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General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread
« on: November 28, 2006, 09:17:08 PM »
Was afraid to post this earlier in the year in case it was closed down due to publicity but it doesn't seem to matter. I have been able to watch almost any game in Europe at any time using this site - eg tomorrow click on the midweek thread, click on the link at the bottom of the first post in it by admin and you'll get a plethora of ways to watch the game - I usually watch on ESPN (sky commentary mostly) but there are rakes of Chinese channels.

http://www.myp2p.eu/forum/index.php

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GAA Discussion / Re: Gym Monkeys
« on: November 28, 2006, 07:19:42 PM »
I wouldn't say Tyrone had a bulky team in 2005. Their speed and handling skills peaked late summer that year. I honestly do believe Armagh's over emphasis on physical robustness cost them late summer since 2004....although one theory which dispells that is the 'bag of sugar' story told by Mickey Harte to his players.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL 2007 and NHL 2007 - Fixtures Thread
« on: November 28, 2006, 07:14:55 PM »
Going to be extremely odd playing 6/7 games on a Saturday night. Expect an overdose of TV games involving the Red Hands.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club Championships
« on: November 28, 2006, 07:10:43 PM »
Congratulations to Ballinderry. Errigal stretched them further than I imagined and if they'd won that last kick-out God (no pun) knows what would've happened. I see the Glencull contingent are fearing the worse regarding a double Canavan retirement. That'd be a sad day altogether.

Anyway, best of luck to Ballinderry in the final. Do Tyrone proud.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Cricket
« on: November 26, 2006, 12:36:44 PM »
Apply to the Ulster-Scots Booord.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Cricket
« on: November 26, 2006, 08:55:13 AM »
Wicket humour boys. How's that?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Cricket
« on: November 25, 2006, 10:35:06 PM »
Heard that on Newstalk alright. Thank god for the GAA so!!!!

Sorry for the break in the pun-fun, but this was a topic I researched a while ago, having read an article in Ireland's Own! Believe it or not, in 1882, Michael Cusack thought that the best game suited to the Irish was cricket. In a column he wrote at the time, he said that cricket was an Irish game and encouraged young men to take it up and purchase Irish made stumps etc. I was serious about the All-Ireland reference above, and even our GAA inter-county structure took its lead from the English All-England Club. By the 1880s the rural cricket structure was a rival to that which existed in England. A boyo who researched the origins of Cricket found the earliest reference to the game came in Irish literature when Cuchulainn 'defended the hole'. He came to the conclusion that thte game of Cricket was invented in Ireland.

Are you for real? That's news to me, I know Dev said rugby was suited to the irish persona. 'xcuse me ignorance but how does 'defending the hole' refer specifically to cricket? ... or is this an elaborate wind up i'm not getting? ... surely that could be defending the goal? as in hurling ...

Cricket and hurling have very similar histories other then that, landlords used to have teams made up of their tennents and they'd take on other landlords etc.

i know hockey is thought to have come from winter hurling, and that summer hurling is what we know today as hurling, or so the history of the GAA book i read awhile back said anyways.

Seriously not a wind up. As far as I gathered Cusack wrote a column in "Shamrock" called "Our Boys". He intimated that Cricket was a game suited to the Irish (in 1882) and instructed readers how to play, form a club, and to buy Irish stumps, bats and balls. The sport was played in large numbers in rural areas throughout Ireland.

The 'defending the hole'  comment was in reference to early literature detailing 'the game of the loop' or Lub, Luban or Lubog. The English then filled the hole and added stumps.

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General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread
« on: November 25, 2006, 07:33:50 PM »
So predictable it's almost funny. Bolton kick Arsenal around the stadium, mostly legally, Arsenal lose the bap and completely lose their system. A 3-1 thumping spells the end of any faint hopes of the title, even if the Russians beat Salford tomorrow. Tying up 3rd is a priority. A real reality check today. Bolton were a credit to their fans - chased, harried, played to a system and thon f*cker Anelka on serious form.

Beating Fulham on Wednesday now looks a formidable task!

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GAA Discussion / Re: GPA and AFLPA back International Rules
« on: November 24, 2006, 09:04:28 PM »

Requirement for players to get a hot meal after training


Totally discriminatory against salad lovers.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Motivational music for the team bus
« on: November 24, 2006, 08:51:41 PM »
KM, it's all about the extra inch. 15x15 may get motivated equally by pulling on the geansai and matched in fitness and skill, but it's that wee bit extra that can give a man the edge. Imagine running in on goal with beads of sweat lashing off the forehead, your legs carrying you at a speed you never thought possible. The keeper moves towards you and suddenly he seems massive with the net nowhere to be seen. You know you can't progress any further as the keeper, probably 5 ft tall weighing 17st, will be on top of you befiore you can say 'ah balax'. What better to pop into your head but 'Do you want your oul lobby washed down' as you lash the ball through the legs of Sammy 'the Cat' McInerny.

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General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread
« on: November 24, 2006, 08:10:04 PM »
Bolton v Arsenal - this is usually the game that reveals whether or not Arsenal have the balls to stand up to a wee bit of Northern biff. With RVP and Henry ruled out for this, it'll be interesting to see whether Wenger throws Walcott in for a start, alongside Adebayor. Hopefully he doesn't plump for Aliadiere.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Cricket
« on: November 23, 2006, 09:59:13 PM »
Sorry for the break in the pun-fun, but this was a topic I researched a while ago, having read an article in Ireland's Own! Believe it or not, in 1882, Michael Cusack thought that the best game suited to the Irish was cricket. In a column he wrote at the time, he said that cricket was an Irish game and encouraged young men to take it up and purchase Irish made stumps etc. I was serious about the All-Ireland reference above, and even our GAA inter-county structure took its lead from the English All-England Club. By the 1880s the rural cricket structure was a rival to that which existed in England. A boyo who researched the origins of Cricket found the earliest reference to the game came in Irish literature when Cuchulainn 'defended the hole'. He came to the conclusion that the game of Cricket was invented in Ireland.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Cricket
« on: November 23, 2006, 09:58:31 PM »
Sorry for the break in the pun-fun, but this was a topic I researched a while ago, having read an article in Ireland's Own! Believe it or not, in 1882, Michael Cusack thought that the best game suited to the Irish was cricket. In a column he wrote at the time, he said that cricket was an Irish game and encouraged young men to take it up and purchase Irish made stumps etc. I was serious about the All-Ireland reference above, and even our GAA inter-county structure took its lead from the English All-England Club. By the 1880s the rural cricket structure was a rival to that which existed in England. A boyo who researched the origins of Cricket found the earliest reference to the game came in Irish literature when Cuchulainn 'defended the hole'. He came to the conclusion that thte game of Cricket was invented in Ireland.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Cricket
« on: November 23, 2006, 08:30:13 PM »
I believe that's where the term "All-Ireland" was coined from....from the "All-England" set-up.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling and Football Thread
« on: November 23, 2006, 05:02:10 PM »
oneill, i think its time you removed your tongue from Sean McGourty's hole. Ok, you work with the scruffy tr**p-big deal. Connor McGourty for the Senior team? Get a f**king grip. He needs 2 more years before looking at it.

Good man Slim, some things never change. Luckily enough, I've been living in Antrim for almost a decade now and know that you represent the 1% that give the county a bad name. I think if you ask Sean McGourty he'll tell you he'd prefer to throttle me for some of the things I've posted on here, but he'll not get the chance as I don't work with him, which, as you say, is a big deal?

Finally, from what I've seen, young Conor is the most exciting forward in Antrim football right now, light years ahead of many of his older contemporaries in terms of class. Not many have scored 0-2 in an All-Ireland Club Final. Not many have landed the best point of the day against Nemo Rangers...and that's before the age of 18. He's young (18/19?), but he's good enough. I can't think of one Antrim county forward I'd have before him.

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