terms of fundraising and coaching development like the Mayo way are probably the best volunteers can manage in fairness. Travel expenses for players, s&c, underage coaching, stadium debt, insurance costs, running costs of the stadium, renting training pitches to suit players based in the east of the country would all be a much bigger drain on resources, this has increased all just to try and compete in division one and in the super 8's. Luckily we have local coaching teams to reduce the hit at all levels but these costs are significant that all the top counties have to endure except maybe the travel expenses. Again the resources are not there while trying to just stay competitive. If Mayo are not competitive then income reduces significantly through lack of season ticket sales and less sponsorship etc..!!
Realistically Mayo would need significant increase of central funding from the gaa to put in place a paid CEO at the outset but the gaa have decided to tie up these funds elsewhere and Mayo don't have the corporate pull to attract the sponsorship Dublin or Kerry or Cork do and the only way around this is to employ and experienced CEO they cannot afford to maximise the sponsorship they could attract!! Maybe in 10 or 15 years when the stadium debt is reduced a fulltime CEO could be put in place but there might not be much to manage by then so it is a catch 22 situation for Mayo and many other counties I guess.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo Millionaire backer withholds Money
« on: October 01, 2019, 04:31:13 PM »
A bit of a Roman Abramovich scenario going on here, lots of double standard posters.

Its not pleasant having your laundry aired in public is it... especially for everyones favourite county, the arent we great brigade.

You see it across the country where individuals put money into their county. Declan Kelly Tipperary, JP McManus Limerick, Bertie Ahern and the €5m to Dublin.

As i said Double standards, At least other counties can put it to use, not a hope in Mayo. Dont even have the competence to accept free financial gifts.

I suppose it's difficult when you have actual volunteers trying to run the county board. There are several full time administrators in your own county for example.

Then take money from donors and hire some people.
Unfortunately money from donors is not a fixed income that can be budgeted to pay the annual salary or salaries for full time administrators let alone a CEO position. The only fixed income outside of gate receipts for a county like Mayo is sponsorship and most of this money is sucked up by day to day stuff like insurance, debt repayments, team expenses and coaching. Team expenses are the most frustrating since stuff like travel expenses and backroom teams to stay relevant or just compete are spiraling out of control but sponsorship and gate receipts depend on the level of success of a county team so it is a catch 22 situation!!

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: September 30, 2019, 10:25:36 AM »
I would say this issue would be more relevant to soccer than rugby

I'm nor sure. Soccer requires a passport plus certain criteria. Rugby requires residency for 5 years.

I read Connacht have a group of 16 year olds in boarding school. At 21 they are eligible to play for Ireland (and SA if course). Soccer can't simply do that.

Its an issue, and while the bigger kids are doing it, so will we.

Ha! Ha! Quite possibly one the most ridiculous statements I have seen on this board in a while.

 ;D ;D ;D I know we are not the biggest rugby heads here out west but I think we can tell the difference between a few 16 year old lads from Kildare that go to Clongowes and South Africans!!!

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: September 22, 2019, 10:30:42 PM »
Anyone think the stadia so far are superior looking to any of our provincial grounds?
Definitely. I don't think I have ever seen anything like the stadium today for the Irish game.

I was in that stadium 17 years ago to see Gary Breen score a peach if a goal against Saudi Arabia!!

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: September 02, 2019, 02:13:21 PM »
Looking forward to the replay now, should be another classic. The difference between the Mayo-Dublin and Kerry-Dublin games is that you never really believed Mayo had the forwards to get over the line, while Kerry most certainly do.

Clifford mixed the good with the bad. Something that isn't really been talked about is how well he did to get Cooper sent off. Cooper's second yellow came from Clifford very cleverly getting Cooper on the wrong side. That said, he missed a few simple enough chances that he'll need to pop over the next day.

Belief and reality are two different things and the reality is Mayo were just as close as Kerry and both sets of forwards preformed in very similar ways against the Dubs, well on yesterday's evidence anyway!!!

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: September 02, 2019, 02:10:16 PM »
Did anyone else notice Jason Sherlock running onto the pitch for practically every Kerry kickout in the first half? He seemed to make a bee line for anywhere within the Kerry half where there was space and sometimes seemed to just run in a loop around it. The pessimist in me thought it looked like Dublin were getting another body on the pitch to make it seem more crowded for the Kerry kickouts. I know nothing illegal about what he was doing, but it did seem un-sporting to me.
Only an opinion from a neutral and wonder did anyone notice this or was it just me making something out of nothing.

One think I would criticise Gough about, there were a few times in the latter stages of the game when players went down injured and he made keepers take a kickout and on one occasion he waved off the medical staff off the pitch. Dangerous craic that, might have been gamesmanship but could have been serious injuries too.

Tony McEntee did that for us all the time under Rochford and he credited Donie Buckley with coming up with idea!!

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