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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: November 11, 2012, 03:45:33 PM »
Does that mean the Watties are down to Intermediate?

General discussion / Re: April Jones abduction
« on: October 03, 2012, 09:47:26 PM »
Was there a suggestion earlier in the week that the man who has been arrested had some previous history with similar offences? The police seemed to know who they were after anyway.

It begs the question about why these men are allowed to walk the streets unmonitored with paedophiles being relocated into communities and the locals not being made aware. These hoors should be walking round with bells around their necks, not being hidden in the community.

To go slightly off topic, reading the case of Jill Meagher earlier in the week where the rapist/murderer had something like 8 previous counts of rape on his rap sheet. At what point do you say, right that's enough he's not getting out. Personally, I'd have a one strike and you're out law, or in rather and not getting out. If you can rape anyone or molest a child once, that's in you for life and no prison sentence will reform you!

General discussion / Re: where is best to buy an ipad and ipod ?
« on: October 03, 2012, 01:33:18 PM »
As mentioned the prices are set by Apple so you won't find any variation in the price unless you're buying in the States where you can save about 50-75 compared to over here..

GAA Discussion / Re: All Stars 2012
« on: October 03, 2012, 10:17:51 AM »
Eh, yes I am completely ignoring the club championship, surely this should be based on performances at County level only. By your reckoning Liam Watson should at least be nominated for player of the year then with his performances in the club All Ireland series?

Don't get me wrong, but Jamie Clarke is an outstanding talent but himself and Armagh didn't cut much mustard this year so I can't see where the nomination has came from. Maybe it's his pals in the Irish News who swing the vote for him...  ;)

GAA Discussion / Re: All Stars 2012
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:32:38 AM »
How does Jamie Clarke get nominated in every All Star list going? If he sat out a season I'd still be pretty confident that he'd get his customary nomination...

General discussion / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: September 22, 2012, 10:16:57 PM »
McCloskey won handy enough, looked like Perez couldn't work out the southpaw stance for 6-7 rounds. McCloskey just boxed all night and didn't get involved in too much trading. Still had the hands down a bit which would be a worry against a bigger hitter but all in all a comfortable win and a step in the right direction!

General discussion / Re: Farming.
« on: September 21, 2012, 12:54:33 PM »
Not that I am any way up on slurry pits/tanks, etc. but is there ever any legitimate reason why someone would have to enter a slurry pit after it has been built and if not could they not incorporate ventilation that is safer than a hole in the ground? 

If there has to be any entrance into the pit could it not be covered with an iron grid to prevent any accidental access by man, dog, etc.

It seems awfully dangerous and silly to have an open hole that if someone fell or climbed into there's a good chance they won't come out of it.  If an environment like this existed in any other place of work health and safety would have a field day, although I appreciate that farmers probably need to strike a balance between what is practical and what is totally safe but it is life and death at the end of the day...

Hurling Discussion / Re: What does hurling mean to you?
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:08:16 AM »

Found this video a while back which summed hurling up pretty well from an outsiders point of view.  Cool story too.  You can skip about the first 5-6 mins if you're in a rush but it helps build the story...  ;)

I enjoyed Marty Morrissey's commentary on Sunday, especially the point where Tommy came in and cleared a ball and Morrissey was all over hime like a rash, 'Ohhh, look at Tommy Walsh, wee Tommy bursting through the middle.  What a man...Tommy Walsh...'  I'm glad there was no camera in the commentary box, I'm pretty sure Marty had the hand down the front of the trousers every time he touched the ball!  ;)

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 15, 2012, 07:23:56 AM »
Love the confidence you have in screen, maybe thats why they fail when they dont have the support.

and yes there is another chance for whichever team loses out

I love the great appreciation you have of sarcasm...

GAA Discussion / Re: Mark Sidebottom
« on: August 08, 2012, 11:50:26 AM »
I've heard that much shite from Sidebottom that I don't even know if he said this at the weekend or if I made it up but did he make some reference after someone had kicked a point referring to them as, 'He's as cool as a cruise going up the Mississippi' or something along those lines.  I don't even know where I would start to imagine where or what inspired him to say that.  As cool as a cucumber, as cold as ice, ice running through his veins - anything at all like that and it would be grand and not dwelled upon, but no he has to be as cool as a cruise going up the Mississipi.  When I think of Mississipi I think of floods, alligators and Gene Hackman!?!

I have to admit the chess one got me, he kept bringing it up and McConville just kept blanking him.  I think he even asked him at one stage, you have to accept my analogy of Donegal playing chess...

It's a sorry state of affairs when the best bit of BBC commentary is when McConville says nothing after Sidebottom, just sits there and then Sidebottom just has to amble back into general commentary until the next load of horse dung falls from his mouth.

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:58:43 PM »
If players are having to fork out to play for their county (physio, gear, bills, supplements) this can affect their attitude and desire to play for the county.  If the attitude isn't right, the hard work at training won't be right either!

As much as Jim McGuiness has been criticised, although mainly last year and by myself included, he has changed the attitude of the whole Donegal panel, they've put the hard work in and are reaping the rewards.  Weights sessions most mornings, training in the evenings.  Dublin are at the same and I'd guess most of the bigger teams are as well. 

If you aren't training as much as other teams, nine times out of ten you aren't going to perform as well as the other teams - Donegal have raised the bar in Ulster and will only get better as their 'system' is fine tuned and tweaked but hard work is at the centre of everything they do well - I don't think many Derry players could currently survive in Donegal's system of play.

I'm not suggesting at all that Baker is the man to bring Derry forward but I'm only stating that he couldn't possibly do any worse than what has been done over the past few years.  If the Derry job came up I don't think too many outside managers would be too interested in the role, too much hard work and crap to deal with so we may have a limited selection before even starting!

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: July 17, 2012, 11:47:29 AM »
Maybe a harmonious changing room was the wrong way to put it.  I just think it would be very easy for Derry fans to starting blaming Baker, Paddy and Eoin if things went wrong under Baker, whether they had anything to do with things going wrong or not.

The Bradley's seem to get blamed for most mishaps on the county scene anyway so that's only going to get worse if their Da arrives in as well!  Maybe some criticism is warranted but, for example, the reaction to PB's interview in the Irish News was a bit OTT.  The main focus should have been the ongoing problems throughout the year, lack of fitness and general under-performance - not focussing on a player stating the obvious in the papers.

When Derry are ranked 30 out of 32 in Ireland for expenses for the year it kind of says all you need to hear really, although it still doesn't excuse the lack of fitness that seemed to be prevalent this season, players have to take that responsibility on themselves to a certain extent...

Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: July 17, 2012, 07:33:52 AM »
To be honest if Bradley had been managing Derry and had got a win over Galway he would have been a mini hero! He couldn't do any worse than the past few managers although whether ir would be a harmonious camp or not would be another matter!

General discussion / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:06:06 AM »
Yeah, I agree with EG.  All this talk about Khan boxing well and if he boxes smarter he can beat the better fighters.  He's going to get caught at least once throughout a fight and if he can't take those shots, a heavy handed fighter will leave him on his ass every time.

As for his comments towards Froch, he's only a bigger name because he is, or at least was, the darling of the English media.  Now that he's starting to get found out the Americans will drop him like a hot potato and when he's crawling around looking to fight lesser fighters or previous opponents, he'll soon realise he's not as hot a property as he would like to think.

I agree about his management, they all seem like gold digging and arrogant characters - a bit like Khan himself actually.  The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

On McCloskey, he doesn't have the power to batter anyone at that level.  He's great at not getting hit but as he's normally standing with his hands at his side it only takes one wrong move to get emptied, just like it happened in his last fight, although he was caught repeatedly if memory serves me right.

I was never as happy to hear Garcia's father at the press conference afterwards saying they wouldn't consider a rematch as they are moving onto bigger and better things.  Just like Khan had said at the McCloskey press conference afterwards, for all McCloskey's lack of impact in the early stages of that fight, it was a farcical decision to stop it and he probably deserved another crack at the time.

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