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GAA Discussion / Re: Football qualifier route 2019
« on: June 10, 2019, 01:24:05 PM »
We will beat Tyrone.

We will indeed.  ;D

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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: May 29, 2019, 04:37:02 PM »
Brilliant news that Bielsa is staying - I seriously doubted he would. 

Cooper is very error prone, and has been for some time - a bit like Richard Dunne early in his career.  Not sure if Cooper can grow with experience in the way that Dunny did.  In fact, I'd be inclined to think that he has reached his peak and is on the way down, form-wise. 

I agree that Bamford is not the answer to the goalscoring issues.  Roofe is a decent player, if he can stay fit.  Gayle would be a good buy, but I think they need another scoring option also. 

"Devastated, but immune to pain" - would have to agree with that, it should be the club motto. 

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General discussion / Re: The official Premier League 2018/19 Thread
« on: May 13, 2019, 11:15:13 AM »
Brighton have sacked Chris Hughton . . . I hope they suffer the same fate as Ipswich after they sacked McCarthy!!

Disgraceful, but not unexpected.  Brighton are doomed.

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General discussion / Re: European Leagues.
« on: May 10, 2019, 01:49:11 PM »
The Super Cup in August in Istanbul is another big trek for the English teams.
But listen,cities bid well in advance to host these matches and they are prestigious things to be awarded. Dublin had two Portuguese teams for the 2011 Europa League final.

Yes, and my club got 100 FREE tickets, as did several other clubs I know.  I'd say there were 10,000 people from Portugal there, maximum - probably an over-estimation. 

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 08, 2019, 09:23:16 AM »
I watched last night because I was convinced Barcelona were there for the taking. I was stunned at the first leg result after watching Barcelona in two legs against United. Great credit to Liverpool for really going for it and playing with intensity but also pretty smartly. People greatly overrate this Barcelona side in a way their results simply don't support. All their players didn't play at the weekend and they still looked a more tired team that Liverpool who are in the most intense, gripping title race in years in the most physically demanding league in the world. Well done. Hope ye lose the final of course  ;D

The results show that Barcelona are very vulnerable away from home in European competition (and have been for a few years), and so it proved.  Lots of credit to Liverpool who were able to exploit that from a seemingly poor position themselves.  A lot of things had to fall into place for them, and they did.  Fabinho was MOTM for me, never gave Barcelona any opportunity to build a platform in the middle.  Very impressive. 

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: May 07, 2019, 09:18:41 AM »
Get Shorty, the Chris O'Dowd 2 series tv remake of the movie is very good, feels wrong to like it but it's good.

I finished Season-2 at the weekend as well.  I like it, but it's the sort of thing I'd dip into now and again, rather than binge-watch. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Eugene McGee
« on: May 07, 2019, 09:15:37 AM »
As a neighbour and a fellow-Larry, and like they said in the article above, everyone has their own story about the guy.  He was a true eccentric and character - he owned the land across from my family's home, and I would often meet him tramping the fields.  He always had something to say, and it wasn't always what you'd want to hear.  One of the greats, in our own parish, for the club (with his brother), and with a massive impact on the national stage.  RIP Eugene.

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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: May 01, 2019, 01:19:01 PM »
Boro will try and get at Leeds after attacks break down - this is how Leeds lost to Birmingham, Wigan and Brentfor in the last month.  Derby will think that they have the firepower to go at Leeds, which suits Leeds' style of play - as proved by the two results against Derby this season.  Lampard has the nous to realise this and to try something new - that may not suit them either.  Leeds v Boro has been dreadful both time this season, and I would be fearful of playing them again.  Derby all the way, he says, signing the club's death warrant.

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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: May 01, 2019, 09:14:43 AM »
The Villa red card has been overturned and Bamford has been charged and is almost certainly looking at a two match ban, which is fair enough, given the evidence. However Hourihane has escaped sanction which is a bit of a puzzler, given his complete loss of discipline and what appears to be a moment where he strikes Klich.

Hopefully Roofe will be fit and available and can get back to the form he was in prior to Christmas. Ipswich away on Sunday and a match where we need to get something to ensure third place. That would mean a more favourable play-off draw against Middlesbrough or Derby County, which in turn would mean the heavyweights of WBA and Villa could go at each other over two legs. 

It's been a depressing couple of weeks, but now that everything has (hopefully) settled down, there will be a realization amongst the players that there is still an opportunity to reach the promised land of the Premiership!

Stop that positive thinking right now, Rufus.  You should be ashamed of yourself.  :D

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General discussion / Re: Game of Thrones - Spoilers
« on: April 25, 2019, 01:31:46 PM »
What is the plan for this season? Will the white walkers be sorted half way through with the remaining episodes focusing on getting the throne and sorting Cersei?

I dont think so. I think the Night King will be around right to the final scenes and will have a big say in who ends up on the throne (if anyone). Thats one thing about GoT, it is not your normal "the good guys get there in the end" show.

Iíd be surprised if the walkers arenít wiped out in full by episode 4.

If thereís morals anywhere in the story itís that a) human cultures are absolutely horrible b**tards to each other, unless they encounter something that forces them to work together, and b) human cultures will continue to do the same horrible things to each other on an endless loop.

My inkling is that destruction of the walkers will lead to a happy (enough) unification of the Targaryens and Starks, which will steamroll over the Lannisters, and whereby Jon and Dani rule from Kings Landing and Sansa holds the Warden of the North. In effect, pretty much back to where we were at the start; a largely peaceful and functional Westeros.

But a lack of useful progeny (which is what should happen when the king and queen are aunt and nephew) will see various claims to the throne unearthed 20 years down the line, and a Lannister revolution - likely led by Cerseiís new offspring or maybe a b**tard of Tyrion - will kick the whole thing off again properly.


Quick summary - the night king and the dead are a control mechanism by the gods, to ensure that humans work together every once in a while.

I agree.  I think there will be an ending emphasising the cyclical nature of the 'game'.  Order will be restored, the wall will be rebuilt, the black watch will be reconstituted, and it will all begin again.  I can see the final 10 minutes in the last episode being a look forward 200 years and the whole cycle starting again. 

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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: April 23, 2019, 09:08:22 AM »
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2 losses in 4 days . 54 shots and 1 goal.

And 70% possession in both games.  Making tonnes of chances but not taking them.  Same against Sheffield Wednesday, but got a goal.  They are extremely vulnerable when they lose possession - a Bielsa trademark.  I have officially given up at this stage.   :(

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General discussion / Re: Messi or Ronaldo - Who's best
« on: April 03, 2019, 12:44:44 PM »
These debates usually turn into who's a Utd supporter and who isnt.

Exactly,
I have yet to meet a non united /real supporter who has Ronaldo above Messi.
Ronaldo probably the greatest ever goalscorer, but the greatest ever player is Messi by a distance(IMHO)

Messi is a better goalscorer too though.

Messi overtook Ronaldo last night for goals scored.

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General discussion / Re: Lesser Supported Sports
« on: April 03, 2019, 08:57:23 AM »
Athletics. (While people watch the olympics it isn't followed that much). e.g. what about the hill in the world XC and how old did those junior ethiopians look would mean nothing to people.

Also the pretty radical shake up of olympic qualifying times and the reduction this will have on Irish olympians is a big topic too.

Even darts is bigger!
It used to get a lot more terrestrial tv coverage which hasn't helped combined with the fact that most people are wiser now to the fact that it's a juice-fest.

The fact that it is a juice fest is the huge issue. I used to love watching the Golden leagues etc when the likes of El Guerrouj, Morceli and Gabriel Selassie and before them the Brits. I always loved the middle distance runners....serious competition. Itís a shame really as the whole idea of one man racing not only the opposition but also himself was fascinating

I still watch athletics whenever I can; the euros indoors recently wasn't bad.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: March 15, 2019, 09:17:22 AM »
Give him a ball and a yard of grass, about Forests John Robertson I think?

Nigel Clough, no?

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: March 14, 2019, 04:38:56 PM »
Very nice.  I remember them being worn by The Sultans of Ping F.C., if anyone can remember those loons. 

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