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GAA Discussion / Re: Another Kerry player fails a doping test
« Last post by GalwayBayBoy on Today at 02:05:11 PM »
I found Parkinson's views on it very puzzling. For someone who has basically built his GAA media career on being anti the old farts and conservatives in the upper echelons of GAA bureaucracy he has adopted a virulent "there's nothing to see here" approach to doping in the GAA. Even rowing with players like Eamonn McGee and Aidan O'Rourke over articles they wrote over the weekend. Or in O'Rourke's case I think he gave his views on Twitter rather than in an article.

He view seems to be because not very many GAA players have actually been caught it's not a problem.
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GAA Discussion / Re: Doire v Tir Eoghain, Sun 28th May @2pm
« Last post by Christmas Lights on Today at 02:04:29 PM »
One of the problems I seen with Tyrone on Sunday was Conall McCann.  His barnet was ridiculous, bordering on a disgrace actually.  I rate McCann very highly, think hes an excellent, rangy player and deserves to start for Tyrone, however, if he, and Tyrone, want to go further in the Ulster Championship then something is going to have to be done with his hair.  Maybe Mickey should take him to the side and just say something like, "listen, I dont care what it takes or what you need to done, just sort that hair out before the Donegal game or your not starting".  It might seem harsh but words are needed, its not time to be nice going up against Donegal.

There is no way Donegal will allow a guy with a do such as McCanns to catch ball, kick points or goals against them.  I remember a few years ago, Ross Wherity scored a goal in the Ulster Championship where Donegal beat Tyrone by a few points, I always thought it was a real low point for Tyrone to allow someone with as bad of hair as Wherity's to score a championship goal against them. 
The scary thing is, Conall McCanns barnet is probably worse now than Ross Wherity's was that day which is saying something. 
I think if Tyrone iron out this issue though, then they should beat Donegal.
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There's been so much discussion on this topic, both on this board and elsewhere, that I think a few things can be almost agreed upon:

-If we were starting from scratch, we wouldn't devise a system based on the provincials.
-A graded system, whatever it may be, would seem like a sensible option.
-Any system needs to be included in a calendar that meets the needs of the clubs and club players.

The problem, as I see it, is culture. Antrim are used to being allowed to attempt to win the Ulster Championship and the Sam Maguire. Any move to take either away is likely be resisted by all GAA people in the county; players and supporters in particular. The result is lack of interest in the competition entered, players not committing and fans not attending.

The GPA members confirmed their opposition to such a move only last year. Would board members be happy for a tiered-system to be introduced if it meant their county not entering the race for Sam?

The question is, how do you change this general view? If the footballers of the likes of Leitrim, Carlow, Wicklow and Waterford prefer the current system to the tiered one, I think we have a long way to go in getting the changes that are being suggested by many in the media.

Nobody has offered the players a tiered system like they have at club level so we don't know their views. People talk about the tommy murphy not being a success but that was a competition for division 4 teams knocked out of the championship. Therefore it wasn't seen as a championship competition because you only got into it when you were knocked out of the main championship. ie it was a competition for drop outs. In a tiered system you have a senior championship, an intermediate championship and a junior championship. Teams have a chance of winning an all Ireland championship and an all Ireland medal.
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What would those "equal brackets" be?
Will they be graded as in the NFL?
Will 2 teams from each get to AI Qtr Finals?

4 groups of 8, each group having a 1/4 final, semi final and final, with the winner going to the semis
Grade them, top 4 rated teams go in as 1 seeds in each group and so on. This would result in provincials and league games now being important and bring in championship type pressure to the games.

In effect the semi in each group would be an All Ireland 1/4 final.

This creates a simple and clear draw. No advantages given or disadvantages given to when you are knocked out of the championship.

As I say, it works for NA colleges and march madness is a fantastic tournament

There isn't a massive population or money disparity between #1 and #7 in NCAA football or basketball.
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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« Last post by tothetop03 on Today at 02:01:59 PM »
Am i right in saying Tyrone minors have won one minor championship game in 4 years?

Yes thats correct. To be fair however this year they where up against a quality Derry team this year but they where put out in first round last year in a shock result from memory.

Yeah beat by a good Donegal team the year before...Made a balls of it against Monaghan the year before that.... Heard a lot of experts about me complaining about Minor management losing the game for us on Sunday...i dont know enough about our team to make that assumption and i guess most of the people around me dont either it did not stop them giving out though....
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Laois / Re: Laois 2017 - NHL and Leinster SHC
« Last post by burdizzo on Today at 01:58:25 PM »
Presumably he was going well in training, and I suppose it was a 'curve-ball' to surprise Wexford. However, it didn't really work. I was amazed by it, I must say!
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What would those "equal brackets" be?
Will they be graded as in the NFL?
Will 2 teams from each get to AI Qtr Finals?

4 groups of 8, each group having a 1/4 final, semi final and final, with the winner going to the semis
Grade them, top 4 rated teams go in as 1 seeds in each group and so on. This would result in provincials and league games now being important and bring in championship type pressure to the games.

In effect the semi in each group would be an All Ireland 1/4 final.

This creates a simple and clear draw. No advantages given or disadvantages given to when you are knocked out of the championship.

As I say, it works for NA colleges and march madness is a fantastic tournament
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General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread aka Déjà vu
« Last post by Syferus on Today at 01:46:53 PM »
Love that Wenger hit back, quite rightly. Being able to concentrate on the league next season might be a blessing in disguise.
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After sundays game I do not see how we can beat Donegal, I think we have went backwards.

Same issues, scoring forwards, getting the ball to them quick, freetaking. Do be brought back to within 3 points of the worst derry side I have ever seen is brutal. The scoreline flattered.

Also we can't get goals this year

Worse than that, we were level with them at the very start......
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General discussion / Re: UK General Election 2017
« Last post by Milltown Row2 on Today at 01:45:38 PM »
The election can't come soon enough for the Tories, with every TV appearance May makes the gap will close.

Don't think these debates change anyone's minds

The Tories have just about got the timing right unfortunately, having squeezed in their unpopular  policies close enough to the election so that it doesn't hamper them too much considering their lead, but claim afterwards that the public want them to carry on with it based on them winning the election..
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