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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA Need to Get Rid of Replays
« on: January 05, 2020, 12:37:12 PM »
Extra time makes sense, especially in the early rounds of the championship where scheduling is tight.
But what is the major driver for eliminating replays altogether?
When an All Ireland goes to a replay the participants usually seem happy enough to me.

The main disgruntled ones seem to be a few bitter anti-GAA heads who dislike that there is extra funding to invest and the salty Indo articles about 'GAA bosses', 'windfalls' and 'bonanzas'.

General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: January 05, 2020, 12:14:37 PM »
f**k all to do with Tom Gabriel. Zero weapons . He will walk this year , 2 year rental for a team with skill players and a good OL..
Earlier in the season, there was the possibility of having Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon and maybe even Gronk on board.
By the end they couldn't get it done from 1 yard with 3 running attempts.

GAA Discussion / Re: GAA Need to Get Rid of Replays
« on: January 04, 2020, 09:41:41 PM »
The FA Cup matches that finished level today are going to replays.
'But de money grabbing gah...'.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: November 20, 2019, 02:48:50 PM »
People will look back and wonder how Pochettino managed to keep a group of seriously underpaid players motivated for so long.
The Spurs owners pushed their luck too far and it's going to bite them in the ass now.

If he is going to get the United job, it'll happen next summer. He'll be secretly approached now, terms and sweeteners agreed and he'll lie low for a few months.

GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: October 24, 2019, 05:02:16 PM »
I see Horan and HQ are seeking a name for this tier 2 Cup any suggestions?
The cup should be named after someone who didn't ply their trade with one of the stronger counties.
I'd suggest naming it after Tommy Murphy of Leix.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: October 24, 2019, 09:26:58 AM »
Looking back at this debate, Andy Dunne was on the money in what he was saying on the occasions when Quinlan let him speak.

GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: October 22, 2019, 01:13:37 PM »
The sad thing is that people are already losing interest. I used love attending knockout AI Quarter Finals in Croke Park  but couldn't be bothered going to round robin games as a neutral.

Yeah it's becoming farcical, it's like anything now in life all about legacy.  Horan wants to make a name for himself, Dublin are 100% for the All-Ireland for the foreseeable future, this isn't about giving the smaller counties something to play for, this is side lining them so the hierarchy of the GAA don't have to address the major differences between the elite and the up and coming, sure all's good in Antrim / Derry (any second tier team) they got to the Semi of the second ballbag competition!
I agree. People claim that the tiers 'work well' in hurling - although with the little coverage and little interest they get, I'm not sure what the success criteria is.
But the tiers help hide the massive gap there is between top and bottom. Counties with no interest in promoting the game can hide in plain site, GAA hq also escape any heat for not investing in the game where it is weakest.

GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: October 19, 2019, 10:34:17 PM »
Unfortunately this is another example of the creeping elitism in the GAA.
They're now bubbling the high profile, high earning teams to the top and filtering out the less desirable ones.

It also shows that GAA democracy is top down instead of bottom up.
John Horan decided this was to be his defining legacy and set about using all the tools at his disposal to ram it through.

For the elite counties there's a plenty of "I'm alright Jack" at play in how they voted.
We're happy for the dregs to bugger off someplace else, but we don't want to play in a 2nd tier ourselves.
Look at how Cork and Tipperary shored up their position when it looked like they were slated to operate in tier 2.
If it's such a great place for counties to develop and win a national trophy, they shouldn't have minded.
It's reminds of that Onion satirical survey which said that 98% of commuters favoured public transport for others.

There may be other teams who fall through the trapdoor in future who will change their tune on the merits of a tiered championship.
John Horan himself wants to add an extra team to the Leinster hurling championship now that Leix may possibly nudge Dublin into the Joe McDonagh Cup.
And we laughed at John Delaney wanting a 33rd team in the world cup.

As usual there was plenty of woolly promises to sweeten the deal. Promises about coverage and promotion which might be well intentioned but are unlikely to amount to anything.
Remember when people wanted Croke Park opened, all the fluffy talk about soccer and rugby matches being preceded by GAA demos to woo the masses. How the new Lansdowne Road would be open for GAA quarter finals.
People use all sorts of fudges to push something over the line.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: October 08, 2019, 02:29:09 PM »
OGS is not the long term solution but it would be harsh to sack him now while some of his best players are out.
What is alarming is the drop in effort from his team once he became permanent manager. They were about to break into the top 4 and cement CL football but then reverted back to relegation form when they were out of that zone of uncertainty.
There aren't players enforcing standards and policing slackers in the dressing room like the old Ferguson teams and this is a problem.

I assume he was told to prioritise binning players stealing a wage to free up funds for future transfers. If he wasn't playing a long game, he would have grabbed any sort of stand in striker in the last window.
About 4 more transfer windows equivalent to the last one are needed, where the right type of players come in.
I suspect the plan was to start quietly lining up a big name replacement for him in the next 12 to 24 months, but the current bout of poor results has put this in jeopardy.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: October 07, 2019, 11:01:11 AM »
The scouting system is clearly broke if someone was happy that Fred was worth shelling out 50 million for.

The most plausible explanation is that after being hacked by Liverpool, Man City put a load of bogus data in their scouting database and United were the next club to break into it.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: September 28, 2019, 04:36:46 PM »
The best warning of an impending Irish implosion is Neil Francis writing that sort of dung.

This followed the classic upset pattern. Favourites ease into a lead, don't push on, underdogs get a bit if breathing space and start to play, underdogs start to believe, crowd gets behind them, referee gets caught up in it too, favourites realise they're in trouble and try to wrestle back control, the more they try to force it the more they turn into a disorganised rabble.

GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Football Final Tickets
« on: August 24, 2019, 10:18:17 PM »
Doesn't matter who is in charge , there are conveyer belts of special groups of players for the next ten years , Dublin will keep winning all Ireland's for the forseeable . The most interesting aspect is going to be when do Dublin eventually admit something will have to be done to even up the score
If Pillar Caffrey or Tommy 'Tom' Car were in charge things might be different.

Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Championship 2019
« on: August 19, 2019, 11:04:16 PM »
I find it irritating commentators, pundits, journalists referring to John O Dwyer as bubbles. Bubbles this and bubbles that, feck off, shower of eggits.
Sports commentators shouldn't be using nicknames in the first place.
Could you imagine a soccer commentator saying that Psycho Pearce has passed the ball to Sicknote Anderton?

Anyone hear about water bottles?
Interesting. In future, teams playing Tyrone should be wise enough to not drink the water bottle offered to them but to switch to the second bottle instead.
However, this move may already be anticipated by Tyrone and they'd have left the first one clean and poisoned the second bottle.

Basically, just don't drink out of a bottle with your girlfriend's phone number written on it.

General discussion / Re: Portrush gets the Open
« on: July 26, 2019, 11:21:17 AM »
Unfortunately Swiss JP doesn't need to pay a cent in tax in Ireland. Our next best hope is to strip some of his cash away from him on local projects.

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