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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: September 21, 2020, 08:41:01 AM »
I don’t know if the stats back it up (although not sure if golf putting stats are wholly accurate given it’s influenced so much by how good/bad iron and chipping play is), but to the naked eye, Rory is the weakest putter out there (bar Westwood and a few stragglers).

I was surprised how well he did this week to get into the Top 10. If his putting had been in reasonable shape he could well have got 2nd/3rd. But DeChambeau was head and shoulders the best man this week.

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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: September 16, 2020, 09:05:35 AM »
Before Leeds first game back in the Premier League, Eamon Dunphy interviewed Johnny Giles about his time at Leeds, which might be of interest to Leeds fans (or football fans in general):

https://thestandwitheamondunphy.com/episode/862/

(there is a much more detailed interview with Giles about his career in the archives)

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General discussion / Re: Conspiracy Theories
« on: September 15, 2020, 10:54:50 AM »
“All fookjn eejits” Hound.

That’s absolutism, is it not? It really doesn’t help.
More helpful than making excuses for the eejits who think they have a constitutional right to refuse to adhere to the rules of when/where to wear masks.

Or using the excuse that some eejits don't wash their masks, so therefore masks have no benefit!?

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General discussion / Re: Conspiracy Theories
« on: September 15, 2020, 10:28:25 AM »
It’s all about perception.

Internet debating, almost without fail, ends up with increasingly personal attack on the poster/person rather than the subject matter. Describing a certain mindset or thought pattern as being that of a “conspiracy theorist” is the new endgame for full time debaters (having succeeded writing “fact” at the end of sentences, describing others’ thoughts as being “Karen from Facebook”, the straw man discourse, and the recent classic of describing anyone who can show weakness in your viewpoints as having Dunning Kruger).

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The reason for the lack of trust in masks is simple enough. Continually taking the same bargain basement mask out of your pocket for weeks on end, everytime you enter a shop, has got to be worse for everyone than not wearing a mask. But the former is legal, the latter is not. It’s legislation for show rather than effect.

Legislators sometimes get blamed for treating the people like morons, and other times get blamed for not treating people like morons.

It was very clear early on that you treat masks like underwear. Wash after use.

There are people who believe they have a "constitutional right" not to wear a mask. There are others who wear a mask so that it doesn't cover their nose. There are people who don't wash their masks. All fookin eejits. That does not mean the legislation is just for show. The idiots should just be called out more.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Can we help out a local soccer club?
« on: September 14, 2020, 02:31:40 PM »
its not allowed,
remember the owners of the land( the trustees, one of which is from county board and one from central council) have to sign up to the rules.
the rules simply don`t allow it.
The rules don't allow two hops either, but sometimes you get away with it. Or the penalty is not imposed.

There's an astroturf soccer pitch on the Parnells GAA campus. I'm not 100% sure this is fact, but I was told by a local that Parnells do own this soccer pitch and lease it to a soccer club. He said it was one of the grounds for planning permission that the council imposed, which is why the "rule" is not imposed.

In StephenC's case, if the GAA club want to help out for the short-term mentioned, then they should help out. I can't see any reasonable person taking them to task and risking the bad publicity

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General discussion / Re: Premier League 20/21
« on: September 14, 2020, 02:19:30 PM »
The guy's number is up. He hasn't advanced in years. He's useless and I do not understand why spurs went near him. (Though in saying that they will be nowhere near relegation if he stays I suspect)

Jose was found out in his last season at Madrid. That was 2013. Baffling how he still gets big jobs. And he will again after Tottenham get rid of him.

In fairness, he did get United a 2nd place finish. As time goes on, that does look like a fairly decent achievement (as well as Europa League).
Jose's league finishing achievement was the equivalent to Ole last season. Not contending for the league but secured a CL spot. Last season nobody cared who finished 3rd or 4th (I can't even remember whether it was Chelsea or ManU), the critical thing was not being 5th or 6th, which both Lampard and OGS can be satisfied with. In that year Jose came 2nd, the CL spots 2-4 were reasonably secure about a month out, with none of the 3 being anywhere near City. Nobody cared who finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th (apart from Jose).

Jose did trump Ole by winning the Europa League, which Ole made a reasonably good shot at. Arguably Jose got an easier draw, but you can only beat what's put in front of you.

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GAA Discussion / Re: TG4 - Club Championships Coverage
« on: September 13, 2020, 08:38:14 PM »
Apart from those scenes a great game. Kilmacud got the two clear goal chances when Ballymun went down to 13. That said, thought there was at least two clear frees out for Muns second goal.
Agreed a great game. And, barring that incident, an easy one to ref, but the ref made an horrendous amount of mistakes!

The melee was a big  letdown for Ballymun, given they were in control and the last thing they needed.  But sometimes they just can’t help themselves! When you think of the sitter Pat Burke missed a couple of minutes before the one he scored, it could really have cost them.

But Ballymun the better team. Don’t think the suspensions will hinder them, and would expect they’ll beat Boden. Though if MDMA and Basquel get back fit, it could be a cracker.

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General discussion / Re: Premier League 20/21
« on: September 13, 2020, 08:18:57 PM »
Liverpool won’t be as good as they were the last 2 seasons, and there’s a good chance Arsenal, ManU and Chelsea could all improve significantly. It’ll depend on how new signings bed in, one of the 3 will disappoint I’d guess.

Man City are the unknown for me. I was hoping Aguero would feck off, as even at his age, he’s still the best striker in the league. Assuming he’s not a regular, I think it’ll be a close league with 4 teams still well in contention in early Spring. But Liverpool and Man City to be better in the run-in.

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General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: September 13, 2020, 08:11:55 PM »
Brillant performance by the blues, dominated from start to finish. All 3 new guys were excellent, Allan deserving motm. Coleman excellent as well, that today should put an end to the discussion about his position in the Ireland team, Doherty was really poor.
I didn’t see the game today (was too much other sport on!) but while Doherty has had a couple of really good seasons for Wolves, it has been as wing back, which is definitely a different position than full back, so it will be very interesting to see how he gets on at Spurs playing as a traditional 2 (and by all accounts it didn’t go well today).

In terms of Coleman, who undoubtedly has been a super servant to Ireland and there was a time when he was possibly the best right back in the league. Now, you will have seen way more of him than me, but is it not true to say his form dipped noticeably last season, and often he lost his place at Everton?

Is there anyone injured at Everton that has him in, or do you think he is back established as first choice right back?

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I thought Jones looked very promising yesterday. Nice control and change of direction in tight spaces and can find a pass. Combined well with Salah.
Absolutely. He wasn’t great for their goal, but he was a breath of fresh air after that. 

For me the midfield trio that has the best all round impact is;
-Fabinho for stability and defensive cover
-One of Hendo, Gini, Milner for legs and drive and leadership 
-One of Keita, Ox, Jones for attacking quality and positive distribution


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I’d advise everyone to put the Bronco moron on ignore so he doesn’t de-rail the thread.

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General discussion / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: September 10, 2020, 07:10:45 PM »
Seems quite the mess between McGuigan and Frampton.
Not sure Frampton as an adult has much of a chance of winning on the basis he was duped into signing a contract, but maybe he does.

Just listened to the RTÉ news report there and it seems Frampton got a right going over by McGuigan’s lawyer, even admitting on the stand that he underdeclared income on his tax returns to reduce his tax liability!

I hope it isn’t the case that Carl, after perhaps getting duped by McGuigan is now getting rightly duped by his own lawyer for taking this case.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: September 10, 2020, 01:09:00 PM »
The new regulations from Monday week seem to make a lot more sense, and it will be the end of ‘wet pubs’ being differentiated.

If you have 1m between tables then max stay is 1.45 and advance booking is required
If you have 2m between tables, then no advance booking and you can stay as long as you like (but name and number of one person per table has to be recorded).
Table service only, no sitting at bar and if you leave your table you must wear a mask.

If they do they decide to do a Dublin lockdown, I wonder will they split the county for these purposes (which i’d be all in favour of  ;D. )?  Prime Time this week suggested this was a possibility and that Dublin West has the highest numbers. Although “Dublin West” is probably not defined anywhere as it’s not one of the county council splits!

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: September 03, 2020, 07:40:50 PM »
Adam Idah starts up front for Ireland against Bulgaria in the nations league tonight. Connolly starts as well.

Big call on the front three, esp when Obafemi is left sitting at home. Hopefully we'll make a good start to the Kenny era
Didn’t someone else even get called up when a forward replacement was required? Sean Maguire I think. Oba’s tweet was not a good idea.

I think the front 3 are ahead of him anyway, albeit very marginally and lots can change, and I haven’t seen enough of them to say that with conviction.

Happy to see Doherty get a start. Coleman has been super but Doherty is surely ahead of him now.

The midfield trio are quality players, but they can all be shite on their day too. Hope they do the job.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: September 03, 2020, 07:37:18 PM »
I see some are moaning that people who don’t pay tax can’t avail of the tax relief for hospitality spend!

It’s a good idea overall, hope it works well and hotels and restaurants see the benefit in the ‘shoulder season’.

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