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Messages - David McKeown

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sigerson 2019
« on: February 16, 2019, 06:35:40 PM »
Great result for St Maryís and a particular congratulations to Gavin McGilly thatís two Sigerson finals and an All Ireland Intermediate club final in 24 months or so. Had the pleasure of watching an All Ireland final with him a few years ago. His insight into the game at that time was fantastic. Just hope his expertise doesnít come back to haunt Armagh in the championship.

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General discussion / Re: Islamic Jihadists ISIS
« on: February 15, 2019, 01:29:16 AM »
Hardly say the courts have low standards. The bar may not be quite as high as yesterday year but the UK courts system remains a standard bearer looked up to around the world.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: February 11, 2019, 08:26:39 PM »
I donít know about that. Soft penalty we got today not given and Jamie Clarke in the team you could have won that game today.

No I genuinely think Geezer would still have found a way to lose it. Armagh got back into the game and were within a point when they changed tactics to sit back. Itís infuriating.

Honestly don't think there was a change of tactics and it might even be a disservice to Meath to suggest so. Armagh had done well to get back to a point down. The Meath full back went down to break up play and Armagh's momentum- cleverly. Meath then got a well bought free to put 2 in it again. The legs seemed to go at that stage. Maybe the effort to claw back the deficit had taken its toll. Maybe fresh legs should have been introduced earlier.

We will have to agree to disagree. Once Armagh got within a point a number of players started shouting at each other and pointing to other areas of the pitch. From their the FF line withdraw out the field leaving Armagh one on six inside the 45 at times. They also dropped off Meaths kick outs and generally seemed much more defensive all but abandoning the high press. Looked very much tactical to me and similar to what happened in the last 15 against Kildare.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: February 10, 2019, 05:23:37 PM »
I donít know about that. Soft penalty we got today not given and Jamie Clarke in the team you could have won that game today.

No I genuinely think Geezer would still have found a way to lose it. Armagh got back into the game and were within a point when they changed tactics to sit back. Itís infuriating.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: February 10, 2019, 02:47:11 PM »
Armagh match is hard to watch. Ref has been poor but Armagh have been tactically clueless their full forward line have been camped on their own 45 sometimes leaving no attackers in the Meath half of the field. Very strong wind to be fair but not a 9 point wind.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2019 Dubs again?
« on: February 10, 2019, 12:09:48 AM »
Should that goal had stood? https://twitter.com/officialgaa/status/1094319531214950401

Of course it should not have stood but what can you do when a ref looks at that and thinks it's ok. You can't make contact with keeper in small box and galligan got barged into the net.

I didnít see anything wrong with it. The protection for keepers in the rule book is simply that they canít be charged. I know most refs give considerably more protection than that but they are wrong. That goal wasnít a charge but was two players competiting for the ball. Anywhere else on the pitch itís not a foul so it wasnít a foul on the keeper.

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: February 05, 2019, 10:34:28 PM »
Spent over a year of my life in Orlando and absolutely adore the place. Whole family heading back there in July. 20 of us going total so we are staying at the Reunion resort. Seems like a good spot. They offer apartments and have a small water park on site. Iíve not been before but it gets good reviews. I love the outlets and think the deals are fantastic particularly if you print the coupons out from their website before you go. Mall at Millenia another good spot for the shopping.

The one tip I have is try not to do everything in one go itís simply too much in the heat and you will end up not enjoying it.

My favourite parks are Holywood studios and Typhoon Lagoon

As to car hire the AVIS suggestion above is great. Iím also signed up to rental cars who offer great sales through out the year.

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: February 04, 2019, 03:46:28 AM »
I have to say I really enjoyed it. I thought it was great to see two good defences go at and in a pass happy league it was refreshing to see an old school Smash mouth low scoring game. That said I thought Pats v Chiefs in the regular season was the best game I ever watched (didnít see Rams v Chiefs) so I probably would have enjoyed it no matter what.

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: February 04, 2019, 03:09:03 AM »
The most impressive thing for me about the Patriots these last 17 years or whatever is how many different ways theyíve found to win. Brady and Bellicheck have been something else.

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: February 03, 2019, 12:31:39 PM »
Looking at booking a package through Expedia to Vegas. Anyone have any experience booking with them?

The flights are via London and then direct. Anyone know what the situation is if the first flight (Dub-Lon) is delayed? Am I on my own or are the flights booked as a package? If I'm on my own, then I'll need to allow 4-5h layover in both directions

Booked with them a couple of times or more and thought them to be particularly good the only issue being that unlike some of these companies (travelocity virgin etc) they donít always cover resort fees at the hotels so there can be some considerable expense when you get there. That said the advertise that on their prices but not in their total prices.

As to flights if they are with codeshare partners which they usually are then you are covered for delays etc and the airline will rebook you accordingly. If they are not codeshare partners then things can be a lot trickier. Iíve no direct experience of Expedia not using codeshare partners but I do have experience of them when we had a codeshare flight delayed they were very good and made sure we had been rebooked and that our car hire and hotel were aware weíd be late. They also told us about food vouchers etc we were entitled too and who to claim them off.

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: February 03, 2019, 10:02:29 AM »
Ill start this by saying that England where the far superior team and deserved their win so this is not sour grapes at all but yesterday again highlighted why I hate the inconsistent use of technology in sport.  For example the TMO was not used for a matter of fact of decision about a line out near midfield at the end of the first half from their England made a great move and had Ireland pinned deep in seconds ultimately settling for a penalty following a matter of opinion decision being referred to the TMO.  Had the midfield line out gone upstairs its likely Ireland would have had the line out and would have been the team on the attack at the end of the half.  On such things games can change.

Similarly why not go back to analyse whether or not the pass was forward in the build up to the Try why only look at the offside position which unless you have clever graphics to account for the fact the camera is directly in line is unlikely to be particularly accurate. I have no idea whether or not the pass was forward but surely it could and should have been looked at and if it was forward Ireland can feel aggrieved given the crucial point they were at in the match. Again on such things games can change.

Now I am not for a second suggesting that had the TMO been used differently that the result would have been different but its impossible to know what would have happened.  However when the TMO is used to only examine certain things it can lead to massive injustices to teams that were wronged and for me thats enough reason not to use it if its not going to be used for everything.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: January 21, 2019, 07:33:06 PM »
Auction item #5 and 3 to a lesser extent




2,4 & 8 raised my eyebrow far more

Is Conor McManus a reknown childrenís entertainer?

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: January 21, 2019, 09:52:23 AM »
Assuming he doesnít get injured between now and then Brady will have played in 17% of all super bowls by the end of the season. I think the discussion about him being theGoat is over but is he the best sportstar of his generation?

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: January 21, 2019, 08:52:57 AM »
Officiating wasn't spectacular in the second game either. Not sure there was enough to overturn the Edelman muffed punt call and Brady got one of the worst roughing the passer calls I've ever seen.

I thought there was enough on the punt. Looked clear to me there was no contact. The problem I have with the Roughing the passer call is two fold. One there was at least holding if not pass interference by the Chiefs against the receiver. Two whilst the swipe missed the helmet Brady then gets softly hit on the head by the defenders elbow. Itís a very small touch and shouldnít be a foul but my understanding was that any contact to the head was a penalty. QBís are too well protected in that regard.

All that said I thought the officiating was very poor in both games. Two long conversations in the second game to merely say the Game Clock was right showed me the officials didnít really seem to know what was going on. Iím always at a loss why they split up teams for the playoffs. The criteria should be based on teams of officials not individuals who have never worked together.

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:15:29 AM »
As an old teacher of mine used to say. Football is a 60 minute game that takes 3:30 to play and then the Patriots win.

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