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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

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: April 15, 2019, 03:29:34 PM »
Another crazy week of results in all 3 Divisions. Have to admit im enjoying this new structure. Some big scores in all 3 divisions. A few hammerings getting handed out but at the same time other established teams are not living up to some expectations. The results are interesting viewing every sunday evening!
Have to agree that i'm interested to see how teams get on in their new divisions. 1B especially is an interesting one. The flip side is poor Ardmore though, they've had 3 very tough opening games and hopefully they can get closer to the likes of Sean Dolans or Doire Colmcille.

General discussion / Re: Game of Thrones - Spoilers
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:26:46 PM »
Load of nonsense so far. f**king do something!


Set the alarm and got up to watch it. Decent enough viewing.

The episode was always going to be scene setting and giving all the major players some screen time.  I think that everyone important appeared even if only for a few seconds.
Wasn't expecting too much action from the off.

I see Paddy Power are doing odds on 'Who will rule Westeros when Game of Thrones ends?', Noticed that Littlefinger was 12-1!!
There is a theory out there that it wasn't Littlefinger that Arya killed but one of the Faceless Men from Braavos!

On to points from the first episode:

Doesn't look like Jon was happy with the news.
The death of the Umber kid was very well done.
Great to see Bran and Jaime meeting again, and the Hound and Arya.
That's a good summary

General discussion / Re: Derry Girls - Channel 4
« on: April 10, 2019, 02:23:03 PM »
I watched the first episode of season 1 the other week, the torture was endured stoically to the end, in case.
But ever since, I have stood idly by.

Has any survey been taken to measure the overall negative impact that Derry Girls might have with southern voters in an AI referendum?
To be fair, I probably didn't warm to it until half way through the first season and enjoyed the second season even more. It's far from perfect and I wouldn't go in to watching it with a serious head on. It's a bit of harmless fun with just the right amount of nostalgia and 'Derry-ism's' for me to enjoy.

GAA Discussion / Re: Too many for one Team
« on: April 10, 2019, 12:41:40 PM »
My daughter is part of a squad of 27! At her age group it is 13 a side. She is the 11 year old in under 12. Tonight 22 turned up that would have left 9 subs to be satisfied (if all 27 turn up there would be 14 subs). She played one quarter and a five minute spell later on. This is going to be the gig for the year. She is already not getting enough game time to bring her on. Thinking of pulling her from the club for the season and joining a Town team that would have a 'B' team. Any other solutions?

How about you offering to take a "B" team in the club you're already at.

There is not enough for a 'B' team. To have a B team with 13 a side you need a panel of about 34 or 36. I already have more than my share of sporting commitments as a coach and volunteer.
I'd completely disagree. 27 at U12 should be 2 teams. If county board or whoever are saying that all u12 games must be 13-a-side (which i'd find very hard to believe) then there is a serious issue with the development of underage players in your county.

General discussion / Re: Derry Girls - Channel 4
« on: April 10, 2019, 12:35:59 PM »
Second season finished up last night. Thought the episodes were mostly stronger than the first season. First episode away on the trip with the Protestant boys, the da seeing them on TV away at the Take that concert (smiling and saying nothing), James showing up to take Erin to the formal and last nights episode were highlights from memory.

The music is great. Enjoy the granda and the aunt (very Derry). Clare annoys me a we bit - everything just a bit too over the top.

A third season is in the works.

General discussion / Re: The Official WWE thread
« on: April 10, 2019, 11:09:42 AM »
Genuine question...

I just don't get wrestling, I didn't even as a kid... What do you fans like about? Is the the theatre? Pantomime? Is it the same as going to a really good gig? The odd time I've seen it on TV I've always been struck by the amount of adults in the crowd going absolutely mental for it when I (genuinely) would expect the audience to be mainly juvenile...

A customer of mine told me last week he was heading for Vegas with his girlfriend and stopping in NYC for WrestleMania on his way back. He said the tickets were $700, I'm not sure if that was each or for the pair but either way  :o This boy is in his 40s.

I only dip in to see what's going on in pro-wrestling on odd occasions now, but how it sometimes attracts my interest is a combination of factors. The theatre, the sportsmanship, the storytelling & the characters would be among the most prominent reasons. Everyone whom is at least above primary school age knows that what goes on is staged and scripted. That fourth wall was broken down a long time ago. The way the likes of WWE have evolved in their presentation notably change every few years, from the "rock 'n' wrestling" with hugely pumped up steroid & cocaine abusers in the mid-80's to early 90's to the era of cartoonish gimmicks on to the famed "attitude" era on to a era which involved less hitting each other with chairs and rubbish bins to the head on to a more in-ring focused product albeit still with a few gimmicks as a nod to past eras plus a focus on "risky" flying manoeuvres, onwards to a "PG" era on to where it is at present - one where most of the fans that turn up or tune in are mainly interested in the wrestlers emphasising athletic ability, storytelling and personal character development and very little on cheesy gimmicks. It is still "PG" rated, but at times has a slight edge to it.

The fans are also now much more vocal as to whom they actually want to cheer and with little in the way for the likes of Vince McMahon to fully control it. The best modern day example is with Roman Reigns, whom McMahon is eager to promote as "the face" of the company the same way as John Cena did. And Cena faced a load of problems like that back in the 00's where he was often cast as "Super Cena" because of the predictable way he was booked, but started to get over with fans better near the end of the decade - the turning point was probably at the 2008 Royal Rumble. For the next few years you'd often hear "duelling chants" from audiences when he had his bouts, up to the last couple of years where most now acknowledge that he's was/is actually a pretty decent wrestler that's won him over.

A lot of "small" men now dominate the pro-wrestling scene, small in the sense going up against whom were often involved in the 80's. These days you don't see wrestlers generally 'roided up to the gills nor do you see them look like your overweight uncle with a balding mullet in a pair of lyrca tights. There are still a few "big guys" out there, Brock Lesnar is one hangover from the early 00's (working part-time). But perhaps the epitome of the modern WWE wrestler is Daniel Bryan - whom would otherwise in years gone by be seen as a "vanilla midget" but now is perhaps the best in the world as an all-round package. A brilliant in-ring technician like Bret Hart was, understands how to pace a bout to tell a "story" through the bout, and while his charisma and promos aren't at the level of what The Rock was in his prime, he's still had plenty to get himself over that wherever he is a "face (good guy) of "heel" (bad guy) it's almost impossible for crowds not to connect with him - the worst thing that can happen to wrestlers in the ring is where the crowd are silent, not caring what's going on in front of them.

Finally for the WWE, one big change between now and from the start of this decade is the female talent on its roster. Back then it was rare for them to have womens wrestling be done in a serious manner like mens bouts were, the talent was often drawn up from the likes with modelling and cheerleading backgrounds to be thrown into the likes of "bra and panties" matches and be little more than eye candy. The last few years has seen a dramatic shift where the womens wrestlers are put on the same pedestal now as the men and promoted as such (except for the twice-yearly jaunts to Saudi Arabia). The idea of the WWE having a serious women's Royal Rumble match, their own "PPV" show or even have the main event of Wrestlemania be an all-female bout would have been unfathomable a decade ago.

Outside of the WWE, there's still a lot of good, smaller promotions. Impact Wrestling (ne TNA) once tried to give the WWE a run for its money like WCW did in the 90's, except they were nowhere near them. These days they're a small promotion with a TV deal that still keeps them in the public eye. Ring of Honor is another promotion that could be claimed to somewhat be a prototype to todays WWE the same way ECW was to WWE's Attitude era. If you like your hardcore blood & guts death matches, CZW delivers a few times a year especially with its "Tournament of Death" that goes way further than even the most violent moments of the Attutide era. Chikara and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla also both deserve mentions. Over on this side of the Atlantic, the independent scene is probably at its highest peak since the days of pro-wrestling on ITV's World of Sport in the 70's & 80's. Progress Wrestling in London ran a show in Wembley Arena with 4,750 in attendance back in September, while Glasgow based Insane Championship Wrestling did an event in the SSE Hydro Arena in the city in 2016 that drew a crowd of over 6000. There's a few local promotions across Ireland that hold shows in various town every few months.

The spectacle of pro wrestling certain isn't for everyone. But it does have a wide ranging appeal these days at many different levels especially outside the WWE. It's no longer the days of Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant, or DeGeneration X getting you to chant "Suck It!" but it's still very accessible to young and not so young alike. Also, thank f**k the cries of pro-wrestling being "fake" are almost gone. As I mentioned earlier everyone knows it's not "real" - if someone in your home or workplace is talking about Coronation Street of Fair City, you don't butt in and say "You know that shit's fake, right?" but when done well, pro-wrestling can get you drawn into the story evolving in front of you a well done storyline in a soap opera does. For the WWE, the proof in the pudding lies in the revenue they now generate. Back in the mid-90's Vince McMahon was nearly on the bones of his arse cheeks close to bankruptcy - last year the WWE made over US$930 million in revenue.
That's a good summary.

As for the bit in bold - AEW (All Elite Wrestling) are the one's to really look out for. Financial backing from Shahid Khan and his son (Fulham FC and Jacksonville Jaguars) and a TV deal. Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Lucha Bros, Christopher Daniels, Hangman Adam Page and Pac (Neville) all involved. Billy Gunn is a producer. Jim Ross (JR) on commentary. They sold out the 14,000 seater MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for an event next month in 4 mins.

GAA Discussion / Re: Too many for one Team
« on: April 09, 2019, 10:10:38 AM »
My daughter is part of a squad of 27! At her age group it is 13 a side. She is the 11 year old in under 12. Tonight 22 turned up that would have left 9 subs to be satisfied (if all 27 turn up there would be 14 subs). She played one quarter and a five minute spell later on. This is going to be the gig for the year. She is already not getting enough game time to bring her on. Thinking of pulling her from the club for the season and joining a Town team that would have a 'B' team. Any other solutions?
If there are 27 players your club should have 2 teams entered. At under 12 level i'm sure there would be no problem with playing one of the teams 11-a-side or something similar if need be. Getting everyone plenty game time is the most important thing.

General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: April 08, 2019, 02:07:35 PM »
Yeah enjoyable nonsense. The 'movement's are particularly silly and slightly ruin a potentially great show imo.

It reminded me of an old visual PTQ gag - At a boardroom meeting the Chairman introduces the Treasurer who will deliver the annual results through the medium of dance🧚‍♀️
Anyone watched 'The OA' on Netflix?

Its wired to the moon but strangely absorbing
Binge watched this with herself. Mad as a bag of spiders but I found myself always wanting to watch the next episode. I have to say I quite enjoyed both seasons so far.

We also watched Ricky Gervais' series 'After Life' recently. It really is an excellent show. One I would advise everyone to watch.

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo for Sam 2019
« on: April 05, 2019, 03:34:56 PM »
All-time top scorers
As of 3 September 2018

1  Colm Cooper  Kerry  23-283  352  85 games  2002-2017  4.1 
Cillian O'Connor  Mayo  23-272  341  48 games  2011-  7.1 
3  Mikey Sheehy  Kerry  29-205  292  49 games  1973-1988  6.0 
4  John Doyle  Kildare  8-260  284  67 games  1999-2014  4.2 
5  Padraig Joyce  Galway  12-229  265  66 games  1997-2012  4.0 
6   Bernard Brogan  Dublin  21-196  259  58 games  2006-  4.5 
7  Paddy Bradley  Derry  17-202  253  44 games  1999-2012  5.8 
8  Steven McDonnell  Armagh  18-197  251  67 games  1999-2011  3.7 
9   Maurice Fitzgerald  Kerry  12-205  241  45 games  1988-2001  5.4 
10  Brian Stafford  Meath  9-206  233  41 games  1986-1995  5.7 
11  Oisin McConville  Armagh  11-197  230  52 games  1994-2008  4.4 
12  Jimmy Keaveney  Dublin  15-182  227  42 games  1964-1980  5.4 
13  Peter Canavan  Tyrone  9-192  219  58 games  1989-2005  3.8 
14  Conor McManus  Monaghan  7-204  225  50 games  2007-  4.5 
15  Sean Cavanagh  Tyrone  9-181  208  89 games  2002-2017  2.3 
16  Colin Corkery  Cork  5-182  197  32 games  1993-2004  6.2 
17  Ross Munnelly  Laois  6-168  186  70 games  2003-  2.7 
18  Dean Rock  Dublin  8-173  197  36 games  2013-  5.4 
19  Dara O'Cinneide  Kerry  11-149  182  54 games  1995-2005  3.4 
20  Matt Connor  Offaly  13-142  181  26 games  1978-1984  7.0 
21  Pat Spillane  Kerry  19-123  180  56 games  1974-1991  3.2 

I find it laughable people think COC shouldn't be on the Mayo team personally. His scoring rate is phenomenal.

PS. Looking at that list, I really think Paddy Bradley wasn't as recognized as he should have been nationally as he was on a weaker side as opposed to some other forwards of that era.

General discussion / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: April 05, 2019, 11:19:57 AM »

Not Whytes biggest fan but its not that hard to get a world title shot these days at Heavyweight and considering who he has beat its a disgrace that he has been overlooked so far.  This whole WBC handling is beyond a joke too, him being the number 1 ranked contender but again being overlooked in favour of Breazeale.  The latest talk is of Polish fighter Adam Kownacki getting a shot yet he has beaten very average opponents so far.

The article doesn't mention his IBF ranking, so I took a look to see where he sits with them and shockingly he isn't even in the top 20, which is an easy list to get on if you are half decent.  But the biggest shock I noticed was the WBA rankings, where Whyte sits in 4th.  Ahead of him is Trevor Bryan (who is ranked number 1), yet the last 4 fighters he has faced have a total of 80 losses between them.  The number 3 ranked fighter Fres Oquendo hasn't fought in nearly 5 years, lost his last fight and has lost 8 times in total.  Him and Bryan aren't even ranked by the other bodies.
Whilst the WBC's handling of Whyte has been poor, at least they have most of the top 10 heavyweights in their rankings. IBF, WBA and WBO's rankings are a joke. Fres Oquendo being ranked anywhere is also a joke. Super titles, Regular titles, Silver titles, joke.

My top ten would be something like this:

1. Joshua
2. Fury
3. Wilder
4. Ortiz
5. Whyte
6. Pulev
7. Povetkin
8. Miller
9. Parker
10. Rivas

Brezeale is probably there or there abouts with the likes of Takam to be fair. I'd have prospects like Kownacki, Yoka, Hrgovic, Dubois or Joyce ahead of Fres Oquendo at this stage, he wouldn't make my top 30.

Will be interesting to see if Usyk can make an impact at heavyweight.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: April 03, 2019, 12:55:39 PM »
How many teams go up/down in each division this year? Are there any play offs?
2 up, 2 down. No playoffs. Whoever finishes first in league wins it also.

General discussion / Re: Lesser Supported Sports
« on: April 03, 2019, 11:01:43 AM »
OSQ!! Obscure Sports Quarterly!! That's the place for lesser supported sports.
ESPN 8 'The Ocho'

General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: April 01, 2019, 10:07:44 PM »
Anyone watched 'The OA' on Netflix?

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